Another Sky is Here!

It’s taken me a solid 3 months longer than expected (not that I was working on it the whole time or anything haha), but I’m finally proud to announce that Another Sky is finished and ready for you to listen to! You can get more details about the album over at the album page, but this post is set-up for one main reason… To let you know how to get it!

There are THREE ways to currently get your hands on Another Sky and no matter what, it’s a completely FREE release. 14 tracks, including 9 new songs and 5 remixes of songs from An Unseen Skyall for free. Here’s how to get it…


 

1. The first and quickest way to get it, is to buy the limited-edition CD copy of An Unseen Sky from Bandcamp. (Just click the link to Bandcamp right there!) It’s $10, 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, October 27th (if you want, e-mail me, just in case I somehow forget about you… there’s quite a lot of you guys haha).

2. Reviews really help my music get noticed, so go ahead and leave a review of An Unseen Sky 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 An Unseen Sky album page (or click on the links to the most popular stores in the previous line). Post a nice review of An Unseen Sky (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 Another Sky. As a matter of fact… Share this blog post on Facebook / Twitter and make sure to tag it with #anothersky and I’m going to pick 3 random winners that will get an immediate download! Couldn’t be easier!


 

Now just like my previous album of bonus tracks & remixes, Further Into The Dark, I’ll be eventually releasing this album onto Bandcamp where anyone can get it for free (and/or pay what you want). It is absolutely my intention for everyone who wants this album to get a copy and enjoy it. But for now, I want to keep it special for those people who have been supporting my career! Thank you to all of you who have been listening to my music!

Can’t wait to hear how you like Another Sky!

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.

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.

“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.

Another Sky Is Coming

I’ve been talking about it for a while now, but I’m excited to say that Another Sky is almost here! This collection of bonus tracks and remixes is coming out awesome. I’m hoping to finish it sometime in August and then figure out how I want to release it. You can finally see the album cover up above (featuring an excellent photo by the lovely Gina Mizzoni Photography). So what’s included on this release?

As of the time of this writing the album will include eight songs that didn’t make it onto An Unseen Sky (maybe more if I decide to include a song or two that really wasn’t made for it but I might add anyway), and four remixes from some amazing musician friends of mine. The remixers so far are Gary Goblins, Quoth, Lady Hectic, and Ron Rierson. I’ll be posting a blog post after the release with more info about all of the remixers, but you can click each of their names to check out their Facebook pages.

The bonus songs are either tracks that weren’t finished in time, or I just didn’t feel fit the overall vibe of An Unseen Sky. Make no mistake… There is some awesome stuff on here. Those of you who heard my last B-Sides & Remixes collection, Further Into The Dark (the companion piece for my last album, Echoes In The Dark) know that the tracks are of the same quality and if you like my music, you’ll love this stuff.

If you were around for the last album and Further Into The Dark, you’ll also remember that these B-Sides & Remixes albums are FREE. That’s right. If you purchased the CD version of An Unseen Sky you will be getting a completely free download of Another Sky! I’ll also be setting up some other kinds of promotions to get Another Sky onto your hard-drives, but no matter what, I won’t be charging you to hear it (I do want to have some qualifiers for getting it, like supporting a promotion or having already bought the album, at least at first, so it’s not just some random free thing floating around the internet haha!).

Oh and one more thing… Now that I’ve got Another Sky on the way, and Further Into The Dark has been around for well over a year… I’m excited to announce that I’ve decided to make Further Into The Dark available for EVERYBODY. “Buy it” for FREE at http://davidrosen.bandcamp.com or just check it out right here:

So that’s the news from me for now… It’s time to go back to work. I’m expecting word back on some more film fests, I’m working on some 48 Hour Film Projects (a blog post will be written about that in the next couple weeks), I’m getting ready to release my next music video for the track “Never,” and I’m about to go camping… If I make it back alive, it’s time to finish Another Sky.

– David

An Unseen Sky – Looking Back

Today marks three months since the release of my most recent album An Unseen Sky. I figured this would be a perfect time to look back at the songs on the album (something I planned to do right after the release but never got around to it), and the reaction the album and its music videos has received.

