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

An Unseen Sky – The Tracklist

An Unseen Sky is almost here, and to get you all excited, I figured it would be a good time to reveal the tracklist. I am going to do a more in-depth follow-up to this post with my full thoughts on all of the songs after the album is released and people have gotten a chance to really check it out. But just to wet your appetite, here is the final tracklist for An Unseen Sky.

  1. The Lie
  2. An Unseen Sky
  3. Forgotten
  4. Dreams Like These
  5. Last Kiss
  6. Cut Open
  7. Shadows on the Ceiling
  8. The Fallout
  9. Phantom
  10. Into The Black
  11. A Decision
  12. Dead Battery
  13. A Stranger
  14. Fragile Things
  15. Every Little Bit
  16. Never

Oh… And I should probably mention now that the An Unseen Sky is 100% FINISHED. Done. Getting pressed up now. Like last time, I’m going to be doing a pre-order special which I’ll announce in the next couple weeks, as well as a bonus download of remixes and bonus tracks which will only be for people who pre-order and/or buy a copy of the limited edition CD of the album. You’re going to want it. Trust me.

– David

“Dreams Like These” Feedback

First and foremost, if you haven’t already checked out “Dreams Like These,” aka the first track off my upcoming second album An Unseen Sky and brand new music video, check it out now!

Great. How’d you like it? Did you give it a thumbs up and comment on it and share it? Good. Now onto the blog post.

I was really excited to get feedback on this because it’s the first taste of the new album, so I’ve been going all out to get it seen and heard. Facebook and Twitter are great and all, but you don’t always get traction, especially with the way Facebook hides page posts from the majority of your followers, so I posted the video in numerous music forums around the internet as well as on two pay for feedback services which I’ll get into in further detail below.

First off, on social media and the forums, honestly the feedback has just been ridiculously great. For both the song itself and the video. It really makes me happy to hear such great feedback. I’m happy with negative feedback too, especially since I still have time to perfect things before the album version of the song (although I’m pretty sure this is gonna be IT). My friends and family all seem to really like it, as well as people like you who have always been there to check out my new music. To be honest, “Dreams Like These” isn’t even my favorite track on An Unseen Sky, so I think you’re all gonna be really loving this new album.

Second up is Fluence.io, an awesome service that connects you with music bloggers and professionals to get feedback. Bloggers can set a cost per minute to listen to your music and write a review. It’s up to them then if they’d like to share it. You can also just end up getting free feedback if your music is fed to the right writer. I’ve gotten a lot of great feedback on “Dreams Like These” and my last video, “If Only Tonight I Could Sleep” on Fluence, some of which was positive some negative. Mostly positive though. My favorite note I received so far was from Leks Maltby of the blog Aside/Beside: A Planet of Sound, “Slow burning and ever-evolving, this song is a three-and-a-half minute climax in slow motion.” Now honestly… What friend or family member is gonna give me a quote that awesome about my music? Haha. I love it. Fluence also did an amazing feature on me a couple weeks ago. If you haven’t seen it yet, you can read it here: http://blog.fluence.io/emerging-artist-spotlight-david-rosen/

The final place I’ve been getting feedback is a service called Audiokite.com. This is one of those services where you submit a piece of music, and a bunch of anonymous people listen to it and have to give feedback. I did this once before on Reverbnation’s version and got some truly useless feedback from people who clearly only listen to Jay-Z and Black Eyed Peas and didn’t understand that there are other genres of music out there. Half the comments I got on that one asked why there wasn’t any lyrics or rapping. Wonderful. But Audiokite’s version gave me a great, well rounded report which you can actually see for yourself here.

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You can see above some of the words used to describe the music. Sure there’s some negative ones like disinterested or bored…. But for the most part, it’s some really great stuff and most importantly, really interesting to read. If you click thru to the full report you can also see demographics info (it seems older people like my stuff the most), how long people listened, where they’re from, some licensing uses they think my music would be best for (sci-fi seemed to be the top) and more. It’s all really interesting and really useful stuff. Best of all of course are the reviews themselves. Some are negative… You can’t please everybody. But some are just great and detailed. One great example: “I wish the drum had a fuller sound, like the large drums used in orchestras, to really make the drum the musical instrument and not just the beat. otherwise awesome, great beat, great counter melody, intense yet relaxing.” These are all anonymous so I can’t respond or anything, but that’s some great feedback. The person loved the track, but gave some unique feedback on what they thought could make it even better.

