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"The Only Composer that Matters"



* WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 24 2021 - SA REPORT ARTICLE
Thanks to Nicholas Frank for the thoughtful review and insight into my new album, Texas Skies. I chuckled when I read the first quote from my mom! She had adult things to consider but I had nowhere to be so I could let my mind drift as a 6 year old in the back of our Suburban and soak in the surrounding landscapes. It's a great read when you have the time. 
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* WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 22ND - 2 OPERAS IN ORLANDO!
Excited to be presenting two of my operas (Ribas-Dominicci & The War Bride) on December 10th at Timucua Arts Foundation. Both chamber operas will be performed in tandem at 7pm and again at 9pm and feature a mix of local and national talent lead by Molly Ann Anderson and Pedro Carreras, Jr. in The War Bride and Sarah Purser, Mark Cotton and Jacob Pence in Ribas-Dominicci. The War Bride is a short opera that follows a WWII bride, Jean Groundsell Contreras, from Britain as she faces new challenges as an immigrant in the USA in the 1940’s.Ribas-Dominicci is a chamber opera based on the true story of Air Force hero whose fighter jet was shot down near Libya in April, 1986, during Operation El Dorado Canyon. GET YOUR TICKETS HERE
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* TUESDAY NOVEMBER 19th 2021 - TEXAS SKIES OUT NOW!
My newest recording is out today Friday November 19th on all streaming platforms. It's music written for two pianos called Texas Skies. The music was inspired by a lifetime of driving through Texas and the various skies and landscapes I witnessed. Additionally, I'm excited about this record as it was my first opportunity to work with pianist, Timo Andres who recorded both piano parts during the height of the pandemic. Danny Reisch mixed the recordings and Michael Carnes did the album artwork. Listen on Spotify HERE or Purchase on Band Camp HERE
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* WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 17TH - AUSTIN CHRONICLE TEXAS SKIES
Thank you to the Austin Chronicle for the wonderful story on the making of Texas Skies, my new album written for two pianos and featuring pianist, Timo Andres. Texas Skies comes out this Friday November 19th on all streaming digital platforms!
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* TUESDAY NOVEMBER 2ND - 4-HARPSICHORD CONCERTO
It's time for the 'live' premiere of my 4-Harpsichord Concerto in San Antonio on Friday November 12th at the San Antonio Museum of Art!  SAMA filmed this comprehensive video on the making of my concerto. Check it out. RSVP at this LINK
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* SUNDAY OCTOBER 3RD - NEW YORK CITY
I'm really excited for my first concert in New York City in 15 years! Back then I was playing in a punk band at CBGB's & fast forward to 2021 as I present my immersive opera on Thursday Oct 28th at The High Line Nine gallery in Chelsea. RSVP FREE HERE
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* WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 6TH 2021 - BLACK NEON ROSE ON THE RADIO
This Saturday at 7pm Texas Public Radio is broadcasting, Black Neon Rose, my harpsichord concerto for 4-harpsichords, strings and choir. Tune in to KPAC 88.3 FM and KTXI 90.1 FM (in the hill country) or TPR.org
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* SATURDAY OCTOBER 2ND - 2 OPERAS IN ORLANDO!
Excited to be presenting two of my operas (Ribas-Dominicci & The War Bride) on December 10th at Timucua Arts Foundation. Tickets just went on sale! Starring Sarah Purser Bojorquez, Molly Ann Anderson, VoxOCCO, etc. Ticket link here - https://timucua.com/event/live-at-timucua-ribas-dominicci-the-war-bride-in-person/
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* FRIDAY OCTOBER 1ST - NEW FILM EXHIBITION AT FORSYTH
My new Bath film exhibition is coming to Forsyth Galleries this October to January in tandem with Jorge Villarreal's 'Sink Series'! Stop by College Station Texas to be amazed!
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* SATURDAY MAY 1ST - RIBAS-DOMINICCI
What a wonderful experience from start to finish. I'm proud of the entire cast and the production team at Texas Public Radio. Please enjoy the 'virtual' premiere of my newest chamber opera, Ribas-Dominicci, and let's hope for an in-person premiere of the full-length in the future!
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* WEDNESDAY APRIL 28TH - LISTEN TO RIBAS-DOMINICCI
Now you can listen to two excerpts from my new chamber opera, Ribas-Dominicci. Click on the image below and press the 'listen' button. You will hear the intro sung by Lee Farrar Bailey and the outro sung by Farrar Baliey & Kathleen Shelton. Special thanks to Barry Brake & Texas Public Radio for the continued support.
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* WEDNESDAY APRIL 28TH - SA EXPRESS NEWS 'RIBAS-DOMINICCI'
Thank you San Antonio Express News for interviewing the Ribas-Berrain family. Blanca pours her heart out in this story and it's such a wonderful and endearing read. Link on the link for the full story.

