My Favorite Stuff of 2017

NOTE: This was supposed to be posted around New Years but I got super sick… I’m still getting over it actually… So here it is, a little half-assed because now that I’m finally getting through this cold, I want to move on to new things and not keep working on this old stuff haha. But here it is anyway. Enjoy!

It’s that time of year again. As I did last year, it’s time to look back at the things that kept me entertained in 2017. I sort of have enough music, TV and video-games this time to do proper lists, but I figured for the sake of consistency, I’ll do like I did last year and do my big Movies list, and then a separate overall list combining everything else. You can also check out 2016’s list for a refresher if you want, or just jump into my 2017 lists. Enjoy!

15 Things from 2017 That Kept Me Entertained (In No Particular Order)

  • Nintendo Switch – The biggest non-movie thing that happened in 2017 for me was Nintendo’s insane comeback with the Switch. Who would have thought that 30 years after the classic NES originals in the Mario and Zelda series, that Nintendo would pretty much make the new best entries? The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey are two of the best video-games I’ve ever played. Period. The Mario game is just pure non-stop fun, and the Zelda game is a revelation. If it holds up when I eventually go back to play it again one day (and keep in mind I beat it with only 19% – yes, NINETEEN percent of the game completed), I might even call it the best game ever made. On top of that we also got the crazy Mario Vs Rabbids game, a bunch of other first-party Nintendo games that I didn’t even have that much time for, and some excellent third-party games like Steamworld Dig 2 and Blaster Master. The Nintendo Switch is just weird and unique enough to be Nintendo, and is the most fun video-game system to come along in a long time.
  • Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit – “The Nashville Sound” – The next album on this list, Ryan Adams’ “Prisoner” in any other year would have easily been my favorite album of the year, but Jason Isbell may have made the album of his career… Which is saying a lot when I considered his “Southeastern” album one of the best albums of the decade. The rock songs freaking rock and the sad songs are sad as hell. It’s poignant, every song is great. It’s just a perfect album and a hell of a surprise. 
  • Ryan Adams – “Prisoner” – Not so much a surprise is how great Ryan Adams’ new album is. Along with his also released collection of B-Sides, this was my most listened to album of the year, and one of my favorites of my favorite solo-artist’s career. The song “Outbound Train” may possibly be my favorite song. He rules.
  • The War On Drugs – “A Deeper Understanding” – Definitely my 3rd favorite album of the year… But to say that means I listened to it maybe a half dozen times because pretty much all I listened to were the previous two and podcasts haha. But this is a fantastic album.
  • Nine Inch Nails – “Add Violence” – I would have stuck with just listing my Top 3 but I wanted to add NIN’s new EP because first of all it’s the first NIN album in a decade that I’ve continued to listen to on occasion after the first week of release (sorry Trent), and second of all, even though I had already been considering this long before these EPs came out, my new direction of planning on releasing EPs in 2018 is at least partially influenced by NIN’s new EP direction.
  • Fargo – My favorite show of the year. I don’t get why people didn’t like Season 3 as much as previous seasons. It was FANTASTIC. All the best parts of a movie and all the best parts of this new age of Television combined. The best cast on TV. Everything about it was amazing.
  • Vice Principals – Vice Principals was such a great series. As much as I hate to see it go, I think two seasons was the perfect length for this crazy story and insane characters.
  • It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia – This show shows absolutely no signs of slowing down. I hope it’s on the air forever.
  • Curb Your Enthusiasm – Finally, more Larry David. And he’s as great as ever. 
  • GLOW – Hey, Marc Maron can act good! The show was great too. Can’t wait for Season 2!
  • At Home With Amy Sedaris – It’s been too long since we’ve had a show with Amy Sedaris in the center. She is the freaking best. So funny.
  • Episodes – The Series finale of Episodes. It’s not the best show, but I love it, and it was a perfect ending. 
  • Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later – Also not the best show, but it’s still David Wain and crew being ridiculous. Such fun.
  • American Horror Story: Cult – Last year I said that the season of American Horror Story was the first one I truly liked… Who would have thought I’d like two in a row? This was definitely the best season of the show.
  • Facebook – I hate to give Facebook any credit because it’s a terrible thing and ruining all of our lives and I’m probably physically addicted… But man did I have fun on Facebook this year… Dammit…

And now on to the movies. I thought last year was a big year for movies but wow did I see a lot this year haha. It was a pretty great year too. Lots of truly amazing films. I’m not going to stop and talk about each one or anything like that, but rather list them all out, in order from Best to Worst, and then a separate list of movies that technically were 2016 movies but didn’t open in Las Vegas until 2017, and then a short list of movies from 2017 that I’ve been dying to see but aren’t open here yet.

