… 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.

 

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.

THIS THING RULES: Sonic Zest Cinematic Percussion Engine

Welcome to another edition of This Thing Rules! As soon as I finished my recent review of Sonic Zest’s excellent Ambient Cinematic Guitar 3, I was asked if I’d like to check out their brand new instrument, Cinematic Percussion Engine. Only a half hour into playing with it, I can tell you right away that they’ve got another winner on their hands with this one. Check out my demo “In The Fire.”

THIS THING RULES: PluginGuru OMG! Drums Vol 1

Welcome to another installment of This Thing RulesThis time I am going to look at a monster of an expansion for my favorite synth, Omnisphere 2. I’ve covered PluginGuru’s software before in two of my first reviews, Omnipulse  and Omniverse 1 & 2 (which I still use all the time). I’ve purchased many of their other packs over the last couple years, but I’m glad to be finally covering them again with their new OMG! Drums Vol. 1 for Omnisphere 2. Before we dive into some of the features and what I liked about it, check out my demo “Nebula.”

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.

Where is Another Sky?

It’s a perfectly reasonable question. I’ve been teasing it for months now, and Another Sky is still not here!

Well I’ve got a perfectly reasonable reason… I got busy. Yea, it happens. But I’m in the middle of helping my parents move to a new house AND finishing my second feature film, “Sterling Silver,” directed by Brian K Palmer. So I’ve got my plate full…

However – Another Sky is sitting there at 90+% finished. I listen to it almost every day, and all I have left to do is touch up a couple things on two tracks and master it and then I can release the damn thing. It’s REALLY good. I promise. If you liked An Unseen Sky, you’re going to love it. If you haven’t already, you can hear a preview on my Soundcloud… Actually, why bother clicking on links and all that complicated stuff… Here is one of the tracks called “The Master” right here:

Actually, now that I think about it… How about I reveal the track list?

  1. The Garden
  2. The Black River
  3. A Place Where No One Goes
  4. The Golden Road
  5. Gravity
  6. The Master
  7. Gray
  8. Fading Memories
  9. The Other Side
  10. Dead Battery (Gary Goblins Remix) by The Gary Goblins
  11. Dreams Like These (Quoth’s Extended Nightmare Remix) by Quoth
  12. Every Little Bit (Hectic’s Basic Bitties Remix) by Lady Hectic
  13. Dead Battery (Sensory Integration Remix) by Ron Reirson
  14. Forgotten (I Almost Remember Remix) by David Rosen

So there you have it, 9 new songs and 5 awesome remixes and some beautiful cover art by Gina Mizzoni Photography. I promise it’s going to be worth the wait… And plus, it’s going to be FREE.

If you haven’t already, pick up An Unseen Sky on the limited edition CD format so that you’ll be first in line to get Another Sky for FREE when it’s released!

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.

THIS THING RULES: Ikarus Ethnicity

Welcome to another edition of This Thing Rules!

You guys probably know by now that I love my Omnisphere expansions, and while there’s constantly a new one coming from one one of the big names, it’s always exciting to find one from a company I hadn’t heard from before. So when I found out about Ethnicity, a pack from composer and first-time sound designer Ikarus, I had to check it out.

Ethnicity takes new sound sources (a recent feature of Omnisphere 2)  including all kinds of organic instruments ranging from didgeridoos to duduks, and runs them through the powerful synth engine. There are 123 presets in all that range from striking keyboards and guitars to lush, beautiful pads and soundscapes, as well as some pulsating patches.

In my demo track “Other Voices” I am using nearly a dozen sounds from Ethnicity. I added a drum beat from another program because I wanted to really bring up the tempo of this particular piece, but otherwise, it’s all Ethnicity.

These sounds have a beautiful liveliness and organic feel to them. Everything rattles and hums in a way that makes you feel like someone is playing these instruments for you… Only in a new and exciting way. Everything is set-up perfectly and you can tell that Ikarus put a lot of time into making these sounds sound just right.

In “Other Voices” I started off with the very funky arp “Pick Guitar Arp 2” and the chill “Ambient EPiano” as a bass. From there I built it up with the absolutely gorgeous pad “Nord Ambient,” and the guitar patch “Egit2” (which would have fit in perfectly on any of the guitar led songs on An Unseen Sky. “Egit2” isn’t a 100% realistic guitar, but it has such a great, natural play-ability to it. There’s a bunch of other sounds from Ethnicity being used throughout, but another stand-out pad for me is “Alone in the future,” which I think is so cool sounding I want to build a full song around it sometime soon.

I’d have liked to see some more percussion type sounds from Ikarus (maybe next time), and perhaps some more pre-programmed arp patterns to go with these instruments. But then again, Omnisphere 2’s incredible arpeggiator already opens the door to tons of possibilities in that department. Percussion is really the only area I felt this pack was lacking at all.

Otherwise what we have here is a solid, unique pack of sounds for Omnisphere 2. A lot of times these packs end up being more of the same (not necessarily a bad thing if it’s done well), but in this case, we’re getting a very specific spin on what Omnisphere can do. It’s a great addition and absolutely recommended.

