Monday, April 23, 2012


It is hard to put into words the experience of attending the ASCAP Expo. To simply say it is life-changing is a little trite, but like with most things in life, what you walk away with is dependent on what you are willing to put into it.

I met some amazing people and reconnected with friends I met last year. We had a great time discussing what the panels had to offer, and just hanging out and talking about everything but music.

The panels themselves didn't allow recording or taping of any kind, so I can't share the amazing performances, the interesting stories and inspiring advice, or when Stargate showed the ProTools session from Firework, but I can show you all the in-between stuff, where we hung out and had lots of fun.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012


As of 6:30 PM the new update is live! Please contact me if you experience any issues with the site.


The site update is merely hours away from being ready, and I'm very excited about this. It is always a daunting thing to have a task such as this, especially knowing there is more refining to be done, nips and tucks. Though it is perhaps more accurate to say, this is really just the beginning of the work to be done.

One of the big updates is the store, and there are just a few details yet to be worked out, so I'm opting to delay its opening, but I think it is important to have the site up as soon as possible despite this element not being ready. Besides, I don't believe it will be a focus of the site, but it will be a nice addition.

As part of the update, I have put together a long-overdue film-clip reel, and here is the result:

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Life Structure

The topic of how a composer should structure their life has been on my mind lately. And this week, it happens a subscriber posted some questions about how often one should compose and what the life of a composer demands.

I am in the midst of attending a workshop led by Ron Jones about this very topic, so while I posted this video prior to attending, I find it amazing how much the "vibe is going."

I'll be discussing this more as life develops.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

New Vlog and Website Developments

To begin with, I have a new vlog entry:

I like how YouTube won't let you pick your thumbnail unless you are a partner. So I get these strange freeze frames while I'm in the middle of saying something. Attractive.

As I continue to work on my website update, I have encountered a dilemma. Much of the stuff I have on my site currently is from prior to 2008, before I got my new computers and back when all I had was GPO. Not that there's anything wrong with it, there is just a markedly different aspect to the quality of the samples, to my ear. So while I plan nonetheless to post older works created with the old library, I can't help but feel a little pang of conflict, knowing that if I were to re-realize these projects with the latest technology, they would sound truly amazing. For example, Instinct Vs. Reason. I recently remastered the soundtrack (which was more of a from the MIDI-up re-sequencing, programming, realizing, recording, mixing and mastering), and the original version created with GPO:

Excerpt of the new version (which is likely also autoplaying in the upper right as we speak):

Original version:

See what I mean? While GPO offered an unparalleled flexibility and ease of use, and while I loved every minute of the 4-plus years I spent making it do everything it was conceivably capable of doing, I needed more, and they just couldn't create the Pro version fast enough. Oh yes, there was talk years ago of creating a pro version of GPO with a lot more bells and whistles. Unfortunately we needed more, and we needed it now.

So I'm forging ahead uploading the older versions of my projects, with all the conflict and nostalgia they carry with them. I know that someday I'll have better versions to offer. And those versions won't even need samples because they will have live players. Here's hoping!