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* MONDAY JANUARY 4 2021 - REMEMBER THEIR NAMES
Excited to have my film, Remember Their Names, selected to screen at the "Life Screenings International One - Minute Film Festival. The screening is on Saturday January 9th at 4pm EST with a virtual Q/A to follow!  Remember Their Names is the 1st of 6 editions of an art piece for the BLM movement. These are 9 of 54 people that are passionate of the movement. These first 9 are in the San Antonio/Austin TX area. The next 9 will be from the Brooklyn/NYC area. 
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* FRIDAY OCTOBER 30TH - SIGHTLINES ALBUM REVIEW
Thanks to Josh Figeroa and Sightlines Magazine for the interview and review of my new chamber opera, Öcalan. Click on the image below to read the article. The article include music videos you can listen to and watch as well!  
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* THURSDAY OCTOBER 15TH - NEW OPERA RELEASED!
I'm excited to announce that my new opera, Öcalan, is now available worldwide on all digital platforms! Stream on SPOTIFY, download on APPLE MUSIC, BANDCAMP, etc etc etc! 
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 * WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 14TH - TEXAS PUBLIC RADIO
I always enjoy dropping in to talk with Texas Public Radio and Nathan Cone. Listen or read about our conversation on my new operetta, Öcalan

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* TUESDAY OCTOBER 13TH - PENABER
My friend, collaborator and pianist, Richard Castillo, came into the studio and slayed this piano piece I wrote as the finale in my album/operetta, Öcalan. Check out the music video and feel free to stream or purchase the music starting October 15th
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* MONDAY OCTOBER 5TH - ÖCALAN PROMOTIONAL TRAILER
In 2 weeks my new opera album comes out on all digital platforms. I'm really excited about this new work that was recorded in Austin in March right before COVID shut down the world. Here is an insight...
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* THURSDAY OCTOBER 1ST - STÊRK TV
It's been a thrilling ride, promoting my new album, Öcalan, that comes out on October 15th. It's an honor to connect with activists and passionate supporters in the Kurdish struggle for freedom and autonomy. Click on the picture below to see my TV interview. And preview/pre-purchase the opera/album at nathanfelix.bandcamp.com
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* WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 23RD - OPERA WIRE
Excited to release my new chamber opera inspired by Kurdish Political Activist, Abdullah Öcalan. Pre-order music on Bandcamp - https://nathanfelix.bandcamp.com/album/calan
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* FRIDAY JUNE 17TH - AUSTIN CHRONICLE STORY
The Austin Chronicle interviewed me about my creative ventures during the pandemic. They highlight my transition to making experimental films, my new music surrounding social injustice and my background growing up in Austin. (click on image for full story)
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* FRIDAY JUNE 17TH - OPERA SINGERS TAILGATING
I'm extremely proud to release this video in conjunction with the Austin Chronicle's story on my experimental film series. Watch as two professional opera singers, Kathleen Shelton and Abigail Benke, take you on a journey through Cleburne Texas like you've never seen before. 
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* WEDNESDAY MAY 20TH - EXPERIMENTAL QUARANTINE FILM
I woke up and wanted to make more films, so I started filming what I do in quarantine. Why not right? Q1: Drinking Coffee / Q2: Shaving / Q3: Reading page 214 Kurt Vonnegut.  Click on video or visit YouTube.com/NathanFelixTV
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* TUESDAY MARCH 17TH - OPERATION LOCKDOWN
It's been an unprecedented time for everyone with cities and countries on lockdown.  There is so much uncertainty in my life and career as an artist.  As we all wait to see how all unfolds, time to reflect is abundant. For starters I'd like to share a teaser from my Alien operetta last fall.  This teaser was created by director, Deepak Chetty, in an effort to bring the performance to New York, Los Angeles and Europe, but those efforts are on hold.  I pray this piece and my public performances will see the light of day on the other side of the tunnel.  For now, I hope you'll enjoy.  And if you find it in your heart and have the means, any donations are welcome via Paypal button above or Venmo @NathanFelix.  All donations are appreciated as supplemental income while I wait out the storm.  
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* NOVEMBER 22ND - DAILY TEXAN
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*SATURDAY NOVEMBER 16 2019 - KMFA
You know why Austin is cool?  Because we have an amazing classical music station that loves to cover the vibrant local classical music community.  Yes there is NYC and L.A. and Chicagobut for a once sleepy town in the middle of big 'ole Texas?  I'm proud.  I couldn't imagine growing up in any other city.  
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* WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 6TH - PABLO PICASSO
Thanks to the SA Current for this killer interview and article on my new immersive 'silent' opera titled, A Dream is a Dream is a Dream is a Dream, that premieres tomorrow Nov 7 at McNay Art Museum.  Great read...
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* OCTOBER 18TH - [nothing]
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*  SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 15 2019 - FILM EXHIBITION
My first film exhibition will be on display for all of October at Damas Space in San Antonio. Here is a snap shot from the first shoot today.  It'll be experimental and you don't want to miss it!   
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* TUESDAY JUNE 18TH - THE MAKING OF...
It's short but I wanted to share a trailer I made for a mini-doc I'm stitching together from the process of diving head-first into composing, directing and producing my silent headphone opera, THE WAR BRIDE.  I hope you enjoy this sneak peak via the following trailer.  The full documentary should be ready in early 2020.  
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* TUESDAY MAY 28TH - BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
And that's a wrap!  What an amazing month in Orlando for Fringe festival.  I worked with an amazing team that sang so well for 14 performances of our immersive "silent" headphone musical! 
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* MONDAY MAY 20TH - ORLANDO WEEKLY REVIEW
"Best of all, Felix’s goosebump-raising score offers an eerie idea of what it might sound like if the composers of Les Miz wrote a musical version of The Exorcist." You can still see the "silent" musical Wed-Sun this week at Fringe!

