Hello, everybody. I glad to post a new video – the first since having had to leave Kyiv due to the war. This one is a piano arrangement of the music from my favourite scene in the Metal Gear Solid series of video games.
I hope to have some more performance videos up soon, though you can imagine, a month without access to a piano for regular practice slowed me down with that.
I’m excited to announce that I have a new video on my YouTube channel! This one contains a rock arrangement of one of my earlier piano tracks, titled ‘To Arms!’. For anyone that prefers rock to solo piano, this is for you! If you’re a fan of epic (in the original sense of the word) guitar solos, please have a listen. The solo in this piece was written by the fantastic Ainsley Stones, (who plays in the band Girl Gone Bad), and is the first of two collaborations we’ve done recently.
I’d also like to thank Thomas Slimm for writing the drum part and James Aldred for listening to the track a great many times and offering mixing advice.
If you want to hear the track without the sound effects from the game, there’s a Soundcloud link in the video description.
I’m happy to announce that I have a new type of video up on my YouTube channel. I suspect anyone that played video games in the 90s might be interested, and anyone who wants to see how music does a lot of work to create atmosphere for old 2D games should check it out as well.
It’s a proof of concept for an early area of a game that I’d like to make. It’s in the style of old JRPGs (Japanese Role-Playing Games) like Final Fantasy and features the piece of music that I wrote back in 2013 that has inspired almost all of my recent musical projects. It was made in RPG Maker MV and was a chance for me to learn how to loop a track correctly from specific points and design a level and dialogue to fit with the music.
I’m really interested to hear what people think about it – do you feel that the visual design matches the mood of the music? Is the atmosphere as oppressive as the track name suggests?
Hello, everybody! I’m delighted to announce the release of my first solo piano album, Let the Journey Begin! Though I’ve always dabbled with composition and song writing, I’ve never been very good at taking my ideas to completion. During the pandemic, as I’ve had fewer lessons to teach, I decided to finally finish a project. This album is the result of 10 months of writing and recording. It includes ideas that go back as far as 2013 as well as completely new ones.
I’ve always loved older video game soundtrack, especially those from the 90s and early 2000s. The music had a lot of work to do, as graphical limitations and lack of disc space often meant that facial expressions and voice acting were limited. The music had to carry the scene, let players know how the characters were feeling and tell the story.
This is what I’ve tried to capture as I was writing this music. As the majority of my prior experience is in writing pop and rock songs, this project forced me to get outside my usual habits of writing and learn experiment with form, texture, harmony, and rhythm.
My album is available to purchase on Bandcamp (click the link to be taken to my Bandcamp page). For the princely sum of £6, you’ll receive not only the audio, but also sheet music for every track. If you feel that my music is worth your money, this is a great way to support me as most of the money comes to me – Bandcamp takes a small cut of the sale compared to most distributors.
If you prefer to stream music, you can listen on Spotify or on YouTube.
The cover artwork for my album was done by the wonderful Shannon Leslie. She works in traditional media and I highly recommend checking out her website: https://www.shannonleslieart.com/