… 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.

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.

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.

“Dreams Like These” Feedback

First and foremost, if you haven’t already checked out “Dreams Like These,” aka the first track off my upcoming second album An Unseen Sky and brand new music video, check it out now!

Great. How’d you like it? Did you give it a thumbs up and comment on it and share it? Good. Now onto the blog post.

I was really excited to get feedback on this because it’s the first taste of the new album, so I’ve been going all out to get it seen and heard. Facebook and Twitter are great and all, but you don’t always get traction, especially with the way Facebook hides page posts from the majority of your followers, so I posted the video in numerous music forums around the internet as well as on two pay for feedback services which I’ll get into in further detail below.

First off, on social media and the forums, honestly the feedback has just been ridiculously great. For both the song itself and the video. It really makes me happy to hear such great feedback. I’m happy with negative feedback too, especially since I still have time to perfect things before the album version of the song (although I’m pretty sure this is gonna be IT). My friends and family all seem to really like it, as well as people like you who have always been there to check out my new music. To be honest, “Dreams Like These” isn’t even my favorite track on An Unseen Sky, so I think you’re all gonna be really loving this new album.

Second up is Fluence.io, an awesome service that connects you with music bloggers and professionals to get feedback. Bloggers can set a cost per minute to listen to your music and write a review. It’s up to them then if they’d like to share it. You can also just end up getting free feedback if your music is fed to the right writer. I’ve gotten a lot of great feedback on “Dreams Like These” and my last video, “If Only Tonight I Could Sleep” on Fluence, some of which was positive some negative. Mostly positive though. My favorite note I received so far was from Leks Maltby of the blog Aside/Beside: A Planet of Sound, “Slow burning and ever-evolving, this song is a three-and-a-half minute climax in slow motion.” Now honestly… What friend or family member is gonna give me a quote that awesome about my music? Haha. I love it. Fluence also did an amazing feature on me a couple weeks ago. If you haven’t seen it yet, you can read it here: http://blog.fluence.io/emerging-artist-spotlight-david-rosen/

The final place I’ve been getting feedback is a service called Audiokite.com. This is one of those services where you submit a piece of music, and a bunch of anonymous people listen to it and have to give feedback. I did this once before on Reverbnation’s version and got some truly useless feedback from people who clearly only listen to Jay-Z and Black Eyed Peas and didn’t understand that there are other genres of music out there. Half the comments I got on that one asked why there wasn’t any lyrics or rapping. Wonderful. But Audiokite’s version gave me a great, well rounded report which you can actually see for yourself here.

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You can see above some of the words used to describe the music. Sure there’s some negative ones like disinterested or bored…. But for the most part, it’s some really great stuff and most importantly, really interesting to read. If you click thru to the full report you can also see demographics info (it seems older people like my stuff the most), how long people listened, where they’re from, some licensing uses they think my music would be best for (sci-fi seemed to be the top) and more. It’s all really interesting and really useful stuff. Best of all of course are the reviews themselves. Some are negative… You can’t please everybody. But some are just great and detailed. One great example: “I wish the drum had a fuller sound, like the large drums used in orchestras, to really make the drum the musical instrument and not just the beat. otherwise awesome, great beat, great counter melody, intense yet relaxing.” These are all anonymous so I can’t respond or anything, but that’s some great feedback. The person loved the track, but gave some unique feedback on what they thought could make it even better.

So overall, as you can see, I got some really killer feedback on “Dreams Like These.” I can’t wait to start sharing more of An Unseen Sky with you all. The album should be finished in the next month or two and possibly out in March. I’m also starting to work on another new video with the same people who did my “If Only Tonight I Could Sleep” music video. So expect a ton of new music soon. In the meantime, be sure to go click on the video and leave feedback for me on Youtube! I want to hear what YOU have to say. As always, I look forward to hearing all of your feedback.

– David

Computer: DOWN

OK, so it’s not that bad. It’s not like I lost any of my stuff.

But yes, this is the first time in a long, long time that I will be taking a (forced) little break from making music. My second album is about 90% of the way to a full play-through version, and luckily I don’t have any other projects I’m currently working on (although I have a few on the horizon after New Years)… Perfect timing for my computer’s entire cooling system to fail on me.

I should be all up and running again right around New Years… Just in time to get working on a ton of exciting projects and finishing the new album. But in the meantime, I will make the most of this time off. I’m planning on basically getting everything I’ve ever pushed off so I could work on music, done. Cleaning out the studio. Cleaning out the office area. Emptying out tons of useless crap from the garage. Organizing my files on my backup hard drives… Getting stuff DONE.

