The Echelon String Quartet hosted a day of lectures and performances at their alma mater, UW-Whitewater last week. As part of their closing performance, they played two of my arrangements, “Maps” by The Yeah Yeah Yeahs and “Cosmic Love” by Florence and the Machine, and an original, “Serenade in F minor.” Here are the wonderful recordings! Thanks a ton to them and UW-Whitewater.
First of all, some exciting news… I’m engaged! We’re currently in full wedding-planning mode with the date set at March 29th. Part of the ceremony is going to involve the Echelon String Quartet, including two new arrangements. In the spirit of getting things DONE, I completed both in a stupidly busy week.
I caught Allen Russel, a multi-instrumentalist and composer I know from UWM, playing violin with the Milwaukee Hot Club on Saturday night. Allen played mandolin on one of my pieces during school, Irresolution. The show was great overall, and this tunes was one of the highlights of the night.
I’ve always enjoyed playing fingerstyle guitar and have written a handful of tunes in the style. Many of these recordings were done when I only owned a cheap electric guitar, so I plan on going back and rerecording nearly everything with the Breedlove I purchased in 2010. Read the rest of this entry »
A few years ago there was a competition to score the Halo Wars video game trailer. I didn’t enter at the time, but I decided to finally make some music for it anyway. Here’s my orchestral/electronic score rendered using EWQL Symphonic Gold, NI Kore Player, and NI Kontakt Player in Sonar 8.5
Revolving around only one pitch set (F, G, A-flat) which is transposed throughout the piece, this serenade might be the pinnacle of consistent composing and artistic expression in my serenade writing. Read the rest of this entry »
Simple. Emotive. Powerful. This piece really hams it up in the violins, lets the violas moan, and even gives the basses a melodic line. Throughout the piece, pizz accents are used interspersed with the flowing melody to keep momentum going. Read the rest of this entry »
This piano trio evokes the feeling of emptiness and lonliness. Although many of the themes are minor and depressing, there is a bittersweet quality to the music as if the time alone is introspective and relaxing.
Percussion, brass, WAR! This piece is designed to rev the player up for some truly epic battles. It’s tough to think of better music to listen to while charging into battle with a bunch of friends and allies.