  1. mother!
  2. War for The Planet of the Apes
  3. Ingrid Goes West
  4. Good Time
  5. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri
  6. The Big Sick
  7. A Ghost Story
  8. The Disaster Artist
  9. The Florida Project
  10. Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  11. The Shape of Water
  12. Logan
  13. Thor: Ragnarok
  14. Last Flag Flying
  15. Alien Covenant
  16. Wind River
  17. Get Out
  18. Brigsby Bear
  19. Colossal
  20. It
  21. Lost In London
  22. Baby Driver
  23. Stronger
  24. The Killing of a Sacred Deer
  25. Free Fire
  26. Wonder Woman
  27. King Arthur
  28. The Babysitter
  29. Lady Bird
  30. Power Rangers
  31. Kingsman: The Golden Circle
  32. Kong: Skull Island
  33. Logan Lucky
  34. It Comes At Night
  35. The Meyerowitz Stories
  36. Battle of the Sexes
  37. The Lego Batman Movie
  38. John Wick: Chapter 2
  39. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
  40. XXX: The Return of Xander Cage
  41. Happy Death Day
  42. Split
  43. Wilson
  44. Justice League
  45. The Fate of The Furious
  46. Detroit
  47. Downsizing
  48. Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle
  49. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man Tell No Tales
  50. Transformers: The Last Knight
  51. Rough Night
  52. The Great Wall
  53. Snatched
  54. American Made
  55. The Glass Castle
  56. Spider Man: Homecoming
  57. Blade Runner 2049
  58. The Mummy
  59. The Hitman’s Bodyguard
  60. The House
  61. The Beguiled
  62. Ghost In The Shell
  63. Home Again
  64. Atomic Blonde
  65. American Assassin
  66. A Cure For Wellness
  67. All The Money In The World
  68. The Belko Experiment
  69. The Foreigner
  70. Valerian
  71. Annabelle: Creation
  72. Suburbicon
  73. Landline
  74. Dunkirk
  75. Life
  76. Daddy’s Home 2
  77. Fist Fight
  78. LBJ
  79. A Dog’s Purpose
  80. Roman J Israel, Esq
  81. Baywatch
  82. The Dark Tower
  83. All Eyes On Me

2016 Movies I saw: A Monster Calls, Live By Night, Silence, 20th Century Women, The Founder, Patriots Day, Jackie.

2017 Movies I didn’t get to see but I’d probably love: I, Tonya, Phantom Thread, The Post… a bunch more but I think it’s time to close up 2017 and move on! Haha.

Hope you enjoyed the listings. Here’s to a great 2017, and here comes a great 2018.

David Rosen is an award-winning music composer. He composes original music for films, commercials, jingles, video-games and all other kinds of media projects. He has a vast music library of original tracks available for licensing and is also available for custom compositions. Contact him on the ABOUT page for pricing and availability for your next project.

2017 – Year In Review

As 2017 comes to a close, I wanted to take a quick look back and go over everything that’s happened in this crazy year.

I’ll follow this up with my usual “My Favorite Stuff of” post with my favorite movies and music and stuff like that, but this is about me and my career. What did I accomplish? Lets make a list…

I’m Back from my Break

It has been a nice break, let me tell you. A few good naps… I beat The Legend of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild, watched a ton of movies, hung out with friends, cleaned my house, relaxed, thought about future plans, and did all kinds of other stuff. And now, it’s time to get started on new music!