That’s not all I’ll be doing though. Because I also have a brand new music video that I just happened to have finished last week. It’ll be posted on New Years Eve and will mark the beginning of the promotional run for my upcoming second album! I am so excited to share this with you all. I made it myself, the same way I did with my “Lights In The Sky” Music Video, and I think this one is even better. I found some amazing footage and mashed it all together into a weird, beautiful, sexy, crazy video. And it’s the first track you’ll get to hear off the new album. I’ll also be announcing the album’s name along with the video. The song is called “Dreams Like These.”

So wish me luck in making the most of this time off from music. I hate not being able to keep working, but at least the timing is right. See you on New Years.

– David

The Past & The Future

The past few weeks have been crazy, and the future is looking awesome. Let’s start off with a recap…

“If Only Tonight I Could Sleep” won Best Music Video at the Pollygrind Film Festival where it screened twice (actually three times due to a little projector glitch haha). Seeing (and hearing) it on the big screen was amazing and something I hope to get to experience many times in the future. Also, “The Gradations of Purgatory” (which can be viewed on Youtube by clicking the link) was awarded Best Nevada Short. I scored it, and it was directed by Doug Farra, who also directed “If Only Tonight I Could Sleep” … So go Doug! We have a bunch more projects coming up together, and I always love working with him and his people at House of DON Productions.

I also got 8th place in a composing contest sponsored by music site Rekkerd.org. The idea was to create a piece of music that is inspired by an artist/band who inspired you to make music in the first place. Of course I chose The Cure, and created a track called “The Fallout.” It was a really cool contest to be a part of because all of the musicians had to vote on each other… It wasn’t just the usual popularity contest style thing you see all the time. Some of the other pieces of music were absolutely excellent, and getting 8th place was an honor. And also, the organizer said the track had a Disintegration vibe… Which if you know me, is pretty much the highest compliment anyone could ever give me, since it’s my favorite album of all time. I also won some really cool software that will probably end up being the subject of an upcoming This Thing Rules segment. You can check out “The Fallout” here:

 

In the past month I’ve also had my birthday, my girlfriend’s birthday, her grandma’s birthday (in California), and my grandma’s birthday (in New York). Plus two friends staying with me in separate weeks, Halloween (my favorite holiday), and a Community Event in the neighborhood I live in… So to say I’ve been busy is a bit of an understatement. I didn’t get to work on music as much as I’d have liked to, but now it is time to get back to work.

My second album is basically in the narrowing down phase now. I might still add another new track or two, but I am currently making my list of edits and adjustments needed to finish all the songs I’ve started. To put that in perspective… Last time I started that process, Echoes In The Dark was finished less than 2 months later. I think with the holidays and other work it might be a little longer than that… And I gotta start the promotional schedule, new music videos, and everything else that goes with the album launch… But the important thing is it is coming REALLY SOON. I’m aiming for the first few months of 2015. I love this second album so much. I’ve been listening to Echoes In The Dark and the second album back and forth a lot to make sure I really like it as much and I think I might like it even more. Oh, and it definitely has a title already. I’ll announce it once I have some artwork to go with it.

What else is happening? Well I have a bunch of film projects lined up. Just waiting on the film-makers to finish things on their end before I get started on those. I’m also submitting music for various potential opportunities and just continuing to push myself out there. I feel like I accomplished a lot this year. There are some things that didn’t quite go how I had hoped, but overall, I think it’s been a great year so far… And it’s not over yet.

Next week I’ll be posting another This Thing Rules segment with a new piece of music… Well, that’s not entirely true… If you pay really good attention to everything I do, you may have heard it before… But chances are, most of you haven’t heard it yet, so it’s basically new. I’ll get another one up ASAP too. Hoping to get two in November and two in December. Ideally, I think I’ll be ready to share a song from the second album this year too. We’ll see. Might happen. Might not…

OK… I get the feeling I might be rambling a bit haha, but you know what, I’m catching a plane soon, and like I said… It’s just been nonstop running around this past month. Once I get home, it’ll be time to get back to music. I can’t wait to get this album done. Thanks for reading.

– David

 

Echoes In The Dark – One Year Later

Echoes In The Dark (Digital Cover)

It was one year ago today, September 3rd, 2013, that I finally released my first album, Echoes In The Dark. I can’t even fully put into words how proud I am of the album and everything that’s come since, so I figured today would be a great day to look back, as well as look forward to what’s next.