So overall, as you can see, I got some really killer feedback on “Dreams Like These.” I can’t wait to start sharing more of An Unseen Sky with you all. The album should be finished in the next month or two and possibly out in March. I’m also starting to work on another new video with the same people who did my “If Only Tonight I Could Sleep” music video. So expect a ton of new music soon. In the meantime, be sure to go click on the video and leave feedback for me on Youtube! I want to hear what YOU have to say. As always, I look forward to hearing all of your feedback.

– David

2014 In Review

Echoes In The Dark (Digital Cover)

UPDATE: Make sure to scroll to the bottom for an important update that I added just before posting this blog post… Then scroll back up and read the rest haha. Happy New Year!

As 2014 comes to a close, I figured this would be a good time to take a look back at what I accomplished. This is 2014 In Review.

The first and most obvious thing was the release of the music video for “If Only Tonight I Could Sleep” and its fundraiser. We raised a lot of money that helped in getting the word out about the video, album and my music in general. The video itself got such great feedback from all across the internet. It premiered at the REEL Recovery Film Festival which was just perfect considering the subject matter of the video. People there really loved it which was a beautiful thing. It then went on to win Best Music Video at the Pollygrind Film Festival, where a year prior I won Best Experimental Music Video for my “Lights In The Sky” music video. Overall, we didn’t get into as many film festivals as we had hoped, but the feedback from the places it did play was all amazing and we still have some more we’re waiting on results from for next year.

Behind The Scenes

While “If Only Tonight I Could Sleep” was the big defining project of my career in 2014, I also did a lot of other great, exciting work. The first thing that comes to mind is all of my work with House of DON Productions and director Doug Farra. Aside from “If Only Tonight I Could Sleep,” Doug also directed “The Gradations of Purgatory,” “The Milkman,” and “Cho5en,” as well as some other smaller projects that I worked on. These three though were some of the coolest films I worked on this year and really gave me an opportunity to create some great music. I’ll be working on Doug’s first feature, “Finding The Truth” in 2015, as well as another music video for one of the songs on my second album.

I also worked on a couple of other great films from regular House of Don collaborators: Jeremy D Brooks’ “Jasper,” and Brian K Palmer’s “Spring Forward.” The premiere of “Jasper was a really fun night at the Vegas Indie Film Fest, and “Spring Forward” premiered at the Las Vegas Black Film Festival which was also a great time that I got to meet a lot of cool people at.

Speaking of film festivals, one of the most fun weeks of the year was my trip to FilmQuest at the Salt Lake City Fantasy Con. I posted a blog recap of the event where you can read all about the craziness that happened there. My music video “Broken Circuits,” was nominated for Best Music Video and the whole trip was just an amazing experience. Pollygrind was also a great time this year, as it always is. The festival organizer (and my buddy) Chad says that he may be taking a year off from Pollygrind, but I hope it comes back ASAP. It really is the most fun film festival ever.

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I worked on a bunch of other great films this year too. “Pathos” from director Eduard Ospiov was entered in the Project Greenlight competition and made it to the second round. It was nice getting to work with some new people on that one. I also started the year off working at last minute with my friend David Michor on his short “The Hoarder” which ended up being one of my favorite scores I’ve done. I then ended up working with the DP from that film on my first 48-hour film competition with a film called “Dig.” It was a wild experience scoring a short film in one morning, but it came out pretty damn great.

There were also some various for-hire composing gigs I did this year. Not as many as 2013 to be honest, but I at least kept a solid momentum going. Hopefully that side of the career will pick up next year. In the meantime I did get more of my music accepted into some music libraries, so hopefully some of that stuff gains some traction.

Which brings me to album number two. I made some of the best music of my life this year. I didn’t expect to be ready to release a 2nd album so fast, but it is coming and it’s coming soon. The album is probably 90% done. Album title and album cover are set. Tracklist is set. Songs are basically done. Just gotta really sit with the album, make sure I’m happy with everything, and then master it. I’m expecting to release it in the first few months of 2015. The first music video off the album will be for the track “Dreams Like These” and will be online on New Years Eve.

