Soundcloud statistics (as of 14.03.2023)

OK, I know that SoundCloud doesn’t own the philosopher’s stone, and it’s a rather closed community of music enthusiasts, but at least it offers reasonable amount of useful feedback resources. I was just checking my statistics and look, what I found. Below you can see the average ratings of all my songs (from 0 – 10), together with the total number of ratings per each songs.

HexaplaAverage ratingTotal number of ratings
Hexapla – The RemastersAverage ratingTotal number of ratings
Missa InnominataAverage ratingTotal number of ratings
Agnus Dei8.746

What does it all mean?

First of all it means that the average ratings of my albums are high and uniform (8.7/10, 8.8/10 and 8.6/10 for Hexapla, Hexapla – The Remasters and Missa Innominata, respectively). Also, the songs of each albums were scored by 34-58 people, which is really a huge amount of feedback!

I am more than aware of the importance of the feedback and support I constantly receive from you guys, no matter which platform you use to listen to my songs or to communicate with me. Still, the fact that you valued my tracks so high and gave them such incredible scores is heartwarming – and pleasantly unexpected (!) – to me. Thank you for the feedback – this is exactly, what gives me motivation and inspiration to carry on on this long and windy road of making independent music totally by myself! (Btw, I would have said the same if the feedback hadn’t been so positive. I really appreciate the time you spent with listening and scoring – and eventually even commenting! – my songs.)

Thank you for everything!

2022 on Spotify

It seems that 2022 was a pretty good year for me, at least in terms of Spotify listens, sharing and downloads. If we compare the number of streams (254 vs. 3800), listeners (48 vs. 455), total listening time (20.3 vs. 420 hrs) as well as the number of countries where my songs were played (13 vs. 55) in 2021 and 2022, respectively, then the difference is clearly visible.

To be honest, I’m quite speechless now. I never create summaries on such numbers – not because I’m not interested in the progress of my music, but simply because I’m too engaged in practicing the guitar, creating new songs or learning new skills like sound recording, mixing and mastering. My numbers may not seem particularly high compared to well-known bands with professional promotion, but for an independent solo artist who can dedicate only part of his free time to these activities, they mean the world. Sometimes it seems hard to find something really meaningful in this world, but music is definitely one of those few that carry a very special meaning and give me constant inspiration and joy.

Thank you all for making it possible! Thank you for listening to my music and being with me on this exciting journey – and stay tuned, as the new stuff is already on its way!

Spotify wrapped

Basic toolkit for a self-promoted musician

Based on the title of De Quincey’s excellent book (Confessions of an English Opium-Eater) I thought it would be fun to create a blog entry with the title of “Confessions of a Hungarian Self-Promoted Guitarist“). However, finally I found the idea too much and a little constrained, so I chose a much less pompous heading for such a brief blog entry on this rainy Sunday evening. I don’t want to whine much about the hardships of being an independent artist: I think there are more pros than cons here, and I find it clearly refreshing that I don’t have to adjust myself and my music to the momentary needs of the music industry and market. So I stay on the positive side and enjoy my independence.

Still, it’s always good to let the world know that I still exist and do stuff that people may eventually like. I, therefore, made a small promo presentation for my Instagram page using a very handy app called Canva. The presentation is practically a carousel of infographics with uniform design and condensed information on how to find me and my various weblinks. I’ve never done something like this before: it was fun and took quite some time, so I’m really curious about the outcome.

Check it out here (or below, by clicking on the images) if you are interested in such presentations, and let me know, what you think!

Left or right?

Now that Missa Innominata has been out for more than one and a half months and I don’t have anything to do, I play with photos… (OK that’s actually not true, bacause I already recorded 55 minutes of new song ideas LOL…). Still, let me know, which one do you prefer: the left one with a bigger logo, or the right one with a smaller text?