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* TUESDAY MAY 14TH - NO PROSCENIUM
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* WEDNESDAY MAY 1ST - GREAT DAY HOUSTON
So thankful that Great Day Houston had me on their show to talk about 6-Pianos in Surround Sound. Please come support and raise awareness by coming to our free event this Saturday May 4th at Sawyer Yards (1502 Sawyer St) at 7pm or by donating with this button.  All support goes towards the further restoration and delivery of the pianos. 
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*  WEDNESDAY MAY 1ST - DIY CLASSICAL MUSIC
This Saturday May 4th, 6-Pianos in Surround Sound is here at Sawyer Yards (1502 Sawyer St). 7PM.  It's free and open to the public and we'll have free wine, whiskey and beer.  Jesse Sendejas at the Houston Press interviewed me for this wonderful encapsulation of the heart and soul of the project.  Click on the photo for the entire story.

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* MARCH 13TH 2019 - TEXAS SKIES
Texas Skies is a composition written for 2 pianos and quadraphonic speaker set that I premiered in Denmark at SPOT Festival in May of 2018. The pianists featured are Tanja Zapolski and Rikke Sandberg as seen in this video. In order, the four movements are: West Texas, East Texas, The Panhandle, The Border. Texas Skies will be performed for the first time in Texas at Flight Gallery in San Antonio on Friday March 22nd!
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* JANUARY 12TH 2019 - KEEP COMPOSERS WEIRD
My residency for composers was featured on KMFA.  Check it out!!!
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* DECEMBER 4TH 2018 - MOTION CAPTURE
This was a very exciting project I had to keep under the wraps but now that the live premiere is out of the way, I wanted to share the video for a music collaboration I did up in Austin with the Motion Capture and Dance departments up in Austin at UT. It was my first time collaborating with both Mocap and dance and I'm really excited about the outcome. Check the video when you get a chance. Props to Deepak Chetty for the amazing directing and Dorothy O'Shea Overbay on the choreography. 
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* FRIDAY NOVEMBER 9TH - GREAT DAY SA
Bravo to soprano Elise Miller and tenor James Dykman for waking up early this morning to perform an excerpt from THE WAR BRIDE, to promote the premiere this Saturday at Luminaria Festival.  Click on the photo for the performance!  
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* WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 7TH - TEXAS PUBLIC RADIO
AMAZING article from Texas Public Radio that perfectly encapsulates what I'm trying to accomplish not only with my headphone opera but in my music career as a whole.  Thanks to Nathan Cone for taking the time to interview me.  
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* SUNDAY OCTOBER 28TH - THE WAR BRIDE
I am thrilled the time has finally come to premiere my headphone opera titled, THE WAR BRIDE.  This is the story of my late grandmother, Jean Groundsell, who grew up as a poor teenage British girl living in Chichester when WWII broke out in England. Follow her brave journey as she boards the S.S. Saturnia and ventures to America in 1945. The concert is November 10th at Hemisfair Park during Luminaria Festival.  Two performances run at 7:30 and 8:30.  See map just below for exact location of THE WAR BRIDE in Hemisfair Park. 
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* WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 24TH - MUSIC IN THE PARK
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* WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 10TH - DENMARK & YACHTING & RENEGADE
