Castle in the Sky
Castle in the Sky is a loud, brassy music track that I composed for the video game, "Dark Prophesy". The piece uses lots of percussion, especially timpani, and brass. The music is rich in polychords, giving it plenty of dissonances. The middle of the piece is interrupted by a percussive piano and woodwinds playing a sarcastic melody--oh how I love sarcasm in music!
This is actually a piece that I composed many years ago. The original version can be seen down below, composed using a Roland sampler/synthesizer (XV-5080). This more recent mix uses modern VST libraries, and comes out significantly richer and hopefully more realistic.
Castle in the Sky: Image by Sarah Richter
Empty streets in New York City
The World is Slowing Down
The World is Slowing Down is a slow, nostalgic meditation. As I compose this piece, the entire world is coming to a near-standstill during the Coronavirus pandemic.
Phantom of the Opera
I composed music selections for a theatrical production of Phantom of the Opera at Synetic Theater. The moods evoked by the story are dark, intense, mysterious, foreboding, and threatening.
Dark, mysterious catacombs under the Paris Opera House
At the masquerade ball
The Phantom's dance with Christine
Quiet and Mysterious
In the Catacombs
Savage Competition between Christine and Carlotta
Cinematic Ethnic Tracks
Ancient Middle East is an intro cue for a short film that I am working on. It demonstrates the use of the harmonic minor mode, and several non-Western instruments.
Native Warriors is a demo cue that is composed in the style of "Dart Frogs" from the movie Apocalypto.
Sunrise in Jerusalem is a song in which I combine exotic drums and a singer. The harmonic progression and melody are specifically designed to "leave you hanging", that is to say, waiting for something more to come.
Sunrise in Jerusalem
Strange Attraction is a is soft jazz ballad in a romantic style. Piano, flute, guitar, alto sax, bass, drums, and strings play a tune that has a soft, relaxing style. The title of the piece is a play on words, with both a romantic and also a mathematical connotation.
Sea of Tranquility, Part 1
Sea of Tranquility, Part 2
Sea of Tranquility, Part 3
Sea of Tranquility, Part 4
Of Mice and Men: Curtain Call
This music was for the Curtain Call for a performance of John Steinbeck's classic Of Mice and Men produced at Silver Spring Stage.
Usually, composing music is an isolated effort, but this composition was different. I collaborated with a fantastic musician, Ron Dicus. We jointly auditioned for the job of producing incidental music for the play. So we split up the job of composing the music, by alternating our music compositions. Ron wrote the overture piece, and I wrote this one, a comparable piece for the end of the play. And, Ron composed a theme that represents George, one of the main characters in the play. This theme occurs again and again throughout the incidental music we composed. You can hear it at the very beginning of "Curtain Call".
While composing the music, we tried to write "period music" that would have been typical of the early 1930's: Ranch music, jazz, and orchestral.
Cycle of Dark Prophecies
Cycle of Dark Prophecies is a dramatic, and sometimes intense cycle of movements. It ranges through a wide range of moods, including agitated, melancholic, nostalgic, suspenseful, bombastic, foreboding, and and mysterious. The cycle was originally intended to accompany a Role-Playing Game called "Dark Prophecy". Many of the melodic themes recur throughout the cycle, to help give a sense of unity to the entire structure.
photo by Mads Schmidt Rasmussen