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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Distribution

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. 🙂

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Enjoy a Sneak Peek at a Couple of WIPs

I’ve made a couple of cool demo videos for you to take a peek at these two works I’ve got on the burner right now… 🙂

First, a look at “Ayre of Grievances” for flute, violin, and viola (a digital playback demo of just the opening section):

Second, here’s a short example of a cool sampling piece I’m putting together: “Tonal Eclipse”

Enjoy, and keep an eye out for the finished works soon!

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New Interview Up

A fun interview with PARMA Recordings is now available for reading!

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…

Inside Story

Speacial shout-outs to IPAs, the Big Island of Hawaii, and Mario Kart lol. 😂

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Basement Jams: Looper Experiment #1, “Mellow”

I’m back in my basement studio with my native flute, handpan, and my viola to experiment with the AudioKit L7 looper app! (I love AudioKit’s app SynthOne, too–I highly recommend checking it out!)

Ideally, I would use headphones and record the sound properly, but I wanted to see how the app handled a spontaneous “live” sort of setting…. Enjoy this randomly improvised, modern passacaglia, and expect more musical experiments to come… 😉

By the by, be sure to check out my single Chant de Grenouille sur la Lune if you like this kind of sound.

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New Track Coming Soon!

Coming soon, and available now for Backstage SupportersHope Unfolding!

Inspired by the pandemic quarantine of 2020, this improvised work is an expression of relentless hope unleashed upon the world. On a day of feeling “cooped up” I was simply inspired to create this electronic backdrop of voices and texture, and the next day I pulled out my fiddle and enjoyed freely jamming around to this track.

Look for it April 10!

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The Skinny on Backstage Supporter-ship

What with the news of Bandcamp’s efforts to support artists during this pandemic, I suddenly realized that I never did explicitly explain what it means to be a Backstage Supporter on Bandcamp. *oops!*

So here are details: For the cost of only one CD you can receive all of my work throughout the year, ahead of everybody else, and take advantage of subscriber-only music! On top of that, you’ll be supporting local musicians and the quality of my craft in a way that you can hear.

There are three levels of Supporter you can choose from:

Basic: $12Gold Level: $30Diamond Level: $75
All new releases, the back-catalog items listed, any material I release as backstage-only, and access to my fan community (backstage-only messages and photos).All that’s included in Basic, plus: I’ll not only list your name in the album notes as a sponsor for all new releases you are a part of, but I’ll also send you an autographed copy of the newest albums you support for free!All that’s included in Basic and Gold, plus: I’ll send you an autographed copy of one major score of the music featured in the latest album releases you support.

Learn more about what it’s like to make music happen in our day and age in the video below, and consider becoming a Supporter if you can!

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Overtones, Harmonics, Monochords, Oh My!

I finally put up a video this weekend, demonstrating DIY monochords and overtones. I started demonstrating the monochord in class last semester, using an old one handmade in our department, but this semester I wanted to try building my own. ^_^

Enjoy this short compilation video demonstrating both monochords and introducing the concept of the harmonic series

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Recording “The Oracle”

Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of hearing my “tarot piece,” The Oracle, come to life in Barefoot Recording Studio in Hollywood!

The work is a 12-minute exploration of the human condition as told through the symbology of a tarot deck. It’s written for five musicians, who each represent an important natural element: piano (Tree of Life), violin (Fire), cello (Water), flute (Air), and clarinet (Earth).

Many thanks to the following people for making this possible: Agnes Schwartz (violin), Pola Benke (cello), Liz LaCoste (flute/piccolo), Ryan Glass (clarinet), Masako Klassen (piano), and David Martinez (engineer).

I’ll announce when the recording is ready for release. In the meantime enjoy these photos from our recording session!

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Sneak Peek into Recording Prep for “Intrepid”

Coming up soon in these next couple of months, we’ll be recording the epic Fantasy for Oboe/English Horn Soloist and Chamber Orchestra, “Intrepid“! It will be an amazing compliment to the Leviathan E-Violin Concerto on the upcoming album! <3

To prep the upcoming strings-only session — to make the process as easy as possible on my dear friends helping to make this possible — I decided to record myself playing the 2 violin parts and viola part ahead of time. It’ll give me a lot more flexibility in mixing the tracks, and give my players a really solid footing when reading through this together.

One of the things I love about a process such as this, is getting to hear a larger piece broken up into its basic layers–getting to hear what components interact to create the overall effect–and it never ceases to amaze and thrill me! I love music that weaves in and out of itself like a sonic tapestry…

You can get a sense for the intricacy of this work by listening to the following two segments of this prep-recording. Enjoy! 🙂

Want to contribute to this recording? There are several ways you can help: