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.

What’s Next For Me?

Now that Head Like Fire is out… what’s next for me? Well I’ll tell you (in no particular order because really, who knows)…

  1. ... Like Ashes – My upcoming free bonus album will be called … Like Ashes and like Further Into The Dark and Another Sky before it will feature bonus tracks that were cut from Head Like Fire and remixes of songs from that album done by some of my musician friends. The remixes are truly remarkable, and the 8 bonus tracks are in some of my favorite tracks I’ve made. Quite honestly, I’m surprised this thing came out so good haha. I’m just putting the finishing touches on it now and will post a blog with the album cover and track list next week and aim to release the album in March for people who bought Head Like Fire, and then a couple months later for everyone else… So go buy Head Like Fire! It’s available on Bandcamp, CD Baby, iTunes, Amazon and everywhere else.
  2. This Thing Rules – I am so behind on the blog series and I feel terrible about it. But I’m going to get back on track and get a lot of new reviews out in 2017. I should have one before the end of Februray done and then I plan on knocking out all the other ones that I’ve been putting on hold so that I have at least one a month for the rest of the year (if possible two a month). I promise to get this back up and running.
  3. Computer Cleanup –  I started this over the Holidays and so far so good, but there’s still more to do. This has been an on-going project for me for years now, and I really feel with the insane amount of music and projects I’ve worked on, it’s time for me to really get everything organized properly.
  4. A new reel. Another thing I’ve been putting off for far too long. I have a lot of great clips to show… But I just keep putting off cutting them together into a new reel of my work. I’m hoping to have it ready by the end of March.
  5. Some new comedy-rap – Yeah, I don’t talk about that stuff on this site very often, but I’ve been feeling the itch for a while now, and quite frankly, I need a little break from all the serious music haha. I have two comedy-rap projects I hope to complete in 2017. And another for 2018. And one for 2019. Maybe by 2020 it will finally be out of my system haha.
  6. A series of EPs featuring unreleased music –  Some of them are songs that could have ended up on my albums but were never quite finished. Some are tracks from my music libraries or films I’ve worked on. And other little unreleased bits and pieces. I’m aiming to release 4 10-song albums like this. When? I’m not sure. But this is something I’ll be working on preparing ahead of time so that I’ll have a lot of new content in the next couple years.
  7. Two concept albums – These will probably happen before my 4th regular album. I’m not going to reveal the details yet, but these are very specific ideas I have that will be a lot of work but I think will be really cool and really worth it. They essentially have their specific requirements and limitations that will keep the music within a certain theme, and I know exactly how I want them to come together. It’s just a matter of doing it.
  8. Album #4 – Yes Head Like Fire just came out, but I already know the name and the general direction I want to go with the music. But I have no idea when it will happen. Probably in a couple years. But the wheels are turning. It might happen before the concept albums and the EPs… It might be after. But I know where I want my music to go, and it’s going to be awesome.
  9. More Music Videos – In February I will be releasing “Constellations VR” which is my 2nd 360 VR Music Video. It was created by NewLine Videography and is absolutely awesome (the image at the top of this post is a screen shot). I started showing off a demo at events here in Las Vegas recently and the reaction has ranged from “WOAH!” to “I want to LIVE in this thing!” Haha. It is really cool and is the first of 3 videos I have planned with this company. I also have videos coming in the next few months from different film directors I have worked with in the past. More news about those will follow soon.
  10. More Film Festivals! – On Tuesday, February 7th, the DAM Short Film Festival will be showing my new video “Back Into The Dark” during their music video showcase. This will hopefully be the first of many film festival screenings I’ll be attending this year for “Back Into The Dark,” “Butterfly” and my other upcoming music videos. I recently had screenings that I unfortuntaely couldn’t attend at the Apex Short Film Festival in Tuscon for “Butterfly,” and the Slumberjack Film Festival in England for “Dreams Like These.”
  11. More films! – I’m always working on more films. As a matter of fact, one of them, “Heidi” will be out on VOD & DVD soon and the director just cut a music video to the closing track “Playtime.” You can check it out below, and the film itself, which is a feature length found footage scary doll movie, will be out soon. I’ll also be releasing “Playtime” as a digital single on iTunes soon! Speaking of scary dolls… I also scored another scary doll movie (what are the odds?) called “Daisy” which will be coming out online later this month.

Obviously I have a really full plate ahead of me. Which is why I also wanted to take this moment to let those that are reading know, I’ll also be a little quieter than usual on social media. I’ve obviously got some things coming out that I’ll be promoting, but generally speaking, I am about to embark on a bit of a break from the tiny, tiny spotlight so that I can focus on all of this stuff behind the scenes, as well as working on stuff in my life outside of music. All is going great, but I definitely need to take some time after an absolute whirlwind of a time finishing, releasing and promoting Head Like Fire. But I’ve got a ton of stuff coming soon as you can see, so you’ll be hearing from me plenty.

