… Like Ashes

… Like Ashes,  my new album of bonus tracks from the sessions of Head Like Fire and remixes of songs from that album is now here for all to enjoy for FREE.

This album, as you already know from reading Part 1 & Part 2 of my … Like Ashes blog series (you did read them, right?) is made up of 8 bonus tracks and 5 remixes. You can stream it or download it EXCLUSIVELY for FREE on my Bandcamp profile. It’s also embedded right here in this blog post.

I hope you enjoy the album. If you do and you haven’t already, consider checking out some of my other music including the album Head Like Fire which … Like Ashes is a companion piece of, or check out my first two albums, Echoes In The Dark, and An Unseen Sky. All three are available wherever music is sold and streamed. And PLEASE share. Sharing is the best way for my music to get heard by more people, so SHARE! And if you really love what you hear and want to help out, leave a good review on the music store of your choice (iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby)… Any of the albums, doesn’t matter. The more reviews I can get on the albums in the store the more the albums get noticed in a sea of millions of albums and songs (I think 43 million songs on iTunes last I heard? or was that Spotify? I’m not sure haha, but it’s a lot).

Thanks for the support. New music coming… Well, probably soon, but at least you have these 13 new tracks to keep you busy until then haha. And make sure to check out the blog post about the … Like Ashes Remixes to get links to check out the amazing musicians who contributed remixes to this project! Support independent artists!

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.

 

…Like Ashes – The Remixes

And now we begin part two of this blog series about … Like Ashes – the Remixes (check out part one on the bonus tracks here).

Over the course of three albums (and three companion albums) I’ve now had 13 amazing musicians remix my work. Every time it’s such a unique and interesting experience, getting to hear somebody else interpret and change music that I created. This time around, I feel like the remixers created some truly awesome stuff, and I definitely hope that a lot of people actually get to check these remixes out. Here’s the list.

…Like Ashes – The Bonus Tracks

As is now the tradition, now that … Like Ashes has gone out to all the people who bought my album Head Like Fire and the people who followed the very simple instructions in my … Like Ashes Blog Post (which you can still do!), it’s time for me to take a look back at this collection of bonus tracks & remixes in a two-part blog series. First up is the bonus tracks…

1. Journey – At one point “Journey” was the opening track of Head Like Fire. It was always the opening track of my playlist of songs that were going to maybe or maybe not end up on the album, but once I started really finishing songs, I just couldn’t get it finished in a way that felt like a finished song. So when it became time to put together … Like Ashes, it was the first track I went back to, and I think it came out perfect. It’s unlike most of the songs normally on my album with the irregular drum patterns and more cinematic feel, but I love it.

2. Sage – “Sage” and “The Land of Nothing” are both songs that I really liked as I was making them but I held both of them back a) becuase they didn’t feel finished yet, and b) because they sounded too much like a few of the other songs that did make it onto Head Like Fire. As a matter of fact, they kind of sound like each other too. But I think they’re both really solid tracks.

3. Clearview – “Clearview” was one of the first tracks I made after finishing my previous album An Unseen Sky and its companion piece Another Sky. Clearview is actually the name of one of the elementary schools I went to back in Pennsylvania haha, but there’s really no reason for the name. I just thought it was a cool name out of context from it being a school. To be honest this is probably my least favorite song on the album, but it’s still a great track when driving and I’m glad to have it.

4. Home – This is one of my favorite tracks on this album. I actually have a music video idea for “Home,” although I don’t know when and if I’d ever manage to get it filmed. I just love the groove of it though and then the way it builds and then the big 80s dramatic guitars at the end. Love this song.

5. The Land Of Nothing – Again, pretty much everything I said about “Sage” applied to this song too. This one took a lot of work to get right, but once it was good, I was really happy with it. I like the alternating layered drums a lot.

6. Crystalize – This probably is my favorite track on the album. It’s also been selected to be on the Zia Records “You Heard Us Back When” Compilation CD (making 3 years in a row for me after they previously included “Shadows on the Ceiling” and “Burnout”). The distortion, the drums, the breakdown in the middle, the way it all comes back in. It’s just a killer groove that I’m really happy with.

7. The Precipice – I really, really love this song. It reminds me of another track of mine, “The Master” from Another Sky. They’re kind of companion pieces in a way. The funny thing about this one is that when gathering up unfinished tracks, I totally forgot I made this. It wasn’t nearly as complete as the finished version you’re hearing now, but still, it really gave me an awesome surprise shock when I hit play and was like “wow, when did I make this?!?” haha.

8. Scarecrow – Once upon a time, the name Head Like Fire was going to refer to a full album of songs with big heavy industrial guitars like this song, “Burnout,” and “Devil.” But then as more and more songs kept happening in a wider variety of styles, I kind of abandonded that idea. There’s a few more beginnings of songs that I might eventually go back to, but “Scarecrow,” was the most complete, and also the song I was originally ending Head Like Fire with, so I decided to end the bonus tracks portion of … Like Ashes with it.

And that about does it. Next week I’ll post the 2nd part about the remixes, and then I’ll release … Like Ashes on my Bandcamp page as a completely free album. But if you want it free and early, there’s still time to get a copy. Just check out the announcement blog.

-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 the ABOUT page for pricing and availability for your next project.

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.

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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.

… Like Ashes is here!

After An Unseen Sky, it took me over half a year to finish the companion album Another Sky. But I’m so excited to announce that that is definitely not the case this time around. The collection of B-Sides & Remixes from Head Like Fire is now here and it’s called … Like Ashes.  You can find more info about the album itself on its album page (click the title), but this blog post is your introduction to the album, and most importantly… info on how to get it now!

Just like I did with Another Sky, there are three ways you can get your hands on … Like Ashes.

1. The first and quickest way to get it, is to buy the limited-edition CD copy of Head Like Fire from Bandcamp. (Just click the link to Bandcamp right there!) It’s $10 (plus shipping), and many of you already bought it. But if you haven’t, there’s no better time than now. And if you are one of those awesome people that already bought it, then I’ll be in touch on the official release date, Tuesday, March 14th (if you want, e-mail me, just in case I somehow forget about you).

2. Reviews really help my music get noticed, so go ahead and leave a review of Head Like Fire on the digital music store of your choice. Wherever you buy your music… iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, CDbaby… You can find a pretty full list of links to the stores on the Head Like Fire album page (or click on the links to the most popular stores in the previous line). Post a nice review of Head Like Fire (which I know you’ve already listened to and loved… right???), then share it on Facebook or Twitter, and then shoot me an e-mail to let me know that you did it.

3. Contests! I’m going to be running multiple contests over the next couple months for you to win downloads of Head Like Fire. As a matter of fact… Share this blog post on Facebook / Twitter and make sure to tag it with #headlikefire and I’m going to pick 3 random winners that will get an immediate download! Couldn’t be easier!

Now just like with my previous bonus tracks albums, … Like Ashes will eventually be released on Bandcamp as a FREE download for everybody, even if you didn’t buy any of my other music. However, like I’ve done in the past, that will be later down the road. Most likely towards the end of the summer. In the meantime, the ONLY WAY to get your hands on this collection of 13 new tracks is to do one of the above 3 options. This album has 8 awesome new songs and 5 amazing remixes from some really talented musicians (I’ll be posting a blog soon detailing all of them). So you’re going to want to hear this!

The remixes are by Mt/Mz (http://www.facebook.com/mtmzmusic), Adrian Star (http://www.adrianstar.com), DJ Day Won (http://soundcloud.com/djdaywon), and Mike Kelleher (http://www.composermike.com). I’ll be writing in more detail about all of them in the future blog posts.

Now that … Like Ashes will begin to be available, I will be taking a little bit of a break from making new music while I recharge a little bit (in the past 4 months or so I’ll have released two albums, a single, multiple music videos, and scored half a dozen films!)… But there is plenty more coming soon including promotional events for the “Constellations 360” VR Music Video, new music videos for “Trying Again” and “Artificial” and a lot, lot more. Thanks for listening!

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.

Constellations 360

UPDATE (3/17/2017): Thank you for such an amazing show of support on this video! We are now over 5000 plays on YouTube alone and thousands of plays on the other services too! Truly amazing! I also wanted to add an updated list of all the sites you can currently watch Constellations 360 on:

YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDR1a9RP6io
Vimeo – https://vimeo.com/208017882
Samsung VR – https://samsungvr.com/view/9SbbcjAMksj
LittlStar – https://littlstar.com/videos/7407bc1d
WeArVR – https://www.wearvr.com/apps/constellations-360-a-music-video
VeeR – http://veer.tv/videos/9734

I am so excited to share with you all my new music video, a trippy, psychedelic planetarium-style 360 VR Music Video for the song “Constellations” from my newest album Head Like Fire. You can check the video out currently on Facebook, Littl Star VR, Samsung VR or on Youtube. NOTE: It is meant for VR so for the best experience, check it out with a VR Headset, either a Google Cardboard, Samsung Gear VR or any other headset that supports 360 videos… It also looks great on mobile in the 360 mode of any video app. Desktop looks cool too, but I definitely suggest VR or mobile for the best experience! And don’t forget if you’re new to this you can move the view all around in full 360 degrees! Stuff is happening at every angle, so be sure to either turn your body, tilt your phone, swipe around your phone screen with your finger, or click and drag around with your mouse!

