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My new website

Hey everyone!

I am about to release my new website at

Its new for me as my main website until now has been a total focus on me as a composer for media music and I didnt want to mingle my Jazz career (mostly as the stigma of saxophone in media music is one that I want to shake as a writer) so as I am re-emerging as a Jazz solo artist I am finding the need to have someplace for people in the Jazz…


Added by Chris Alpiar on March 14, 2012 at 3:12pm — 3 Comments

Integrating LASS 2 as a new user: My template

Previously posted in the AudioBro forums (makers of LASS). This is mostly intended as a helpful view for other composers installing LASS 2 into their setup, but might be useful for others as well:

So it was a pain getting it setup and template worked out. Lots of stuff that isnt made obvious in the documentation that really hung me up. But I have made breakthroughs on Monday and got rolling so I thought I would share my working setup. Previously I have used VSL as my string go…


Added by Chris Alpiar on January 23, 2012 at 4:15pm — No Comments

Click for me to be panelist at 2012 SXSW please!

Hey folks!

I am in a workshop group trying to get in as panelists for next years SXSW conference in Austin. Sooooo, if you don't mind, please clicky clicky and vote for us on the SXSW PanelPicker!


It is a quick and free registration you have to do on the SXSW site to vote (enter name and email and password is it) and it also lets…


Added by Chris Alpiar on August 18, 2011 at 3:28pm — No Comments

Sonivox Broadway Lites (LE version of Broadway Big Band)

Just been messing around with this new lib for me, trying to get under my hat the VERY advanced and complex system they have for keyswitch triggering. Its miles past any lib I have seen out there in terms of what it can do for you. Anyway this is a REAL quick unmixed output. I did spend time working on keyswitch editing but thats about it, otherwise all audio is coming through one stereo channel, with one reverb and thats it. Ill be working on this and reposting as time goes on the next few…


Added by Chris Alpiar on August 10, 2011 at 7:34pm — 3 Comments

Pro Composer, PART A. Music Business and Law, STEP ONE: the DMCA

Yea, I understand it's a lot of legal jargon and our entire industry has been crafted over the last century to be completely confusing and to obfuscate paths to enlightenment for the layman, usually the composers, songwriters and musicians who slave away at this art and craft. But try. REALLY try hard to understand this stuff. Understanding the DMCA is the very first step to understanding what this new world is all about and understanding how you may or may not make a living from your music…


Added by Chris Alpiar on June 16, 2011 at 1:07pm — 1 Comment

new short film "THE LAST TRICK"


Just finished this film, awaiting on the final ok but this is after many changes and rewrites so pretty sure I am giving the director exactly what he very specifically asked for ;-) Was great fun! I am playing some solo tenor sax and I also wrote a jazz quintet piece "Carmela's Theme" as source music and closing credits. Its me on soprano and…


Added by Chris Alpiar on March 18, 2011 at 6:42pm — No Comments

Depression - too much to do, not enough time to do it, sidetracked by focusing on technology...

Well the title says it all.

I am kind of bummed out, overwhelmed by the immensity of the tasks I want to accomplish in life. I want to write intense orchestral music on the level of Stravinsky; I want to master the saxophone on a level like Coltrane did; I want to put out large Jazz ensemble charts that are on the level of Duke Ellington; I want to make rich pop songs that sett the soul at ease on the level of James Taylor, John Lennon, Elton John. And instead I write some…

Added by Chris Alpiar on July 22, 2010 at 12:39pm — 12 Comments

Studio settling in!

Finally got my studio really finished. Actually finally hung my Tannoy nearfields today, so the photos arent totally accurate, but now the Tannoys are hanging from a unistrut type of steel bar and away from the wall just over my computer monitors. Here are some pics of the install:

and here is the final shots of my suite and some of the other suites in the studio I share. There are 9 suites here, all wired into the main…

Added by Chris Alpiar on June 14, 2010 at 3:30pm — 3 Comments

Lenny Nelson: Jazz Master Drummer and Educator

Lenny is a guy I met in the early 90s in Boston when I was at Berklee College of Music. My roomate at that time, French jazz drummer Dominique Schlocker, met Lenny one day down in the drum practice shed area, he was just lurking around and feeding energy to practicing drummers. I remember Dominique came home and told me about his surreal meeting with this guy who was way too old to be a student and was just hanging out, jumping up and down (literally) outside his drum shed in excitement…

Added by Chris Alpiar on March 20, 2010 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

Looking for studio space in Atlanta!

It looks like I will be moving to Atlanta and setting up shop for a few years. My fiancée Tina’s job is most likely moving us there around the beginning of next year, as late as spring '10. When I have all details I will be certain to let you know them so we can keep in touch.

I am immediately concerned with looking for space for my studio in Atlanta. Do you have any connections there that I could ask about space for rent/barter? Either in a commercial studio, some rehearsal type… Continue

Added by Chris Alpiar on August 28, 2009 at 3:02pm — 4 Comments

Ima be a rapper 4 life!