Thanks as always for listening and supporting what I do.

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.

Another Sky is Now Available for Everyone!

Well to be honest, I’m not entirely sure what took me so long on this one… Another Sky has been completed for a while now. At first I kept it as a bonus only for people who purchased the CD version of An Unseen Sky and people who participated in various contests and promotions… Then I was going to wait until every video and other thing that was going to come from the An Unseen Sky and Another Sky sessions was released… But that could be a while since we’re still working on the VR version of my “Gravity” Music Video and possibly another music video or two off of An Unseen Sky too. So I think it’s about time to make my album of bonus tracks and remixes, Another Sky available for all to hear.

An Unseen Sky – Looking Back

Today marks three months since the release of my most recent album An Unseen Sky. I figured this would be a perfect time to look back at the songs on the album (something I planned to do right after the release but never got around to it), and the reaction the album and its music videos has received.

An Unseen Sky is my second full length release, and in a lot of ways, for me, is the thing I’m most proud of in my career so far. Part of that is because it actually has so much in it from my influences like The Cure, Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails and other alternative groups that were a huge reason I got into making music. It even has a lot of elements of the industrial music that was the real reason I got a keyboard and some music software and started to learn how to do what I do. I also just love the album. I listen to it constantly. It’s not that I didn’t love my first album, Echoes In The Dark, too. But this album has everything I loved about Echoes In The Dark, and adds so many new kinds of organic layers that just makes the music sit side by side in playlists with my favorite bands’ songs so well.

Here’s some back-story on the songs:

  1. The Lie – I knew I wanted to start the album off with a creeping, dark piece of music, kind of like the last song on Echoes In The Dark, “The Dark.” It came together so perfectly. Sometimes I surprise myself, and I don’t know where those drum fills came from, but I love them.
  2. An Unseen Sky – I actually named a couple of other songs “An Unseen Sky” (the album title actually came to me before Echoes In The Dark was released) before settling on this one. I had a bunch of songs that the title just seemed to fit so well with, but when I made this one, it was just perfect. It also worked great as the music for the amazing Virtual Reality Music Video that Elemental Spark made for me, “An Unseen Sky: The VR Experience.” For those that didn’t hear about it (you can read more in this blog post), it’s one of the first of its kind, ever, and got a ton of attention. It’s been downloaded 1000s of times and put me in front of a lot of people at various events
  3. Forgotten – This was my early favorite track on the album. I knew a 2nd album would be coming sooner rather than later after I made this one. A lot of the extra layers that come in at the end got added only in the last couple weeks before finalizing the album.
  4. Dreams Like These – This was sort of the first “single” off the album, since I put out the music video on New Years Day. It’s just such a cool track and so different for me. I’m really proud of it, and really proud of the music video. I didn’t do a big festival push with it because I’ve already done that with two of my public domain footage-based videos, but I did just submit it to a couple fests, so who knows, maybe it will get some extra attention soon.
  5. Last Kiss – I absolutely love this song. I actually have a very in-depth music video idea for it… I just need the right people (and some money) to make it with. This is just one of those songs that I listen to and can’t believe I made.
  6. Cut Open – This one changed a million times during the making of it. There’s seriously like 20 different versions floating around on my hard drive. I’m hoping that a music video will happen for it because it is probably the biggest, most exciting piece of music I’ve ever made. I’ve had 3 filmmaker friends discuss doing a video for it, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see one happen…
  7. Shadows on the Ceiling – The music video for this one, directed by A.R. Kagan has already been accepted into 5 film festivals and won the Global Independent Film Awards “Best Music Video” award. It’s also the track that stands out to most people as their favorite on the album.
  8. The Fallout – An early version of this track actually placed in a contest for Rekkerd.org to make a song that is inspired by your favorite band. I of course picked The Cure, and the response was really great. I added a lot more electronic flourishes for the final version, but the main melody and overall feel of the music I think really captured mid/late era Cure in a way that I’m really proud of.
  9. Phantom – I actually started this song BEFORE Echoes In The Dark was released. It was kind of a mess though, but the main driving rhythm I thought was too cool to just let go. I kept going back to it over and over to try to turn it into something, and while it took a long, long time, I think I got it.
  10. Into The Black – The last track I made for the album. I actually took a break from mastering the album to play with this new synth called u-He Hive (which I reviewed in my This Thing Rules blog series), as well as some expansion packs I had bought for iZotope’s Break Tweaker. This track  happened and right away I knew that it needed to be on the album. It’s super dark, and has a really cool feel to it.
  11. A Decision – For those that really pay attention to all the music I put online, you may have heard this track a while back. For a little while I was planning on my 2nd album being more of a very ambient, lighter album (that will happen eventually, just not this time around). To start getting the buzz going for that idea, I released this track on my new music player on the homepage of this website. I still really like the track so I decided to keep it on An Unseen Sky, even though the full album changed direction. I still think it fits really well as a place of calm, especially in the play order between “Into The Black” and “Dead Battery,” two of the heaviest, darkest songs on the album.
  12. Dead Battery – I made this one with the specific goal in mind of doing something like Nine Inch Nails so that Doug Farra, a huge NIN fan and the director of my “If Only Tonight I Could Sleep” music video could have something to work with for our next collaboration. While a start date on the video has been pushed back for now due to other projects, we have a really awesome idea for it, and it will happen eventually, and it’s going to be insane.
  13. A Stranger – Another early track that grew and changed as time went on. With the album out now for a few months and letting the whole thing really settle in, this has become my personal favorite track. Something about it is just so cool to me. Part of it may be that it doesn’t feel like I made it… Which is fitting given the title haha. But yea, it’s hard to put my finger on it, but I love this track.
  14. Fragile Things – I knew I wanted a track that was upbeat but still very quiet and hushed in a way that would make for great tension. This is definitely the one track on the album that doesn’t quite sound the same as the others, but I think it works regardless, and definitely captured a specific sound I wanted to try to make.
  15. Every Little Bit – As I was finishing the album, I realized that there wasn’t enough songs with a heavy electronic influence. I spent so much time trying to capture more of an alternative feel, I left behind a lot of the electronic sounds that made Echoes In The Dark such a success. So “Every Little Bit,” was the place for me to go for straight up electronic music and try to make something that still fit the album, but brought back some more of that influence.
  16. Never – I don’t care how many albums I make in my lifetime, I’m always gonna end with a big huge dramatic finish. “The Dark,” on the last album did it, and I ended An Unseen Sky with this over the top, meant to be played LOUD, burner of a track. A music video is actually being made for it by Free Your Mind Films, a company out of New York who I’ve scored two short films for (“Unrequited” which was just released today, and “The Usher“). It’s really exciting because I never would have pictured this song as one that would get a video, but I think it’s going to come out great.

