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#CPPMusicCouches Podcast Debut!

This brand new internship for the CPP music department has been in the works this past Fall, and today we celebrate the debut episode!!!

The Music Couches in the Cal Poly Pomona music department are a legendary feature, and have been for many decades. It is a “sacred space” where students and faculty can enjoy each other’s company between classes, and talk about music, life, career… and everything in between! With this podcast, we strive to replicate that feeling during the pandemic lockdown.

I have the pleasure of acting as the episode producer/editor and faculty advisor for this project, as well as writing the podcast theme music.

New episodes will be available every two weeks. Enjoy!

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One More Exclusive Track for You!

I’ve decided to add one more track to the Backstage Members exclusive downloads! Not only can Backstage Members get “Crystallization” now, but they will also get an advance recording of the driving chamber work, “Ayre of Grievances” (check out the video here)!

Enjoy, and Happy New Year!

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New Wintery Single

I’m so excited to have finished my latest lovely, little “winter passacaglia” for piano solo: “Crystallization”!

Dedicated to my dear friend, Michael Jung, who’s always willing to try anything I throw at him.

The recorded single is currently available to Bandcamp Backstage Members; I hope you’ll consider joining your support, if you haven’t already. In the meantime, you can listen to a minute-long segment of this new work here.

I do have plans, in fact, to orchestrate a full symphonic background to this work within the next months, turning it into a grand cinematic score… 🙂 I’ll let you know how that goes!

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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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Pre-Order for “Tonal Eclipse” Now Open!

Announcing the newest electronic/classical album — “Tonal Eclipse”! Pre-orders are currently available on Bandcamp and the official release on all platforms is scheduled for September 1!

Pre-Order for “Tonal Eclipse” Now Open!

Included in this release is the full, Roger Taylor Award Nominated soundtrack for the short film “I Spy a Foodie”! Click the link to get a taste of what’s to come…

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New Release: “Isolation Loop”

Now available everywhere– Isolation Loop…

“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.

Listen to it your preferred way at the link!

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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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New Single Available Now for Backstage Members!

Hear my newest, unique single, “Chant de Grenouille sur la Lune,” now by joining the Backstage Supporter crew!

“Frog Song to the Moon” celebrates the simple beauty of nature, with entirely improvised sounds of the handpan, native trail flute, and violin, set to the background of a chorus of frog-song captured in Valencia, CA on a peaceful evening.