Is it weird that PA speakers excite me? Amplified music? The fact that a simple paper cone can take your mp3 and move someone’s bowels with it? The art of tightening that musical waveform into a compression of air particles that touch and pull your skin, by way of a copper coil shoving and yanking that paper cone back and forth, because its magnetic center shifts with the signal sent to it by an amplifier, and that center is strictly held by a giant magnet bolted to the speaker box? Is that weird? That magnetic center shakes your organs. Your tailbone. Your marrow has heard this music.
Take a glance over to your right. The column titled “Pages,” (soon to be called “discography” and contain a complete list) now contains a link to the info on the album. Info includes credits, track listing, and complete lyrics.
As time goes on I’ll be updating the discography with all my other releases, all of which you can find on bandcamp. Also at that link are links to my other music involvements, at the top in the banner.
Where to begin?
Last night was a hometown-screening of the film I’ve been working on with writer-director Cullen Thomas and producer Donald Revolinski. I composed and recorded/produced the entire film score and have been working on the audio post-production for some months now. There are still some finishing touches to apply, but last night was definitely a blast. Like, seriously a blast. I don’t mean that something exploded catastrophically like dynamite, I just mean that, when I go directly from pulling a 36-hour work day on the final crunch to standing in front of hundreds of appreciative viewers in a tuxedo, it feels like a blast. As if one reality got blasted away by another. So, it was a blast!
All of that aside, several fans now hold soundtrack CDs, which are labeled with text directing the holder to davidjmurphy.net for complete information on the release. WELL GUESS WHAT I just added a whole page dedicated to it: Click on the “Soundtrack – The Vindication..” link in the column to your right. Failing that, here’s the link.
Enjoy! I will be posting the album to my bandcamp page for listening and purchasing very soon! Like tomorrow.
UPDATE: The Vindication of Ronald Clay soundtrack is now live on bandcamp! Included with the digital download purchase of the entire album is a PDF that includes cover artwork by Paul J. Morehead, album credits, song lyrics, and disc art! Please visit http://davidjmurphy.bandcamp.com/album/the-vindication-of-ronald-clay-and-other-fables-for-a-rainy-day-the-soundtrack
I’ve decided to actively seek out scoring and composition jobs, instead of just dreaming of one day getting paid to write music and hoping they’ll come to me (it doesn’t work as well as you might think). Mainly, it finally clicked in my brain that I could actually seek them, and potentially make a living through active freelance musicianship. A catalyst for this decision was being hired to score The Vindication of Ronald Clay. This commission, a part time job, and some prospects, have allowed me to “graduate” from my position as audio tech at the Fairfield Arts and Convention Center. It finally clicked and makes sense to me, in a practical day-to-day way, how I can go about living the life I want to live and pursuing my dream career. Well, David, you may ask, how’s that? Well I realized that a job writing music is… tada! A job. How do you get a job? You go looking and making friends and applying, building experience and reputation. So as part of going and making this type of connection, I slapped a résumé right on this site. It may need some tweaking but feel free to check it out. If you need original music for something, let me know. Wish me luck!
We are getting ready to launch our Kickstarter campaign for the Rock Ballet! We are incredibly excited (but not unhealthily so) and proud. We’re just waiting for a couple submission processes to complete, and then we will launch! I’m guessing by the end of the week it will be up. I really hope so, because we haven’t given ourselves a lot of time for the campaign to run. Fortunately we don’t need a million dollars. More info soon!
Rehearsals for the rock ballet are going well, and last night we started shooting a promo video that will show people just what we’re up to! It’s a bit hard to convey the vision with just a few words, so I’m hoping to spread awareness of this awesome project by way of a cool, short video that will show who we are, explain what it is, show some stuff we’ve done (Hilary and I individually), and give a couple sneak peeks at the new material for the rock ballet. Exciting! The thing is being shot and edited by my brother Ed who’s one of the best in town.
Also, the composition work for the movie I was in last summer (The Vindication of Ronald Clay, and Other Fables for a Rainy Day) had been delayed due to some changes in the post production process. Those are now wrapping up and the music is about to hit full steam again. The projected finish date for the movie is in May! I’ve gotten to see some of the work the guys are doing and it’s pretty exciting. I think it’s going to be a really awesome thing to watch.
God dammit I love Spring. Nice weather makes everything so much easier, it seems. Or maybe that’s just Seasonal Affective Disorder talking.
The rock ballet is coming along nicely, although I do feel a bit behind schedule. The show is in less than three months and I have less than 1/3 of the music written. Yikes. Well, that’s why I’m running off to my studio now to make more of that happen. More of my life is being used for making music, and the more I think about that the bigger my life-boner gets. Am I the only one who’s wasted years of his life daydreaming? Putting that shit to an end, for sure.