And that leaves me at 2015. I am ready to work on some amazing new projects. I actually have 3 features I may be working on (as well as “Finding The Truth” which is already set). So right off the bat, I’m gonna be plenty busy. I also have some ideas for more music videos, and I’m hoping to make those happen. More jobs, more music, more everything. I can’t wait.

UPDATE: Well well well… Guess who forgot to post his 2014 Year In Review wrap-up before 2015 hit?!? Haha. So it’s the 1st… My new music video is out, and the new album title and cover have been revealed . But that’s not all… Right before New Years Eve I found out that “If Only Tonight I Could Sleep” was chosen as an Official Selection for the Dam Short Film Festival in Boulder City! I am super excited to head back there, as I had a great time last year when “A Moral Discord” played. I’ll also be announcing very soon another festival that it was accepted to. Great way to close out the year! If you haven’t already checked it out though, make sure to check out the new video, “Dreams Like These” over on Youtube and make sure to leave a comment!

– David

 

THIS STUFF RULES: My Favorites Movies & Music of 2014

I usually post these lists on Facebook, but I figured… Why not make a blog post about it? Without any big build up, here are my favorite Movies & Music of 2014, with a little commentary on each.

MOVIES

  1. Birdman – One of the most original, beautiful movies I’ve seen in a long time. Even funnier than I expected, and weirder too. It’s been a while since Charlie Kaufman made a movie (2008 I believe), and this is the closest thing I’ve seen since then. It makes your brain work overtime. I haven’t stopped thinking about it since the day I saw it. Also, seeing Edward Norton really going for it for the first time in years was just awesome.
  2. Nightcrawler – An amazing movie filled with excellent performances. Jake Gyllenhaal deserves Best Actor for this. Such a dark, crazy movie and an uncompromising vision.
  3. Gone Girl – David Fincher’s best movie since Zodiac. One of his best ever really. Also happens to be the first time in years that I saw a movie in the theater twice!
  4. The Grand Budapest Hotel – I’m one of the only people (let alone Wes Anderson fan) who didn’t like Moonrise Kingdom, so I was so happy that this ended up being my favorite film of his since The Darjeeling Limited (which I know most people DIDN’T really like). This is definitely up there with his best films though. Ralph Fiennes’ performance is an absolute classic.
  5. Edge Of Tomorrow – Probably the best action / sci-fi movie I’ve seen in years, ruined by a bad title that apparently made people not see it. Everyone should see it though. It’s great.
  6. Whiplash – An excellent, dark, small film that centers around music and has one of the best performances of the year from JK Simmons.
  7. Obvious Child – A perfect little comedy. Jenny Slate rules. See it.
  8. The Badadook – The best horror movie I’ve seen in forever. I can’t stand most horror movies because it’s usually just a bunch of loud noises and jump scares with the same old recycled story. This one SOUNDS like it’s going to be that based on the synopsis, but it’s about much more, and the scares come from a much more real place. One of the rare times when hype didn’t kill a movie.
  9. Foxcatcher – I honestly walked out of the theater thinking I didn’t like much about it other than the performances (seriously great all around but Mark Ruffalo steals the show here). But the movie stayed with me and I didn’t stop thinking about it for days and the more I think about it, the more I love everything about it. It also may be my favorite score of the year.
  10. Guardians of the Galaxy & The Lego Movie (TIE) – I made these a tie because they’re both super mainstream blockbusters, and they both happened to be awesome. So many of the big blockbusters disappointed me this year (ESPECIALLY Godzilla), so to see some major movies really nail it was great.

Honorable Mentions: Wild, Chef, They Came Together, Exodus:Gods & Kings, The Equalizer, Fading Gigilo, Noah, Dawn of the Planet Of the Apes, Interstellar, The Interview

Didn’t See Yet But I’ll Probably Like: Inherent Vice, Boyhood, Big Eyes, American Sniper, A Most Violent Year… Plenty More.