OK, so I have to admit that I really dig that the Current called me a "Renegade" composer.  That just has a ring to it and I'd never give myself a nickname. I also really dig the way that the visual component for Yachting with the Kennedy's came out.  I mean those gold toilets look siiiick!  Here I am in Denmark hanging with such an amazing array of talented composers and feeling good about the immersive experience that came out of the performance last Saturday.  If you came, I hope you took something home with you.  And if you didn't...well...tough luck!  But you can read the Currents preview HERE.  And click on the photo below to see some of the action. After Denmark I have concerts coming up in Orlando and in San Antonio.  Here they are... (for addresses of performances go to my TOUR page

October 20: Immerse Festival in Orlando - new choral work titled Orlando Unite
October 27: Music in the Park in San Antonio - new works for percussion on bamboo, megaphone choir and more 6 sided keboard
November 10: Luminaria Festival in San Antonio - Premiere of my Headphone Opera
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* MAY 22ND - HEADPHONE OPERA coming this fall...
I woke up to friends' texts of this article that came out today in the San Antonio Express-News. Went and found a few physical copies to save for my mama.  You can read the online article HERE
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* MONDAY MAY 21ST - ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE
I had 3 intimate concerts at SPOT Festival in Denmark and what a great surprise to have journalist, David Fricke of Rolling Stone Magazine fame, pop into one of them.  I ran into David later at the festival and we had some good conversation about music.  While I know, modern classical music is not David's preferred choice of music, it was nice to hear him compliment the piece so eloquently. What he shared I'll save as private....
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* APRIL 30TH 2018 - MUSIC FOR DOG TOYS
Here is an audience participation piece using dog toys, magazines, pens and voice. I did with From Those Who Follow the Echoes at San Antonio Museum of Art last month. 
My fave part is around the 1:40 where a combination of the dog toys and whistling created such a reverberous sound!
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* WEDNESDAY APRIL 18TH - ADAGIETTO (NEW SINGLE)
I released my first new recording since my symphony, Neon Heaven in 2016.  This is a new single called Adagietto.  It's sung in Italian by Candice Jackson.  Adagietto will eventually be for full symphony and choir for my 3rd symphony. I just need to find the money to record this new symphony but this give you an idea.  Here is the video shot at Cacophony Recorders in Austin, TX.  If you'd like to purchase the track it's on iTunes & for streaming on Spotify.  
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* WEDNESDAY APRIL 18TH - OPERA PREVIEW
Edmond Ortiz interviewed me on a new work I'll be premiering at Luminaria Contemporary Arts Festival in November thanks to the Artist Foundation of San Antonio. I'm just getting started in the writing & logistical processes. Should be a wild ride. 

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* MARCH 9TH 2018 - NEW WORK FOR DANCE, THEATRE & VOICE
*** UPDATE:  New Photo Gallery HERE
This Tuesday at the San Antonio Museum of Art, I'm premiering a new work for dance, theatre and voice. Move through space and time during a collaborative performance by local “street” choir, From Those Who Follow the Echoes, and San Antonio Dance Umbrella on Tuesday March 13th at the San Antonio Museum of Art. Original music and choreography will be performed in select museum spaces that tell a story of San Antonio’s future inspired by its 300-year history. Local actors, Brian Caron and Marcos Cervantes, will guide the narrative performance as an astronaut, philosopher and conquistador. 