First up, I’ll be releasing the music video for “Trying Again,” which is a beautiful story created by Free Your Mind Films and director Christopher Johnson, who previously did my “Never” music video. That’s coming before the end of May.

Trying-Again-Poster

Up next will be the wide release of … Like Ashes on Bandcamp. You should have already done the simple, simple act of sharing my blog post to get a copy already, but if you didn’t… You’ve still got a little time. You can even share THIS blog post. Just make sure to tag me so I know! But soon enough, … Like Ashes will just be available for everyone as I move on to the next album.

Speaking of which… The next album. It’s a ways off. Definitely not jumping right back in after this break. I have a feature film I’ll be scoring first, and a few music compilations I’m planning on putting together. But album #4 will definitely be taking some time. Maybe next year though. We’ll see haha.

Last but not least… This Thing Rules is coming back in a major way. I already have two done. I’m trying to get four finished and then I’m going to start posting one every other week. I have 12 lined up. I’d love to get two a month done for the rest of the year to really get this blog series going again. It’s been way too long and I feel awful for taking so long on it. But life gets in the way and this break was much, much needed.

That about does it. I’m back. Time to get some stuff done. I’ll be posting a couple other blogs and the “Trying Again” music video in the next couple weeks!

David Rosen is an award-winning music composer. He composes original music for films, commercials, jingles, video-games and all other kinds of media projects. He has a vast music library of original tracks available for licensing and is also available for custom compositions. Contact him on the ABOUT page for pricing and availability for your next project.

My Favorite Stuff of 2016

It’s that time of year again. “Best of lists” here we go! Actually this year I kind of got lazy and just did 2 lists… One is a list of every theatrically released movie I saw, in order from best to worst. And two is a list of other stuff I loved that came out this year from every area of entertainment. Let start with #2

15 Things From 2016 That Kept Me Entertained (In no particular order)

  • The Raveonettes Anti-Album – Technically this album comes out in 2017, but every month of 2016 The Raveonettes released a new song, for the eventual album release in January 2017. It was a fun, exciting way to keep putting out new music, and it just so happens to be some of the best songs of their career as far as I’m concerned.
  • Butch Walker – Stay Gold – I’ve loved Butch Walker since the days I used to work at Sony Music and this is probably his best release in almost 10 years. He rules and this album rules.
  • Sturgill Simpson – A Sailor’s Guide To Earth – Apparently I like country now. I blame Ryan Adams and Jason Isbell, but Sturgill Simpson is the most country album I’ve probably ever listened to and I love it.
  • Inside – One of the most mind-blowing video-games ever made. It’s really no surprise since it’s the follow-up (sort of sequel but not really) to Limbo which is easily one of my Top 10 favorite video-games ever made. This game is insane and beautiful and haunting and I’ve been dying to play it for my 3rd time already…
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End – The conclusion to the Uncharted series. It was a perfect ending. One of the best games in the series, and they really managed to tie it up perfectly. No game tells a story like Uncharted and this finale did not disappoint. Now lets hope they make more.
  • Horace & Pete – Louis CK’s gamble of a TV series that was produced with his own money and released only on his own website. It is one-of-a-kind, hilarious and heartbreaking, and one of the best things I saw all year. Leave it to Louis to try something completely new and unlike anything else I’ve ever seen.
  • Silicon Valley – A great new season to one of the best shows on TV.
  • Ash Vs Evil Dead – Another of my favorite TV shows got a great new season as well. The season finale was a little bit of a let down, but I can’t wait to see where it goes in Season 3.
  • Vice Principals – A new show from Danny McBride and Jody Hill. It started off… different and not quite what I was expecting. But then it got weirder and weirder and darker and darker and it’s just amazing. I can’t wait for the next season.
  • Stranger Things – Honestly I’m a little burned out from Stranger Things-mania, but it really was a fun, exciting show. And the score definitely influences some of the synthier moments on my new album Head Like Fire.
  • The People VS OJ Simpson – Who would have thought this mini-series would be so perfect and so compelling? Great performances and an insane amount of tension considered we all knew what would happen. This was a huge surprise and I loved it.
  • American Horror Story: My Roanoke Nightmare – I don’t know that I ever truly liked American Horror Story. From the first season I’ve done nothing but complain about it, and I downright hated a few of the seasons. But this was definitely my favorite one and a really fun, inventive story made it one of the best TV moments of the year.
  • The Night Of – Awesome show. I kind of hope it doesn’t come back though. It’s perfect as is. I think it is coming back. Ah, whatever. Great show.
  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt – I love this show. I love everything about it. And I loved the new season.
  • The Election – I don’t know if you heard, but there was a presidential election this year. My guy lost in the primaries. A con-artist won the whole thing. It was a major shit-show. But hey, I like to laugh and it was non-stop gold. Lets hope these next 4 years foster some great music and movies haha. And who knows… Maybe he won’t be so bad. Maybe…

