This is actually my first blogpost ever, so please clap your hands 10 times for that!
Anyhow, we just ended the first semester here at Pulse College. It has been one heck of a ride so far! Loads of recording sessions, loads of sleepless nights and loads of learning absorbed. Becoming a visual media composer nowadays seriously requires a versatile skill set, so it has been great to be exposed to the reality of this profession.
To give a short account of what I have been doing so far, here are some of the things I have been involved with here in Ireland:
- Two piano cues have been recorded. The latter of them was written for a vignette, so I wrote music to a text, not a visual image. Interesting challenge. For those of you who want to check out that cue, just go to my Music Reel, subcategory emotional and track name “Brothers“.
- A 9- piece ensemble. This ensemble was a whole lot of fun because it had such an unusual instrumentation. Marimba, accordion, acoustic guitar, piano, violin, cello, contra bass, flute and clarinet! Endless possibilities. My cue for this one ended being a mixture between tango and an action hero theme. Name of cue is “Adventure in Argentina”
- Lessons with Christopher Young. This was just awesome. The renown composer for films such as Spider-Man 3, Hellraiser, Drag me to Hell, A Nightmare on Elm Street 2 and more! We had an intensive week with this super-cool guy, and he just gave us a masterclass in film scoring! Invaluable experience!
- 29-piece recording. This has been my favorite so far. Can you imagine the thrill of hearing an orchestra perform your own music, to a main title cue where Robert De Niro is the leading man? It was a blast to me.
- Orchestrations and session work with Ting Si Hao. Working with Singaporean composer Ting Si Hao was a pure honor. A very talented guy and a true visionary! I had the pleasure of arranging some of his great music, and I also was the pianist in the session. It reminded me how much I missed performing.
Now it is finally christmas break. But for me, there is a lot more to be done. I am currently finishing up a track which will be released just before christmas eve. It will also feature as an intro piece for a concert I am playing in.
Hopefully I will update this news section from time to time, but my main focus will be on completing my master degree gracefully. Next semester will be even harder than this one, so I think it would be wise to charge the batteries.
I wish you all a merry christmas!