On how (not) to write music

Well, I was just reading an interesting article on Thomann’s Facebook page (Musikhaus Thomann is one of the world’s largest musical instrument warehouse located in Germany) about how to write good songs. This was an enlightening writing – I still don’t have a clear vision on how to create quality music, but now at least I know that everything I’ve done so far was nothing but an endless series of errors and mistakes (at least from the perspective of how to write songs with the intention of being popular – or more accurately, commercially successful). Although I personally know dozens of music snobs who consider self-trained musicians like me incapable of forming a decent opinion on such questions, I still think that there’s no need to have degrees and certificates in music education to shape a consistent view on what art (in general) and music (in particular) are for.

All joking aside, the paper I’ve read was an excellent summary on how human psychology works, and as a musician, how to take advantage of it. The author stated that catchy songs shouldn’t last longer than 3-3.5 minutes, should have a simple and easily followable structure with an interesting bridge after the second (!) chorus (I usually don’t even have chorus-like musical building blocks in my songs LOL…) and must put a special emphasis on the first, middle and final parts. I may be wrong (and here I must emphasize again that being a self-trained guitarist I don’t claim to have the knowledge on how to write music in the technical/theoretical – or rather, academical – sense of the word), but according to this checklist of song characteristics, art is (at least, according to the author) not an entitiy that flows freely without limitations, but rather constitutes a well-designed and regulated “something” that can (and should) catch the attention of the listeners by fulfilling their general expectations and needs. In this context, a successful artist is a well-trained person who research, analyze and understand these expectations and serve them out well. An artist, therefore, is nothing else but a mere answering machine. With all due respect, I have a characteristically different view on art – and consequently tend to agree with one of the comments below the original writing: this is not the way of creating quality stuff, but rather the way to become hopelessly mediocre and calculable. Let me explain, why I think so.

First of all, let’s subtract the need for commercial success from the equation. Having a full-time job as a neuroscientist it’s really an extraordinary luxury for me that I can create anything without being threatened by losing my income if my musical creations don’t fulfill the expectations of my listeners. Not that I’m not interested in the general reception of my music: independent artists usually develop an even bigger desire to be heard, accepted and valued by their listeners than their “professional” counterparts, because they (we) have only a very thin chance to break through the glass ceiling and emerge from the overall noise. Still, I value the advantages of being an independent musician: it’s a great privilege and a responsibility at the same time. On one hand I’m completely aware of the fact that it’s hard to find an audience who’s open to lenghty instrumental prog/thrash tracks, but I’m also fully aware that there are still people out there who look exactly for this type of music: your presence here is the best proof of this statement.

Music (and art in general) is not a tool to become popular or to earn a thick revenue. I – of course – don’t say that music should be a free-of-charge service, but the focus should always remain on creating something original and to find the right audience for that. Art is not a race to win: we don’t have to be better, faster, clearer sounding or more unique than anyone else in the course of music history. Art, consequently, should never degrade itself to a mere reflection of the current common taste, but should keep its own intrinsic values, regardless that they attract anyone or not. I consider art to be the purest and most effective way of human communication – and in this sense it doesn’t necessarily have to be virtuosic or “well-trained” (not even in the sense that the cited article intended to suggest!), but only honest and genuine. “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken” – wrote Oscar Wilde once, and I don’t see any other chance to achieve artistic quality, but by being absolutely genuine and honest. I’m really sorry, but I can’t (and consequently, won’t) limit myself to 3-minute musical quantums to attract random people on Spotify who were unlucky enough to click on one of my albums. Similarly, I can’t (and consequently, won’t) build up songs on the basis of the traditional “intro – verse – verse – chorus – verse – chorus – solo – chorus – outro” scheme: not because I envision myself as someone who will revolutionize music theory by inventing novel song structures, but simply because it’s not the way music jumps out of my thoughts. It would be a sick approach if I composed, played and recorded music with the primary motivation to “raise the numbers” of random listeners and followers: my primary motivation is to find those who can relate to what I try to express in my musical creations. And that’s why I always tell you, how grateful I am for you to be here with me: your presence strengthens the feeling that there is a way for any kind of music (even thrash metal, LOL…) to connect people.

