Music

Submitted by Thomas on Thu, 2006-03-02 05:32.

I compose music using Sonar, Vienna Soundfont Studio, ModPlug, SoundForge, and my keyboard. I'm in the process of learning Reaktor, though it isn't used in any of the pieces here (yet).

Many of these pieces were intended for animated shorts (especially CG shorts) and games. I have also done some work for Red Eye Studios (.xm format music for the GBA) that I can't include here, so you just have to take my word for it that it was some of my best work.

As you might have guessed if you've seen any of my other projects, I'm a huge fan of games, and I draw a lot of inspiration from game composers like Yasunori Mitsuda (Xenogears/Chrono Cross), Yuzo Koshiro (Revenge of Shinobi, Streets of Rage), Nobuo Uematsu (Final Fantasy), Akira Yamaoka (who is both the producer and composer of Silent Hill), and Hiroki Kikuta (Secret of Mana). I'm also somewhat a fan of movie composers like James Horner and Danny Elfman. As of late my favorite music types for day-to-day listening are synthpop, electronica, and electroclash - Ladytron, Goldfrapp, and Orbital being the forerunners in my ipod playlists.

Wisdom - 2001
(4.96 megs, 5 minutes 15 seconds playing time)

I think this is probably the best piece on this page. Hope you like it.
  
Lighting - 2001
(511kb, 30 seconds playing time)
This is one of many short pieces I've written to accompany animation projects for class. The one in particular was written during what I think of as a very dark period in my life, and is more eerie than my usual. It was intended to loop repeatedly, but of course most players insert a perceptible pause when looping, destroying the effect.
  
The Unknown - 2002
(4.4 megs, 3 minutes 45 seconds playing time)
If any of the pieces on this page could convince you that I'm psychotic, this would be the one. It is a blend between industrial music and my normal soundtrack style, with tons of voice samples thrown in there. The music that plays in the Flash into to my page is based on this piece. The melody is taken from a track I made when I was first starting to learn how to sequence MIDI files.
  

Battle and This World
(400kb, 2 min / 500 kb, 3 min)

These are two .s3m files that I originally made for my thesis project, which was a GBA game. They were my first .s3ms and thus not as evolved as my later work, and did not make it into the final version of the game.

  

For Annie -
Instrumental
Vocals
Credits

This was the soundtrack to my first character animation in graduate school.  A guy named Jason Alexander who went to Eastman School of Music provided the vocals.
  
Demon (2.2 megs, 2 min 17 sec playing time)This was the soundtrack to my second character animation from graduate school.
  
Demo (1.2 megs, 1 min 23 sec playing time)This was the cheesy soundtrack to the first demo reel I made in gradduate school
  
Empirical - 2000
(2.33 megs, 2 minutes 25 seconds playing time)
This piece was the product of some experimentation with percussive patches and some inspiration from the Japanese composer, Yuzo Koshiro. It is the first piece I've made that uses oriental instruments (specifically, sitar, siku, and koto.)
  
Nightshade - 2000
(1.78 megs, 1 minute 53 seconds playing time)
I call this "Nightshade" because the possible scenario for this would be a fairy basking in moonlight. It continues some of the theme from "Hillside", below.
  
Hillside - 2000
(1.13 megs, 1 minute 11 seconds playing time)
This was a candidate for the intro theme for my next film. Though short, it has some neat celtic percussion. This was somewhat influenced by James Horner's Braveheart soundtrack.
  
Nothing Personal - 2000
(2.6 megs, 3 minutes playing time)
I am very proud of this piece. It's dance techno. If you don't like that kind of music, then you should probably keep your distance from this one.
  
Irony - 1999
(1.5 megs, 1 minute 35 seconds playing time)
This is a short, rather nice piece which is independent of anything else.
  
Knight Theme - 1999
(2 megs, 1 minute 45 seconds playing time)
This was the theme to my first CG movie, Knight. I don't really like it, mostly because it reminds me of all those hours hunched over a crappy SGI. But my classmates got a kick out of it.
  

Tour of the Royal Grounds - 1999

(5 megs, 5.5 minutes playing time)

This piece was composed using Cakewalk (of course), an SBLive, and an enormous soundfont (40 megs) that I compiled using soundfonts found on the net. The sounds (as usual for my style) are classical; some inspiration came from Tchaikovsky, James Horner, and video games.
  

Immortal Solitude - 1998

(5.5 megs, 6 minutes playing time)

This is probably better sounding than the Royal Grounds piece above, though it is less complex. There are some minor errors involving the cymbal sounds, however . . . easily fixable . . . . yet I never fixed it. Shame on me!.
  
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Your music is really great,

Your music is really great, thanks for sharing it. You're multi-talented and excel in so many mediums, it's amazing.

Thank you.

Thanks! I haven't been inspired lately but it's coming. I figure this summer maybe I'll finally get a sound card (my current computer just has integrated) so that I can put up some more.