Letting Go.

For the past month, I’ve been hoping I wouldn’t find myself writing this post. However, after four weeks of technical consultation, today I received a text message that made my heart sink.

All of my digital media has been lost.

A major component to my digital studio is my external storage device. I use a product called Drobo.

Drobo
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Welcome to The Unsound Symphony

It’s still some time away from being finished, but here’s a rough sample of how one of the new music projects, An Unsound Symphony, is developing.

I’ve been writing short orchestral pieces over the past two decades. In fact, this style of music is where my music creativity started. Growing up, I loved listening to film scores. Music by composers such as John Barry, Wendy Carlos, Joe Hisaishi and John Williams had a huge impact on my imagination. Whenever I focused on developing a new screenplay or short story, music from movie soundtracks helped shape the pacing of my story telling.

As technology has evolved and made available the virtual work space to create full orchestra compositions, I’ve pushed my writing to emulate the style of music that I enjoyed so much as a child. In turn, this process has been a key factor in developing my other styles of music writing. But that’s only half of the story.

When I went to film school, I discovered two aspects of film making that deeply resonated with me. I had always enjoyed story telling, but the process of building an entire world for my characters to live in revealed a new passion in wanting to become a film maker. The second aspect was in sound design, which goes hand in hand with world building. With access to computer programs to help arrange and manipulate audio, sound design became a focus in my creativity.

I once read that music is simply organized sound. And when I began working as a sound editor and music composer, I approached both departments of the work as one all inclusive sound design project. Just as digital visual effects artists use tools to make something artificial appear realistic, I use digital audio effects tools to make something artificial sound realistic. This angle on production is where the inspiration for The Unsound Symphony comes from.

My goal is to create an album that centers on the assumed ambient noises of music production just as much as the music itself. It will be a soundscape from which music will be carried, like the silhouette of a ship sailing along a foggy shoreline.

I’m looking forward to hearing the final result.

Tick-Tock, Tick-Tock. January 1st is set on the clock.

Serving both as a rhythm and an announcement, tick-tock sets the beat and begins the countdown to the start date of my next music project.

It’s been almost a full year with the lights and sound off in the music studio. But, a year’s worth of focusing on other art projects has given me plenty of time to recharge and channel new sources of music inspiration. I’m excited to get back into composing again, but even more excited to discover what my recent interests push me into creating musically.

I won’t spoil too much right now. But I will say that my sketches and notes suggest two separate albums. The first one will be comprised of the orchestral material that was originally intended to be released on 2011’s Three Sides of the Same Coin (TSOTSC). However, I have big ideas aimed at deconstructing that material and developing it into something far more unique than any previous music I’ve composed. Lot’s of “soundscaping” to steal many nights of sleep during the next year. The second album, working title Suboken 6, will be all new material and I suspect will be a blending and evolution of the three styles of music present in my previous two releases, Turn and TSOTSC. I have a bunch of new music tools in the toy box, and I can’t wait to hear what they lead to.

I haven’t set a budget for when these two projects will be finished. But I look forward to tapping into the same motivation and energy that guided me through the timely production of TSOTSC. You can look forward to hearing samples of the new music here on my blog.