Ikarus Ethnicity requires Omnisphere 2.1.0d or later and is available now at http://ikarusmusic.com/ikarus-spectrasonics-omnisphere-2-signature-soundset-ethnicity  (and at the time of writing there is a 20% off deal going on, so hurry up and get it!)

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.

THIS THING RULES: Gahrn Audio Expansion Packs

Sometimes when I do these THIS THING RULES blog posts, the new music software gets sent to me (if you make music software and you’re reading this, get in touch!), and sometimes I have to go out looking for it. Today’s installment is a case of the latter and I’m so glad I found Gahrn Audio and their new expansions packs Symbiosis (for Spectrasonics’ Omnisphere) and Illusions (for Native Instruments’ Massive). I’m always on the look out for new Omnisphere expansions because as many of you know, it is my favorite synth, so to see a company like Gahrn come out and nail it with their first pack is very exciting… And it’s nice to have a reminder to go back and look at Massive again after I hadn’t touched it in a while…

Before getting into the bulk of this write-up, make sure you listen to the new track, “Seeing Is Believing,” made entirely with these two new expansion packs (except for the drum beat that comes in about 45 seconds in).

This track was especially exciting because it was the first non-score piece of music I’ve done in quite a while. I’ve been so busy with promoting the new album (see what I did there… haha), life, and well, scoring films, that I hadn’t made much stand-alone music. I think it came out pretty great. So what’s going on in that music?

The answer is some killer synths, beautiful pads and awesome arps. These packs aren’t huge by any means (80 patches in Symbiosis and 64 patches in Illusions), but what is there is all top notch usable sounds. Like I said, the bulk of what’s here falls under the synths, pads and arps categories of each respective program, although there are other sounds as well like great Impacts & Hits in Symbiosis.

In this particular song, I’m using about five Omnisphere Symbiosis patches and four from Massive Illusions.  Starting with the Omnisphere pack, two of the arps I used called Outrun (which provides that sick funky rhythm that comes in towards the end) and Still Visible sounded great right at loading, but I decided to play around with the arp patterns to get what I got out of them. The main keys in the song are a sound called Finger Painting which provides beautiful, echoing keyboards, and White Air is a very pretty backing synth pad. I really wanted to use some of the Texture patches in this track, but at that point I felt the song was already busy enough. They’re great additions to this package though and will definitely get used in the future.

Over in Massive, the Illusions patches were also perfect fits for this kind of ambient / electronica song. The big echoing synth you hear is called Dyerm, while another synth called All Transparent was incredibly playable and provides a secondary lead for the track. The main bass line is provided by two alternating versions of the End of Line patch with slightly different parameters that I tweaked at different points in the song. Like I said earlier in this write-up, it’s been quite a while since I’ve touched Massive, but I think I’m going to have to start digging in again because not only do I have these great new sounds for it, but it’s just a really cool program with lots of great content.

So overall as you can see, I really liked what Gahrn Audio has come up with in their first packs, and their inspiration led the way to this awesome new track. I’d love to see a new pack from them that takes advantage of some of Omnisphere 2’s new features, and I’d love to see some more keyboard sounds and maybe some percussion. But for what they are, these are great packs and definitely highly recommended.

Each of these packs are available now in Gahrn Audio’s website store priced very competitively at $23 for Symbiosis and $20 for Illusions. There are also FREE demos available of each pack, as well as more demo tracks and a full walk through of the Omnisphere pack.

Gahrn Audio is run by fellow composer and sound designer Claus Gahrn, so it’s no surprise that he knows what other composers could use. Hopefully he makes some more packs in the future. I’ll definitely be watching for them.

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.

An Unseen Sky – Pre-order

Well, the time has finally come. After months and months of work, An Unseen Sky is available for pre-order!

The easiest way for you to pre-order is at bandcamp where you can get the digital MP3 version for $7 or the actual physical CD for $10. Either way, you’ll get an instant download of the tracks “An Unseen Sky” and “Dreams Like These” and you’ll receive the rest by April 7th. I’ll also be doing an iTunes special pre-order which gets you “Shadows on the Ceiling” early. The iTunes version will be up in a week or so.

An Unseen Sky - The Back Cover
An Unseen Sky – The Back Cover

Now if you want MY advice… I say you should order the actual CD version. It’s only a few bucks more, but you’re getting a limited edition product that’s something you can actually hold and feel. Like the old days! All the artwork was created by me using photos by my girlfriend and official photographer, Gina Mizzoni (by the way, Happy Anniversary, Bear!). And not only that, but you’ll also get a copy of my next downloadable album of bonus tracks and remixes like I did with Echoes In The Dark. It’ll feature four more songs and at least four remixes. All for an extra $3. But… if you decide to go for digital only because you just don’t have room in your home for one more actual CD, don’t worry… I’ll be doing contests and other things to get those bonus tracks into people’s hands (or more specifically, onto their phones and ipods haha) in the future. But I still think you should get the real CD.

You can find the pre-order over at https://davidrosen.bandcamp.com/album/an-unseen-sky 

I can’t wait for you to hear this album. I love it. I think you will too.

Lots of other news coming, so you’re going to be seeing a lot more blog posts over the next couple weeks. Then I’ll return to my normal schedule of making lots of music and less blog posts haha.

– David

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