New soundtrack score! This time for a Viking Adventure film! Full orchestra with choir, brass and lots of percussion. Let me know what you think in the comments!Share:
Happy New Year everyone!
As many of you know, I’m currently studying some advanced courses at Berklee for soundtrack music! This has resulted in a huge whirlwind of assignments and experimentation in many different styles of music.
Here is a dramatic soundtrack from a clip from an adventure movie -it’s a darker dramatic track using piano, strings (flautando violins and cello) and Asian percussion instruments. It’s a bit of a departure for me, and draws on some inspiration from Wojciech Kilar’s score from Bram Stoker’s Dracula (one of my favourite “dark” romantic scores). Hope you enjoy! If you do, please comment and let me know what you think!
All the best,
It’s been a busy couple of months! I’ve been writing lots of different styles of music, partly for actual short films and commercials, partly for a Film and TV course I have been taking at Berklee. From romantic to sad themes, trailer music and horror music. Have a listen and hope you enjoy! Leave me a comment and let me know what you think! Cheers!Share:
I have put together another new film score composition, this time for a movie trailer for an action movie set in ancient Rome or Greece.
Featuring Persian flute, choir, orchestra and percussion, it’s a pretty eclectic mix of instruments! Inspirations from Hans Zimmer (Gladiator) and Mark Mancina.
Hope you enjoy! Let me know what you think!Share:
Happy Fifth Anniversary to my first solo CD release, “Great Expectations”!
Originally released on May 31, 2012, it was a long time project that started in 2007 with the recording of “Eye For An Eye” and “No More Hellos” when I was a student at Humber College. It took a few years to finish those songs, which were initially released as internet singles.
I really wanted a full album, so I got together with producer/engineer Mark Zubek to fill out the rest of the album. While it was self-produced, Mark contributed a lot to the sound of the album, playing guitar and even drums and percussion on several of the songs (as well as doing the final mixing).
I was incredibly lucky to have such a wonderful group of musicians on this project, including Aaron Spink & Chino DeVilla (drums), Ben Miller & Alex St. Kitts (bass), Noah Zacharin & Ryan Boisselle (guitar), Soohyun Nam (cello), Roslyn Green (violin) and Amy Pitt, Kirsten Rea & Susan Hutcheson (backing vocals).
And many thanks to Jason LaPrade, Andy Pryde and Harrison Fine for their wonderful engineering contributions, and to Yan Li for the wonderful artwork!
The album went on to be played on CBC (“Eye For An Eye” and “Don’t Dream It’s Over”) and college radio, was featured on Song Talk Radio, and I played a wonderful CD release at C’est What in Toronto with most of the performers.
Thanks to everyone involved, and thanks so much to everyone who has listened over the years!
This has been a really exciting month for me! I played the Guinness World Records show, and I started actively pursuing film music as well. I’ve actually been listening to film scores all my life, and I have written instrumental music for a long time (but never released it).
I decided this year to make a serious commitment to pursue film composition, and I’ve been doing a lot of research and a lot of instrumental writing over the last 6 months.
The result: I landed a contract for a short film and a TV ad! Needless to say, it’s been a whirlwind of a month (deadlines come fast and furious in TV and film), but I have a lot to show as a result!
Please pass the word along if you like the music – I am available to do music scores for TV, film and advertising! I am also considering releasing an album of instrumental music – if you like the idea, please let me know!
What an event! 16 days of non-stop music, 24 hours a day. And they did it! We were in competition with Las Vegas and Michigan, but our concert was longer in the end! A really exciting event to be part of! And also the first time I have ever played at 8 in the morning!
Live at the Guinness World Records Concert, Stouffville, ON. Notice the countdown clock on the right.
I was almost late, as it was terrible weather that morning and I was driving in pitch-black rainy weather (and missed the turnoff for Stouffville). Luckily I made it there with some time to spare to get ready. And then it was a tense 55 minutes, as you are not allowed to stop, all songs must be longer than 2 minutes and you are only allowed 30 seconds between songs. Any violation of these rules, and there goes the record!
Tim J Fetshire, myself and Carmen Toth, another awesome performer.
I had some amazing friends make the trek – thanks so much to Tim J Fetshire, Lisa Lauriault (and brand new daughter!) and Carmen Toth for being there to watch my set, and also to BT (Breakfast Television) in Toronto for featuring my set on the morning news!!Share:
I’ll be playing FRIDAY MARCH 31st for the Guinness World Record attempt for the longest music show! In Stouffville, Canada!
All the details are available here! Hope you can come out and support the great artists and charities! I will be supporting the Gord Downie Foundation for Brain Cancer Research! Hope to see you there!
Many people might not know this, but I have been working on instrumental music for film for over a decade, mostly as a hobby. I have had a life-long love of film music, from Ennio Morricone to Hans Zimmer and James Newton-Howard.
I never had the tools to complete the music the way I wanted, until now. I’m currently in the process of working on a number of demos that will hopefully make their way into film or TV at some point. Here are a few demos I have recently uploaded. Feel free to check it out and let me know what you think!Share: