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.

Q&A with Developer Elemental Spark

By now I’d like to think that all of you have checked out “An Unseen Sky: The VR Experience,” either in glorious, cutting-edge Virtual Reality or in the also awesome 360 Video version… Or at the very least in the 2d Youtube preview. Hopefully you also know that we won Best Animated Virtual Reality Music Video at the 2016 Virtual Reality Fest that took place during CES here in Las Vegas. And I also hope that when I say we, you know that I mean my multi-talented developer Elemental Spark (Michael Sullivan).

Another Sky – The Bonus Tracks

Well here’s something I almost forgot to do! A two-part blog about the tracks on my free bonus album, Another Sky!

This first part will go over the bonus tracks that didn’t make it onto the full album An Unseen Sky, and the second blog will be about the remixes that were included. If you haven’t yet, check out this blog to learn how to get a FREE copy of Another Sky. After the second part of this blog series is posted I’ll be releasing Another Sky for EVERYONE on my Bandcamp page. But in the meantime, you can get it right now, for free, while helping me out! Oh and before I forget, how beautiful is that album cover by the wonderful Gina Mizzoni Photography? Alright, lets look at the the bonus tracks.

An Unseen Sky: The VR Experience Update

UPDATE 1/8/2016: WE WON!!!!! That’s right, “An Unseen Sky: The VR Experience” won Best Animated VR Music Video! I’ll be posting another blog about our experience at VR Fest soon, but I just want to thank my developer Elemental Spark and the VR Fest for awarding us, as well as everyone who voted in the preliminary round before it went on to the final judges! So awesome!

UPDATE 1/4/2016: Thank you so much to all who voted for us… Because of you, “An Unseen Sky: The VR Experience” made it into the finals! The awards will be announced on Thursday, January 7th, 2016 during the Virtual Reality Festival. We’ll also be there showcasing the video as well as “Gravity VR” and “The Invasion of 2012” all day at The Palms from Noon-Midnight. Hope to see some of you there!

It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost a year since we launched “An Unseen Sky: The VR Experience,” the amazing Virtual Reality music video for the title track from my album An Unseen Sky. Developer Elemental Spark created something magical and groundbreaking that helped us get the attention of many news organizations and even Google themselves, due to our cutting-edge use of this new VR technology within a music video – something that had literally not been done before. Within weeks of our release, various artists such as Bjork and Squarepusher started to release VR music videos, and now, as we enter 2016 (which will end up being the year of VR), it’s pretty much a requirement for all the biggest names in Hollywood and the music industry to start releasing VR projects… But we were there first, and it’s been a wild ride.

Closing up 2015

Well here we are at the end of another great year of music. As I finish up 2015 and a lot of loose ends on projects and things I’ve been working on, I also wanted to take a minute to quickly look over this year and let you all know what I’ve been up to.

Lets start with the NOW…

If you haven’t been on my Facebook lately you may have missed my TWO new music videos. Well, the first one is actually a new version of an old one. “An Unseen Sky: The VR Experience” was one of the biggest things I’ve been a part of this year, and my amazing developer Elemental Spark, rebuilt it from the ground up with better graphics, smoother animation, and a new 360 degree version that lets you experience the impressiveness, even without a Virtual Reality headset. The new updated version is also coming to Oculus Rift soon, and is already compatible with Google Cardboard, but now you can also view it on Youtube and on Facebook. Or embedded right here on this blog post! Just use your mouse while the video is playing to click and drag to change your perspective within the video.

The future rules.

“Never” Music Video Interview

“Never,” the fourth music video from my album An Unseen Sky was released last week and has racked up the most plays in a single week of any of my videos so far! It’s also potentially the most controversial of my videos so far, as while the feedback has been enormously positive, we’ve gotten quite a lot of comments about the dark, heart-breaking subject matter. This is why I thought it would be a great idea and great opportunity to actually go ahead and interview the director of the video, Christopher Johnson of Free Your Mind Films. I asked him about his career, some of our other collaborations, and of course, the ideas that led to the video for “Never.” First make sure you watch the video, and then enjoy the interview!

1) First of all, I wanted you to tell my readers/listeners a little about yourself and your company.

C.J.: I am a 27 year old filmmaker from the lower east side of manhattan, who has dreamed of being a filmmaker and being on the prime stage since my mother took our family to see “The Matrix” when I was 11 years old. It was then that my childhood of film loving really blew up and sparked the desire to make movies and to instill in people the love and awe that I felt that day. I walked out of that film so inspired and so amazed by what I saw and I couldn’t wait to do that for other people. I had always written and drawn my own comics inspired by films I loved anyway, so deciding that I wanted to make movies was just very natural for me. The name Free Your Mind Films comes from “The Matrix”. It’s why I’m here, so I wanted my film team’s name to represent my childhood love and passion. We’re pretty small right now and mainly consist of myself and a few friends, but they are some of the best and most loyal friends a person can have and I am incredibly grateful for them.

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2) Where did the inspiration for the video for “Never” come from?

C.J.: Well “Never” came out of wanting to do a spiritual sequel to a film I made in college called “Mad World” with my good friend Angel Velasquez, who has done the sound for all of my films since FYM Films started. I usually do very dialogue driven and emotionally charged films so with this silent film/music video I wanted to do something that was still as emotionally charged as the rest of my work but while being as visually distinct as possible from the rest. I really wanted to play with color so that you can know without even hearing a word exactly what the emotion of each scene and each environment is. Plus I love making movies about people who would do things that I couldn’t even fathom. Like a man going to kill his brother in “Greed Will Imprison Us All” I just can’t fathom that. I love my brother, why in the world would someone do that? So I make it into a movie to at least try to figure out the answers to my questions. “Never” is no different in that regard. What would drive a man to do something so insane? So terrible? In the end I usually go to emotion. When people let emotion overwhelm and control them, terrible things happen. It’s something that’s pretty common in my movies.

3) The feedback I’ve received both publicly and in private has been overwhelmingly positive so far on “Never” in its first couple days of release. One thing I continue to see though, is that it’s “sad.” I had a feeling that would be the case due to the subject matter, but as a fan of art, film and music, I feel that some of the best art, film and music could be called “sad” or “heart-breaking.” How do you feel about art that is meant to stir emotions like “Never” does?

C.J.: Art meant to stir emotions is usually my favorite art. I love all types of movies but those are the ones that affect me the most. It doesn’t have to be a deeply emotional indie film either. I’ve been a huge Batman fan since I was 4, and I have no shame in admitting that The Dark Knight Trilogy affected me emotionally. I adore that character and seeing him done in a truly human form just amazed me. For film in particular I have a natural shell to things, so I think someone breaking me out of that shell and overwhelming me emotionally is fantastic and truly powerful. I also naturally like to discuss issues and problems I have with certain aspects of society. I really don’t like people who abuse women. I really don’t like abusers of children and very repressive people, so that dislike feeds into my desire to do films like “What If” and “Overcome.”

4) We previously worked together on the short films “The Usher” and “Unrequited.” Tell me a little bit about each of them.

C.J.: “The Usher” came up due to my anger over how people treat each other in my previous job in a movie theater. Whether it be how the moviegoers treat the workers or how the managers treat their own employees. Thinking about it made my blood boil most of the time, so I dealt with it by making a film that makes a statement on a very common event that happens to movie theater Ushers all the time. I just wanted to put a little crazy chris johnson twist on it and have the Usher say and do things that real life ushers usually only dream of. I consider “The Usher” to be my first Black Comedy and satire. It was being on set that made me realize just how funny the whole thing was, and Matthew Steven Serrano (who used to work in a movie theatre with me) and Jason Torres really brought it on that one.

C.J.: “Unrequited” came about from not only the desire to make a film with my friend Anthony Duluc but also out of the questions I have for myself. I always wondered how I’d react to a friend of mine telling me that they were gay and are in love with me. I hope that I respond to that in a very proper and respectful manner to my friend, but It has never happened so I don’t really know, so I wanted to make a movie about that, and it’s really one of the few Free Your Mind Films that really tries to talk about how good a lot of people are on the inside and how if we all just reached out and accepted people for who they are, things would be a lot easier in this place. It was tough to make such a positive movie at first because my instincts are naturally darker. But I think we made it work and I’ve been very happy with the response to that film so far.