MUSIC

  1. Ryan Adams – Ryan Adams – Most of you know how much I love Ryan Adams and this is one of his most consistent albums ever. Not his best, but a lot of really perfect, great songs. And I love the 80s light rock influence here.
  2. Damien Rice – My Favorite Faded Fantasy – I finally got to see Damien Rice this year which was an amazing experience, and some of these new songs (after an 8 year hiatus) stand as some of his best.
  3. The War On Drugs – Lost in The Dream – I love this freaking album. And I joked on Facebook that it sounds like what I’d sound like if I tried to form a band. Well what I’d want to sound like anyway haha.
  4. Lana Del Rey – Ultraviolence – People hate her, but I look at it like a movie. I don’t judge a film based on the credibility of the filmmakers, same goes for her music. Plus “West Coast” is an absolutely killer song.
  5. Jack White – Lazeretto – Jack White rules. I don’t love this album… It’s a little too jammy, but some of the tracks are absolutely awesome and even at his worst, he’s still better than most other artists.
  6. Michael Jackson – XScape – Much better than I could have ever imagined. Some truly great songs on here, and getting to hear the demos on the bonus disc was really cool too.
  7. Bruce Springsteen – High Hopes – Another great Bruce Springsteen album.
  8. St Vincet – St Vincent – A really unique, awesome album. I don’t know if other people have said this before, but this reminds me of what Nine Inch Nails would sound like if it was made by a girl. Not a girl imitating Nine Inch Nails… Because this is much lighter and less angry… But a girl creating a very female album, that shares a lot in common with what a Nine Inch Nails album is. Maybe that doesn’t make sense, but I love it haha.
  9. The Raveonettes – Pe’Ahi – Some of The Raveonettes albums take time to grow on me. This is one of them. I don’t love it yet. but I just know that I will.
  10. Tom Petty – Hypnotic Eye – I haven’t even finished listening to the album yet, but it’s got some classic Tom Petty songs on it.

Honorable Mention: Jason Isbell – Southeastern was my REAL Number 1 favorite album of 2014, but it actually came out in 2013, I just never heard of him until now. Same goes for The Book of Mormon Soundtrack which came out a while ago, but I refused to listen to until I got to see the show live. Now that I’ve seen it, I’ve been listening to the album and love it.

I was going to also do lists for TV and Video Games, but I found myself really reaching to even remember what I had seen and played haha. So I think we might as well just leave it at this

Every year people say that there were no good movies and there’s no good music. I think that’s bullshit.  There’s a lot of great stuff out there, you just gotta know where to look…

– David

PS. I’m aware that the numbers in the lists are crossed out. It’s a weird bug I’ll have to look into haha.

Computer: DOWN

OK, so it’s not that bad. It’s not like I lost any of my stuff.

But yes, this is the first time in a long, long time that I will be taking a (forced) little break from making music. My second album is about 90% of the way to a full play-through version, and luckily I don’t have any other projects I’m currently working on (although I have a few on the horizon after New Years)… Perfect timing for my computer’s entire cooling system to fail on me.

I should be all up and running again right around New Years… Just in time to get working on a ton of exciting projects and finishing the new album. But in the meantime, I will make the most of this time off. I’m planning on basically getting everything I’ve ever pushed off so I could work on music, done. Cleaning out the studio. Cleaning out the office area. Emptying out tons of useless crap from the garage. Organizing my files on my backup hard drives… Getting stuff DONE.

That’s not all I’ll be doing though. Because I also have a brand new music video that I just happened to have finished last week. It’ll be posted on New Years Eve and will mark the beginning of the promotional run for my upcoming second album! I am so excited to share this with you all. I made it myself, the same way I did with my “Lights In The Sky” Music Video, and I think this one is even better. I found some amazing footage and mashed it all together into a weird, beautiful, sexy, crazy video. And it’s the first track you’ll get to hear off the new album. I’ll also be announcing the album’s name along with the video. The song is called “Dreams Like These.”

So wish me luck in making the most of this time off from music. I hate not being able to keep working, but at least the timing is right. See you on New Years.

– David

THIS THING RULES: Sonic Zest Collection

Welcome to another edition of THIS THING RULES. You may remember from my “The Past & The Future” Blog Post that I placed 8th in a composing contest sponsored by music software news site rekkerd.org. My prize was the entire collection of Sonic Zest Instruments for Native Instruments’ Kontakt. I’ve spent the last couple weeks playing with some of the instruments, and so far, I am extremely happy with my prize.