It was a long time coming when I made Echoes In The Dark. I had been composing music since roughly 1997, but it wasn’t until at least 2008 that I felt I was getting towards the possibility of making an album. Not that I didn’t put out a lot of other stuff in that time, but never an album of my music, under my name. It took me another 5 years to not only find the songs, but find the confidence to release an album that represents me as an artist. The funny thing is that now that I finally did it, I feel like I’m better than I’ve ever been and I’m actually almost ready to release my 2nd album… But more on that later…

You might remember that I went up against Nine Inch Nails’ Hesitation Marks on that day, and while “Copy of A…” is a great freaking song, my album got a lot more plays by me over the past year (haha). It started off a couple months before that date with the video for “Lights In The Sky” which went on to win two awards and be accepted into 5 film festivals around the world. I then had the soft launch of the album at the 2013 Paracon Convention at Binions downtown where I got a ton of great feedback. Once the album came out on September 3rd, I got a couple of great reviews and released the second video, “Whirlwind,” as well as the three interactive videos, “Dark Rain,” “Embers,” and “Reveal.” We then started working on the “If Only Tonight I Could Sleep” Music Video with House of DON Productions. Before it was completed, however, Connor Biddle of the show “Paranormal Encounters” created a video for the track “Broken Circuits,” which went on to so far be accepted into four festivals, getting nominated for Best Music Video at the Salt Lake City FilmQuest.

With the completion of the “If Only Tonight I Could Sleep” video, I started the fundraiser which did incredible. It blew way past my expectations, and I can finally say that it will screen on Saturday, September 20th at the REEL Recovery Film Festival at the Container Park in Downtown Las Vegas (I’ll have more details and showtime soon in its own blog post). After that screening, on Monday, September 22nd I’m going to finally release the video online for everyone to see! And then we will also have it at Pollygrind where I just found out this week that it is officially an Official Selection (and “Broken Circuits” is too!). After both “Lights In The Sky” and “Whirlwind” were Official Selections (and “Lights In The Sky” won an award) at last year’s Pollygrind, I couldn’t be happier to see both of the new videos get selected too.

Pollygrind Official Selection

It wasn’t just the music videos that made this album a special experience. I’ve been working hard to become a well-known, constantly-working composer for a long time now, and I think in the past year since the album was released, I’ve probably doubled the amount of work I did in all the years preceding it. I think it’s probably just the exposure of being out there, promoting the album and its videos, as well as collaborating with directors on my own videos which leads to me composing for their films. With the director of “If Only Tonight I Could Sleep,” Doug Farra, alone I’ve scored I think 7 film projects already, and we still have his first feature, “Finding The Truth” coming up soon. 

So that brings us to now. What’s next with this new year? Well first of all we’ve got a bunch more film festival notifications to wait on. You win some, you lose some, but I still have plenty to hear back from on “If Only Tonight I Could Sleep” and a few left on “Broken Circuits” and I’m confident that when all is said and done, they’ll have screened at a lot of festivals. Of course I have more film projects I’m composing for too, some of which you’ll get to see soon. Most importantly however, I think it’s a good time to announce officially that if all goes well… My sophomore album might be ready THIS YEAR. I’m not gonna rush it. There’s no need to. I might even have one more video in the works from Echoes In The Dark, so there’s no reason to rush it… But I have an album title, a possible album cover, and more importantly… 18 songs so far. Of course these song need to be tweaked and perfected, and ideally I want to have between 20 and 25 to choose from for a perfect 12-14 song album. But I can tell you, I’ve been listening to these new tracks constantly, and I think it’s an even better album than Echoes In The Dark. Maybe a song will end up online soon… We’ll see.

Thanks for reading. Thanks for listening. I hope to see some of you at the September 20th screening and at Pollygrind!

– David

3 New Short Films

So one of the main themes of my career as a composer so far is “when it rains it pours.” I might go weeks between projects, but usually when I get one, I get a whole bunch… And last week I ended up having to score 3 short films in one week. It was a nice little challenge and I figured it would be fun to share the story and the results with you. Oh, and that’s my famous cat, Lily Bear up in the picture up there helping out with some of my work. I figured I’d extend her 15 minutes of fame a little further… Anyway, on to the story…

“The Gradations Of Purgatory”

First up is “The Gradations of Purgatory,” directed by Doug Farra of House of DON Productions, who also directed my upcoming “If Only Tonight I Could Sleep” Music Video. This was a film that was made to be submitted to the HBO Project Greenlight competition. It tells the story of a man being given choices that will seal his fate upon being reincarnated. It’s a very cool, unique film and I really love how my score turned out. I’ve got a bunch of great comments on it and you can watch it here:

 

“Pathos”

Also for the Project Greenlight competition was “Pathos,” directed by Eduard Osipov for Cohencidence Productions. Eduard and most of the rest of the crew on this film were all Las Vegas-based people that I hadn’t worked with before, and it’s great to be able to keep finding new, talented people to collaborate with. This film is also about a man that has to make a choice, although it’s a different kind of story.  It came out great, and I really hope to be able to work with Eduard and his collaborators again in the future. You can watch “Pathos” here:

UPDATE: Due to Project Greenlight voting, the video has been temporarily been made private. When it’s made public again I will update the video link!

