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

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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.

This Thing Rules: Revisiting Hive

So here’s something new that I’ve never done. A follow-up This Thing Rules about something I’ve already discussed before. It’s time to revisit u-He’s excellent synth Hive.

After my initial review of Hive (which is a much more in-depth review and I encourage you to check it out if you haven’t already), it became something I’d go to every so often for really nice, juicy synth sounds. But not something I used on a really regular basis. As I started adding more synth-heavy sounds to my new album, Head Like Fire, however, it quickly became my go-to for all things synth. Check out my newest music video, “Butterfly” (created by Tobias Steiner).

“Butterfly” is a song that really came to life thanks to the sounds and features of Hive. It should be pretty obvious to anyone who has used this synth before that that huge arp that takes over the song half way through is from Hive. There are also multiple other instances of Hive, some subtle, and some bigger that come in throughout the track. I’m also using automation on the filters to make the sounds grow and change as the song builds, and the smoothness of this software really lets you do just about anything you can imagine (and all with very low CPU usage).

Hive has a ton of well laid out knobs for adjusting and effecting the sounds you’re using to get things tweaked exactly how you like it. We all have tons of synth VSTs, but I can’t think of one that’s this easy to get results with. And for inspiration, there is a community of people out there making incredible and varied presets that you can load in as simply as dragging files to the Hive folder on your hard-drive. I literally have installed 100s of presets… Maybe even 1000s, all for free. And there are amazing sound designers making paid content packs as well. Those preset starting points not only help you get where you need to be, but can be used like a roadmap to find out how a sound was dialed in so that maybe you’ll know what to mess with when you need to edit a sound. It’s all just incredibly powerful and easy to use.

All of this is to say, if you skipped Hive before, I think it’s definitely worth another look. My review was pretty glowing in the first place, but as I began the finishing stages of building up the songs that would become my new album, I found myself finally returning to Hive and really making use of it in a way I thought I would, but didn’t at first. I’m really glad to have pulled myself back in.

Hive is available from u-He directly for $149.

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: The Riser

Welcome to a new edition of This Thing Rules! This week I’ll be checking out Air Music Technology’s The Riser, which I’ve been using quite a bit on my new album.

Speaking of the new album, I’ve recently gotten really busy what with finishing it up, as well as working on music for a couple of films, so these reviews are going to be coming a little less frequently than I had hoped. But rest assured I’ve got plenty This Thing Rules reviews on the way… As a matter of fact, I’ve got 8 in the works currently!

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.

THIS THING RULES: Ample Guitar TC II

Welcome to another edition of This Thing Rules! This is going to be a slightly different one as I’ll sort of be talking about TWO products this time instead of the usual one. The main review is about Ample Sound’s excellent Ample Guitar TC II, but I’ll also be talking about Jamstik+, a really cool guitar instructional tool that doubles as a MIDI guitar. While I’ll eventually be doing a full review of the Jamstik+, I had just gotten it when I received this new Ample Guitar software, and since their products are setup to quickly and easily use with a MIDI guitar, I figured it would be a great match.

Before diving any further into the review, take a listen to the demo I made called “Stand Up.”

THIS THING RULES: Interstellar for Omnisphere

Welcome to another This Thing Rules! This time we’ll be taking a look at Interstellar for Omnisphere by Subsonic Artz. You may remember my review of Gaia from Subsonic Artz, another Omnisphere expansion pack that I checked out last year. Well they’re back with another collection of beautiful sounds for Omnisphere, and the theme this time is something I think a lot of you will recognize.

Before digging into the review, check out my demo “Another World” which I created entirely with sounds from Interstellar.

My Genre of Music

Categorizing my music has always been hard. My influences come from film scores, alternative music, industrial, rap and all kinds of other places. And considering that I compose music for various purposes (my instrumental albums, my soundtracks, my comedy-rap projects which we usually don’t talk about here haha), that makes it even more difficult. Which is why it was so cool when the makers of Every Noise At Once, a new experimental website that shows every possible genre of music (and there are a lot of them) organized in a connected cloud, responded to my tweet asking, “I wonder what genre my music is?”