Someone once said that if you can’t achieve great things, then achieve small things in a great way. I’d reformulate this sentence as follows: art is a great thing in itself, and you don’t even have to be “great” (I mean, famous or popular), because you already have your share in the greatness of music, when you write a song or play a couple of notes on your guitar. You just have to give the maximum of yourself, and there always will be people out there who will value your efforts. Catching the attention of crowds without this kind of genuineness and honesty will always result in sterile musical artefacts – they may pay well, but they will never fulfill the primary aim of art: to connect people and transmit messages in a very emotional, intense and intimate way. If my music cannot achieve this – regardless the general reception of the result – then I’d better shut down my amp and stand back my guitar into the rack.

But I do hope it’s not the case…


Thank you for the feedback on how to improve this site! It seems that you guys would like to see more videos from me, so in the future I’ll try to film a couple of riffs and solos for you! I will share them both here and on my YouTube channel – but as I try to keep this website as the center of all my activities, I will arrange all these video files into a separate section here, too.

Thank you for your feedback and support!

Help me to improve this site!

Recently I’ve been thinking a lot on how to improve my website, what kind of content should I post here. As you can see, I love writing endless texts about things that are actually stuck in my mind – but what if I (or rather we, together) could find more effective ways to keep in touch with each other? Let me hear your opinion on that!

On feedback, encouragement and art

It’s been almost one month since Missa Innominata came out, and I feel like writing a short summary on this exciting period of time.

In contrast to the previous one, I decided to promote this release on various online platforms like Facebook or Instagram, and this little promotion campaign resulted in a rise in numbers of streams, listens and followers. I, however, seriously think that there is one single thing, which is even more important than the numbers regarding the reception of my album(s): the direct feedback of the community – family, friends, music enthusiasts, followers, and in general everyone, who feel like connected in any way to me or to my music. Therefore, first of all I would like to thank all of you who dedicated your precious time to my previous and recent albums and gave them a listen – I really appreciate your support! I’m extremely grateful for your comments, likes, reposts or any kind of your feedback: please, always be aware that without this constant encouragement it would have been very hard for me to maintain my original impetus and stay focused and motivated. Thank you for being here and walk this path with me!

Also, (as many of you know) SoundCloud provides a great opportunity to comment, repost and numerically rate songs for everyone – so besides the aforementioned “direct” ways of getting feedback from people visiting my website, subscribing to my Spotify or YouTube channels, or checking my Bandcamp page, this is a great opportunity for getting further feedback from random listeners, too. And I must admit that reading these comments was also a heartwarming experience – not to mention the overall scores of my songs that are currently varying between 8.5 and 8.9 out of the maximum 10. All in all – at least based on these initial reactions from supporters and random listeners – Missa Innominata performs well; and this is something that makes me feel grateful, happy, and – I must admit… – proud, too.

Art (at least how I see it…) is a bi-directional process: l’art pour l’art (at least in its purest form) is something unacceptable for me. Painting a picture or writing a sonata just for the sake of the creative process itself seems to me somewhat insufficient, somewhat out of focus. Without doubting the fundamental value of finding joy in creative processes, I see art basically as a powerful tool to transfer feelings, emotions and messages from person to person: a channel connecting people in a very intimate and emotional way. When words fail, music speaks – and in this context it can sometimes be the only chance for us to transcend our limitations and finiteness. Music gives us a chance to fight a heroic struggle against the separation of human from human, and a weapon to combat the sometimes so evident overall sadness of the mortal human existence. That’s why it’s always so touching to see your visits and likes on my pages and read your comments: these simple and very important signs of your presence are those momentums that constantly remind me that I’m not alone on this journey of transmitting feelings through the channels of metal music. There are always people “on the other end of the line”, and my messages (it may sound weird to mention “messages” in the context of instrumental music, but still: my messages are my feelings that I try to express in my musical creations) are heard.

Thank you for being here in our little, but constantly growing community. Thank you for inspiring me and giving me the chance to create and transmit musical messages that would otherwise remain pointless, locked inside the hard drive of a computer in my home.