Yea, the blues is in my soul for sure. I taught myself harmonica, play piano, drums, and I sing. Sing primarily and piano as a secondary (right now, a year ago I would have said harp was my primary). I'm just starting to 'compose' really. I mean I've got my share of songs and progressions, but I am just now starting to think about parts and notation and whatnot. I've been much more about improvising than composing up till now. But yea if it grooves or has soul I'm a fan of it pretty much...funk, fusion, swing, big band, latin, r&b, etc. Right now John Medeski is my lord and personal savior, he's just like on whole other plane of existence ha. Let me know next time your in and I'll try and make it out to see you. Theres a bunch of bars in my neighborhood too, I could try and set you up something if you want... At the very least I could tell you my opinion of the better bars to play and do some grass-roots type promo for ya. Cheers!
Hi Bill, just listened to ''Jack's Planet'' (now on ''Around Third Movement''). When you say you've gigged for the last 10 years, am I right in assuming that you're a drummer. The middle section of ''Jack's Planet'' is very detailed percussion-wise and really lifts the melody. It sounds as if you really know your way around a trap-set. Although it sounds very incidental (which I think is possibly your intention as you say you wish to be a media composer), I enjoyed it. It is certainly original, with some great poly rhythms. There wasn't really enough of ''Around Third Movement'' to get to grips with, but I look forward to hearing more of your work as time passes.
The final recording device is a 24-bit sound blaster, but all my synths and effects are patched with 1/4 inch cables through a Mackie mixer before being sent to the computer.
At 11:37am on September 28, 2010, Jason Ward said…
All the music and effects are produced by hardware synthesizers and digital effects units. The only 2 things I use the computer for are the sequencing / notation software and to record the final track for release. Both the Roland D-20 and the Roland VJ-1080 produce some nice analogue style sounds, and I used both synths in "Soames Hill".
Hi bill, how're you? I hope you're fine! It's no problem to give you some audio files. Most projects are finished. Next day I will upload new music regarding film music. Tell me what scores do you like. Then you can download the audio files from my website or via e-mail. Regards Ben
Hi Bill! You're welcome :) I use a combination regarding real instruments and libraries. The main problem with libraries is that it sounds sometimes "perfect". But real instruments "live & breath". Sibelius 6.1 is my notation sofware; Cubase 5.1 myDAW. Most sounds are arranged in respect of EQ, Reverb and Plugins like Limiter, Compressor, etc. The piano sound with the single vocal line is a real steinway grand piano Regards Ben
Hi Bill! Thanks for your kind words. In every score I try to use my own language. I like your work as well - very gentle and sensitive. Keep up the good work! Which libraries do you use in your scores? Regards from Muncih, Ben