The latest album release, “Tonal Eclipse,” is now officially available on all your favorite platforms!
Included in this release are:
“Tonal Eclipse (Of the Heart)” is a groovy mashup of live samples taken from spontaneous recordings captured by Sarah while visiting family in Hawaii, as well as a rehash of the historic train sounds in Pierre Schaeffer’s seminal “Railway Etude” from 1948.
The full soundtrack from the dark-humor film short, “I Spy a Foodie” — written and directed by Thresa Richardson — is included in this release! * Nominated for the 2020 Roger Taylor Award for Short Film Score *
I mentioned some weeks ago that a preorder was getting started for the Sept 1 release of my latest album, “Tonal Eclipse.” As of right now it is fully available on Bandcamp (yayyy! Go pick up a copy!)
I was sincerely expecting all the usual streaming options to be up and running by that time, too, based on my previous experience with the same distributor. Unfortunately, this was not to be the case.
My submission for “Tonal Eclipse” kept coming back with issues with it, like improper track or genre labeling; that part’s pretty normal for me. But the newest issue that plagued this submission was the automated message that there seemed to be a cover song on my album that I didn’t have proper licensing for. That was a surprise.
At first I thought it must be the title of the first track—“Tonal Eclipse (Of the Heart)”. *wink* But after resubmitting again and again with tweaks and submitting a couple of support tickets for more specifics on the exact issue… I finally got an unexpected answer.
The problem was my inclusion of my soundtrack from the recent short film “I Spy a Foodie”! I’ve released my soundtracks with this distributor before (“Shady Oaks Takedown” for example), and I’ve never had this issue. Once I replied with the fact that this music was indeed my own and I had permission to release it, I got a prompt and friendly reply back that the distributor just needed to see signed proof of this, which I sent this morning.
So, all this is to say that the full release I planned on happening a couple days ago should be happening very soon, barring any unforeseen issues that might come up. And I’m not upset at distributors like mine who take great care not to release something that might get everyone sued. I only wish the time spent back-and-forth asking for more information to clarify the issue had been cut in half.
Perhaps improvements could be made to create a separate appeals process for releases, rather than having replies sent into the queue with all other general support tickets. That would be nice. 🙂
This past spring, the Cal Poly Pomona Music and Dance Departments were gearing up to perform modern music with dance in an exiting concert together. Unfortunately Covid-19 hit, and the concert, with everything else, was cancelled. We are hoping to one day revive this effort, though.
In the meantime, the Dance Department put together a wonderful archive of what we had accomplished before the shutdowns. Below, enjoy a rehearsal video from the session when pianist Mike Jung and I were able to join the dancers, playing the first movement of my work “Gypsy Wanderer” as they rehearsed!
A little more insight about this particular project…
Choreography – Kim Gadlin (faculty) Music Composer and Performance by – Sarah Wallin Huff (faculty) Music – Gypsy Wanderer: Irreverently Performers – Francisca Chaparro, Alondra De Leon, Debbie Martin, Kara Rickman, Milan Robertson
The main theme of the dance was the feeling of being tied down, and eventually breaking free from shackles. There were ideas that the dancers were going to interact with the live musicians as they played on stage. I enjoyed how we all would learn phrases of movement and then decide amongst one another to decide who we thought performed it best or portrayed the vision precisely… All who were a part of the piece ensured an open and supportive space which allowed artistry and ideas to flow.
This piece illustrated strong performers attempting to release themselves from confinement. The choreographer had visions of the performers becoming entangled in ribbons trying to break free. The piece was packed with quick footwork and intricate floor work. The music was up-tempo, but lovely. It was very well done by a violinist and pianist; we even had the pleasure of meeting them and dancing to their piece live in the studio. I had high hopes for this piece and grew to love it. A big takeaway for me about this process was, there is beauty in the process of becoming.
Hearing this piece and being able to practice to it live was a whole new experience for all of us. Right away you could see a change in how we approached this dance and it felt amazing…The piece was so close to being finished…Hopefully we’ll be able to come back to the dance in the future since it held a strong presence.
Free-writes and reflections from (Per)spectives ensemble members
Your bit of education for the day! ^_^ Made this as part of my lecture videos I’m putting together for the school summer session (see History of Technology in Music for more info); this is part of my lecture on opera and the cultural/technological changes it provoked in music…
“Isolation Loop” is an original creation made with loops broken down from H.I.F. Biber’s Passacaglia for solo violin from his Rosary Sonatas of 1676. The viola and violins blend with a driving soundscape of synthesis and drums to create a haunting texture at home in any era.
Today, Sarah is our featured artist in “The Inside Story,” a blog series exploring the inner workings and personalities of our composers and performers. Read on to discover how Disneyland helped solidify her desire to create music as a kid…