Firstly, and I cannot expressed how stoked I am with this, but Better Than The Book was broadcast live ON PUBLIC RADIO not once but MULTIPLE TIMES with different tracks over the last 2 weeks (confirmed tracks include "Hearts Racing" and "Cathode Ray Days"). Not only that but the station that broadcast it "Request Live on WPGU 107.1FM" which is based in the USA, named BTTB as "Undiscovered Band of the Week" and even made a lovely facebook post you can read here promoting both the "band" and the "Two Years On" album. Big thanks to 107.1FM for the support and radioplay! Although I was unable to tune in, it was great to read the set-list for the shows and see BTTB playing alongside songs I know and love. Such an amazing feeling!
In other BTTB news, "Hearts Racing" is now streaming on YouTube, so feel free to head over to the BTTB Channel to listen to that and more! Strangely enough, I've been very inspired this week with regards BTTB writing (and metal for some reason), and have recorded some more snippets and lyric ideas since the last update. Looking at the list of song ideas, there's probably enough there that I COULD actually get started on a new BTTB album right now! Perhaps not quite yet though (I'd like to write some electronic music to refresh myself), but certainly more BTTB is a definite for future projects (and maybe sooner than previously thought too)! Stay tuned for more news on that later, and keep up to date with Better Than The Book news on Facebook and Twitter.
Next on the agenda for this week, this morning I finished the music for Level 2 of the upcoming game A P O T H E O S I S! Super pleased with this one (great to be composing for this game again), and it features some aggressive funky slap bass courtesy of my Sterling SB14 and homemade superfuzz distortion pedal, as well as some smooth Moog Prodigy (emulator) sync leads and the usual orchestral and cinematic ambiance! Feel free to have a listen below and I hope you dig it:
As well as that, a new and updated free demo for A P O T H E O S I S came out this week too, and while there are still a few little bugs to sort out, the game is bigger, better, more challenging, more additive, and more exciting than ever! New monsters, more challenges and new bosses! If you get a chance, I highly recommend checking it out. Feel free to download it for free from the A P O T H E O S I S website, and follow the game's development on Facebook and Twitter.
Lastly for this week, the Orchestral Arrangements commission I was working on for the Californian Theater group has been approved and finished. There are 10 pieces in total, which I'll be streaming on Thursdays on the HurpADervish YouTube Channel, all of which are instrumental remakes of songs from the animated film "Charlotte's Web" (1973). Unlike some of the other remakes I've made, these were adapted specifically for the performance group and so have some changes from the original scores, including abridging, changes to instrumentation, tempo and key as well some overemphasis on certain parts such as percussion cues for the choreography. Nevertheless I hope you enjoy them, and here to start you off for the first week is "Mother Earth and Father Time".
That's about everything to report for this week, but boy has it been an exciting week! Composing for A P O T H E O S I S Level 3 (or other parts) probably won't be for a while (I haven't even seen Level 2 yet) so I'm not entirely sure what'll be going on next week. It should be time soon to get back to mixing the new Tales of Zale Episodes, but we shall see how the sound design is going. In the mean time, I'll have plenty of marketing and promo stuff to get on with! More tracks to appear on YouTube next week and hopefully more radio-play too! I wonder what else'll happen? We'll have to wait and see, but for now, thank you as always for supporting JabunAudio and have a good week. Take care!