Posts Tagged ‘orchestral’

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!

http://www.hankfrisco.com/featured/episode-2-handshake/

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 www.fntv.com.  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:  http://www.facebook.com/footnotetv

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

love,

Jonathan

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this just in!

August 3, 2010

it’s NEWS MUSIC!

this was a track i wrote for a friend/client recently. i thought i’d post it on the BLOG because BLOGS ARE FOR SHARING!

i had a lot of fun with this one, trying to harness some of the tv broadcast news-cheese of years ago.

get ready!

hear it is:

new orchestral short

July 7, 2010

team,

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!

-steinomite

floyd goes to the open mic

June 5, 2008

episode four:

floyd’s really nervous about going to open mic night.  he’s got some songs he’s been dying to try out live, but he’s nervous that they won’t go over well, and generally has a hard time with social scenes.

listen, and see how it goes.

ABOUT:

this was another experiement for me, initially to find a way to combine a lots of instruments without maxing out my computer completely.  i ended up with a lot of instruments, all generally playing minimal parts.  i wanted lots of different color’s, and wanted to play with more instruments than i have been.  so i started a session of about 5 or 6 orchestral instruments or sections, then 5 or 6 more in another file, and so on, until i had about 4 sessions going, that all got mixed into the final live recordings.  the last step (live stuff) was the melodica, some sound effects, guitar and vocals, and mixing the end to sound cinematic, with volume and panning choices.  considering the number of things going on, and time it took, it feels very short to me now, but hopefully effective.  let me know what you think!  this was also fun, because it started without any clear idea, just sound and idea searching.  the one thing i wanted was the sneaky/creapy/pensive thing, which influenced some of the instrument and note choices.  the entire openning of the piece takes place inside floyd’s head, until he gets out of his head and into a bar at the end of the piece, and makes his decision on the “open mic” experience.

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floyd goes to the ball

May 21, 2008

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this is the second of the “floyd” series, which is turning out to be a fun programmatic romp with a combination of sampled and real instruments. this one was written only days after the first episode, “floyd takes a walk”, posted last week, and in this episode, we find floyd at a ball or dance of sorts, again struggling in some endearing way. i imagine him trying to fit in socially, maybe even trying to dance, but generally failing at all turns. it’s the sort of party that would be great fun if you were someone else, he thinks, as he’s preoccupied with his own inabilities to function in such a social environment. but floyd strikes me, so far, as someone who keeps trying. this is part of his charm, and part of the thing that frustrates him so much.

musically, i used pizzicato strings for the basis of the waltz, and percussion that nods to a “falling down” idea; clumsy perhaps like floyd. there’s a toy a accordian in the first section of the piece that also feels very a little awkward or out of place playing single long notes at these same “crash” moments. the opening theme is in the oboes, a favorite of mine, but not as popular a solo instrument as, say, the violins or clarinets. the middle section of this piece is my favorite, where a solo violin takes the melody, and the atmosphere changes a bit. here, i think floyd starts to imagine himself as someone else, someone who’s smart and interesting and smooth and charming. he welcomes the attention. he proudly slides through the room like the sound of a single well played violin, and the underlying accompaniment changes with him. it becomes a little more hip. it moves a little better. grooves a little. it’s another, better, place. here, i used electric bass and drumkit, under organ and violin. the “back to reality” transition is me whistling over the organ, and a bit of the first theme, on the oboe again, before one final crash brings floyd back to awkward reality.

i’m hoping to overdub the solo violin part with a real violinist soon, which will help the piece a lot, some of the sounds i think are pretty believable, while that one is sort of an earsore i think.  once that happens, i’ll repost.  until then, sorry about some of the synthyness.

thanks for listening and reading! i hope to have another orchestration for this series soon. either way, tune in next week for more new material of some sort.

j

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