Sunday, February 12, 2017

SpinTunes 12 - Song Writing Contest - Round 2

SpinTunes #12: Round 2 Challenge

Car-aoke - Write a quintessential road trip song.

 

Background info on my song:

While driving to work I often catch myself entertaining the idea of simply not going to work and just continuing to drive to wherever. This song represents the essence and fleeting whimsy of such a daydream. I am the sole performer and audio engineer.

Lyrics:
Can't shake the feeling
I get it every morning
Don't wanna go to work
Today

Instead I'll drive
Toward the horizon
For endless miles and miles
Today

Open road
Take me away
Open Road
Take me away
Take me away

Can't shake the feeling
I get every morning
Don't wanna go to work
Today

Instead I'll drive
Toward the horizon
For endless miles and miles
Today

Open road
Take me away
Open Road
Take me away

You've always felt more like a home to me anyway...

Open road
Take me away
Open Road
Take me away

Sunday, January 29, 2017

SpinTunes 12 - Song Writing Contest - Round 1

I joined a songwriting contest!

SpinTunes #12: Round 1 Challenge

Party Mix - Write a song from the point of view of someone who just won or lost an election.  It could be a recent election, one from the past, or even a fictional one.  It doesn't even have to be political.



Background Info on my Song:

I've been watching a lot of the show Reign lately which got me thinking about how (in a way) kings are "elected" to rule by a system that society created long before they were born. It also made me think about how when a king takes the throne it means that his parents (or at least his father) had to have recently died which makes it also a very sad time, but he must do what needs to be done regardless.

I had a ton of fun with this challenge; I used an a-symmetric song design to keep the drama very linear. I'm the sole performer on this track and also did the engineering, mixing, and mastering.

Lyrics:

Taken by death too soon
My father lies in his tomb
Cold and at peace in her shroud
I'll do my mother proud

Coursing through my veins
Is a liquid made to reign
Destine to rule from birth
A godsend to this Earth

Royal blood lives in me
Royal blood lives in me
Royal blood lives in me
But royal blood ain't all that turns a man into a king!

Royal blood don't make a leader
Won't make you strong
Can't guide your conscience
To right from wrong
But in this country's hour of need
I'll be exactly who you need me to be

I'll be your king
I'll be your king
I'll be your king
I'll be your king

With royal blood
This royal blood
My royal blood

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Global Game Jam 2017 - GlitchCraft

Last weekend I had the pleasure of working with two great teams on a couple video games as part of the 48 hour Global Game Jam. Over 70,000 people participate in the jam each year in over 90 different countries at 700+ jam sites around the world. Our jam site, GlitchCraft, made 31 games this year, all of which can be downloaded for free here:

http://globalgamejam.org/2017/jam-sites/gamecraft-university-minnesota-twin-cities-2017/games

Here is the music I created over the weekend.

Circuit Breakers:
Tesla and Edison square off to see who's version of the Tesla coil is stronger. Head to Head Puzzle action!




Super Sumo Ball:
You're a sumo, trapped in a giant hamster ball! Knock the ball out of the stage to score points. Make sure to be the last one to get a hit though, as someone else can steal your points!


Enjoy!

Hope to see you again soon,

Bryan

Saturday, December 31, 2016

A Thing A Week - 2016 - Week 52 - Living Earth

WAAAAAAAHOOOOOOOOO! WEEEEEEEK FIFTY TWOOOOOOOOOO!!!

New music. Every week. All year. Done.

It has been one heck of a year and I am thrilled to now be on the completed end of this crazy little "A Thing A Week" experience. Thank you all sooooo much for following along and listening and sharing your comments and encouragement. I don't think I could have done it without you.

My last "Thing" of the year is the final solo piano piece in the "Elements" series based on art work by Alison Albrecht. I give you, "Living Earth."



Thanks again and best wishes into the new year!

Bryan

Monday, December 26, 2016

A Thing A Week - 2016 - Week 51 - Distant Fire

I cannot believe there is less than a week left in the year. Week 51's post is a day late due to the Holiday weekend being packed full of family plans. Soooo much good food and good company :)

This is the 2nd to last post of the year for my 2016 A Thing A Week series. "Distant Fire" is also the 2nd to last piece in my Elements series which is based on the art work of Alison Albrecht. While looking at the painting I got the feeling of a massive fire way off in the distance. Something like a huge hill-side wild fire, or even a distant Sun. The fire is absolutely raging, but from a long way off it appears to be almost still and just subtly changing and morphing. Neither growing nor dissipating. Always was. Always will be.


Thanks for listening. See you next week (or rather lather this week)!

Bryan

Sunday, December 18, 2016

A Thing A Week - 2016 - Week 50

Week 50 has arrived. Today I sat down at the piano with no prep and played. What I played is this week's thing. Sometimes it feels best to just make some sound.




TWO WEEKS LEFT!

Peace,
Bryan

Sunday, December 11, 2016

A Thing A Week - 2016 - Week 49 - Snowfall & Hearth

Snowfall and Hearth
A True Juxtaposition
A Reminder to be Grateful

Week 49 of 2016 has arrived as has the winter wonderland scene out my music room window. Feeling inspired to create is my favorite part of the human condition.





See you next week!

Bryan