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 August I finished an original score for a dark-humor short (based on a true story, no less!) called I Spy a Foodie. It was a very enlightening learning experience and a really fun project to work on! I pulled out some new gadgets and tried new ideas for it (I’m so thrilled I got to use this amazing free app for a lot of my sounds), and I’m so happy with how the whole score turned out!
Another rare find! The AMAZING soundtrack by Gil Mellé—a soundtrack that its film does not deserve! 😹 I feel like it belongs with some epic city crime drama…
This soundtrack from 1977 by jazz composer and artist Gil Mellé is an amazing, colorful work of art. What strikes me is how this music got involved with the 1977 Canadian sci-fi film “Starship Invasions” (starring Christopher Lee!!!).
When watching the film, it was a typical B-movie experience, except for the fact that the music continually struck me as beautiful and clever and engaging–nonetheless, the music does NOT match up with any of the vibe or story of the film! It was a surreal experience!!
When listening to the music alone, I imagine some gritty, city, detective drama. And, musically, it is a joy to listen to! So, I’ve taken the available synthetically-made stereo tracks (it feels like these were taken from the original reel-to-reel, that perhaps wasn’t stored too carefully, and then manipulated on early equipment), and I ran them through my up-to-date basic mastering system, to at least try to breathe some fullness into these tracks.
It’s still not the greatest quality. Someday, I may track down the original mono files and just build them up from scratch… I like the music enough, I may just do that someday. But for now, I hope you’ll enjoy this symphonically jazzy soundtrack masterpiece by Gil Mellé!
In 2017 I had the pleasure of working on some original chamber orchestra music for portions of the underscore of “A Little Something About Noel,” a sweet short film by Paul Garcia. I’m thrilled to say his film is now available for viewing! Enjoy it below; you can also find my soundtrack on the album, “Myriaddict.”
The year old film, was produced for the LA 48 Hour Film Project to write, produce and finish a film in only 48 hours. In addition, several parameters were given: A character named Austin or Ashley Cheevers who is a winemaker, a wallet for a prop, and the line of dialog “We only have a few minutes” must be included. The genres were drawn at random from a hat, the team drew “Martial Arts/Buddy Film” and we could combine them or use one or the other. (Source)
This adorable short film, a frequent Audience Favorite at screenings, was a crazy, fun project I was brought in to create the music for… in only 6 or so hours…!!! Read more about the experience here.