This is an old video, and I can’t remember if I ever posted it here. Oh well, enjoy! I don’t know the person who made it, but I do dig it. I’ll be back soon with more stuff….
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So I’ve started a new, hopefully on-going project: Instagrambient! Inspired by a Disquiet project called Instagr/am/bient: 25 Sonic Postcards – in which the participants created short ambient pieces to go along with various Instagram photos – I’m attempting to create quick musical and video pieces of an ambient or experimental nature within Instagram’s 15-second video framework, and then post them to my Instagram account.
I’ve also set up an Instant Ambient Tumblr to gather them all together in one place.
The idea at present is to use only iOS devices and apps for the pieces, which at this time limits me to NanoStudio & Garageband for music, and iMovie, AvFX and Instagram on my iPhone. I’d love to get an iPad and play with other apps too, so hopefully that’ll be a development.
I’ve considered setting time constraints here for putting each piece together – probably no more than an hour from start to finish (which includes recording & editing both music and images), but since I’m just starting we’ll have to see how that goes and what adjustments I’ll make to everything.
I’ve had the pleasure of knowing and working with Joey Madia for several years now. In addition to being a great guy and a superlative playwright, he’s also a fine novelist (among other things). I did the score for the book trailer of his first novel, Jester Knight – a multi-layered fantasy with dragons and knights and heroic journeys – and now I’m pleased to say that I’ve scored the trailer for his most recent novel, Minor Confessions Of An Angel Falling Upward.
This one is a much darker exploration of…well, most everything relating to arts & spirituality (among other things). It’s a horror tale with a heavily philosophical bent, a labyrinth of questions & quotes snatching inspiration from the great artists of the past and near-present. It puts me in mind of H.P. Lovecraft and Georges Bataille, neither of whom I’ve read extensively, just enough to feel a certain kinship of intent. Here’s the trailer. Check out the book…if you dare, mwa ha ha!
Dave Coverly has illustrated a new children’s book entitled The Very Inappropriate Word. It was written by Jim Tobin, and concerns a young word-lover named Michael who discovers a word he’s never heard one day at school. Unfortunately, it’s not a very appropriate word. His adventure with the word reaches a beautiful ending when he’s introduced to the Library and its boundless bounty of words, many of them easy substitutes for that inappropriate one. It’s a great book for youngsters!
I was very honored to supply the music and narration for Dave’s illustrations and Andy Collins‘ remarkable animation in the book trailer below. I hope you’ll enjoy it! And certainly, if you know any writers looking for custom music for their book trailers, please send them my way…I love doing this sort of thing!
Here’s the second of my meditative experiments this year. The length is what I’ve been shooting for, I think, in that I’d like the pieces to be long enough for a quick refreshing of the senses, but not too long for a full-blown meditation (tho I’m hoping to go longer eventually anyway).
The idea for the title comes from those moments when you hear a voice in your head that gives you some type of direction or inspires an epiphany of some kind. Is that a voice that you’ve heard from a deeper & connected consciousness, or is it simply you speaking the thought inside your mind? I’d like to think the music provides a suitably calming situation in which one could contemplate that, and perhaps even find a path to the root of that question.
Happy drifting, dreamers….
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