Just LOVE Spring!

Happy Spring to everyone!

Insomniac…my relevant new track!

Channeling Stravinsky, Hermann, Prokofiev, and all my rhythmic drive in this new crazy track. And of course, it being 5am made this easy to name. So here is Insomniac! Hope you love, love, love it too!!

Scoring for Lizzie Blog #3

This month has been incredible! Had a great experience with the Screen Composers Guild of Canada’s ‘Orchestral Reading Sessions’ where my score was recorded by an orchestra and had its premier in a masterclass. The Screen Composers Guild has been an invaluable resource for me starting out in this field, and I have met so many fellow creative minds through their events and connectivity! http://www.screencomposers.ca/spotting-notes-fall-2013/ Check out the SCGC’s latest newletter for more on the ORS and upcoming events. So looking forward to being in TO for the ‘Hollywood Orchestration and Composition Masterclass’ with Norman Ludwin in April too!

Back in my studio after a nice break with my family and kids! Great to be back in the studio teaching and producing music. I feel so lucky to be creating and sharing a part of me, through my teaching and my music.

This track took 2 days to write and produce and I love it. Actually, I fall in love with every track that I write! My fingers were a bit rusty from not touching my cello for 3 weeks!!! But hey, nothing gets you in shape better than having to play clean and focusing intensely on the task! Had sketched a few notes that would go well with an opening sequence for ‘Lizzie’, with building intensity and driving suspense. My mind is channeling Phillip Glass, and all things magically rhythmic! Hope you enjoy this piece of music as much as I enjoyed creating it.

Scoring for Lizzie Blog #2

Just shared the Lizzie Kicksass track that I just finished with the director! He is very, very pleased!! I quote, “ The new track is awesome, exceeded my expectation of what it would sound like, love every second of it.” This past week, the weather in Ottawa had been pretty darn dismal, and some of my students were not able to make it, so I found myself finishing a track that just needed to get done! This is a strong example of the music taking over my life and demanding to be completed and makes me question; who or what is really in charge of my life??? The scary but wonderful thing is that I absolutely adore this creative process, the doing, the immersion into another dimension that I create. I always love listening to my tracks but nothing beats birthing them!

The producer and director of Lizzie first heard my music on Soundcloud and they really liked ‘Grave Tremors’ (it is one of my wicked cool tracks that is now in the LA publishing library called www.scorekeepersmusic.com) I knew they wanted something like it for Lizzie and this was my answer to it. Sketched a few things in my teaching studio (I tend to find the coolest driving passages by just picking up my axe and finding a cool groove that excites me with its energy and chordal colours) and went up to my recording studio to lay down some tracks.
Two days later, ba boom!! This is Lizzie’s Kickass theme music. Hope you find it equally exciting and engaging.

Scoring for Lizzie Blog #1

I am scoring my first short film EVER and I want to share this incredible time in my life to inspire others and to document this new phase in my life. Two years ago, if you told me I was going to be a film composer, I would never have believed you! But today, it is my passion- to create great music and to elicit deep emotions and connections to visual images through film scoring. What do I know about film scoring? Not much yet, but I do know the language of emotion and the power of music to take us to new and visceral places. It is this direct hit to our feelings that leads me every step of the way. So what a fine place to start this new chapter in my life. Scoring for Lizzie is my dream coming true and the start of a new journey that will lead to places I have not yet imagined or heard before…with new musical creations awaiting at every stop. I am so totally ready!

My learning curve is vertical right now and my mind is exploding with possibilities. Today, I received an email from the director of the short revenge themed film called ‘Lizzie’, with the opening script and his notes. Since our timeline is tight, I will have 1-2 weeks to fully compose and produce a score for this 15-20 minute short film. The film crew, cinematographer and director are all in the UK (shooting is set for April) and I will be composing and producing from my home studio (with picture locked and sent to me in early May). To get a head start on the project, as it will be an intense 2 weeks to finish the score, I have composed some music that resonates with the plot. Lizzie has suffered a great loss in her adult life, and is caught between forgiveness and revenge. My mind immediately jumps to darkness, to confusion but also sympathy. What percentage of sympathy, anger and despair is needed to make us feel who Lizzie is, and to make us feel the conflict that she must be going through?

This track that is the result of this first exchange between the director and myself!  I already feel great about this film and the music I provide now will be the temp track that the director will edit the film with.  It just seems so right.  Here is: Lizzie_Darkness_Prayer