And that’s the album! The reaction so far to it has been really great. My only real disappointment has been the lack of press I’ve gotten (thank you to the few outlets that have reviewed the album or talked about it and my music). It really is tough getting the word out, but I keep pushing, every day, every week to get these songs the notice that I believe they deserve. During the Las Vegas Lift-Off Film Festival (where both “Shadows on the Ceiling” and “If Only Tonight I Could Sleep” were official selections and had screenings), FOX 5 News More Access aired an interview about the festival where they specifically spoke to me and April Kagan, the director of “Shadows on the Ceiling.” You can watch that here. That was a great piece of press. With each new music video, I get a chance to start pushing the album more and more. If you’re a writer or blogger or podcaster and I sent you my album and you didn’t review it… You better believe I’m going to be following up with you haha.

An Unseen Sky (Back Cover - FINAL) (Large)

So what’s next for An Unseen Sky? Well aside from the “Never” music video, more festival notifications for “Shadows on the Ceiling,” and more promotional events for “An Unseen Sky: The VR Experience…” You may remember that with Echoes In The Dark, I released a special, FREE downloadable bonus album of B-Sides (really just extra tracks that didn’t fit on the regular release) and remixes called Further Into The Dark. It was sent, for free, to people who purchased the CD version of the album and/or people who supported my “If Only Tonight I Could Sleep” Fundraiser… Well I’m doing it again.

I don’t have an exact release date picked out, and the track list and album cover are still in the works, but I’m proud to announce that Another Sky will be the next bonus album of B-Sides & Remixes. Again, people who pre-ordered and/or purchased the CD version of An Unseen Sky will get a copy for free when it’s ready. There will also be other ways to get your hands on this bonus album, which let me tell you, is coming out awesome. I’ve already got 4 amazing remixes from some great musicians, and the bonus tracks are definitely stuff you’re going to want to hear… I’m aiming for a late-August / early-September release… But we’ll see what happens. Just know that it’s coming. Soon.

So I think this blog ended up being much, much longer than I anticipated. I guess I like writing about my music. What can I say? Hope you enjoyed reading. Hope you enjoyed An Unseen Sky. If you did, please make sure to go to the digital music store of your choice (mainly, iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby or Google Play) and leave a review of the album. It helps get it seen if the album is getting action on those sites. So get to it and let me know how you liked it. I’m done typing for now.

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.

 

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