April 7, 2015

 

A lot of my nights composing are spent trying to remember the epic song I came up with while sitting on the bus, or remembering a simple phrase of notes that inspired me to make a certain style of song for when I got home. Well, many of us carry around recording devic...

February 5, 2015

I'm super excited to announce that Prismatic Wolf Productions is now officially open for business! ---well as of 3/4/2015 at 8:59 am, that is. I delayed the start of the LLC to coincide with the first day I'll be on-site at the Game Developer's Conference in 2015.

Where...

January 27, 2015

One of my best qualities as a composer is being able to connect with a character on an emotional level. It’s very easy for me to empathize and feel like the character would in each situation. Composing from a first-person rather than a third-person perspective creates...

January 18, 2015

My most recent sample is underway, and I'm so excited to share it! Even if it's only 47 seconds, I'm still very proud of what's been produced so far. The piano work is complex and layered with hybrid chords, off-color notes, and time changes. An interesting aspect of t...

January 8, 2015

Most piano compositions (symphony and modern music too) tend to have a clearly defined chord structure. Classical has rhythm and great chord progression. Romantic piano has complication, but still good chord structure. Jazz is further complicated by its different scale...

December 9, 2014

I recently read Winifred Philips A Composer's Guide to Game Music and found it to be a huge help in developing music samples for video games. It offers a hollistic view of the entire industry rather than just hitting on the techniques used in creating video game music...

November 12, 2014

I've been fighting with the chord progression in my new piano composition, but I think I finally figured it out. It is still a working title, but I've dubbed it "Project Liszt" as it shares some techniques used in many of Franz Liszt's Hungrian Rhapsodies.

 

The breakthr...

September 23, 2014

My first day of composing was back in 7th grade, and man were things a lot simpler. Repetition, repetition, repetition. Every so often I'd change from a minor chord to a major chord, but other than that it was nothing special. Off-chord notes sounded strange and I coul...

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