And now, on to the movies. For me, movies are my year, and this was a pretty big year for movies for me. I saw a lot of them. And I managed to list them all out (not counting made-for-TV/Video movies or older movies that I saw for the first time). In order of how much I liked them. Here’s the list with no added descriptions or anything because it’s time to go make some New Years Eve snacks. Enjoy, and don’t tell me it was a bad year for movies! Every year is a great year for movies!

  1. Swiss Army Man
  2. 10 Cloverfield Lane
  3. The Nice Guys
  4. Anomalisa (Technically a 2015 Movie that didn’t open until 2016 here)
  5. Nocturnal Animals
  6. The Jungle Book
  7. Manchester By The Sea
  8. The Lobster
  9. Hacksaw Ridge
  10. La La Land
  11. The Neon Demon (saw At home)
  12. Moonlight
  13. Sausage Party
  14. Deadpool
  15. Hail, Caesar!
  16. Miss Sloane
  17. Fences
  18. American Honey
  19. Green Room
  20. Midnight Special
  21. Lion
  22. The Accountant
  23. Loving
  24. Don’t Breathe
  25. Don’t Think Twice
  26. Ghostbusters
  27. Bloodfather
  28. Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice
  29. Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (saw at home)
  30. Neighbors 2 (Saw at home)
  31. Allied
  32. Passengers
  33. Sully
  34. The Witch
  35. The Brothers Grimsby
  36. Captain America: Civil War
  37. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  38. The Girl on the Train
  39. Arrival
  40. Bridget Jones Baby (saw at home)
  41. Doctor Strange
  42. Hell or High Water
  43. Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates
  44. TMNT: Out of the Shadows
  45. Bleed For This
  46. Demolition
  47. The Conjuring 2
  48. Zoolander 2
  49. Yoga Hosers (saw at home)
  50. Everybody Wants Some
  51. Independence Day: Resurgence
  52. The Birth of a Nation
  53. War Dogs (saw at home)
  54. Mojin
  55. Gods of Egypt (saw at home)
  56. Suicide Squad
  57. The Magnificent Seven
  58. The Legend of Tarzan
  59. Ben Hur

Movies I didn’t get to see that I plan on seeing ASAP: The Monster, Kubo, Jackie, Silence, The Founder… And I’m sure a ton more haha.

See you all next year!

David Rosen is an award-winning music composer. He composes original music for films, commercials, jingles, video-games and all other kinds of media projects. He has a vast music library of original tracks available for licensing and is also available for custom compositions. Contact him on the ABOUT page for pricing and availability for your next project.

Closing up 2016

2016 will pretty widely be regarded as one of the worst years ever. Beloved celebrities dropped off at a rate that seemed like almost one a day, the election turned us all against each other, murder and death and sadness were in the news more than ever… But hey, over-all it was a pretty good year for me haha. Not the best by a long-shot, but there was plenty of good stuff that happened… So lets stop being so negative and take a look back at the good stuff.

Working Hard…

Today’s blog is just going to be a quick little update to let you all know how things are going with all the projects I’ve been working on.

Yes, I’ve fallen a little behind on the to-do list, but don’t worry, that doesn’t mean I’ve fallen behind on making music.

