THIS THING RULES: uvi Falcon

Welcome to another edition of This Thing Rules! I’ve got an awesome one for you today… UVI’s Falcon. This thing is a beast – one of the biggest pieces of software I’ve ever reviewed for this blog.

I’ve been using UVI software for a long, long time… I think PlugSound Pro was the first VST over $200 that I ever purchased actually, wayyyy back in the day. So when I got to check out their new flagship, I was extremely excited. Before I dive into all the features (well, maybe not all of the features, but as many as I can fit in and still make this a timely review haha), check out this demo, “The Breakthrough,” which I made entirely using Falcon.

THIS THING RULES: SubsonicArtz Gaia

Welcome to another edition of THIS THING RULES! I’ve got a bunch lined up right now that I’m trying to get to, and since I don’t have time for long introductions… Let’s get right into it!

Gaia is a new expansion pack for Spectrasonics’ Omnisphere by SubsonicArtz. You may remember SubsonicArtz as the maker of the Pulsar Project expansion pack for CL-Projects’ Hypernova, which I reviewed in a previous THIS THING RULES entry. As usual, lets listen to a demo I created specifically for this review, “The Secret Reason.”

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.

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.

 

THIS THING RULES: Gahrn Audio Expansion Packs

Sometimes when I do these THIS THING RULES blog posts, the new music software gets sent to me (if you make music software and you’re reading this, get in touch!), and sometimes I have to go out looking for it. Today’s installment is a case of the latter and I’m so glad I found Gahrn Audio and their new expansions packs Symbiosis (for Spectrasonics’ Omnisphere) and Illusions (for Native Instruments’ Massive). I’m always on the look out for new Omnisphere expansions because as many of you know, it is my favorite synth, so to see a company like Gahrn come out and nail it with their first pack is very exciting… And it’s nice to have a reminder to go back and look at Massive again after I hadn’t touched it in a while…

Before getting into the bulk of this write-up, make sure you listen to the new track, “Seeing Is Believing,” made entirely with these two new expansion packs (except for the drum beat that comes in about 45 seconds in).

This track was especially exciting because it was the first non-score piece of music I’ve done in quite a while. I’ve been so busy with promoting the new album (see what I did there… haha), life, and well, scoring films, that I hadn’t made much stand-alone music. I think it came out pretty great. So what’s going on in that music?

The answer is some killer synths, beautiful pads and awesome arps. These packs aren’t huge by any means (80 patches in Symbiosis and 64 patches in Illusions), but what is there is all top notch usable sounds. Like I said, the bulk of what’s here falls under the synths, pads and arps categories of each respective program, although there are other sounds as well like great Impacts & Hits in Symbiosis.

In this particular song, I’m using about five Omnisphere Symbiosis patches and four from Massive Illusions.  Starting with the Omnisphere pack, two of the arps I used called Outrun (which provides that sick funky rhythm that comes in towards the end) and Still Visible sounded great right at loading, but I decided to play around with the arp patterns to get what I got out of them. The main keys in the song are a sound called Finger Painting which provides beautiful, echoing keyboards, and White Air is a very pretty backing synth pad. I really wanted to use some of the Texture patches in this track, but at that point I felt the song was already busy enough. They’re great additions to this package though and will definitely get used in the future.

Over in Massive, the Illusions patches were also perfect fits for this kind of ambient / electronica song. The big echoing synth you hear is called Dyerm, while another synth called All Transparent was incredibly playable and provides a secondary lead for the track. The main bass line is provided by two alternating versions of the End of Line patch with slightly different parameters that I tweaked at different points in the song. Like I said earlier in this write-up, it’s been quite a while since I’ve touched Massive, but I think I’m going to have to start digging in again because not only do I have these great new sounds for it, but it’s just a really cool program with lots of great content.

So overall as you can see, I really liked what Gahrn Audio has come up with in their first packs, and their inspiration led the way to this awesome new track. I’d love to see a new pack from them that takes advantage of some of Omnisphere 2’s new features, and I’d love to see some more keyboard sounds and maybe some percussion. But for what they are, these are great packs and definitely highly recommended.

Each of these packs are available now in Gahrn Audio’s website store priced very competitively at $23 for Symbiosis and $20 for Illusions. There are also FREE demos available of each pack, as well as more demo tracks and a full walk through of the Omnisphere pack.

Gahrn Audio is run by fellow composer and sound designer Claus Gahrn, so it’s no surprise that he knows what other composers could use. Hopefully he makes some more packs in the future. I’ll definitely be watching for them.

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.

E3, LA, VR, SLC, FilmQuest & More!

Where do I start? I’m just gonna push through this blog post, because if I don’t do it now, when the hell am I gonna get to it?