An Unseen Sky is my second full length release, and in a lot of ways, for me, is the thing I’m most proud of in my career so far. Part of that is because it actually has so much in it from my influences like The Cure, Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails and other alternative groups that were a huge reason I got into making music. It even has a lot of elements of the industrial music that was the real reason I got a keyboard and some music software and started to learn how to do what I do. I also just love the album. I listen to it constantly. It’s not that I didn’t love my first album, Echoes In The Dark, too. But this album has everything I loved about Echoes In The Dark, and adds so many new kinds of organic layers that just makes the music sit side by side in playlists with my favorite bands’ songs so well.

Here’s some back-story on the songs:

  1. The Lie – I knew I wanted to start the album off with a creeping, dark piece of music, kind of like the last song on Echoes In The Dark, “The Dark.” It came together so perfectly. Sometimes I surprise myself, and I don’t know where those drum fills came from, but I love them.
  2. An Unseen Sky – I actually named a couple of other songs “An Unseen Sky” (the album title actually came to me before Echoes In The Dark was released) before settling on this one. I had a bunch of songs that the title just seemed to fit so well with, but when I made this one, it was just perfect. It also worked great as the music for the amazing Virtual Reality Music Video that Elemental Spark made for me, “An Unseen Sky: The VR Experience.” For those that didn’t hear about it (you can read more in this blog post), it’s one of the first of its kind, ever, and got a ton of attention. It’s been downloaded 1000s of times and put me in front of a lot of people at various events
  3. Forgotten – This was my early favorite track on the album. I knew a 2nd album would be coming sooner rather than later after I made this one. A lot of the extra layers that come in at the end got added only in the last couple weeks before finalizing the album.
  4. Dreams Like These – This was sort of the first “single” off the album, since I put out the music video on New Years Day. It’s just such a cool track and so different for me. I’m really proud of it, and really proud of the music video. I didn’t do a big festival push with it because I’ve already done that with two of my public domain footage-based videos, but I did just submit it to a couple fests, so who knows, maybe it will get some extra attention soon.
  5. Last Kiss – I absolutely love this song. I actually have a very in-depth music video idea for it… I just need the right people (and some money) to make it with. This is just one of those songs that I listen to and can’t believe I made.
  6. Cut Open – This one changed a million times during the making of it. There’s seriously like 20 different versions floating around on my hard drive. I’m hoping that a music video will happen for it because it is probably the biggest, most exciting piece of music I’ve ever made. I’ve had 3 filmmaker friends discuss doing a video for it, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see one happen…
  7. Shadows on the Ceiling – The music video for this one, directed by A.R. Kagan has already been accepted into 5 film festivals and won the Global Independent Film Awards “Best Music Video” award. It’s also the track that stands out to most people as their favorite on the album.
  8. The Fallout – An early version of this track actually placed in a contest for Rekkerd.org to make a song that is inspired by your favorite band. I of course picked The Cure, and the response was really great. I added a lot more electronic flourishes for the final version, but the main melody and overall feel of the music I think really captured mid/late era Cure in a way that I’m really proud of.
  9. Phantom – I actually started this song BEFORE Echoes In The Dark was released. It was kind of a mess though, but the main driving rhythm I thought was too cool to just let go. I kept going back to it over and over to try to turn it into something, and while it took a long, long time, I think I got it.
  10. Into The Black – The last track I made for the album. I actually took a break from mastering the album to play with this new synth called u-He Hive (which I reviewed in my This Thing Rules blog series), as well as some expansion packs I had bought for iZotope’s Break Tweaker. This track  happened and right away I knew that it needed to be on the album. It’s super dark, and has a really cool feel to it.
  11. A Decision – For those that really pay attention to all the music I put online, you may have heard this track a while back. For a little while I was planning on my 2nd album being more of a very ambient, lighter album (that will happen eventually, just not this time around). To start getting the buzz going for that idea, I released this track on my new music player on the homepage of this website. I still really like the track so I decided to keep it on An Unseen Sky, even though the full album changed direction. I still think it fits really well as a place of calm, especially in the play order between “Into The Black” and “Dead Battery,” two of the heaviest, darkest songs on the album.
  12. Dead Battery – I made this one with the specific goal in mind of doing something like Nine Inch Nails so that Doug Farra, a huge NIN fan and the director of my “If Only Tonight I Could Sleep” music video could have something to work with for our next collaboration. While a start date on the video has been pushed back for now due to other projects, we have a really awesome idea for it, and it will happen eventually, and it’s going to be insane.
  13. A Stranger – Another early track that grew and changed as time went on. With the album out now for a few months and letting the whole thing really settle in, this has become my personal favorite track. Something about it is just so cool to me. Part of it may be that it doesn’t feel like I made it… Which is fitting given the title haha. But yea, it’s hard to put my finger on it, but I love this track.
  14. Fragile Things – I knew I wanted a track that was upbeat but still very quiet and hushed in a way that would make for great tension. This is definitely the one track on the album that doesn’t quite sound the same as the others, but I think it works regardless, and definitely captured a specific sound I wanted to try to make.
  15. Every Little Bit – As I was finishing the album, I realized that there wasn’t enough songs with a heavy electronic influence. I spent so much time trying to capture more of an alternative feel, I left behind a lot of the electronic sounds that made Echoes In The Dark such a success. So “Every Little Bit,” was the place for me to go for straight up electronic music and try to make something that still fit the album, but brought back some more of that influence.
  16. Never – I don’t care how many albums I make in my lifetime, I’m always gonna end with a big huge dramatic finish. “The Dark,” on the last album did it, and I ended An Unseen Sky with this over the top, meant to be played LOUD, burner of a track. A music video is actually being made for it by Free Your Mind Films, a company out of New York who I’ve scored two short films for (“Unrequited” which was just released today, and “The Usher“). It’s really exciting because I never would have pictured this song as one that would get a video, but I think it’s going to come out great.

