Wednesday, September 30, 2009

A Virtual Composer - first drum machines, now this

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Here's a brief Septet I wrote last Spring

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Septet.mp3 (1849 KB)

In the spring quarter at CSULA the composition and orchestration students were very fortunate to have a professional septet come in to read and record our pieces. John Kennedy, the head of CSULA's composition department conducted. I re-orchestrated a section of a string quartet that I'd written and below are the results.

After hearing it for the first time since then, I'm happier with it than I remember. The problems I had with it originally were not with the performance, all of the players had either just been on a soundstage or were going to play with the LA Philharmonic that evening, but with the composition. I felt that it didn't fit well with the first movement (not heard here) and that there were problems with the harmonies. I don't feel this way now and am happy to have something like this well documented.

Special thanks to Steve Wight and the students of his recording course for recording the pieces, and especially Weba Garretson for the extra work that she did getting the audio together. 

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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

ReverbNation/Audiolife Store

Below is a video describing the ReverbNation/Audiolife store that is currently in beta. Although I'm not in the business of endorsing products, I am always interested in something that is powerful and easy for musicians and this appears to be one of those things. Essentially it integrates what ReverbNation has to to offer (widgets, FanReach, etc.) with the on-demand store capabilities that Audiolife offers. I've been messing around with ReverbNation a little lately and have also used Audiolife a little and this looks really cool to me.

<p>Reverb Store Walkthrough from Ferol Vernon on Vimeo.</p>

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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Fun Rehearsal

Had a really fun rehearsal tonight getting ready for our show at East Side Luv. It's been a blast playing lately!

<a href="" title="Mama Juana's 24 by Monte Carlo 76, on Flickr">Mama Juana's 24 /></a>

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Gino Robair on I, Norton

Gino Robair talks about his opera I, Norton: #GinoRobair #Gino #Robair

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Thursday, September 10, 2009

A good example

It's rare that I write about other music, not because I don't want to but because I have enough problems writing about and promoting my own. However, today a musician named Atomic Skunk followed me on Twitter and it started a whole chain of events that I found very positive.

First and foremost, I like the music. It's well crafted ambient/electronica that does not exclude form and songwriting  I've been listening to more of this lately, and this is a step above some of the other things I've sampled on the web. This musician is not afraid of melody and is not just gratuitously using the common elements of this style of music.

Second, his website is simple, easy to navigate and has plenty of music for free. All of his press, social media sites, contact info is there. I've spent some time researching  musician's web presence, with this site being a great example.  This site does not get in the way of the main thing: his music.

This all started with a follow on Twitter, but to me it shows what can be done with a simple, unified presentation of music on the web.

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Wednesday, September 9, 2009