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The Postgoodism movement seeks to challenge the traditionally prevalent notion that works of art -- literature, music, film, poetry, theater, architecture -- should have redeeming qualities such as social relevance, deeper meaning, innovative craftsmanship or beauty. Good is so over.


The Artist

The Movement was founded by Cort Stratton, who works by day as a graphics programmer at a large video game company in Los Angeles that you've totally heard of. He has no business writing or recording music, but was unable to find any existing legislature that expressly prohibits him from doing so.


The Music

Redeeming Quality

NaSoAlMo 2013! A bunch of chiptune-y songs in the style of the Lonely Ship soundtrack, a couple mopey acoustic ballads, and one mopey acoustic VNV Nation cover.


Lonely Ship OST

In which Postgoodism finally makes the leap from "composer with dubious qualifications" to "game soundtrack composer with dubious qualifications". The game is Lonely Ship by Inkling Games, and is available for purchase from the iOS App Store.


One Hears Such Sounds, And What Can One Say But...

NaSoAlMo 2010! Yeah, we did that. As usual, the age-old struggle ensues: to release the tracks in their half-baked, poorly-mixed form, or keep them in a vault until there's time* to clean them up?
* Hint: there isn't.


Songs for the Cure '10

Postgoodism collaborated with Haroon "FFmusic DJ" Piracha and contributed a track -- "Follow Me" -- to the annual Songs for the Cure charity album, with all proceeds to the American Cancer Society. I played the pianos; The Furious H did pretty much everything else. The track (and the rest of the album) is available at CancerDrive.org, Amazon, CD Baby, eMusic, or iTunes. Sorry, no free lunch this time.


Second-System Effect

Postgoodism has successfully completed an album for NaSoAlMo 2008, tentatively titled Second-System Effect. Tracks will be posted as I finish them, if at all -- frankly, some of these puppies are beyond hope.

01.Solo5:44
02.Subgenre Conventions Stipulate That This Song Must Have An Unwieldly And Self-Indulgent Title6:13sample
03.Grow Up5:06
04.Whanganui (The Bridge To Nowhere)6:32download
05.Spiritual Successor6:19download

Wedding

I wrote some music for my wife and I to dance to at our wedding. It's a simple little acoustic-guitar waltz that I don't think would sound out of place on a Yasunori Mitsuda soundtrack. It has since become my single greatest hit, with a play count a couple orders of magnitude higher than its closest competitor, mostly (I suspect) due to its entirely generic name.


Lesley's Piano

Lesley's Piano was Postgoodism's contribution to the 2007 edition of National Solo Album Month. It was written, performed, recorded and produced entirely within the month of November, 2007. This serves equally well as both an explanation of and an apology for the results.


Code Monkey

In December 2006, bearded wonder Jonathan Coulton staged a contest to remix his song "Code Monkey". If you're a Coulton fan, you may already be familiar with the winner (Kristen Shirts) and her ukelelelicious cover. Kristen has gone on to a whirlwind life of fame and fortune, performing on-stage with JoCo at numerous concerts. I came in third, and all I got was a signed CD boxed set.

Please note that the song linked to from the contest results is wrong! When I submitted my entry, I had mistakenly muted a number of the effect tracks (and a few entire instruments). The real, authoratative version is the one below.

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