And that’s the album! The reaction so far to it has been really great. My only real disappointment has been the lack of press I’ve gotten (thank you to the few outlets that have reviewed the album or talked about it and my music). It really is tough getting the word out, but I keep pushing, every day, every week to get these songs the notice that I believe they deserve. During the Las Vegas Lift-Off Film Festival (where both “Shadows on the Ceiling” and “If Only Tonight I Could Sleep” were official selections and had screenings), FOX 5 News More Access aired an interview about the festival where they specifically spoke to me and April Kagan, the director of “Shadows on the Ceiling.” You can watch that here. That was a great piece of press. With each new music video, I get a chance to start pushing the album more and more. If you’re a writer or blogger or podcaster and I sent you my album and you didn’t review it… You better believe I’m going to be following up with you haha.

An Unseen Sky (Back Cover - FINAL) (Large)

So what’s next for An Unseen Sky? Well aside from the “Never” music video, more festival notifications for “Shadows on the Ceiling,” and more promotional events for “An Unseen Sky: The VR Experience…” You may remember that with Echoes In The Dark, I released a special, FREE downloadable bonus album of B-Sides (really just extra tracks that didn’t fit on the regular release) and remixes called Further Into The Dark. It was sent, for free, to people who purchased the CD version of the album and/or people who supported my “If Only Tonight I Could Sleep” Fundraiser… Well I’m doing it again.

I don’t have an exact release date picked out, and the track list and album cover are still in the works, but I’m proud to announce that Another Sky will be the next bonus album of B-Sides & Remixes. Again, people who pre-ordered and/or purchased the CD version of An Unseen Sky will get a copy for free when it’s ready. There will also be other ways to get your hands on this bonus album, which let me tell you, is coming out awesome. I’ve already got 4 amazing remixes from some great musicians, and the bonus tracks are definitely stuff you’re going to want to hear… I’m aiming for a late-August / early-September release… But we’ll see what happens. Just know that it’s coming. Soon.

So I think this blog ended up being much, much longer than I anticipated. I guess I like writing about my music. What can I say? Hope you enjoyed reading. Hope you enjoyed An Unseen Sky. If you did, please make sure to go to the digital music store of your choice (mainly, iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby or Google Play) and leave a review of the album. It helps get it seen if the album is getting action on those sites. So get to it and let me know how you liked it. I’m done typing for now.

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.

