Without this album, the Moog synthesizer likely would not have reached such popularity. By performing these well-known keyboard classics by J. S. Bach on one of the original Moogs, Carlos dramatically transformed the views of the general public toward the instrument and its musical potential.
Now available on all your favorite platforms is the single, “La Partita Electronica”!
J.S. Bach gets groovy!
Based on an unaccompanied violin partita variation from the eighteenth century by Bach, layers of electronic elements breathe new life into this classic. Also appearing on this release is “Sonata Moderna (Remastered)” from 2010. “Sonata Moderna” is based on a piece from the seventeenth century (“Sonata sopra la Monica” by Biagio Marini). It was the May 2016 Akademia Winner for Best Ambient/Instrumental Song. Featuring two violins and cello with rock rhythm and chords, the past is united with the present in this driving work.
Enjoy this little amuse-bouche of mashed-up music! 🙂
Welcome to #NewTuneThursday!
“I Am Water” represents the final scene in the novel, the moment when Teaston finally accesses peace by joining the prior Faces in Foam in the Water…
Throughout the movement you’ll hear passing snippets of previous themes, most impactfully that of Her Majesty (from The Elusive Everyman…)
I am in love with how rich and haunting this work is!! Enjoy the recording below!
“I Am Water” can be performed by an intermediate ensemble. Get the sheet music here! And stay tuned for our new work of next week…
Welcome to #NewTuneThursday!
Leviathan of the Ancient Deep holds such a dear place in my heart! <3
Written in 2008 as my graduate thesis, this work is a three-movement, 25-minute concerto for solo 6-string electric violin, backed up by orchestra, EWI (electric wind instrument), and synthesizer.
Taking its cue from the Hebrew description of the Creature of antiquity and imagination, this Concerto features the virtuosic properties of the six-string electric violin with its immense range, while the various and creative sounds available to the synthesizer and electric wind instrument (EWI) enhance the beauty of the acoustic orchestra.
I remember I’d always wanted to create an electric violin concerto, and grad school seemed like the perfect opportunity to do it! 🙂
The three movements of this concerto tell a story of warriors setting sail upon the seas to find this ancient creature, Leviathan, for themselves…
I. Seekers of the Legend: “There go the ships: [there] is that Leviathan, [whom] thou hast made to play therein.”
II. Sighting: “Canst thou draw out Leviathan with an hook?… None is so fierce that dare stir him up… Upon earth there is not his like, who is made without fear… He is a king over all the children of pride.”
III. The Hunt: “In that day the LORD with his sore and great and strong sword shall punish Leviathan…that crooked serpent; and he shall slay the dragon that [is] in the sea.”
The second movement is the longest and features a mirror sonata form. The outer movements act as bookends for the whole tale, and the third movement contains a Cadenza during which the soloist is free to recall all the themes and riffs that came before, in new and creative ways.
Fun story: being “under the gun” to complete this work for my degree requirements, I truly thought at one point I wouldn’t get the third movement done in time. But, in a fit of inspiration, I happened to create the movement in only 2 weeks! Of course, I cheated at the time by not writing out a Cadenza and declaring that the soloist should just create one. ^_^ Then, when we debuted the work live, I was forced to finally create a Cadenza I could be proud of. 😉
Because of the complexity of, not only the work itself, but of the whole organization of musicians and equipment needed, I really never thought I’d get to release a recording of it, to share my real vision of it. But after 8 years, as technology (and my handling of it) improved, I was able to put in the effort and create a worthy debut recording! This recording is currently available for Backstage Members. But plans are already underway to get more chamber works recorded this year, to round out a whole, new, fantastic Classical album, with Leviathan at its heart.
For now, enjoy this video featuring a 10-minute sample from the epic, exclusive recording of “Leviathan of the Ancient Deep” and images taken from the accompanying, interactive picture-book!
