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Last of my remixes with Mischief

Sunday, May 31st, 2009

It’s taken some time, but I’ve finally completed the remix work on the prior tunes by replacing the “synthesized” brass and winds with real thing.  Once again, many thanks to Danny Flam and http://newyorkbrass.com!

This is Mischief – the very first tune written way back in early 2006… Must admit, it’s interesting to work on the old stuff because so much has changed in my technique and approach since then – I’d like to think for the better.  So our next step is to send the last three tunes off to Mastering and then they’ll be no excuse for not writing NEW MUSIC…

New music has been slow going as of late as the day job has been getting in the way… but as with anything, absence makes the heart grow fonder so I’m sincerely looking forward to crafting some of the many riffs I have going in the background into something cohesive.   In other words, more to follow, and yes – you can hold me to that!

A New Take on an Old Tune

Sunday, April 19th, 2009

Just a quick post to share the newly updated version of one of my early tunes, Scaramouche!   As mentioned, I’ve been working with my friends at New York Brass to provide “live record” brass and wind orchestrations/recordings for each of my tunes, and we’re almost finished – just one more after this.

Scaramouche by fastonkeys

I gave them quite a bit of creative license on this one because I was still learning how to use a MIDI wind-controller back when I wrote and recorded this tune; as usual they didn’t disappoint.  For comparison, you can listen to the original version still loaded in the Player Widget above; I won’t be replacing it until we finish the last tune and send them out for mastering.

Separate note, turns out Danny Flam (from New York Brass) is visiting Southern California on business this week so we get the pleasure of meeting in person!  This is an amazing new world we live in where so much can be done “virtually”…  but when the opportunity presents itself, face-to-face is always preferred.

Time Out for some New Brass!

Monday, March 16th, 2009

I must admit, I was a tad bit skeptical that Danny (at NewYorkBrass.com) could do much with this one because there’s lots going on in this fusion tune!   But, he and the boys didn’t disappoint – at least in my opinion!   Here is a quick and dirty remix of the tune after adding their tracks: a brass and horn ensemble and a solo alto sax:

I was particularly impressed with the sax solo and how it interweaves with the lead guitar, and crescendo on the brass ensemble during “Verse 2″ is delicious!   And what about that ending?

No question about it, I’ll have these guys kick some brass into the remaining tunes from my “immense catalog” (Mischief and Scaramouche :)  and keep you posted.  In the mean time, YES, I do have some new music underway and it’s going to be my first published piece in an odd-time signature.  I suppose one of these days I’ll get around to writing a nice mellow solo piano tune – perhaps even record it on my Steinway since she’s not getting the attention she deserves lately.    Like many of you, I’ve been mildly distracted by the challenged economy as of late, but doing this work tonight has reminded me that every now and then, we need a Time Out!

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I am a professional hobbyist when it comes to this.   Though my relationship with the piano began at a young age, I only recently pulled off the gloves to rekindle it and haven’t looked back since.   This was partly inspired by huge advancements in music production technology now available to all  – and from the comfort and privacy of your home!   I’ve never subscribed much to job titles so I won’t attempt to label my genre.  Besides, composing music mirrors life in that there are really only two ways to write a song: your way, and the wrong way. 

Thank you for your interest and encouragement.