Enjoy the digital demo of “Solitude’s Hypocrisy” for solo violin and classical guitar!
Woke up this morning to a sudden burst of inspiration for another of my themes for THE BOOK OF I! “Solitude’s Hypocrisy” for solo violin and classical guitar… It’s utterly captivating to work on– maybe I’ll complete it by the end of today!
“The ever-shifting world throws me into a lonely corner when I need someone. And when I crave solitude, my skull lets everybody into my mind.” –Teaston (written by Jorge Armenteros)
My next Book of I theme, titled “Sweet Camila,” is on its way forward! I’m making great headway with this charming string quartet! I can’t wait to record it live!
I am having a BLAST working full-throttle on this new album of music for Jorge Armenteros’ novel, The Book of I. Today I’ve written nearly 4 minutes worth of music for one of the tracks! It’s only a rough draft, so keep an open mind, but if you’re interested in hearing what I’ve been up to so far, check it below!
This track, loosely named “Death’s Leitmotif,” is based on a concept in the book where the “angular melodic twists, keep coming back” to the mind of the main character, as he continually contemplates and befriends Death’s imminent greeting… Thought it’s not at all complete, see if you can hear where I’m going with this!…. Enjoy!
Woohoo! I am so stoked to announce that I have finally finished the complete engraved rendering of the score and parts to my latest composition, Of Roses and Lilies!
I have been working hard to learn the coding language necessary to operate LilyPond, and after completely hacking away at this particularly gigantic score, with the need for idiosyncrasies in notation related to keyboard, vocal lines with lyrics, strings, and woodwinds, I have emerged victorious! I would not have put so much effort into mastering this program, if the resulting sheet music didn’t look so beautiful and professional! On top of that, in regard to formatting the score/parts, whereas graphical notation software continually presented some bugginess in the output, even after having completed the final product, LilyPond’s formatting is essentially automatic, with the flexibility to adjust each aspect as necessary. To simply type in what is needed and then render and receive an automatically beautiful output, is completely worth the effort it took to learn how this coding works! Plus, now I feel pretty smart, lol. (^‿◕)
And now, Of Roses and Lilies has been added to my sheet music collection for sale! Check it out at my Sheet Music Store!
I have a couple of exciting things on the horizon….
Here it is! Proof that I had the immense privilege of working with James Franco!!
Many thanks to reporter Luzzei Tsuji, who not only featured me in the Santa Clarita Local Artist Spotlight, but, in the course of her research for my story, also unearthed all the details of the Franco art film that I hadn’t been able to find until now.
To recap, I got the call to head out to Universal Studios — the Bates Motel, precisely — back in February this year. I knew it was to be an art film, I got to meet James Franco and play my solo rendition of the shower-scene theme for him and did my thing when they were ready for me.. in the Shower… of the Bates Motel… where the original Psycho was shot by Hitchcock… !!
Now, there is finally news on the results of that awesome experience! The “Hitchcock-Inspired Exhibit” — titled Psycho Nacirema – was shown at the London Pace Gallery June 6 through July 27, and
“…all but recreat[ed] the eerie Bates Motel from the 1960 Alfred Hitchcock thriller Psycho, complete with a blood-spattered bathroom.
Franco collaborated with Scottish artist Douglas Gordon, whose own 1993 work, “24 Hour Psycho,” projected a slowed-down version of the Hitchcock classic lasting an entire day. The show consists of five faux hotel rooms, four of which have been drenched in gruesome red paint and outfitted with neon signs and ghostly images of a wig-clad Franco playing the part of victim Marion Crane.
As attendees sign an oversized guest book and move through the macabre setting, projections of Franco acting out scenes from the film appear on the walls, most of which are scrawled with “Psycho” over and over…”
So… where did I end up fitting in the mix? My video was playing on one of the walls of the doomed bathroom, and, it seems, my solo rendition of the Shower Scene theme was slowed waaaaayyyy down with the video’s action to lend an utterly eerie atmosphere to the grisly scene!
…you enter the notorious bathroom where you’ll find a shower red-paint doused curtain printed with Franco’s screaming image. A projection shows a violinist playing Bernard Herrmann’s screechy score from the film.
Enjoy these few photos I snagged from the internet!
Check it out! Pianist Mike Jung shows off the piano part from the finale of my work, “Gypsy Wanderer”! Told ya it ROCKS done LIVE!!!!
Come see us perform the whole work (along with the likes of Brahms and Suk) in Seal Beach, CA! Details here!
AND! Don’t forget — Gypsy Wanderer is going to be one of the featured works on my new PARMA album! Be sure to jump on board TODAY to be a part of making it happen! Be a part of something bigger than all of us and make your donation today!
Greetings! I thought everyone might be interested in a single post where demos of the five compositions that will be included on my upcoming PARMA album could be found… so that you can take a listen to just a small sample of the awesome-ness that we are producing and that YOU are a vital part of!
In no particular order, the new works to fill this exciting album are:
Spread the word! Let’s get this project funded!
Visit this Link to hear the hour-long segment in which Anima Mechanicae appears; I’m at the 22:45 mark!
(Click here to find the recordings of other segments from the same show, and others.)