Their answer? Well it’s not just one genre. That’s not how the site works. However, the closest match in their opinion is what’s known as Epicore. Because of the way Every Noise At Once works, Epicore is just the start. From there, it branches out into a cloud of genres and artists that fit into those genres which you can see in the image below. You can also click on Epicore in this post to take you directly to the section of the site that they sent me, centered around Epicore and moving outward from there. Here are the genres listed and my thoughts on how they apply to me and my music:

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  • Epicore I love the name. Certainly my music that gets really big fits this name. However when I tried to look up Epicore, I found that it was more of a metal based genre used for big, epic metal music. Which doesn’t really describe my music too well.
  • Organic Ambient Interesting description for my music. A lot of my music is ambient, that’s for sure. Organic? Not so much. Although with each album and each film score I work on, I try to get more and more organic sounding (less like it was made on a computer). Still, it definitely sounds cool when applied to my music haha.
  • Mandible This is an odd one since when searching for it I couldn’t even find an example on Google of the phrase “mandible genre” existing. However with that said, after listening to some of the artists Every Sound At Once has tagged as mandible music, I’d say it’s a pretty damn apt description. Although some of the examples get much more urban sounding than my music (there’s definitely a lot of samples and chopped up loops in some of the examples), overall it has a very similar vibe to my more mid-tempo music. Mandible… I like it.
  • Video Game Music Video Games were a HUGE part of my childhood, so there’s no doubt whatsoever that their music had a big influence on me. I don’t really do much work in Video Games as I prefer working in film (although I’m always open to the opportunity to work on more games in the future). But even so, a lot of my music definitely could fit in games and this is a totally appropriate genre.
  • Dark Ambient I loved seeing this one because I’ve actually called my music this before. Dark Ambient and/or Dark Electronica. It really describes what I do and I think it’s one of the most accurate on the list.
  • Hauntology Ooh wow do I love this one. You guys know I love my dark and haunting music. I don’t even know if that’s what Hauntology means but it sure sounds cool. After doing some Googling I found a lot of references to the band Boards of Canada which a lot of people told me I should listen to after hearing my music, so it must be somewhat similar. Either way I love it. Hauntology.
  • Abstractro Another cool name! I should make a song called “Abstractro.” This is making me realize how uncool I have become haha. I used to know all about new music and what’s happening in the world of music, especially back when I worked for Sony Music, but now there’s genres like Abstractro and Hauntology… Who can keep up? I have no idea but I will say that when listening to examples of the genres, this one included some of the best music I heard, so hey, it’s great company to keep.
  • Anime Score Interesting one here. I have never really watched Anime, but from my understanding it’s like a mix of Video Game Music and Film Soundtracks. Very Japanese. Very wild and cool with a mix of synth and orchestral stuff happening. I could be wrong but I think I’m right haha. Anyway, I’ll take it, although I think the orchestral stuff in an most Anime Score music gets much more complex and huge than I could ever hope to create.
  • Scorecore I love this one because it seems like such a perfect word to use in describing my music. I create film scores and I create music for just listening to on albums. Put them together you get scores and some kind of -core music… Why not Scorecore? This genre basically includes every big name Hollywood Film composer you can think of though, so I guess maybe that’s a common term to describe film score composers? I certainly never heard it before. I like it though!
  • Soundtrack Of course Soundtrack would be on the list as all of my music is, by design, supposed to sound like it could be on a soundtrack. Works for me. Works for you? Good.

And that’s the list. Of course the way this connected cloud works, you could click on say Abstractro and find other genres that connect to it and keep moving on and on from there. Every Noise At Once is a really cool website and I suggest you check it out. If nothing else, it will give you an appreciation for just how many different kinds of music are out there, and hopefully, turn you on to some new artists.

Just make sure you check out my FREE newly released Another Sky bonus album first haha. Did I mention it’s FREE?

OH and one more thing before I go… What do YOU think my genre of music is? I’d love to hear. It can be one on the above list or use your own description. Comment below or on Facebook to let me know!

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.

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