From Those Who Follow the Echoes, re-imagine unique spaces for their performances by incorporating elements of movement, space and depth. For this performance at SAMA, musicians will be singing and moving in a coordinated manner, actors will serve as the backdrop to the music and dancer Fa Winsborough will improv in select areas. A two-part finale will begin as an audience participation piece that will lean on patrons to perform musical cues using dog toys, clicking pens and magazines while the choir harmonizes. The second part is an ode to the late Andy Kaufman, as everyone will be invited to SAMA’s courtyard for cookies while the actors perform their final lines.

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* MONDAY OCTOBER 29TH 2017 - MELBOURNE 6 PIANOS
What a whirlwind!  A day after my bus-opera I jumped on a plane to Australia, for two concerts for my 6-Piano Project.  I haven't seen an ounce of Melbourne because it's been so crazy with set up and rehearsals!  But alas, they are complete and they were wildly successful.  Time for a few days of relaxation.  Here are a few photos and a short video and then a few videos from the past for reference on the beginning of the 6-Piano Project that has now spanned 3 different countries and 4 different cities (Austin, Barcelona, San Antonio, Melbourne)...

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* MONDAY OCTOBER 23RD - OPERA ON A BUS REVIEW
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* TUESDAY OCTOBER 17TH - DIY COMPOSER PRESENTS OPERA ON A BUS
Thanks to James Courtney at the San Antonio Current for the write up today! Please take a gander if you have a few moments. It's been quite a process organizing it all and it wouldn't be possible with the dedication from all the singers and contributors in the choir this entire year. 
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SUMMER 2014 (Blog Post 1)

* IN THE BEGINNING...
A teacher once told me that if you you are thinking something during class, chances are that many others are thinking the same thing. Well I can't really seem to find a composer that thinks the same way as I am thinking.

I read on every damn composer's site that they are an "award winning" composer and paint this picture of success. Then you listen to what they are doing and...

Well I've never won an award for anything besides a creative writing contest in high school that my journalism teacher entered me in, without telling me. I threw away the award..

And don't get me wrong, I've definitely experienced some amazing things in life because of music so it really paid off to learn a few instruments instruments! Although now people tell me that I have certain successes because of my personality? WTF! I guess I have my moments, because I certainly love people and I love listening to stories. I think I have my moments where I really connect with people because I'm also certain there is a list of people that would say my personality does not attract people but more-so turns them off.

Back to music...so eventually I learned that any ole' Joe can pick up a guitar. That's why I hated playing guitar once I was in college. I needed a new fix. I hit the road touring the U.S. with my brother and best friends in a tribute to the D.I.Y touring culture of the 80's. This was a blast and I highly recommend this to anyone coming out of college. Why get a job when you can travel, play music, get in trouble, have adventures, and see all the unique pockets our country has to offer. After 3 or so years o this I started growing and transitioning into a cinematic sound and outgrew our little punk band. I started a large orchestra based band and eventually started composing for film and now symphony orchestra. It took around 8 years to make that transition and even now I'm facing new challenges. The challenge of academia. Maybe I'm too amateur? But it's comparable to being in the twilight zone or in a bar of "independent" minded people all wearing the same black outfits. I mean, every composer I meet that has gone through the academic route in learning composition thinks, acts, and sounds the same. They have to know this right? I even hear the same with film composing in that the music or sounds composers use as they sound obviously sampled and will eventually sound dated.

Maybe everyone has it figured out but I don't. I'm still on the journey but maybe one day I can look back and truly answer that question. I hope with this blog that someone else out there can benefit from what I have to say. Although I'm not really sure what I have to say. But who cares. It's the wild wild west out there and the world keeps spinning. Someone else might have the deal or the money or the popularity but if you read between the lines I just described Milli Vanilli, Backstreet Boys, David Cassidy, etc! Make the music and do everything yourself...

I'll rant here and there to keep things spicy. I tend to stick my foot in mouth but sometimes I'll also try to be politically correct just in case I decide to run for president one day. Don't expect perfect punctuation but de expect a ton of run-ons! I'm about producing and less about waiting until something is perfect. That's why my family calls me the rabbit. Oh, and I meant what I said about loving stories! So if you actually scroll this far and want to tell me your story, please do! I would love to hear from you...
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