This collection features 22 instruments that are all beautifully sampled. The kinds of sounds that will easily find their way into my music. First of all, the list of included instruments:

  • Acoustic Autumn
  • Cinematic Soundscape
  • Ambient Cinematic Guitar 2
  • Chinese Dragon Bells
  • Glass Hand Drums
  • Indonesian Thunder Drum
  • Vietnamese Lithophone
  • African Tube Percussion
  • Himalayan Water Bowl
  • Tenor Recorder
  • The Glass Absolute Quintet
  • eBow Mandolin
  • Acoustic eBow
  • Maple Mandolin
  • Percussive Guitar
  • Apricot Duduk
  • Moroccan Drums
  • Typewriter of Prince George
  • Bronze Percussion
  • Paper Percussion
  • Lighter Percussion

My reviews here aren’t meant to always be an entirely comprehensive look at all the features and sounds included in any given product, so I didn’t fully explore all of these sounds, In the piece of music I made above, I used Acoustic E-Bow, Acoustic Autumn, Moroccan Drums, Ambient Cinematic Guitar 1, Ambient Cinematic Guitar 2, The Typewriter of Prince George and Cinematic Soundscape. As you can hear, the music is full and lush and of a top shelf quality. When considering that most of these go for $16 right now (or the complete collection at an amazing $125), the sound quality is actually kind of surprising. Everything is also wonderfully playable and natural.

The Moroccan Drums are the first thing that will probably grab your attention in this track. They’re so easy to play and come up with a rhythmic background. The Acoustic eBow creates a gorgeous bed for the various guitar melodies that I then brought in. I obviously really love the guitars that Sonic Zest has sampled here, and use almost all of them in this one piece.  To bring up the rhythm at the end, I used the Typewriter of Prince George which has some great clacking key type sounds that work great when mixed in with the traditional percussion sounds.

Sonic Zest has created a great collection of instruments here. At $125, it’s a ridiculous steal. Get it. You won’t be sorry.

UPDATE: I’m glad I posted this in time for Black Friday, because this collection is available THIS WEEK ONLY for the insanely low price of $89. Seriously. If you make music and use Kontakt (which if you do make music, you probably have Kontakt), get this. You’ll love it.

 

THIS THING RULES: Omnipulse

Welcome to a This Thing Rules edition a LONG TIME in the making. Truth is this track was done almost a year ago, but first of all, I was thinking of using it for my upcoming album, so I was holding it off. Then I got really busy with work and films and film festivals… But then a funny thing happened…

There was a contest to create a piece of music for the trailer to the excellent looking film “LFO,” and right away when I watched the trailer, I knew that this piece of music would be perfect for it. So I entered it, got a lot of great feedback, and since I’d hate to skip a review on a piece of software I received and loved, I decided to finally go back and get this thing up.

This is also a different kind of entry for This Thing Rules in that it wasn’t entirely created with just PlugIn Guru’s Omnipulse, the software I’ll be talking about today. I probably could make something only with Omnipulse… But it wouldn’t really go anywhere since the point of this package is sounds that pulsate rhythmically to help create tension and motion. As it is, you’ll notice once you listen to the track, it is a very tense piece of music, but I brought in sounds from other software to help mold it into a full track. This is also a different kind of edition of This Thing Rules because I’m embedding the track in the form of the trailer for “LFO.” I figured since it works so good in the context of the trailer, I might as well do it that way rather than a stand alone track. So here it is:

 

As you just heard… It’s a pretty tense and synth heavy track. The main two presets that I used from Omnipulse are “BPM BASS – Heavy Weight Offender” and “BPM GUITAR – 12 Stringer M.” The Bass sound creates that insane, heavy synth bass line while the Guitar sound adds a loop of tension to the track. I’m also using sounds from another of PlugInGuru’s Omnisphere Expansions, Omniverse, as well as some other sources.

