A recent piano refrain commission. Artwork by Sefeiren.
I came back across this song today, and I was proud of my past self when I listened to it. I’m very happy with how the orchestration turned out! It was also heavily inspired by the above picture of a classy werewolf.
This is old, it was on my album Namesake last March.
The song is called Someday, and it’s the lovechild of Homestuck music veterans Astro Kid and myself. And like any good single release, it’s coupled with a remix! Not to mention some High Tide wallpapers from the film’s creator Kecky as a bonus for downloading!
And if you haven’t seen High Tide yet, go fix that right now.
Q:Also - what font do you usually use for your album covers? It's very stylish!
For most stuff I find Precious Sans to be a great multi-tool. Both Namesake and Satellites make use of physical handwriting captured on a tablet.
A song written on the morning of the second day of Hallowmas. While the preceding evening is cluttered with icons of kitsch, there is yet an untouched magic when the sun rises afterward.
Crea is up on Steam Greenlight; go vote for it! I’ve been composing and designing sound for this game, and it’s shaping up to be quite the gem.
The music in this trailer also has the unrelated distinction of having the fastest tempo of any song I have ever produced! Not that you really needed to know that.
Q:Where are the voice samples in "An Old One" from?
That’s Ella Fitzgerald, the owner of my favorite voice in history. Specifically, the samples come from her legendary twelve performances at the Crescendo Club in Los Angeles in 1961 and 62.
Her record label, Verve, had recorded all twelve of the performances in their entirety, but for decades the tapes were forgotten in the Verve archives. A jazz researcher who was sifting through the vaults found them, and after discovering the existence of these recordings Verve released much of it in a four-disc box set a few years ago. It’s called Twelve Nights in Hollywood, and it contains some of most incredible, energetic, intimate non-studio recordings we have of Ella in her prime, complete with the audience, the club’s announcer, and the on-stage jazz trio that backed her during the shows.
I sampled all of this stuff in An Old One as a big old tribute to Ms. Fitzgerald, without whom the world would be quite a less lively place.
Q:Hey, is it possible if I could get the Homestuck (Piano Reprise) sheet music off of you? Or can you not because of some sort of reason because its part of Homestuck and it has to do with a copyright law or something? I'm assuming you can't get it for me, but I'm hoping you'll say yes because I really want to try to learn it for a friend's birthday party that's gonna be in a few weeks or so. Thanks in advance!
I’m afraid you’re right that I can’t put sheet music together! As with most of my music, the exact arrangement you hear is not strictly… playable. You’d need three hands, or two hands that could stretch ten inches wide. If I were a better pianist (or had a lot of time to sink) I could make a new arrangement of the song that would be playable by a physical pianist. I encourage you to do so! It’s not a complicated tune by any stretch of the imagination; just follow your ear.