This is a reminder that my concept cinematic album is available for purchase on Bandcamp and for streaming on Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon, and all other streaming platforms! Link to the album: https://ethanjamesstartzman.bandcamp.com/releases Here is the story of the album: Dave and Alexa seem to have the perfect relationship to everyone that knows them. They […]
The Best Thing I’ve Discovered about Modular Synthesis / Eurorack I’m a total newbie in modular synthesis and currently have 2 oscillators, 2 filters, a Maths, one VCA, one delay, and one hardware sequencer. I initially bought this gear thinking that I was going to play the keyboard into it and have an amazing big […]
It’s always hard to get a good apples to apples comparison with sample libraries, and since I found myself with two competing ones, I decided to use the same piece of music I wrote to get a direct comparison with the hope that it would help my fellow composers. The two string libraries!East West Composer […]
A soundtrack for exploring ancient ruins in a jungle.
Day 21 of #21daysofvgm I wrote a piece using a very odd tone row, because I’m most happy doing this kind of off-kilter types of music.
Day 20 of #21daysofvgm I started to write a piece using the first five notes of the minor scale, but it was so much more interesting to take the bass and melody voice and break them up into ambience.
Day 19 of #21daysofvgm I chose to do the trinity quest from Video Game Music Academy, where you have only three notes you can use for the melody, and interest has to be generated from harmony and texture.
Day 18 of #21daysofvgm is a love theme. I chose the picture for all of you out there with waifus.
Day 17 of #21daysofvgm This has been a rough summer for the NYC subway: delays, no air conditioning, massive overcrowding sometimes. In the morning, I recorded the trains and then turned the samples into an ambient horror piece to show my feelings. 😀
Day 16 of #21daysofvgm I wanted to write something appropriately dramatic for large scale alien battles. This was inspired by watching footage of Destiny 2.