Posts Tagged ‘tour de fat’

new things to see and hear and buy and talk about and blog about perraggafount!

May 5, 2012

well mom, you know how i like to keep myself bizzy.  lately i’ve been working on a few things, including updating my website to include things that i’ve been working on, except for working on my website, which isn’t an update on the site but i think becomes evident when one views said site.

www.jonsteinmeier.com

one exciting thing that i’m finally selling sheet music on the site, in the “score store.”  so far i have “the page turner’s big break” and a couple of the piano etudes available.  more coming soon!

two exciting thing is that i’ve updated the site with lovely pictures that i like, and links to a bunch of stuff i’ve worked or am working on.

three exciting thing that the Rhymanese Twins and SnakenStein now have websites.  the rhymanese twins is an act that noah tabakin and i developed for Tour de Fat last year that we’re revisiting on this years tour as well.

the SnakenStein show is a NEW show that we’ve developed for Tour de Fat and other stage and street venues this year.  we’re very excited about it!

four exciting things visit my new site and all of the other sites!

love,

jon

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

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:
Chicago,
Milwaukee
Minneapolis
Seattle
Portland
Boise

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

thinking

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.

love,

jonathan

opus 32 in b major

May 11, 2008

click this sentence (for musics)

this is just a delightful little piece put together by myself and some mucca’s a week ago at rehearsals in denver, co.

in between real rehearsal time, a few of us started jamming on these two sections of material. the first is the comically smooth I to IV (C major to F major) “jam”, and the second is the “apocalyptic tri-tone terror jam.”TM we found this to be so funny when we were doing it, that we ended up playing through and improvising over this bit for roughly half an hour straight (reports on actual time vary). it escalated into vocalizing and horn playing and interrupting people talking and trying to maintain order. what fun.

upon returning from said denver trip, i recorded a longer version of the tune sans vocalization, and limited to drums, bass, guitar, and piano. i wanted to try to reproduce some of the hilarious “soloing” that we did in denver, and also test out some new mics. you can here this multi-tracked version HERE. i made it a point to give each instrument only one “take” (or try) when recording, to retain that improvised, spontaneous (even if it’s bad) feel.

the original rockers on the denver recording (the conception) are:

jeff thomas

dave ramey

george lawler

sam johnson

elanor leskiw, and

justin amolsch

what fun. ya’ll rock my socks.