Thursday, August 29, 2013

So about that double album I mentioned... and the new one I composed since...

I am officially in post on my first full length film. There's a few pick ups and recordings to be done (mostly this weekend) but for the most part it's down to editing, scoring and mixing. More on that later, but that's been a big part of what I've been up to.

Now let's get to some backlog stuff. I put together a double album called Adopting Youth in Asia. It's a strange almost concept album mixing older tracks (even outright demos) with tracks directly intended for this, so in a way it's like Tom Wait's Orphans album or Bob Dylan's Biograph. Part 1 is much more upbeat headed into dark places, while Part 2 is more industrial, disturbing and inspired by insomnia.

I finished this around the same time as Gorilla Theater Productions' Macbeth. Since then GTP has had three shows, and I've put together another album called Night Circles. Here it is!

That's about it for now. I'm in the process of uploading the score I composed for Miss Julie so those that follow me on youtube, be sure to keep an eye out for that. I'll try and follow up soon with info on the film and future plans. 


Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Where Have I Been?

So much has happened since last I posted. The gap between my last post and this is largely due to a car accident I was in. All things considered, I came out of it pretty okay. Some chiropractic work for over ten weeks and a totaled car, a lot of pain and discomfort and mental turmoil, but I'm very much alive and well now (I mean, I'm still nuts, but that's to be expected). The hardest part was how many things I was caught up in at the time that were put on hold or in many cases canceled indefinitely. I've tried to get two film projects off the ground since last winter and both have fallen apart (one directly due to the accident and subsequent complications with schedules and life). Best laid plans of mice... well, they got pretty plowed. Still some things have just been on hold. I'm hell bound to get the footage from Macbeth edited and up. I'm working on a new film project that's cast and about to shoot with the full support of my lovely gifted Anna producing with all her Gorilla Theater badassness. Taking the dead tired hour right after work most days to dabble in music. Recovery found me with a backlog of creativity that's busting out now, held back only by the need to still catch up in more practical aspects of life. I've poured myself into art for the last two weeks and the payoff has been pretty exciting. For now though some catching up: Macbeth was one of the best shows we ever put on. I am so proud to have even been a peripheral person involved in it. More on that to come. I had nearly nothing to do with Anna's follow-up show, THE IRON RING. It was fantastic though. Sadly seen by few (We didn't get a lot of promotion out there for it). Perhaps the most exciting part was how much it felt like we were looking at the next generation of GTP kids. As the vets all gear up for college, it's very clear that the show will go on in their absence. Something that has left all of us with a strange sense of comfort. Perhaps this isn't a flash in the pan run. Perhaps we will be around for quite awhile yet. I made some music around the time of Macbeth that I never shared here. I should. A whole double album of insanity is out there on Youtube with my name on it - some of which you may have heard before and some you probably haven't. There's lots more to type. I'll get around to it later. Until then, cheers. I'm back. Slowly but surely. Art will happen. :)

Sunday, March 24, 2013

The "Yet to be Burned" Sessions

Not too long ago, a friend was making a movie and asked me to score it. That movie was never finished, but the score was! Since then said friend has made another film and I also provided ambient soundscapes for it. That film was shot and is in post. So, as I wait with anticipation for that one to be finished and uploaded I thought I'd share what could have been.


Thursday, January 24, 2013

Trailer for last 3 shows of GTP MACBETH

Here it is! This weekend is the last chance to see these wonderful young actors in the most ambitious production we've done to date. Again, tickets are only $5. How's that for a deal?

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Thoughts after opening night of Macbeth

I think few would argue that no night is tougher than opening night. In many ways it's the NASCAR night. Come to support friends and family, stay for the car wrecks - forgotten lines and technical difficulties. 
Other than the score lap-top crashing halfway through the final act (silencing two of my favorite tunes), everything went spectacular! The actors all showed up. No one spun out. No one hit the wall. There were no collisions unintended, and certainly no pile-ups. The Macduff's almost made Anna and I cry (the dead and the surviving!). A Macbeth afraid of never getting off book flowed eloquently through his lines.  
 And Hecate? Oh my, she was badass!
Seyton? Seyton was like Pyramidhead and Pinhead had a baby. His sword is my all time favorite prop out of all the things I've made for Anna's shows.  
 The fights worked (whew!). 
Every character felt like they mattered and was realized. The banquet scene was unnerving as hell. I could go on and on about everyone and everything. It was easily the best opening night we've ever had.
I know this because as good as it was some scenes were done better in rehearsal, so they have it in them and now have no nerves to distract them from it. I know this because we've figured out better ways to do things since last night. The only argument I can think of for tougher nights than opening are later nights on a show with a very long run. Actors can only invest in their characters for so long, but with only four shows remaining... that should not be a problem.  So come on out! 
Show starts at 4:00pm. It is WELL worth the $5 price of admission, (and this time we'll have soft drinks and water!).

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Gorilla Theater Productions Macbeth Kickstarter

Though I already linked to the page in my last post, I thought I'd go ahead and embed the Kickstarter video for anyone curious.

As of today we've only made $80 towards our minimum goal of $550 (with 6 days left). Granted the page has barely been up two days, and I suspect this weekend is really when things will liven up. Still, I can't stress enough the usefulness of spreading the word around. We totally understand that not everyone can donate, but what anyone who wants to support GTP can do is share the link and spread the word to others that might be able to. :D

Also, I've put together a playlist on Youtube of past production trailers to familiarize people new to GTP with who we are and what we're about. It's all stuff I've posted in the past but now they're in a neat package with the new trailer and the sneak peek at the score I've created for the show. I've included the score video in part because that's one of the things we're giving away to people that pledge $50 or more. Each CD will come in a cardboard sleeve with track listing, some doodles unique to each one, and of course will be signed by me. There's some other great gifts on the page well worth checking out. We're even giving away 3 to 5 of the prop-SWORDS at the end of the show's run. These are all custom made for the show by Anna and I, and while comprised of hammered conduit INTENDED FOR DECORATION ONLY, they're still pretty darn cool.

So spread the word! It's gonna be a great show and with a little help it will be are biggest yet!


Tuesday, January 8, 2013

GTP Macbeth Trailer

I'll keep this short and sweet.

Here it is.

I mucked up some of the sound mixing rushing it out, but overall I'm pretty pleased with it. The show is going to be amazing. I've compared it to our Antigone from last year but it's in many ways on a whole other level. It's chaotic and insane, the way Macbeth should be.

Also, check out our Kickstarter project which should be going live soon.