Ravenna Woods news! We just put the finishing touches on our third full-length album. It's called Disappearing Someone. Keep an eye out for more teasers, singles, music videos, riddles, mysteries, poems, source code, etc. The song in this video is called "Plague Dogs."
So honored that I’ve been selected as a Finalist in the 2017 Marvin Hamlisch Film Scoring Contest! What better news to receive as I'm about to leave town to LA for ASCAP Expo, then on to Asia! And on top of that Ravenna Woods finished tracking the full length last week. It's been a wild year so far, and I'm very excited for the rest. On to the next round!
Cycle of Stone is my entry in the 5th International Film Music Competition, and was selected as a finalist. It was such a wonderful experience to visit beautiful Zurich, hang with my fellow nominees, and of course to work with such an incredible conductor and orchestra. I'm just incredibly honored to have been chosen.
Performed by: Tonhalle-Orchester Zurich
Conductor: Frank Strobel
Performed at: Tonhalle, Zurich
Recording Engineer: Max Molling
Mixed by: Nic Danielson
For the 5th International Film Music Competition, 202 participants (from 43 countries) were invited to write an orchestral score for a 6-minute animation by Seth Boyden, called An Object at Rest. Five nominees were shortlisted to participate in the finals, as part of the 12th Zurich Film Festival. The final competition took place at a live film concert in Zurich, where the 5 nominees had their scores performed by the Tonhalle Orchester Zurich, under the baton of Frank Strobel.
The animation was originally released in 2015, with music by Julian Beutel.
Excited to announce that the pre-order for the Alleyways & Animals EP has officially begun! In addition to the 7-inch and digital EP, you’ll receive 2 bonus tracks and an instant download of the single “Alleyways.” Check it out over at Rocket Heart Records.
Also, Seattle Weekly has just premiered our new video for the song "Good Friend"!
"Horror is a short step for the Seattle five-piece, which within its rumbling and frenetic pop songs has long entertained humanity’s darker side, with Chris Cunningham’s Costello-esque croon leading the way."
I recently stumbled across an old snippet from when I was tracking keys during the recording of Kate Tucker & the Sons of Sweden's album The Shape, The Color, The Feel. Such killer memories of making music with these lovelies down in Nashville..so here's that little vid from the control room of The Brown Owl - the song is called Give Up the Ghost. The official video follows so you can hear the final track. Just a little trip down memory lane - off soon to make some new ones in Switzerland at Zurich Film Festival!
Here's the official video - the section above is during the bridge at 3:04...you'll know you're there when you see a ninja swinging some nunchuckas around.
The video for Alleyways is officially out, and premiered on City Arts. "The band's music has always lurked in shadowy corners, a dark mystery just out of reach from the flickering campfire...a more cosmic kind of haunting." I can dig it.
Also test pressings for the 7" have come in, and they sound killer. YES. More news coming soon.
It's called Alleyways & Animals, and it drops October 14th, 2016 - check this EP teaser video for a sneak peek of some of the imagery we've been building around these songs. More to come..........
202 participants were invited to score a really beautiful 6-minute animation by Seth Boyden, called An Object at Rest. The finals take place at a live film concert in Zurich, where the nominees will have their scores performed by the Tonhalle Orchester Zürich.
Very excited to meet everybody there, and to hear what my fellow nominees came up with! And a huge thank you to the above and to Forum Filmmusik for organizing such an awesome opportunity for composers.
On to Switzerland in September!!!
We Have a Ghost invited me to play piano on a few of the tracks for an album of covers he's doing. At some point I sent him a quick iPhone video of some piano ideas I had for one of the covers (Hans Zimmer's "Time")...which he then worked into a promo vid. Check it out for fun, and also because the project has morphed into something for a great cause!
GoPro has used another track! This time it's a Ravenna Woods tune called Outerworlds (from The Jackals). Stoked. On that note - the new RW album is mastered and done done done done done. Soooo happy with it. Updates soon.
Welcome to the new DC Universe! Collaborated with Chris Cunningham recently to crank out a couple of custom songs for new DC Comics releases. Having grown up reading many a DC comic, I'm so stoked to play a role. Check out Deathstroke. YES.
Been a great few months of music making - Ravenna Woods did a show in February where we played our album "The Jackals" in its entirety, in a live collaboration with a modern dance group. Choreography was by Joel Myers. To say it was one of the most memorable musical experiences to date for me is a massive understatement. Excited that Night of the Jackals will be having another run in Seattle in the near future!
In other news, Chris Cunningham (vocals/guitar in Ravenna Woods) and I also have a new duo called Night Flights. We recently mixed our first release with the amazing Matt Bayles (Mastodon, Isis, Botch, Blood Brothers among others), and also have a new music video hot of the press. All should be out in a few short months.
Recently completed a song for Coca-Cola Life, currently airing in Mexico. "We Could go Anywhere" features the always fantastic Tamara Power-Drutis on vocals.
*2016 Note - the original video was removed from YouTube as the license expired (yeah I know, I forgot to download it first....). However some sweet soul out there has made it a hobby to record commercials and post them to YouTube! Sadly the audio is pretty blown out, but hey there it is.