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.
Also, I released my new self-made music video “Gravity.” This is the first video off of my FREE Another Sky bonus album. If you haven’t downloaded Another Sky yet, read this blog to learn how to get it for free. And if you haven’t watched the video yet, make sure to check it out and leave a comment letting me know how you liked it! This is the 4th music video I made myself using public domain footage and I’m very proud of it, and the reviews have been excellent.
And now, lets look back at 2015.
- Another Sky, like Further Into The Dark before it, was a free collection of bonus tracks and remixes, but this time of songs from An Unseen Sky. Getting this released in 2015 allows me to fully move on to 2016 with brand-new fresh music. I’m really excited to move forward, but I’m also still excited to keep getting more and more people to hear An Unseen Sky and Another Sky.
- Speaking of An Unseen Sky, my second album came out this year. An Unseen Sky was a huge growing point for me and my career. I feel the songs are better, the music is more full and beautiful and memorable. I also continued to get some amazing music videos out of the album. The feedback I’ve gotten on the album has been amazing, and I’m so proud of this album. I still love listening to it 6 months later.
- So far, the most successful music video off of An Unseen Sky has been “Shadows on the Ceiling,” directed by A.R. Kagan. This beautiful music video featuring her little girl running through a dream world has been an Official Selection in 8 film festivals, winning one award and getting a second nomination. I got a chance to travel to many of the festivals it played at including return trips to Salt Lake City for FilmQuest and Laughlin for the Laughlin International Film Festival, as well as Jerome, Arizona for the Jerome 89A Film Festival. It’s been pretty much universally loved, and both April and I are looking forward to working on another video at some point.
- “Never” was another great music video that came from An Unseen Sky. Directed by Christopher Johnson, someone I didn’t know last year and have since worked on music for 3 times (check out his films “The Usher” and “Unrequited” on Vimeo and his new film “One Way Out,” will be up soon). I love working with Christopher… He shares a love of dark themes and we tend to see eye to eye on how these films should sound. We’ll be working on another music video sometime next year too for my next album, and I’m sure we’ll be working on more films together too.
- This year I worked on not one, not two, but THREE 48 Hour Film Project films. I’m planning on writing a blog about how ridiculous the experience was of putting myself through that many in one year. It was fun though and I think I did some great work. Once all of those films make their way to Youtube, I’ll get that blog post going and share them all.
- I also scored some other films this year, although not quite as many as last year. Aside from Christopher Johnson’s 3 shorts that I already mentioned, I also did the theme song for “Last Day Of School,” a comedy feature by the Mahal Empire. Their last film was distributed by Troma, so I’m excited to see what they do with this one. I’ll be posting the theme song up on my Soundcloud too. I also spent a good portion of this year working on the score for my second feature-length film, “Sterling Silver,” with director Brian K Palmer. I think I did a good job helping to tell this important story. Hopefully there will be some good news as to how you can see the film sometime next year.
- This Thing Rules, my blog series where I review music software and include a brand-new piece of music has grown up quite a lot this year. I reviewed lots of great stuff, as well as a few from big name companies. I’m hoping to continue to grow this series next year and will be reaching out to as many companies as possible to keep it exciting.
- Probably the biggest excitement of this year has been “An Unseen Sky: The VR Experience.” Developer Elemental Spark did an exceptional job creating something cutting-edge and awesome. We were pretty much the first people EVER to make a virtual reality music video. Now of course, the market is flooding with them since VR is going to be huge in 2016. But we were there first. Something that got us a lot of press, a lot of plays, and even the attention of Google who made us the recommendation in their curated Google Cardboard section of the Google Play store. We also got to show it off at the VR Fest during CES this past year, as well as some other events throughout the year. We’ll be showing off the new version again at VR Fest in January. I can’t wait to see what Elemental Spark does next with our VR Version of “Gravity” (which should be able to be premiered at the VR Fest) and his own VR game, “The Invasion of 2012.”
- Outside of the music world, I also had some cool adventures this year. I went on a road trip with my dad to buy a U-Haul truck full of records, and I got away with the girlfriend and our pups a couple times. We also went camping in Great Basin National Park which was amazing. The sad part of our year though was losing our cat Fenix. We miss him so much, but our other cat Lily tries to fill the void (both with attention and her sheer size). The song “Gray” on Another Sky is actually a tribute to my boy, Fenix, so make sure to listen to that track and know that that’s why it sounds so sad.
Well that’s 2015. Don’t think I left anything out… If I did… I did. Oh well. These blog posts just keep getting longer and longer haha. Now I’ve got to get back to scratching out lines on my to-do list. Hope you enjoyed my music this year… I’ve got a lot more on the way.
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.