5) What’s next for you and your company?

C.J.: Right now I’m still in post-production on my reverse racism film “What if”, written by my great friend Winston Green. Next up I’m actually doing an action film called “Too Proud to Die” with the star of my films “What I Deserve” and “Overcome”, Ingrid Vollset. I’m gonna end the year with gangster horror film “For Every Action’ and my passion project “Beater’, which is about a man who pays his brother in law a visit after seeing his sister beaten. Making films like “Overcome” and “Never” have lead to that film.

6) Lastly, I’d love to know… Who are some of your favorite filmmakers, who are some of your favorite artists/bands, and what are some of your favorite movies?

C.J.: Christopher Nolan is my idol right now. I adore every single one of his films. Steven Spielberg, David Fincher, Quentin Tarantino, Martin Scorsese, Spike Lee. There are so many filmmakers I adore but those are the ones I think about first when people ask me that question. I actually don’t listen to normal music as much as my family or friends, but Michael Jackson, U2 and Eminem have always been favorites of mine. Favorite movies is hard but The Dark Knight Trilogy for me is the best of both worlds , it soothes the intellect and drama I want to see from films and also gives me the excitement and spectacle I want to see as well. I’m also loving the whole Marvel Cinematic Universe as a big time Marvel fanboy. Films like Terminator 2, Jurassic Park, Die Hard and The Matrix made my childhood. Lately besides all Nolan films I’ve loved Drive, films like Django Unchained, Gravity, The Wolf of Wall Street, 12 Years A Slave, etc. There’s just way too many to name for me!

That concludes my interview with this truly talented filmmaker, Christopher Johnson. Hopefully you enjoyed it and maybe it shed a little light on any of the questions you might have had about “Never.” I’m looking forward to working with him again in the future. Make sure to follow Free Your Mind Films on Facebook. And make sure you leave a comment on the video letting us know how you liked it… And share it too! Thanks for reading.

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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Hey Everyone!

This is not a blog post… I repeat… This is not a blog post

I recently had some events related to my Virtual Reality Music Video “An Unseen Sky: The VR Experience” (developed by Elemental Spark), and during those events, some awesome people signed up for my mailing list. Then I got crazy busy, my computer died, I drove cross country for work, and I went on vacation with our dogs (as you can see in the picture above haha)… And now I got those people actually added to my mailing list… BUT for the life of me, I can’t figure out how to send a single, e-mail style message to my mailing list without it coming from my blog…

So for all intents and purposes, this is what you would be seeing from me in e-mail form, if I knew how to do that.

Hi. Thanks for signing up for my mailing list. On this mailing list I’ll be sending you occasional blog posts with news about my music. I told you all that I’d let you know when my VR Music Video was available on Google Play to go along with those free Google Cardboard headsets I gave you… And it’s available now! You can check it out at:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ElementalSpark.AnUnseenSkyAVRExperience

Please check it out, leave a nice review, and give us feedback! Elemental Spark is an amazing developer and will be continuing to support the release with bug fixes and performance improvements, as well as new features! Make sure to check out his website too at http://www.elementalspark.com

Oh, and if you made your way to this blog post (which it’s clearly not) without seeing it in your e-mail first, maybe you should sign up for the mailing list? You can sign up with the widget on the right side of this page.

So what else is new? Well I just had a screening of my “Shadows on the Ceiling” music video at the Vegas Indie Film Fest this past weekend, and also just found out that my video “If Only Tonight I Could Sleep” will be screening at the Las Vegas Lift-Off Film festival next month. So I’m very excited bout all of that. And more than anything, I’m excited to get back to work! I’m scoring 2 shorts and a feature film right now. So I am super busy… But I’m also finding some time to start working on some brand new music for what will undoubtedly become the next album. So I’ve got a lot of new stuff going on, which you will find out about on this mailing list.

Oh, one last thing… Most of you who signed up for the list at the recent events, you also bought the new album, An Unseen Sky. If you’re digging it, please go leave a review on your digital music store of choice. The album is on iTunes, Amazon, CDbaby… etc etc etc. Leave a review, share the album. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your support!

Thanks for reading!
– David

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