“Dig”

The third film I worked on was actually for a 48 Hour Film Project and I actually had a total of 6 hours to finish it from the moment I received the file to when I had to get the finished score over to Ben Yonker, the director. I had never directly worked with Ben before this, but he worked on a film I scored earlier this year called “The Hoarder” directed by David Michor. I like working fast, but this was probably the fastest I’ve ever had to finish a project and to be honest, I loved the experience and I think my score and the film came out great. It’s called “Dig” and it’s very, very dark  and probably best left unexplained. Just go watch it here:

http://vimeo.com/jumpcuts/dig (due to embedding restrictions you have to click the link on this one)

So what’s next? Well, sending out the rewards and stuff from the “If Only Tonight I Could Sleep” Film Festival Fundraiser, that’s probably number one. I’m also getting ready to announce the first public screening of “If Only Tonight I Could Sleep” which will be in September at the Reel Recovery Film Festival. I’ve also been working on a lot of new music that is almost definitely going to turn into my second album… And definitely be ready sooner rather than later. And aside from all of that, I’ve got a bunch more projects in the pipeline… Just gonna keep on taking on great project and making music. Thanks for reading!

– David

Thank You

Today’s the day!

Thank you so much for all your support on the “If Only Tonight I Could Sleep” Film Festival Fundraiser. I didn’t even think we’d hit $500.00 but as of the time of this writing we’re at $1,001.00. As I’ve mentioned before, my family’s record store, Wax Trax Records is matching all the contributions, so that means even if we don’t get another dollar between now and midnight, we’ve hit over $2000.00. That’s just insane. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate it.

At this point 22 people have submitted some dollar amount between $5 and $101.  I kind of lost count of the people who shared the fundraiser but it’s somewhere around 60. Just amazing. So happy with the way people actually were willing to help out by sharing or contributing. I’ve got a lot of Thank You’s to post on Social Media, and a lot of music (including a few custom songs) to send out for the people that donated! Speaking of which, the extra bonus for me is that so many of you are going to get to hear more of my music! I love sharing it with you, including my Echoes In The Dark album and its Further Into The Dark bonus disc.

With this money we’re going to be able to expose “If Only Tonight I Could Sleep” to a lot of film festivals. I was hoping to have another acceptance announcement or two to include in this message, but these festivals can take a while, even after their notification dates, to get schedules out, and I’m still waiting on confirmations. I’ve submitted to a whole lot of festivals so far though, and am still planning on submitting to a bunch more. I am totally confident that when all is said and done, we’re going to have a great success rate. Some of these fests aren’t even until 2015, so the news on this video will be continuing well into next year. Getting the video screened at film festivals is just one goal on the journey… Like we’ve mentioned many times in the fundraiser, this video has a great message about the struggles of addiction and recovery and I’m hoping to get it shown at events where it can also be beneficial to people who are going through their own struggles. I believe this video will have a long life ahead of it.

So now that the fundraiser is over, I want to thank our director, Doug Farra and his company House of DON. Of course, thanks to all of his crew, all of the actors including Victoria Cameron who did an amazing job in the lead role. The full list of cast and crew can be found over at the IMDb page (along with your Thank You credits if you donated over $25!). You guys all did such awesome work, and I can’t wait for people to see this video… And I can’t wait to work with you all again! I’m actually scoring another of Doug’s films this weekend, and am looking forward to scoring his first feature-length film, “Finding The Truth,” later this year.

Lastly, I know you’ve all been asking over and over again… When can we see the video? I know I keep saying soon, but the answer is… Soon! I wrestled with the idea of releasing the video today to coincide with the ending of the fundraiser, but it would just be a disservice to all the hard work we’ve done to just throw it up online without getting some kind of local screening going first. I’m working hard to secure our first screening, and once that happens, it will definitely be up for everyone to see. Thanks so much for your patience, and thank you again for your contributions… I’ll be in touch with your rewards over the next couple weeks! And in the meantime… You’ve still got a few hours left! I’ll shut off the Paypal button when I wake up tomorrow morning!

– David

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