Nope, during this little bit of radio silence from me, I’ve been working hard on a number of things. Most importantly, album #3 is  WAY past the 50% finished mark. It’s currently sitting at 23 started tracks, 14 of which I’m almost certain will make the album. That leaves two more perfect tracks that need to somehow materialize before I start focusing in on going back and finishing each song to get the album done (16 songs is sort of a tradition for my main albums and will continue to be). Expect to see a lot of news about the third album, and hopefully some more tastes of it too over the coming months… If you haven’t already listened to “Burnout,” the first track I’ve released from the album, check it out on my Soundcloud page.

Along with album work, I also did music for a few projects and have been finally actively engaging with music libraries, which are one of the better ways to make a living in this business, although something I’ve been putting on the back burner for far too long. Thanks to that work you should be hearing some of my music in some TV shows soon. Hopefully some of them I can let you know about ahead of time. But regardless, that stuff is happening.

I also am seriously backlogged with This Thing Rules reviews. I have demos made for two of them right now (so I just need to write the actual review), but I have four more to do after that. I definitely plan on finishing all six by the end of the year. I have big plans for This Thing Rules and am working to grow it for 2017 and start taking on bigger software and putting more into these reviews. The feedback on them has been great and useful and I want to make sure everyone knows that I am listening… and I want to make sure that YOU are all listening.

I’m also in the planning stages of some EPs that will end up being little collections of even more music that will get released in between albums. I’m not going to go into detail on those right now, but it should be a cool series and allow me to release a lot more music for all of you. I’m currently debating releasing the first one before or after the next album. We’ll see what happens…

Lastly, I’ve been writing some music video ideas for songs from the next album that hopefully can be turned into reality. I have a few already  that I’ve been discussing with some of my collaborators and we’ll see… There could be some really cool videos coming soon. Fingers crossed.

That’s it for now. Thanks for hanging in there. Thanks for listening. If you haven’t already, you can check out all the This Thing Rules reviews and listen to the music demos I include in each one at the This Thing Rules Archives. I’ll be back really soon with my review of The Riser from Air Music Tech. Now it’s time to get back to working hard.

– David

David Rosen is an award-winning music composer. He composes original music for films, commercials, jingles, video-games and all other kinds of media projects. He has a vast music library of original tracks available for licensing and is also available for custom compositions. Contact him on theABOUT page for pricing and availability for your next project.

My Genre of Music

Categorizing my music has always been hard. My influences come from film scores, alternative music, industrial, rap and all kinds of other places. And considering that I compose music for various purposes (my instrumental albums, my soundtracks, my comedy-rap projects which we usually don’t talk about here haha), that makes it even more difficult. Which is why it was so cool when the makers of Every Noise At Once, a new experimental website that shows every possible genre of music (and there are a lot of them) organized in a connected cloud, responded to my tweet asking, “I wonder what genre my music is?”

Their answer? Well it’s not just one genre. That’s not how the site works. However, the closest match in their opinion is what’s known as Epicore. Because of the way Every Noise At Once works, Epicore is just the start. From there, it branches out into a cloud of genres and artists that fit into those genres which you can see in the image below. You can also click on Epicore in this post to take you directly to the section of the site that they sent me, centered around Epicore and moving outward from there. Here are the genres listed and my thoughts on how they apply to me and my music:

