Happy holidays and such.
My musical life is good, as always. Occasionally I’ll get some negative thoughts that threaten my progress, but I shoot them down. I learned a long time ago that pessimism is such a waste of time, especially when it’s just so easy to enjoy yourself.
Here’s my list of musical accomplishments from the last couple months that I’m super stoked about.
For Christmas I also got a chance to visit my amazing family in Alaska, which was an experience. I lived there when I was younger for a couple years and so it was interesting to go back for a second time. Lots of snow and lots of fun; my family knows how to enjoy themselves and I always love them for that.
My second EP is still rolling around in my brain. “Coastal” is still a key word for me but I’m also experimenting with some other ideas, mostly involving nature. I’m big into the natural world currently and would love to portray that in some seriously cool music.
Speaking of seriously cool music, I’ll be composing a piece to a clip of interpretive music directed by Candace Kaw and performed by Mandy Cox. I’ve seen some preliminary footage and it’s extremely interesting; I’m excited to see what I can churn up to match it. Interpretive dancing is one of those things that will always be foreign to me no matter how much I watch it, and that excites me in having to compose something for it.
Hope all is well in the lives of whoever is reading this. You deserve it.
In the search for inspiration for my next EP, I’ve run across the amazing Olafur Arnalds on numerous occasions. His music is incredible and emotional and it’s mind blowing to think that his origins were as a drummer in an Icelandic metal band.
Solo piano, solo strings, and ambience are my pillars for my new EP, which has been churning around in my head for a week or two now. The word “coastal” keeps popping into my musical thoughts as well, and I feel like it’ll be a good word to describe a lot of the airy and wide sounds that I hope to create.
This’ll be a good one.
And it’s done.
I’ve been working on the Planetary EP for a couple months now on and off. If you’ve been following it you know it was supposed to come out early last month, but school managed to sweep me off into other more (or equally) important things. But now it is completely and totally finished.
I hadn’t planned on writing a story to go along with the EP, but I heard things in the music as I was making it. There were certain themes and musical colors that I felt needed some explaining. This album is about Captain Enders and his mind. His thoughts fall on love, destiny, travel, and whatever else is necessary to him. Enders is in some way a version of myself, but also completely separate. I didn’t want him to be exactly like me because I needed him to have experienced different and more dramatic things. As much as I would love to travel through space, I haven’t.
There is more story in the music than in the text. I’m a decent writer but I can say things much better with harmonies and dynamics than letters and phrases.
I hope you at least enjoy the EP a little. There will be more coming from Machinotic and more coming from Jake Handy. This is just the first.
So I’m releasing this new EP tomorrow called the Planetary EP under my “Machinotic” name and it’s pretty excellent. Very classic synth, very 80s, very symphonic (in parts), it’s going to be great. The songs on the EP actually follow a short story, which can be found in the descriptions of each song on Soundcloud and in the album description on Bandcamp. It’s all very cool and exciting and I can’t wait for you to hear (and read) it.
I’d absolutely love for you to check it out. It will be up to stream for FREE on my Bandcamp and Soundcloud tomorrow.
Here’s a sample if you’re feelin’ it:
Here’s the second one. See my past post for details.Played 20 times.
In our strings seminar this Tuesday, we did an interesting exercise where two players would be chosen to go up and basically “play out” a story or movie or the like. Focusing on the particular themes from Beauty and the Beast and Count of Monte Cristo (selected randomly), the two players showed off some amazing skill. Both tunes were completely improvised and match their inspirations perfectly.
Having these opportunities to listen to the world’s best musicians play the world’s best musicvis what getting a college music degree, to me, is all about. I could never find this anywhere else.Played 19 times.
Hey everyone! The Nashville Collegiate Orchestra is a fantastic new group I was privileged to be a part of this summer (and still currently!)
Here is the recording of our first full concert which we gave in August.
Check them out on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/NashvilleCollegiatePhil
A brief snippet of the arrangment I’m working on for “The Gravel Road” from Shyamalamamalan’s The Village. This is the easy part, strangely.Played 21 times.
Musical things going on in my life at the current point in time:
That’s mostly it. There’s probably more but it’s so ingrained into my life currently that I can’t tell it apart from eating and sleeping. To be honest, this doesn’t even feel like the biggest load I’ve had in terms of music. I’m curious if that’s because it actually isn’t or because I’ve gotten so used to (read: good at) doing and managing this stuff that it’s becoming second nature. Please let it be the latter.
Some work I did last year…some tunes similar to this coming out of the wood work at some point here, classes are crazy (in a good way).