 

My Mailing List

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

An Unseen Sky: The VR Experience

UPDATE (12/21/2015): The updates keep getting bigger… so this time I started a whole new blog post just to talk about them! Check it out news about the new version of An Unseen Sky: The VR Experience, our next VR Music Video, and our nomination for Best Animated VR Music Video at the VR Festival here: https://www.bydavidrosen.com/2015/12/21/an-unseen-sky-the-vr-experience-update/

UPDATE (11/22/2015): OK This is a BIG update… and I’ll probably do a totally new blog post to go along with it sometime this week… but An Unseen Sky: The VR Experience has recieved a huge new update which will hit Oculus Share & the Google Play Store soon. Right now, however, we now have an AMAZING 360 Video version of An Unseen sky on Facebook & Youtube. No VR Headset required (although it works with them too!). Just check it out on your computer or phone, and use your mouse or finger to move your perspective around. Check it out on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/elementalsparks/videos/942447599155960/ or on Youtube at: http://tinyurl.com/skyvr 

UPDATE (8/30/2015): I’ll be doing another event next weekend, September 5th & 6th in Jerome, Arizona during the Jerome 89A Film & Music Festival! More details at: https://www.facebook.com/events/342975395909581/414653578741762/ … And an update to “An Unseen Sky: The VR Experience” IS incoming. More exciting news coming soon.

UPDATE (7/27/2015): Another event is coming up, tomorrow, 7/28/2015 at Tommy Rockers in Las Vegas… “Network 4 Spot”A Las Vegas Industry Mixer for  Charity put on by Lights, Camera, Vegas! More details at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1422218338107244/

UPDATE (5/20/2015): “An Unseen Sky: The VR Experience” is now available on Google Play for Google Cardboard! Check it out here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ElementalSpark.AnUnseenSkyAVRExperience

Those of you that know me know that I’m basically a huge nerd. I’ve kind of fallen out of the loop a little here and there on things (how many different video card options does the world really need?), but when it comes down to it, my life revolves around technology. So when the opportunity presented itself to be on the cutting edge and create one of the world’s first Virtual Reality Music Videos… I jumped right on it.

First of all, I should back up a second and define what I mean by “create.” It’s my music, and my name is on it, but the title of creator belongs to Michael Sullivan of Elemental Spark. This video was his idea (well I think I had a little something to do with shaping it maybe a tad during our back and forth conversations haha), and he made it by himself. The graphics, design, the game engine it was built in. All his own design. He did such an awesome job on this thing, and I’m so glad I got to work with him. He’s going to make a big name for himself in the world of VR. As a matter of fact he’s currently making a VR game called Invasion 2012 which looks amazing. You can check out more info about it on his website.

On to the video itself, it’s for the title track off the new album, An Unseen Sky. “An Unseen Sky: The VR Experience” allows you to visit an amazingly realistic virtual world that syncs up beautifully with the music. You wake up in a cave and make your way outside onto a gorgeous hill surrounded by mountains and dark clouds, before an epic storm begins. It’s a place that doesn’t exist but when you strap a virtual reality helmet on, it feels like it does. The video is currently available on the Oculus Share for the Oculus Rift VR headset and will very soon be on the Google Play store for use with the Google Cardboard VR headset. We hope to target more platforms in the future too. Another cool thing to look forward to in the future is the fact that because this is software, it can be updated. Unlike a traditional video, this app can be updated by Elemental Spark (and he has some great plans for it) to have even better graphics, new options, added details and elements. So there is a lot in store for “An Unseen Sky: The VR Experience.” You can catch a simple 2d preview of the video on Youtube, but the real way to experience it, is through the magic of virtual reality… And if you’re in Las Vegas, I’ve got some events set up where you can do just that.