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  • Epicore I love the name. Certainly my music that gets really big fits this name. However when I tried to look up Epicore, I found that it was more of a metal based genre used for big, epic metal music. Which doesn’t really describe my music too well.
  • Organic Ambient Interesting description for my music. A lot of my music is ambient, that’s for sure. Organic? Not so much. Although with each album and each film score I work on, I try to get more and more organic sounding (less like it was made on a computer). Still, it definitely sounds cool when applied to my music haha.
  • Mandible This is an odd one since when searching for it I couldn’t even find an example on Google of the phrase “mandible genre” existing. However with that said, after listening to some of the artists Every Sound At Once has tagged as mandible music, I’d say it’s a pretty damn apt description. Although some of the examples get much more urban sounding than my music (there’s definitely a lot of samples and chopped up loops in some of the examples), overall it has a very similar vibe to my more mid-tempo music. Mandible… I like it.
  • Video Game Music Video Games were a HUGE part of my childhood, so there’s no doubt whatsoever that their music had a big influence on me. I don’t really do much work in Video Games as I prefer working in film (although I’m always open to the opportunity to work on more games in the future). But even so, a lot of my music definitely could fit in games and this is a totally appropriate genre.
  • Dark Ambient I loved seeing this one because I’ve actually called my music this before. Dark Ambient and/or Dark Electronica. It really describes what I do and I think it’s one of the most accurate on the list.
  • Hauntology Ooh wow do I love this one. You guys know I love my dark and haunting music. I don’t even know if that’s what Hauntology means but it sure sounds cool. After doing some Googling I found a lot of references to the band Boards of Canada which a lot of people told me I should listen to after hearing my music, so it must be somewhat similar. Either way I love it. Hauntology.
  • Abstractro Another cool name! I should make a song called “Abstractro.” This is making me realize how uncool I have become haha. I used to know all about new music and what’s happening in the world of music, especially back when I worked for Sony Music, but now there’s genres like Abstractro and Hauntology… Who can keep up? I have no idea but I will say that when listening to examples of the genres, this one included some of the best music I heard, so hey, it’s great company to keep.
  • Anime Score Interesting one here. I have never really watched Anime, but from my understanding it’s like a mix of Video Game Music and Film Soundtracks. Very Japanese. Very wild and cool with a mix of synth and orchestral stuff happening. I could be wrong but I think I’m right haha. Anyway, I’ll take it, although I think the orchestral stuff in an most Anime Score music gets much more complex and huge than I could ever hope to create.
  • Scorecore I love this one because it seems like such a perfect word to use in describing my music. I create film scores and I create music for just listening to on albums. Put them together you get scores and some kind of -core music… Why not Scorecore? This genre basically includes every big name Hollywood Film composer you can think of though, so I guess maybe that’s a common term to describe film score composers? I certainly never heard it before. I like it though!
  • Soundtrack Of course Soundtrack would be on the list as all of my music is, by design, supposed to sound like it could be on a soundtrack. Works for me. Works for you? Good.

And that’s the list. Of course the way this connected cloud works, you could click on say Abstractro and find other genres that connect to it and keep moving on and on from there. Every Noise At Once is a really cool website and I suggest you check it out. If nothing else, it will give you an appreciation for just how many different kinds of music are out there, and hopefully, turn you on to some new artists.

Just make sure you check out my FREE newly released Another Sky bonus album first haha. Did I mention it’s FREE?

OH and one more thing before I go… What do YOU think my genre of music is? I’d love to hear. It can be one on the above list or use your own description. Comment below or on Facebook to let me know!

David Rosen is an award-winning music composer. He composes original music for films, commercials, jingles, video-games and all other kinds of media projects. He has a vast music library of original tracks available for licensing and is also available for custom compositions. Contact him on theABOUT page for pricing and availability for your next project.

My Week Seeing The Cure

As many of you know, The Cure is my favorite band. Always has been and always will be. Their music is a huge part of my life, and a huge influence on my own music.

Robert Smith is 57 now (and to be honest, until I wrote this sentence I thought he was older than that, so I’m glad to know that he should still be around a while haha). From 1979’s Three Imaginary Boys (the year before I was born) right up until 2008’s 4:13 Dream, The Cure’s sound has evolved in ways that somehow manage to be exactly what my brain was formed wanting to hear. While my favorite album of all time is their Disintegration, everything they’ve done has had a meaningful effect on me and some of my favorite songs come from each of the albums in their long discography.

Good News & Bad News

Well everyone, today I’ve got some good news and some bad news for you

I’ll give you the bad news first… I’m sick. As a dog. I’ve got a bronchial infection which basically leaves me coughing non-stop to the point of veins bursting in my skull and being unable to breathe. It’s going on a week now, and shows no signs of really getting better yet. I’m on medication though so hopefully it does start going in a positive direction soon. Because as part of the treatment, I’m doing a whole lot of nothing and not getting anything done on all the various films and songs and projects I’m working on… It really, really sucks. I also just coughed like 8 times while writing the last sentence. I’m gonna keep this brief…

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