While I wouldn’t use the sounds in Omnipulse alone to create a full piece of music, the presets that it does come with are absolutely essential for tense, dramatic underscore, as well as electronica music. The presets themselves are amazing as is, but they all have wildly variable results when played with the Mod Wheel… So much so that it’s seriously become my go-to for getting a score started. These sounds can provide the bed that any dark, atmospheric film needs. Then you can just build on top of it from there. Also, since they are arpeggiated based on Omnisphere’s built in Arpeggiator, they work with projects of any tempo. It couldn’t be easier to use.

The funny thing about this write-up taking so long, is that during these past months that I’ve been so busy, I was pretty much constantly using Omnipulse in everything I did! I really couldn’t recommend it more, and I really hope that they come out with a sequel. Omnipulse can be purchased at PlugInGuru.com for $30, and of course, requires a full copy of Omnipshere. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have an item to cross off my to-do list that’s been sitting there for way too long…

The Past & The Future

The past few weeks have been crazy, and the future is looking awesome. Let’s start off with a recap…

“If Only Tonight I Could Sleep” won Best Music Video at the Pollygrind Film Festival where it screened twice (actually three times due to a little projector glitch haha). Seeing (and hearing) it on the big screen was amazing and something I hope to get to experience many times in the future. Also, “The Gradations of Purgatory” (which can be viewed on Youtube by clicking the link) was awarded Best Nevada Short. I scored it, and it was directed by Doug Farra, who also directed “If Only Tonight I Could Sleep” … So go Doug! We have a bunch more projects coming up together, and I always love working with him and his people at House of DON Productions.

I also got 8th place in a composing contest sponsored by music site Rekkerd.org. The idea was to create a piece of music that is inspired by an artist/band who inspired you to make music in the first place. Of course I chose The Cure, and created a track called “The Fallout.” It was a really cool contest to be a part of because all of the musicians had to vote on each other… It wasn’t just the usual popularity contest style thing you see all the time. Some of the other pieces of music were absolutely excellent, and getting 8th place was an honor. And also, the organizer said the track had a Disintegration vibe… Which if you know me, is pretty much the highest compliment anyone could ever give me, since it’s my favorite album of all time. I also won some really cool software that will probably end up being the subject of an upcoming This Thing Rules segment. You can check out “The Fallout” here:

 

In the past month I’ve also had my birthday, my girlfriend’s birthday, her grandma’s birthday (in California), and my grandma’s birthday (in New York). Plus two friends staying with me in separate weeks, Halloween (my favorite holiday), and a Community Event in the neighborhood I live in… So to say I’ve been busy is a bit of an understatement. I didn’t get to work on music as much as I’d have liked to, but now it is time to get back to work.

My second album is basically in the narrowing down phase now. I might still add another new track or two, but I am currently making my list of edits and adjustments needed to finish all the songs I’ve started. To put that in perspective… Last time I started that process, Echoes In The Dark was finished less than 2 months later. I think with the holidays and other work it might be a little longer than that… And I gotta start the promotional schedule, new music videos, and everything else that goes with the album launch… But the important thing is it is coming REALLY SOON. I’m aiming for the first few months of 2015. I love this second album so much. I’ve been listening to Echoes In The Dark and the second album back and forth a lot to make sure I really like it as much and I think I might like it even more. Oh, and it definitely has a title already. I’ll announce it once I have some artwork to go with it.

What else is happening? Well I have a bunch of film projects lined up. Just waiting on the film-makers to finish things on their end before I get started on those. I’m also submitting music for various potential opportunities and just continuing to push myself out there. I feel like I accomplished a lot this year. There are some things that didn’t quite go how I had hoped, but overall, I think it’s been a great year so far… And it’s not over yet.

Next week I’ll be posting another This Thing Rules segment with a new piece of music… Well, that’s not entirely true… If you pay really good attention to everything I do, you may have heard it before… But chances are, most of you haven’t heard it yet, so it’s basically new. I’ll get another one up ASAP too. Hoping to get two in November and two in December. Ideally, I think I’ll be ready to share a song from the second album this year too. We’ll see. Might happen. Might not…

OK… I get the feeling I might be rambling a bit haha, but you know what, I’m catching a plane soon, and like I said… It’s just been nonstop running around this past month. Once I get home, it’ll be time to get back to music. I can’t wait to get this album done. Thanks for reading.

– David

 

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