First up on Monday, April 13th during the National Association of Broadcasters Convention (NAB), I’ll be showcasing the video at the VR Las Vegas sponsored VR Lounge party at Hyde Bellagio. It’s an honor to be able to be part of such an awesome event. More details will be coming soon, but in the meantime, if you’re interested in checking it out, you can RSVP to get in free here: https://vrlounge.formstack.com/forms/hydebellagio

Then on Saturday, April 18th, as part of both the release of Zia Record’s You Heard Us Back When Volume 9 (which will feature my track “Shadows on the Ceiling” from An Unseen Sky) AND Record Store Day, I will be showcasing the video at both Zia Records locations. I’ll be at the Eastern location from Noon-2pm and then I’ll head over to the West Sahara location from 2:30pm-4:30pm. In between the bands that will be playing, people will be able to come check out the video… AND I’ll be giving out Google Cardboard headsets (while supplies last) to people who buy An Unseen Sky (or the You Heard Us Back When compilation CD). More details can be found here: http://www.ziarecords.com/c/1660/record-store-day-2015

I am so psyched about all of this and I really hope to see YOU at one of the above events. I’m also hoping to do a regular album release party which will be another chance to check out the VR video for yourself… Or you could always go get yourself a Google Cardboard headset (they’re super cheap or you can make one yourself with instructions found easily online), or if you’re really crazy, go grab an Oculus Rift. I want one. Maybe if I sell a bunch of copies of An Unseen Sky….

– David

An Unseen Sky – My Mom’s Review

My new album, An Unseen Sky is coming out on April 7th, but is available for pre-order now (if you haven’t ordered yet, go ahead and do that… I’ll wait). Technically, I could just release the thing today, but sometimes you gotta just do things on a schedule for the most impact, and I have some pretty big plans for the album. That being said, the limited-edition CD copies came in the other day, and I’ve started shipping them out to people who placed their orders early. One of my biggest fans has already gotten her hands on the album, so without any further ado, here is my mom’s review of An Unseen Sky.

  1. The Lie – EXCELLENT – MOVIE LIKE
  2. An Unseen Sky – BIG
  3. Forgotten – MELODIC
  4. Dreams Like These – NICE DRUMMY THING
  5. Last Kiss – LIKE IT ALOT
  6. Cut Open – DRAMATIC!
  7. Shadows on the Ceiling – SO LAYERED!
  8. The Fallout – A LITTLE SAD
  9. Phantom – LUV THE UPTEMPO
  10. Into The Black – DARKISH
  11. A Decision – WONDERFUL
  12. Dead Battery – CANT DECIDE
  13. A Stranger – INTERESTING
  14. Fragile Things – LILTING – ISLANDY
  15. Every Little Bit – REALLY GOOD
  16. Never – LUV THE WAY IT SWELL @ THE END

So there you have it. It is movie-like, big, melodic, drummy, layered, sad, uptempo, darkish, wonderful, interesting, islandy, really good and swells at the end. Can’t ask for a better review. Thanks mom… Even though you still have no idea what it is that I do.

– David

Shadows on the Ceiling

If you haven’t heard the news from my Facebook or Twitter or Linkin or some other kind of social network… My new music video is out now! Before you do anything, make sure to watch “Shadows on the Ceiling.”

Now that you’ve watched it, make sure to leave a comment over there on YouTube to let us know how you liked it! I want to thank the awesome A. R. Kagan who dreamed up and directed the video. That’s her daughter who stars in it too, and they did such a great job. I helped with some of the editing and effects (using some tricks I learned making my “Dreams Like These” music video). “Shadows on the Ceiling” actually had its premiere at the first annual Nevada Women’s Film Festival. I couldn’t make it because it was the same week I was in Austin for the RXSm Self-Medicated Film Expo, but I’m very happy and grateful that the video was able to have a premiere in front of a lot of people. It sounds like it was a great event. And now the video is out for all to see.

By the way, the song, “Shadows on the Ceiling” has also been selected for the new Zia Record’s “You Heard Us Back When” Compilation CD which comes out on April 18th, Record Store Day. It’s a great honor and I’m so happy that so many people are going to get to hear this song. And of course, An Unseen Sky, the album that the song will officially be on, is now available for pre-order! You can order the limited-edition CD version from Bandcamp and get a download of  two songs, plus access to a special bonus download of extra songs and remixes later this year. Or you can pre-order it in MP3 format from Bandcamp, Amazon or iTunes (ordering from iTunes also gets you an immediate download of “Shadows on the Ceiling”). It will be hitting many more online stores once its official release date, April 7th comes.

So one more time, thanks again to A.R. Kagan, I look forward to working with you on some films in the future and maybe even another music video

– David

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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