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.
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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 25 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).
I was raised in the United States of America.
Nowhere in particular. Just here. Some Florida, some Alaska, some Alabama, some Nevada, some Virginia. I’ve got it all packed away somewhere in the culture center of my brain.
My father was in the military, you see. That’s how it was and that’s how it is for hundreds of kids across the globe.
So then I went to college. I’m still here, studying music, and loving every second of it. This blog is for me to extend to you an invitation to hear my education. To hear my back story. To hear everything that is me — through music.
I do some of this, I do some of that, but what I love most is music in media. Movies, television, videos games — it doesn’t matter. This industry, of music in media, draws in the most wonderful people and pushes them out even more amazing. I need to be a part of such a world where the music of Disney’s Hercules and the music of the Battlestar Galactica TV series can be talked about in the same sentence.
That is the world I desire and the world I will be apart of.
If you want me to make music for your projects or, hey, for just you personally (yes, you), then throw me a message on Tumblr or email me at email@example.com.
I’m your guy.