[Music] Lament

About a month ago, I was playing around on the piano, and I came up with a fragment of melody that I couldn’t get out of my head. I played with it, twisting it around, pushing it in different directions, seeing what I could do with it. Ultimately, I turned it into a full piece of music, and this is the result.

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You can also listen to one of the (early) improvisations I played on this theme by downloading the recording I made on my phone here.

Komplete

I am so excited, I’m giggling like a schoolgirl. I just unwrapped a package that I received from Germany: Native Instruments’ Komplete. It’s installing now.

In the (large and encouragingly heavy) box, I found the following exciting items:

  1. Eight (yes, eight!) DVDs full of awesomeness
  2. Seven hefty printed manuals (in a boxed seat, no less)
  3. Four large (5″x1″) ‘Native Instruments’ stickers
  4. Ten small (2.5″x0.5″) ‘Native Instruments’ stickers
  5. A neck clip thing, with a very shiny stainless steel clip and detacher thinggy

In terms of software, Komplete means that my Native Instruments collection now comprises

  • Kontakt 2
  • Kontakt 3
  • Kontakt 4
  • Battery 3
  • Guitar Rig
  • FM8
  • Reaktor
  • Massive
  • Absynth

I am SO EXCITED!!!

Terminal

My first track in quite a while. :/ This one is a bit of a different from my usual stuff (although I tend to say that a lot nowadays… Hmm…). Not quite sure why I had such a long hiatus, but hopefully this track spells the end of it. We’ll see.

I made use of some of the samples that my friends at ModPlug Central gave me for a wedding present, as well as mutilating some of my other sample libraries.

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Dauntless

As you might have noticed, if you listen to much of my orchestral music, I really like writing epic, syncopated scores with great big horn melodies (and little flute ones) that float above rapid, percussive strings and brass. Well, here’s another example of that. 🙂

This piece is a rondo in D minor. Let me know what you think!

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Songpack #1

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I’ve uploaded an archive of my music for easier download. This archive currently contains eighteen tracks, eight of which are no longer available anywhere else! The tracks included in this pack are:

I may well create other ‘songpacks’ for download, so keep checking back. There’ll always be a couple of exclusive tracks in each pack, so it’ll be worth your while. I hope. 🙂

Download all eighteen tracks now!

Clockwork

This track is rather unusual for me; it doesn’t really fall into any of my usual styles. I personally find it quite relaxing, especially when I listen to it with headphones. Perhaps it’s a bit too relaxing: my wife had to go and have a nap after she heard the complete piece. 🙂

Let me know what you think about it — any and all opinions are, as always, more than welcome.

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Just to say

I would die a thousand times,
cross the deserts, tear the skies;
oh I would do it all

I would do it all for you
just to say that I love you,
that I love you.

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Twelve Nineteen

This one’s actually been sitting on my computer for a month or so now — I just haven’t been able to render it to wave, because my system just wasn’t fast enough. Today, though, I got a new motherboard, CPU, and RAM, and everything just purrs along, barely touching the processor. Very Happy

Anyway, about the music itself. This piece is basically me having fun with Kontakt — each of the eight instruments has fairly complex insert effect chains, a couple of send effects, and a couple of modulated group inserts, too. Smile Basically, lots of effects, for some nice sound degradation.

Because I’m still not a fan of OpenMPT’s automation handling, I managed to find a nice little workaround, that I used on a couple of instruments: I modulate various effects using the MIDI volume. This means that working with the modulation is much more immediate, and it also means that I can modulate a couple of different effects simultaneously completely independently.

The piece is, hopefully, quite fun to listen to — it was definitely fun to write. Let me know what you think!

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Quiet Rituals

Completed: Thursday, April 16, 2009 (Download)

Finally, after quite a while, I’ve got a new track out. 🙂 It’s been sitting on my computer for a couple of weeks now, and there are still a few things in it that I would like to iron out, but my inability to get the time to do so means that it’s just been bugging me. So now I’ve decided to just put it up as is.

Anyway, the track itself is quite a simple piece: I did, in fact, try to make it simple. It’s somewhat influenced by Ravel’s Bolero and the Newsboys’ The Orphan, in that it is constantly building by both adding and removing layers. It’s also, perhaps, influenced a bit by some of Coldplay’s stuff: I was listening to Viva La Vida and Prospekt’s March recently, and I was interested to note that in lots of those tracks there’s the same ‘kick on every beat’-type thing going on.

Let me know what you think.

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Relay for Life Cancer Drive 2009

Josh Whelchel, a very talented composer over in the USA, has organised a great big collaborative musical fundraiser for Relay for Life. The idea is that in return for their donations, people get to hear some great music: digital tracks for donations of $10 or more, and digital+CD for donations of $25 or more. There are really talented artists contributing to this project, and I am too. Contributing, I mean. 🙂

Head over to the official website for more information.

Contributing artists

(This list was lifted directly from Josh’s website)

  • Mustin of OCRemix.org fame and head of Mustin Productions,
  • Jimmy Hinson, talented composer and arranger for OCRemix.org (big giant circles),
  • Kyle Gabler, fantastic composer from 2D-Boy and for World of Goo,
  • Alec Holowka, composer for the successful independent game Aquaria,
  • David Saulesco, super talented Swedish composer known for the Eternal Daughter soundtrack,
  • Inez S. deDeugd-McComas, ultra-gifted composer from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music,
  • Vincent Parrish, composer featured on thesixtyone.com,
  • Jay Tholen, talented and multi-faceted musician leading a successful solo career,
  • Barry van Oudtshoorn, Australian Composer Extraordinaire!
  • Josh Whelchel from The Spirit Engine 2 and Bonesaw: The Game,
  • Jussi Nieminen, a progressive-rock genius,
  • David Thatcher, composer for indie-games,
  • James Starkey, collaborating with David,
  • Shane Lu, virtuoso pianist, and
  • David “Warrior Bob” H. from Trax in Space!

Spheres

Completed: Tuesday, January 27, 2009 (Download)

Composing an ambient track is a very soothing experience for me. There’s complexity, experimentation, and simplicity, and I find that my mood is sharpened, made clearer, in the writing.

This is how I’m feeling.

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Evening with you

Completed: Friday, January 23, 2009 (Download)

I admit, I didn’t envisage this track going quite the way it did. 🙂 Comments and criticisms are, as always, more than welcome.

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