“Constellations 360” was made by NewLine Videography and is the first of three videos I have planned with this awesome company. The idea was something that I came up with while working on the song. I could picture these constellations in a dark night sky dancing around, moving, morphing and building. The key part that got me to start seeking out a collaborator to help make this happen was the last 1/3rd of the video where the constellations begin to build star by star and then shift along with the hit of the snare drum. I had to see that vision in my head become a reality, and NewLine Videography captured it perfectly. They also came with their own set of ideas that helped flesh this thing out into a really awesome experience. I am really happy with job they did with this video, and I would definitely recommend you consider them for a video project, whether in 360 or traditional. You can check out their site at http://www.newlinevideography.com

I already showed off a demo of “Constellations 360” at this year’s Virtual Reality Festival as well as at a presentation I did for a couple classrooms at the Adelson Educational Campus. The reaction at both events were enough to let me know that we were on the right track in making something really cool and special. As I’m writing this I’ll also be showing it off at an Actor’s Networking Event this weekend in Las Vegas, and I’ve begun talks with many other organizations and event planners trying to get some more events lined up so I can continue demoing the video for people. I had such a great time demoing “An Unseen Sky VR” at events in 2015 & 2016, I am really excited to get back out there and show the video to more people. Virtual Reality has come a long way in the last couple years, but there are still so many people who have only tried it a couple times or never at all, so to be able to show them this awesome new technology is really cool.

I hope you enjoy “Constellations 360.” Please give it the thumbs up on Youtube & leave a comment. If you can share it… Even better. We can use all the help we can get on getting this thing seen. When “An Unseen Sky VR” came out it was the FIRST VR Music Video, but now there are 100s of them and more coming out every day, including ones from some of the biggest names in music. So it’ll take a lot to stand out. I have a feeling people are really going to enjoy this though. Thanks for watching.

– 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 the ABOUT page for pricing and availability for your next project.

Head Like Fire – My Mom’s Review

My new album, Head Like Fire is coming out on December 6th, and like I did last time around, I’ve got the exclusive first review… From my mom.

Before getting into the review, make sure to check out the Pre-Order blog post so you can get your pre-order in (go ahead… I’ll wait). Pre-ordered the limited edition CD copy sponsored by Wax Trax Records? Good. Alright, on with the review.

  1. Impossible – WELCOME BACK YANNI!
  2. Angel – HADDA WAIT A LONG TIME FOR HOOK TO COME BACK – BUT WORTH IT!!
  3. Made of Stone – KINDA MELLOW – FOR A FILM CREDITS ROLLING NOW (David’s note: what? haha)
  4. Under The Dust – NICE – KINDA LONG (David’s note: Great review mom haha)
  5. Trying Again – SLOW START – THEN BECOMES UPLIFTING
  6. Devil – THE MOST DRAMATIC – SO FAR
  7. Constellations – KINDA INSTROSPECTIVE + DEEP
  8. Artificial – NOT MEMORABLE BUT A NICE ENDING (David’s note: Thanks mom haha)
  9. Head On Fire – SHADES OF YANNI! (David’s note: Hahahahahaha)
  10. Butterfly – NICE – KINDA LIKE A NOT TOO VIOLENT CHASE SCENE (David’s note: At this point, why not? haha)
  11. Burnout – SHADES OF METALLICA!
  12. Out Of Everything – UPTEMPO COUNTRY-ISH THEN CHANGES TO ? (David’s note: I don’t even know what to make of this comment hahaha)
  13. Negative – NICE, FUN + LIGHT
  14. Free Fall – BIG!! GOOD FOR OPENING CREDITS
  15. Only In Dreams – OK, BUT AFTER #14 NOT TOO EXCITING (David’s note: That’s what we in the business call dynamics, mom… hahaha)
  16. Back Into The Dark – HEAVY + SCARY – GREAT GUITAR – IS THAT A GUITAR I’M HEARING (David’s note: It’s a mix of real guitar and synths that sound like guitars)

So what did I learn this time around? Well for one, my mom has no idea what it is that I do (and by the way, in proof-reading this blog post I went back to the “An Unseen Sky – My Mom’s Review” blog post and noticed I said the exact same thing) haha. Number two, she’s out of her mind. But I love her, and I’m glad she’s one of the first people to give the album a listen. I can’t wait for you all to hear it soon!

 

– 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 the ABOUT page for pricing and availability for your next project.

Head Like Fire Pre-Order

Head Like Fire

Head Like Fire is now available for pre-order!

