Posts Tagged ‘composition’

Big Weekend Update Words

July 15, 2011

hey mom!  i know it’s been a while since i gave you an update using this BLOG MONSTER, so i thought i would do exactly that!

1 and 2.  Steinomite’s doing well, and he thanks you for asking.  He’s performing this saturday afternoon at 2p in the Le Tigre Tent at Chicago’s Tour de Fat.  it’s a festival thrown by New Belgium Brewing Company promoting their beer, bicycling, conservation, alternative energy, and great awesome fun!  as you know, i’m one of the music directors for the festival.  this’ll be our third one of this tour, and it’s going really well so far!  Steinomite also has a show with the Hüsker Dudes and Dead Rider at the Hideout on August 26th.  only a couple of days later, on August 28th, Steinomite will perform a short set at the Whistler, as part of a night put together by You, Me, Them, Everybody.

boy, that’s a lot!

3.  just last saturday was the release part for Hank Frisco: Galaxy Defender, Episode 2!  mom, remember how you like Star Trek and other science fiction shows?!  This episode is great, and required lots of fun music from me.  chase music, romantic music, villain music, hero music, office music.  among them, one that i really enjoyed writing, was the villain theme for my friend Tim Heurlin, and variations on it throughout the episode.  this was also a fun opportunity to do little variations on the main Hank Frisco theme.  as always, if you or anyone else (Dad?) have questions about the score, i’d love to talk you through it.  below is a link to the episode!  maybe i’ll expand on it in yet another incredibly interesting blog post!

4.  Footnote!  so psyched about how this show it turning out.  major props to Jon and Alicia Reisinger and their team for their awesome work on this show.  the most recent episode, “worried sick”, airs tomorrow night (friday july 15th) on WGN, and can then be viewed at  this episode, as well as the “lost and found” and “overstuffed” episodes were scored mostly by me.  drop me a line if you wanna talk about any of this music as well, and check out their facebook page here:

well, thanks for reading as always mom.  i sure hope you like EVERYTHING i do.



Composer Reel

April 5, 2011

thanks to Ben Miranda, i now have a new online composer site.  it includes music, video clips, contact, and a short bio.

tell your friends!  especially your friends with music budgets.  🙂









Hank Frisco Music!

March 5, 2011

hi there!  ever wonder what orchestral music i’ve been making?

i know i do!

i recently scored the first episode of a new sci fi comedy web show called “Hank Frisco: Galaxy Defender” which can be seen here:

it’s a great show and i’m psyched to be working with these fellas.

below, you can hear the music on it’s own, cue by cue!  crank it!


Opening Crash Scene:

Hank Frisco opening and Theme:


Fight 1:

Captivity March:

Queen entrance:


Card game radio music:

Fight 2:

“oh hank frisco”:

Everything’s gonna be ok (out of invisible touch):

End credits:

Tour de Fat 2010!

August 30, 2010

my buddy noah tabakin and i were hired on this year as music directors for New Belgium Brewing Company’s Tour de Fat this summer, and it’s been a great time!

so far we’ve played:

and our next stop is the Brewery’s home-base, Fort Collins, CO!

we’re working with a terrific band called The Dovekins from Denver, and among the tunes we’re doing, i’ve written a couple! this is a blog about making things, so here we go!

1.  something triumphant, but i won’t tell you what it’s for, that’d spoil the suprise

2.  game show theme! (this is played live, but here’s a quick midi version)

3.  theme for the winner of the show!  by myself and mr. tabakin.  (also demo version)

4.  crash!  (foley)

5.  industrial smelting sound design

and these four little guys, that we didn’t end up using in the final version of the show:

those crazy fast rabbits!

father time theme

romance theme


new orchestral short

July 7, 2010


here’s a new, short, orchestral piece i may work some expand plans on in the near future.

i currently call it…

“cookie heist”

enjoy and stay tooooooned!


something old, something new

May 24, 2010

hi mom,

1.  so, i’ve been writing a lot lately for one thing or another and it caused me at some point to go back through some old stuff.  this was fun.  i havn’t listened to many of the “song a week” tracks in a while, and there were some tracks that didn’t get posted during that time.  i think i was looking for examples of orchestral writing for a client recently, and came upon something i titled “LOST” when i wrote it.  i figured out that this track was originally part of the “floyd” series i made a couple of years ago, but had been cut for one reason or another.  upon listening now, i was both pleased with the writing in many ways, and embarrassed by the samples/sounds/realism.

note:  it can be tough to make realistic orchestral sounds from synthesized instruments, and this is a good example.

2.  i just finished a track for Tour de Fat 2010, for which i’m a music director, and it’s a track i’m pretty happy with, both in its character and it’s realism.  (but YOU tell ME!).  so this made me think about my writing/recording now, as apposed to a few years ago, and i came up with this thought:

i think i still wrote interesting stuff, but stuff that was distractingly “fake” sounding.  now, this may still be true, as most of the instruments in track 2 are “fake”, but now they are better sounding (more realistic) fake sounds.

mind you, the character of the pieces are different, but it’s interesting to me to think of them as time-pieces, both in the writing and the production.

this may or may not be interesting to anyone but me, but thanks for listening, mom.



Private Eye Noir

May 22, 2010

i did a bid for something requiring “private eye noir” this week, and wanted to share it with YOU!

listen here:

stay tuned!  i’ve been writing a lot lately, and will post again soon.

thanks for listening as always, mom.


piano etude number 7

August 8, 2009

two ideas in play here:

1. stacked 4ths.  for example, the opening chords are two separate stacks of fourths:

RH – C F# B

LH – E A D

these are not all perfect fourths, and resolve in different ways, but the color for the etude is established with these stacks.  when the blocked chords become a linear pattern a few seconds in, it’s the same stacks, broken up.  these six notes establish a rhythmic theme for the accompaniment part.

2. hand to hand play (not evident in recording) – the accompaniment part (above) is really a two handed part, with each hand getting a different stack of fourths, so the melody part that appears about 30 seconds in has to happen around this accompaniment part.  i should make a video.  basically when one hand or another is not playing the accompaniment run, it’s reaching up an octave for a melody note.  this makes for fun hand over hand work, and a bit of speed to reach some of the notes.  think of it this way, when you hear the melody come in, it’s played in this order:

right, right, left, right left

etude 7 crop


well, thanks for listening and reading.

p.s.  Hideout Soul Revue is August 15th (a week away!) and not to be missed

p.p.s.  OK!

piano etude number 5

May 12, 2009

well, hello there!  thanks for reading this sentence.  i maid it myself with my bear hands.

this weeks “song of the week” is another etude.  this one is all based on a whole-tone scale.  the score (for the time being) says, “monsters approach triumphant”, cause that’s how it feels in my imagination.  this, like most of the etudes, was a great exercise in limiting the parameters in order to come up with a cohesive piece, and the whole tone scale creates a pretty fun character that can be devious, with all its tri-tones, and dreamy at the same time.  it leaves you hanging a little, listening for a harmonic home-base.

thanks for listening.


p.s.  i’ve made a little house for my stop animation videos, at, give it a looksy!

piano etude III

April 29, 2009

here’s an etude focused on right hand chromatic scales!!

it’s mischievous.