Well I had an interesting week writing some hiphop tracks for a local artist in Dayton - they wanted NWA/Public Enemy style tune. I made quite a few for em, not sure yet which ones are being used but this is my favorite one, the whole thing is built from my favorite symmetric diminished which made it fun for me

Its 3rd in my player now, called "Groove Attitude", hope you enjoy it hehehe ;-)

I need a glock and a blunt with this tune, maybe I could be NWA honorarium?

Added by Chris Alpiar on July 24, 2009 at 5:00am — No Comments

A few new pieces

Just added 4 things I have done recently, "Greek Cat Fight" and "Zin-ga-loh" I wrote for an avant garde theater group in Virginia/DC area. The Zin-ga-loh is actually me singing with pitch shift and chorus and whatnot so I sound like a group of African women haha, that was fun to do, the lyrics are all made up words that I wrote, funny funny! 'Greek Cat Fight' was named by Phil Kelly who heard it and said that it sounded like some greek women having a high strung knife fight lol - THANKS… Continue

Added by Chris Alpiar on March 21, 2009 at 5:00pm — No Comments

The International Alliance of Composers

It is my immense honor to introduce and unveil to you all a project that was conceived in early Spring of this year and is finally matured enough for an initial release:

"The International Alliance of Composers"!

You can learn all about the IAC and join with a free basic membership at

The International Alliance of Composers is a non-profit organization, currently engaged in seeking 501c6 tax exempt status… Continue

Added by Chris Alpiar on September 21, 2008 at 5:35am — 3 Comments

64 bits, GigaStudio 4, and my marbles

OK I got my first GS4 machine up and running in sexual 64 bits of hormonal rapture!

This was an upgrade from my most recent GS3 machine which had some issues with the MB which I think suffered from a brown out and I think I left off some of the very very important felt washers that go underneath the copper/brass screws w/ copper/brass washers on the MB. So I think I let it get some shorts... So I ended up replacing the MB and the video card - anyhow here is my machine:

OS:… Continue

Added by Chris Alpiar on May 14, 2008 at 2:00pm — 7 Comments

P2P Piracy and the future of copyright protection

It is obvious to all composers, songwriters and media property creators that the amazing revolution of technology in the last 13 years has left the music and film industries in dire straits. It is a very complex issue on many levels, most of which is beyond this article. But the heart of the matter is the massive loss of money by the entertainment industry created by the phenomenon of widespread and unchecked illegal copying and downloading that was bound to happen in the digital information… Continue

Added by Chris Alpiar on April 11, 2008 at 1:00pm — 4 Comments

Closing Credits cue, need some advice and suggestions

Hey peoples, here is a more recent composition of mine "Flying - Closing Credits" and I am like 90% satisfied. But I need some fresh ears. Please listen and give me ideas of what is working and what isnt for you. My feelings are the triplet string lines get real mushy but after spending many hours adding in up and down strokes by hand and editing the velocities to where it sounds "ok" without the rest of the mix, I am having a hell of a time making it work with the rest. I know I know I write… Continue

Added by Chris Alpiar on March 21, 2008 at 4:00pm — 29 Comments

Paul McGuinness Keynote Speech at Midem

I sent this to the FMPRO list, but it is really a great speech that really hits directly to the key issues of our industry at this juncture in time. I hope you all read this and respond. Enjoy!

Paul McGuinness Keynote Speech January 28 at Midem, Cannes

Posted February 1, 2008 — in…


Added by Chris Alpiar on February 1, 2008 at 2:25pm — 1 Comment

Alps goes loopy! Omg

Hahah ok anyone who knows me knows my fierce opposition to loop based writing. Of course I am against it not for repition but because most of the time the loops are pre fabricated and written by someone else for a library and then most people use them as is and then consider themself a composer of equal worth to Stravinsky ouchers. Anyhow here is "some beats" I am playing with to be rapped over. I however played all the notes in each of the loops, they arent from fruity loops or garage band…


Added by Chris Alpiar on July 22, 2007 at 4:47pm — 3 Comments

Trane's Pain

I was digging through old recordings and I found this recording I did engineered by Jay Militscher at Right Track in NYC in 95 with my quartet and I wanted to share it with you. The song is "Trane's Pain" and its 22 mins in its entirety so I made a short montage of nice moments within it, I hope you enjoy it. The band is me on tenor sax, Pete Rende on piano, Matt Pavolka on bass and Bob Meyer on drums. It wasnt our best recording of this song but some aspects I like lots :)…


Added by Chris Alpiar on June 19, 2007 at 5:25pm — 5 Comments

Slow week

can you tell? Haha I think I spent more time on this forum this week then behind my keyboard.... well maybe not but haha I am an internet addict, and Chris Merritt is my drug dealer this week :D

Added by Chris Alpiar on June 6, 2007 at 5:13pm — 1 Comment

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