Saturday, December 31, 2016

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


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!


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)!


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.



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!


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.


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!


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):

To see the rest of the games, visit:

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

See you next week!