Sunday, December 4, 2016

A Thing A Week - 2016 - Week 48 - Precious Air

Close your Eyes
Borrow a Breath
All Around
Deep Within
Our Precious Air
Our Precious Life

For Week 48 I've written a piece of music for solo piano based on the art work of Alison Albrecht. This piece is part of The Elements collection. In August, I wrote Calming Water as well, so take a listen over there if you missed it or want to hear these two together. I'll be doing Fire and Earth for two of the last four weeks of 2016. Looking forward to compiling this set with the Seasons Past set and making a full length album release for solo Piano. Watch for it early 2017 :)



I should mention, Alison is having an art opening at Trotter's Cafe in St. Paul, MN from 6-8 this Wed Dec 7th. The event will feature hre paintings I've been composing music to as well as some of her other paintings and photographs. And! I'll be playing live music during the show. If you're in the area, stop by and say hi.

If not then, I'll see you next week.

Bryan


Sunday, November 27, 2016

A Thing A Week - 2016 - Week 47 - Autumnal Reminiscence

Guess what!? It is week 47 of 2016, and I'm back to working on the Seasons Past series which is based on artwork by Alison Albrecht. Autumnal Reminiscence is the final installment in this set.

After this post, there are 4 weeks left in the year! Over the summer I wrote a piece for water called Calming Water. So, to finish out the year, I'll be creating music for the rest of the Elements; Earth, Air, and Fire. This will leave me with one additional week to round out 2016. Not entirely sure what I'll be doing for that. I have jury duty the last two weeks of the year, so maybe we'll have some sort of court room inspired music. We'll just have to wait and see. But for now, here is Autumnal Reminiscence.


See you next week!

Bryan

Sunday, November 20, 2016

A Thing A Week - 2016 - Week 46 - Midwest Game Jam

Hello hello,

Welcome to week 46 of 2016! I just had the pleasure of attending Gamer's Rhapsody 3. While there, I participated in the 2016 Midwest Game Jam. For those of you who don't know, a game jam is where you get a bunch of developers, artists, musicians, writers, and more together to create a video game within a certain time limit. These people may or may not know each other. They are always super fun and a great networking opportunity. This jam went from 10am on Sat - 10 am Sun (this morning). The theme was "Winter Wonderland."

There were A TON of musicians at this one, and not a lot of developers, so I decided to take a crack at making a game myself. My minimum viable product was a 3D landscape that could be explored and would have different music based on where you went. I can't believe I made this start to finish in less than 24 hours.

I took the name for my game from a piece of music I wrote a few weeks back. Winter Still is a sonically interactive, snowy mountain exploration experience. I created all the music in Pro Tools using mostly EastWest Samples. A lot of the 3D assets are from the free-to-use Infinity Blade set. I created the landscape/map/texture, placed and scaled the assets, and programmed the music transitions accordingly using Unreal 4.

The game can be downloaded for free here (Windows 64-bit):
http://gamejolt.com/games/winter-still/210633


To see the rest of the games, visit:
http://jams.gamejolt.io/midwestgamejam2016


Lastly, here is a playlist of all the music I created for this game.



See you next week!

Bryan

Sunday, November 13, 2016

A Thing A Week - 2016 - Week 45 - Spring Awakening

We're getting down there! Week 45 is here. That means we have only 7 more Things to go. I'm continuing working on my series of piano miniatures based on the seasons and artwork by Alison Albrecht. I'm really happy with the way these are turning out. What a fun project to be a part of.

Also, this is neat, I just noticed Those Who Make Sound just reached 7500 blog views. Very cool!

I don't have a lot more to say about this piece, so I'll let the music and visuals speak for themselves.

Enjoy :)



See you next week! Bryan

Sunday, November 6, 2016

A Thing A Week - 2016 - Week 44 - Winter Still

Hello again,

I'm am back to working on music based on the paintings of artist Alison Albrecht! She has made an amazingly beautiful series of paintings based on the seasons and the elements. Over the summer I created music for "Summer Garden" and "Calming Water." Today I am sharing with you my music based on her painting of winter. I am calling this piece "Winter Still." I know I probably should have worked on autumn next considering the beautiful fall weather we're currently having here in Minnesota, but, I was inspired by winter, and you can't argue with inspiration. So here it is :)




Thanks for watching/listening. See you next week with more piano music and more art!

Until then,
Bryan

Sunday, October 30, 2016

A Thing A Week - 2016 - Week 43 - Piano Improv

Hello hello,

Welcome to week 43 of 2016. We have less than 10 weeks left in the year! How about that!? I feel like it has been a while since I've done a piano improv video, and looking back, it has been a little over two months...wow!

For this one, I was toying with a key I haven't really worked with much before. Generally if I'm using all the black keys, my hands tend to go for C and F as the white keys, but today I purposely pushed myself to use B and E as the white keys. What a different mood. I like it.

I set a minor and a major theme back and forth for this one. I'm really starting to find that music works best for me when I don't try to go too many places. When it comes down to it, this is really just two relative key centers alternating back and forth a couple times. But it really works and I'd probably be okay hearing back and forth several more times if the range and arrangement where to change (maybe even if not). I'll have to keep that in mind.

Hope you enjoy this little improvisation.




Thanks for listening and see you next week!

Bryan

Sunday, October 23, 2016

A Thing A Week - 2016 - Week 42 - 2016 Composer Quest Olympics Composer Choice

Welcome to Event 6 of the 2016 Composer Quest Olympics!

Composer’s Choice

Due October 27th
Maybe you can’t compete in a REAL Olympic event, but you an at least compose something in honor of one. You’ll pick an event and decide what style or form captures its essence. For example, if you picked javelin throw, you might compose a long continuous arc in your melody. Or maybe you want to capture the improvisation of a boxing match with competing jazz solos. Or maybe you just want to write a song about a bobsled team. Provide a recording to share with the group, plus a short written description of the event you chose and how you represented it in your composition.

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I (like many others) was highly impressed with Simone Biles's floor routine in the 2016 Olympic Games. So, I decided to use that routine as inspiration for a piece of music for piano. I put the sound of the video on mute, and composed a character piece that is cued to the routine itself. This was a lot of fun to write and is very enjoyable to watch (IMHO).

I'm so grateful to have been a part of this Composer Quest. It has been a long road and a lot of work, but well worth the effort. I've gotten to know a bunch of other composers and their work, and have written a lot of music that I would not have otherwise written. Hat's off to Charlie McCarron for putting this whole thing together.

I hope you enjoy this little video :)


Please note: This video has not been monetized, and is for reference only. Original video borrowed from http://www.nbcolympics.com/news/10-routines-10-gold-medals-watch-olympic-gymnastics-champions-every-event


Thanks for watching!

See you next week :)
 Bryan