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 3, 2014

If a piece of music is boring, it's probably because it repeats itself too much or in too many ways. If you look at modern piano music such as Phillip Glass, you'll see that they repeat-but-vary. They're not quite boring, they are just easy listening pieces. So while y...

July 8, 2014

Music changes the way we perceive any given situation in media. We add emotion and layers to the message that is being conveyed. The most interesting part of this relationship between music and media is that the media affects the inspiration for the music just as much,...

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