I just got back from a trip to LA for the E3 convention and Salt Lake City for the FilmQuest Film Festival. At E3 I got to play all kinds of new video games, check out the latest advancements in Virtual Reality (while plugging “An Unseen Sky: The VR Experience” … more on that later), and meet lots of people. At FilmQuest, I got to go to a Composer’s round table discussion and see a bunch of films, including a screening of my “Shadows on the Ceiling” music video on the big screen… Spoiler alert… It looked and sounded great (save for a few technical difficulties). Lets tackle all of this one piece at a time…

So what was some of the best stuff during the E3 portion of my trip? Well I usually stay with my friend David Michor (director of some great films I scored like “Snooze, Charlie” and “The Hoarder”), and this time was no different. Well I did get bit by a dog he and his girlfriend were dog sitting… That was different. Little rascal. Don’t worry, I’m fine… haha. But it’s always great seeing them and their whole crew of people. Then I spent three days at the convention.

I’m not going to make this into a full E3 run-down, so how about I do a speed round of some of the best stuff I played?

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  • Super Mario Maker – make your own and download original Mario levels… amazing.
  • Unraveled – an absolutely beautiful game in which you are an old lady’s little yarn guy. Favorite game I played this year.
  • Earth Defense Force 4.1 – a perfect next-gen update to the Earth Defense Force series. EDF! EDF!
  • Chronos – A virtual reality Zelda-style game. Absolutely awesome, although the limited time made it difficult to really get into.
  • Lucky’s Tale – A virtual reality Mario-style game. I’m going to buy an Oculus Rift just for this game.
  • Super Hypercube – A VR puzzle game for Sony’s Project Morpheus. Very cool.
  • Nuclear Throne – I’ve played it at another video game event before, and can’t wait for it to come out.
  • Kings Quest – a great remake of the classic series. Can’t wait to get this.
  • Chasm – Another great Metroidvania style game… This one reminds me of Faxanadu from the NES, which means I can’t wait to get it.

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OK that’s enough video games for now. VR was a huge part of E3. Getting to check out the final consumer version of the Oculus Rift was awesome and I’m pretty sure I am a believer. I love Google Cardboard, and will continue to use it, but i am definitely gonna want an Oculus Rift… Or maybe the Sony Project Morpheus… Ahh, I hate having to make decisions, but luckily I’ve got until next year to decide…

As you all know, I recently released the awesome “An Unseen Sky: The VR Experience” Virtual Reality Music Video (developed by Elemental Spark). It’s still one of the only music videos to take advantage of this new technology, and we’ve been downloaded over 1000 times in the Google Play store. An update which increases performance was just pushed out for it too. If you have a Google Cardboard, make sure to check it out. I promoted it all over the show floor and people seemed to be excited to check it out.

So that covers E3… After a 3am drive through LA (actually pretty beautiful at that time of night), I got to my flight to get in early to Salt Lake City.

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Some of you may remember that I went there last year for FilmQuest too for my video “Broken Circuits,” which was nominated for Best Music Video. This year, I was back for “Shadows on the Ceiling.” I was only able to stay for a day and a half unfortunately (I’ve been out of town ENOUGH lately), but I had a great time. Saw some of the people from last year, met some new people, and had a great screening. There were some technical difficulties in our block, but they were fixed in the first 15 seconds of my video (which kind of gave it quite a dramatic boost haha). I was told that they would try to play it again later to make up for the mistake in screening at the beginning, but either way, it looked and sounded great once it got going. We won’t know if we’re nominated for anything until the end of the festival this weekend… Fingers crossed. But regardless, I got some great feedback from people at the fest, did a little Q&A, and it was all good.

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Now I’m back home and finally cleaning up my studio. It’s seriously a multi-day job, that’s how bad it was, but I’m almost done. This week is the Las Vegas Lift-Off Film Festival which I have TWO music videos in… “Shadows on the Ceiling,” on June 25th and “If Only Tonight I Could Sleep” on June 24th (tonight, if you’re reading this when it goes up). I’m also doing an interview for Fox 5 News with April Kagan (the director of “Shadows on the Ceiling”) at 9:30am. It’s almost 8am. I should shower and shave…

– David

THIS THING RULES: u-He Hive PREVIEW

This is something that hopefully will be a rarity for me, but welcome to a mini-preview edition of THIS THING RULES!

As you know, in THIS THING RULES I review a new piece of software and post a brand new piece of original music that I composed either exclusively with or heavily featuring that software. Well I have a brand new entry written about the excellent new synth Hive from u-He, the makers of the amazing Zebra2.

Unfortunately, my computer died. Dead. I am computerless. And the piece of music I made, while backed up and safe, can’t be exported until I have a computer  to export it with. I should hopefully have the computer back this week, but since I planned on this review and track being posted last week already, I decided to post this special preview, because a song from my recently released album An Unseen Sky also features a whole bunch of Hive on it.

The song is called “Into The Black” and was actually the last song I made for the album. There are 4 instruments in the song that come from Hive, and it will give you a pretty cool idea of what this amazing synth sounds like in a track. Check out the song above, and check out the album, An Unseen Sky at: https://www.bydavidrosen.com/albums/unseen-sky

As soon as I’m back up and running, I’ll post the full THIS THING RULES segment with my review of u-He Hive and a track that is made up almost exclusively of Hive sounds. And if you’re a composer, make sure to check out u-He.com for a public beta of Hive that is available to try now!

– 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

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