I had set a deadline for myself to finish the album by Halloween and that’s exactly what I did. I am so proud of this collection of songs. It is some of my best work ever and I think you’re all going to really enjoy it.

So there are a few ways you can buy it…

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The Back Cover of Head Like Fire

First of all you can pre-order it on iTunes of course. You get an instant download of the track “Devil” and then you get the album downloaded directly to your iDevice when December 6th, 2016 hits. That’s cool. If you’re an Apple person, go for it. You can also pre-order it on my Bandcamp page which gets you 3 instant tracks. That’s awesome too…

But I personally think you should opt for a Limited Edition CD copy of the album. Why? Well like I did with An Unseen Sky, if you buy the CD copy of the album, you will automatically be entitled to a download of the follow-up B-Sides & Remixes release when it is ready in early 2017. You also get a beautiful digipak CD package with photos by Gina Mizzoni Photography. Most importantly, you still care about music enough to want something tangible and not just a digital file that means nothing haha. There are currently two ways to get the CD copy, although it will eventually also be available in more ways after the official release date.

The first way to order it is on my Bandcamp page at http://davidrosen.bandcamp.com. Just make sure to choose the Limited Edition CD Copy for $10 (not the digital copy for $7). I’ll be shipping those orders out myself as soon as I receive them.

The second way is something I’ve never done before. If you Paypal me $20 (plus $5 shipping), I’ll ship you all 3 of my CDs, Echoes In The DarkAn Unseen Sky, and Head Like Fire, AND I’ll mark you down to get a FREE copy of my 4th album. Yea the 4th album is a while’s off still, but hey, if you don’t have all 3 of my CDs, why not get in now, right? And if you do have them, now you’ll have extra copies to keep sealed haha. To Paypal me the $25, click this link:

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Well that’s that for now. If you’ve read this far, I also suggest you watch this little video I shot of me burning all the test copies of the album. It features snippets of 4 songs from Head Like Fire and will give you an idea of what you’re getting when you pre-order it. I’ve got a lot of news coming soon with new music videos, the album’s actual launch on 12/06/2016, and more. Thank you all for the support. Thanks Wax Trax Records for sponsoring the Limited Edition CD. I can’t wait for you all to hear this album.

– 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 the ABOUT page for pricing and availability for your next project.

Head Like Fire – My New Album

Head Like Fire

After months of teases I am so proud to finally announce my new album, Head Like Fire.

 

It’s been both a long time coming, but also surprisingly not that long… seeing as how my last album, An Unseen Sky came out in April of 2015. I didn’t expect to release another album until 2017, but when it’s time it’s time!

As is the tradition, this album contains 16 songs (and yes there will be another FREE collection of bonus tracks and remixes coming later). Here is the track-list:

  1. Impossible
  2. Angel
  3. Made Of Stone
  4. Under The Dust
  5. Trying Again
  6. Devil
  7. Constellations
  8. Artificial
  9. Head On Fire
  10. Butterfly
  11. Burnout
  12. Out Of Everything
  13. Negative
  14. Free Fall
  15. Only In Dreams
  16. Back Into The Dark

You’ve no doubt already heard “Butterfly” in the music video which as of the time of this writing has had over 4500 plays! You may have also checked out “Burnout” on my Soundcloud page or heard “Devil” when it was premiered on the New Music Inferno radio show, but otherwise, these are all brand new songs that only me and my girlfriend have heard. And speaking of my girlfriend, how about this AMAZING album cover that she made for me?! She shot the photo (as she does all of my photos) did all the effects, and then I jumped in and did a little bit of extra stuff to it to finish it up. So cool! Make sure to check out her website at http://www.ginamizzoni.com

The album title Head Like Fire comes from the idea of me having all these ideas and directions I could go with my music after Echoes In The Dark and An Unseen Sky, and they were all fighting to get out of my head. I considered going all industrial at one point… All ambient… Making something very 80s sounding… Doing a film-score like concept album… There were many ideas, but in the end, I decided to go with my favorite option… Throw them all together and see what happens! I’m so proud of the final result and truly believe this is my best album yet.

The pre-order will go live within the next couple of weeks and I’m currently planning on 12/06/2016 as being the release date. I might end up releasing it sooner since, hey, it’s not like I have a record label telling me what to do! But I definitely want to take my time making sure the album is totally done. I also have another public domain footage-based music video coming soon, as well as TWO videos from Christopher Johnson who made my “Never” music video. I’ve also been talking with a couple of other directors about doing more music videos, so believe me when I say that it’s going to be a busy 2017. I can’t wait for you all to hear Head Like Fire.

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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