Month: January 2016

Mobile Media

When I’m alone in the house, I tend to click on one of three apps for my own personal entertainment- Netflix, YouTube, or the Infuse App that allows me to stream my digital collection of movies and shows.  I enjoy watching new things, but I also like to revisit old favorites.  These are usually the things I put on in the background when I’m making dinner or doing chores.  When I think about consuming media, be it art, entertainment, news, educational, or combinations of those things, this experience of sharing my media with my mobile life is the first thing that comes to mind.

Steam ~ or ~ The Specters of the Knox Mill is designed to be released on YouTube for the general public to enjoy.  We love the idea that our audiences will be able to deck out across the couch, open up their YouTube App, and watch our show alone or with friends from anywhere in the world, but the idea that makes me smile is the thought that perhaps someone will one day decide to throw on Steam while folding laundry or making dinner.  It’s the double-tasking activities that feel the most meaningful- the experience of a familiar voice that whispers, “Hello friend.  I’m here for you whenever you need me.”


-Written by Liz Rishel

Happy New Year From The Specters of the Knox Mill!


Happy New Year, All!

We are getting pumped to really make 2016 a landmark year.  2015 was great for us- we wrote a ton of music that we love, growing together as a band, composers, and as individuals, we continued in the ongoing discussions about how to deepen our characters and story arcs, we made a lot of new friends, we had film shoots, photo shoots, and recorded a song, we played in two public performances, and we put out our First Official Trailer / Teaser!  We are immensely proud of these accomplishments, and look forward to burying them under the list of first steps we have planned for this year.

Unfortunately, due to a recent website crash, some of our updates got lost, so allow me to add a recap.  Bear with me while I recover some of what we lost:

On November 20th, the Good People of Mr. Smalls Theater (where we filmed part of our music video,) threw an amazing party and graciously allowed us to be the main event.  The band performed it’s first solo set as a unit, and we had a blast doing it.  (It’s amazing how much nicer music sounds when it’s not coming out of a tiny amp in the basement.)  We also got to participate in the steampunk fashion show, and design some killer well drinks, complete with dry ice effects.  I had a ton of fun showcasing the custom steampunk vests I made especially for my bandmates, and the faux-leather cincher/apron I made for myself.  I heard that the tea dueling was awesome and amazing fun (I couldn’t attend, because I was getting ready for the set and the fashion show).  We are really appreciative of everyone who came to make that evening enjoyable with your beautiful faces!

After that, it was back in the studio for us!  We laid the foundation to some really nice songs, and I could tell that we were hungry to get composing again after such an extended period of intense rehearsals.  Also, putting some distance between us and the details enabled us to take a fresh look at our story and characters and really get in there with the nitty gritties.  It was also neat diving deeper into our steel mill history research as a band and making some well-needed final decisions.

We got to meet with some really great people, Mike Traficante, Dave Bennett, and Jill Sciulli, who gave us insight into how to plan our crowdfunding, so you can look forward to hearing more about that very soon!

Every rehearsal continues to bring us one step closer to completion, which is at the same time exciting and formidable!  We’ve accomplished so many ‘firsts’ in 2015, and still have so many more to look forward to!

Cheers to all!

-Liz and The Specters of the Knox Mill