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.

My Week Seeing The Cure

As many of you know, The Cure is my favorite band. Always has been and always will be. Their music is a huge part of my life, and a huge influence on my own music.

Robert Smith is 57 now (and to be honest, until I wrote this sentence I thought he was older than that, so I’m glad to know that he should still be around a while haha). From 1979’s Three Imaginary Boys (the year before I was born) right up until 2008’s 4:13 Dream, The Cure’s sound has evolved in ways that somehow manage to be exactly what my brain was formed wanting to hear. While my favorite album of all time is their Disintegration, everything they’ve done has had a meaningful effect on me and some of my favorite songs come from each of the albums in their long discography.

Good News & Bad News

Well everyone, today I’ve got some good news and some bad news for you

I’ll give you the bad news first… I’m sick. As a dog. I’ve got a bronchial infection which basically leaves me coughing non-stop to the point of veins bursting in my skull and being unable to breathe. It’s going on a week now, and shows no signs of really getting better yet. I’m on medication though so hopefully it does start going in a positive direction soon. Because as part of the treatment, I’m doing a whole lot of nothing and not getting anything done on all the various films and songs and projects I’m working on… It really, really sucks. I also just coughed like 8 times while writing the last sentence. I’m gonna keep this brief…

Q&A with Developer Elemental Spark

By now I’d like to think that all of you have checked out “An Unseen Sky: The VR Experience,” either in glorious, cutting-edge Virtual Reality or in the also awesome 360 Video version… Or at the very least in the 2d Youtube preview. Hopefully you also know that we won Best Animated Virtual Reality Music Video at the 2016 Virtual Reality Fest that took place during CES here in Las Vegas. And I also hope that when I say we, you know that I mean my multi-talented developer Elemental Spark (Michael Sullivan).

Another Sky – The Bonus Tracks

Well here’s something I almost forgot to do! A two-part blog about the tracks on my free bonus album, Another Sky!

This first part will go over the bonus tracks that didn’t make it onto the full album An Unseen Sky, and the second blog will be about the remixes that were included. If you haven’t yet, check out this blog to learn how to get a FREE copy of Another Sky. After the second part of this blog series is posted I’ll be releasing Another Sky for EVERYONE on my Bandcamp page. But in the meantime, you can get it right now, for free, while helping me out! Oh and before I forget, how beautiful is that album cover by the wonderful Gina Mizzoni Photography? Alright, lets look at the the bonus tracks.

An Unseen Sky: The VR Experience Update

UPDATE 1/8/2016: WE WON!!!!! That’s right, “An Unseen Sky: The VR Experience” won Best Animated VR Music Video! I’ll be posting another blog about our experience at VR Fest soon, but I just want to thank my developer Elemental Spark and the VR Fest for awarding us, as well as everyone who voted in the preliminary round before it went on to the final judges! So awesome!

UPDATE 1/4/2016: Thank you so much to all who voted for us… Because of you, “An Unseen Sky: The VR Experience” made it into the finals! The awards will be announced on Thursday, January 7th, 2016 during the Virtual Reality Festival. We’ll also be there showcasing the video as well as “Gravity VR” and “The Invasion of 2012” all day at The Palms from Noon-Midnight. Hope to see some of you there!

It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost a year since we launched “An Unseen Sky: The VR Experience,” the amazing Virtual Reality music video for the title track from my album An Unseen Sky. Developer Elemental Spark created something magical and groundbreaking that helped us get the attention of many news organizations and even Google themselves, due to our cutting-edge use of this new VR technology within a music video – something that had literally not been done before. Within weeks of our release, various artists such as Bjork and Squarepusher started to release VR music videos, and now, as we enter 2016 (which will end up being the year of VR), it’s pretty much a requirement for all the biggest names in Hollywood and the music industry to start releasing VR projects… But we were there first, and it’s been a wild ride.

Closing up 2015

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.

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