Have you ever heard a 4 bassoon ensemble before? Not likely. While bassoonists may create temporary pair-bonds, they are never found in groups of 3 or more. Much digital trickery was involved in this piece to make them appear as though they were all in the same room at the same time. Tuba players, on the other hand exhibit extreme flocking behaviour, and have even been spotted in mass migrations. You can download the full uncompressed files here!
High-energy, fast-paced, and memorable, this is a great background to your 2D platformer. It was actually written for a 2D platformer, which is why it will loop back on itself so well. Like Ouroboros! If you’re looking for a high school mascot, PLEASE consider Ouroboros. I’m not sure if it would make for great cheerleading routines, or if it would end up looking more like a human centipede…. But there is one way to fine out! Go! Fighting Ouroboroses!! You can download the full uncompressed files here!
This piece gets a lot of its crazy from the exposed dissonances. So, before you start going on and on about “wrong” notes; They are there for a reason! I’m almost sure of it. They really sound quite intentional. Why else would I write something like that? Totally done with forethought. Yup. 100% on purpose. You can download the full uncompressed files here!
Part five of seven. Airy, but not in the “I’m outdoors, and everything is great ‘airy'” way. More like the “the alien machine that sustains our life is slowly breaking down and poison is beginning to seep from its core” way. Whatever is happening… it isn’t fast, and it isn’t good.
Shadowlands 6 – The Pit
Part alien cacophony, part organic awfulness, part six of seven. If you set this piece as music you wake up to in the morning, you’re going to have a bad, bad day. There will be half remembered monsters from the times of not-asleep, not-awake… whose only jobs are to induce unexpected nausea inside government buildings.
Shadowlands 7 – Codex
Part seven of seven. A real mind bender. This one is all acoustic, and no artificial synths, so it has an organic feel. Not Certified Organic, just normal organic. So, that means it looks better, requires less fertilizer, has fewer pests and a higher yield.
Part one of seven. Sort of an edgy-underwater feel… which isn’t common. You can feel the struggle just trying to get the sounds out. Imagine a small rhinoceros at a tea party. The image you have in your head has nothing to do with this piece; But it is quite amusing.
Shadowlands 2 – Bridge
Part two of seven. Very close clusters of tones bring the tension! And that tension wanes and waxes without notice. If you want your audience to be concerned, this is how you do it.
Shadowlands 3 – Machine
Part three of seven. Part pipe organ, part broken pipe organ, this isn’t just spooky, it is crazy spooky. It also has a musical theme, which not all of this horror moody stuff has. Consider it the jelly filling in your horror doughnut.
Shadowlands 4 – Breath
Part four of seven. This is the pizza cutter of this series, round and edgy. It has a little bit of melodic complexity, but mostly it just sits around being creepy. Should work well under dialog.
There is a lot of music out there. And the value of new works is going down. New pieces have an average commission of $1,800, and despite people looking for new commissions, there are less of them to be had.
According to the published results, the top 1% of composers are doing fine. Which makes sense, because the top 1% of everything is fine… because Zipf’s Law.
Interesting bit… the people who got the best commissions were not considered “established”. It could be that clients are looking for “new” sounds, or new composers can spend more time marketing themselves. (It could be half a hundred other things, but as a preliminary finding it is worth noting!)
The study doesn’t really apply to me or most people I know… we’re a part of a different kind of world of “Composing/Producing”. If you like a composer – please support them!
If you are a composer, and found an interesting way to make a living with your music, let me know. Most composers don’t have merch tables… maybe they should!