“Leviathan of the Ancient Deep” can be performed by an advanced group. Get the sheet music here! And stay tuned for our new work of next week…
Get a glimpse into the world of the Leviathan E-Violin Concerto with this new music video featuring a 10-minute sample from the epic, exclusive recording of “Leviathan of the Ancient Deep” and images taken from the accompanying, interactive picture-book!
It’s officially here! Now you can download/stream and enjoy the definitive recording of “Leviathan of the Ancient Deep”!!
Taking its cue from the Hebrew description of the Creature of antiquity and imagination, this 25-minute Concerto features the virtuosic properties of the six-string electric violin with its immense range, while the various and creative sounds available to the synthesizer and electric wind instrument (EWI) enhance the beauty of the acoustic orchestra.
This project has been an 8-year dream of mine, and I couldn’t be happier with the result!
The full recording is available for a limited time and only to Backstage Members. By joining this inner circle, you’ll be directly supporting the careers of local musicians I work with and helping create quality new music recordings that will stand the test of time. 🙂
Let me know if you have any questions. I sincerely hope you enjoy this amazing recording!!
Check out the recorded version of the Cadenza from movement 3, “The Hunt”!
It’s such a neat way to hear the huge range of the 6-string electric violin without anything covering it… This cadenza incorporates elements from the solo found in all three movements– I really dig that it appears toward the end of the 3rd movement only, so it can really shine as a sort of recap to the whole work!
Also, in this little video you’ll see the actual waveform taken from the beginning of the second movement’s recording. And– there’s a special treat at the end of this video… Be sure to look for that image around on some swag in the near future… 😉
Remember, become a Backstage Member so you can download and stream this epic concerto when it’s out! It (and the aforementioned swag) will ONLY be available to Backstage-ers for a long time!
This recording is approximately half-way finished; the second movement is fully recorded and first-draft balanced, and that movement (“Sighting”) is as long as the other two movements combined!
Check out the teaser videos below to hear the orchestral and synth accompaniment to the two main themes in movement 2 (FYI for the music nerds– this movement is in a really cool Mirror Sonata Form!!):
TLDR: The ultimate recording of “Leviathan of the Ancient Deep” is under way! It will soon be available exclusively for my Backstage Members, along with some unique swag to celebrate this long awaited release!
I admit it — I’m obsessed with making sure my “Leviathan baby” gets to see the light of day… And it’s been a very long journey for this particular work.
“Leviathan of the Ancient Deep” is a three-movement, 25-minute concerto for 6-string electric violin, EWI, Synth, and orchestra. Written in 2008 and not premiered live until 2016, it is indeed a monster of a work. ‘…it’s a fantastic piece – imaginative, engaging, and pretty wild’ (Sam Renshaw, Parma Recordings).
I have been unable to get the funding needed to do a completely live recording, so I’m moving ahead with what I can do: producing a part-digital, part-live recording of this unique concerto. I’ve been piecing together as nice a digital orchestra as I can, along with getting to play with some great synth sounds for the electronic parts. The accompaniment is now just about complete, and all I have left to do is start recording the solo electric violin part.
I’m doing this so that I can personally “be done” worrying over Leviathan; so that I can confidently move forward with my next bigger works ahead of me, and so that others can finally experience my vision of the Concerto as best as is currently possible.
This recording will be available first, exclusively for my Backstage Members, along with some unique swag to celebrate this long awaited release! Later, when I have a full album of new material to add to it, I’ll publicly release Leviathan as a part of the new album… 🙂
Meanwhile… You can enjoy a couple of in-progress videos of my production process below…
Enjoy this little trailer video for my new soundtrack collection, coming soon…. 🙂
“Leviathan of the Ancient Deep” is a three-movement, 25-minute concerto for 6-string electric violin, EWI, Synth, and orchestra. Written in 2008 and not premiered live until 2016, it is indeed a monster of a work:
“…it’s a fantastic piece – imaginative, engaging, and pretty wild” (Sam Renshaw)
Collaborating with PARMA Recordings and the Moravian Philharmonic of the Czech Republic, we are working to create a definitive recording of this challenging, cinematic work so that its dramatic sonic experience can be shared widely with others.
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