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September 2009
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“Identity” Guzheng Concerto

Working with producer/composer Victor Cheng, Michael has composed The Identity – Zhong Shan Zuang, a half-hour concerto for orchestra and guzheng (Chinese zither). Guzheng virtuoso Chang Su will join the 69-piece United Musicians Symphony Orchestra for the piece’s premiere at the San Gabriel Mission Auditorium on October 24, 2009.

Information about the concert can be found at the Hanyi Productions website.

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September 2009
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Cue of the Week: “World Groove”

A neat boon of modern music production software is the combination of musical elements that would never run into each other in nature. For instance, this cute little theme I wrote for a UNLV television series, which combines African percussion, 60’s-esque bass and organ, and a retro-synth melody line.

(That’s not to say you can’t do this sort of thing with live musicians. I once combined balalaika, tuba, and bagpipes in music for a friend’s wedding… but be thankful that the results will never grace this blog.)


(Click on the play button to stream, or the cue title to download.)

World Groove
 

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September 2009
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Cue of the Week: “Secrets Revealed”

Another sneak preview from the forthcoming Home Room soundtrack album. This cue accompanies one of the film’s final emotional peaks, when a dark secret is unraveled layer by layer. (I realize that’s a vague description, but I don’t want to spoil anything for those who haven’t seen the film.) Musically, this cue takes the score’s central theme and recasts it as a slow crescendo, the orchestration thickening by degrees as the scene reaches its climax.

On a side note: those of you on Facebook are invited to check out my new artist page. More music excerpts, notes on current and forthcoming projects, and a few special event invitations. Shortcut link: http://facebook.mikemusic.com


(Click on the play button to stream, or the cue title to download.)

Secrets Revealed
 

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August 2009
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Cue of the Week: “Home Room”

I’m happy to announce that pre-production is (finally!) underway on the Home Room soundtrack album. To whet your appetite, here’s the extended version of the theme from the film’s end titles.

No major surprises here – the cue is a full statement of the film’s moody musical main theme. For the recording I was fortunate enough to have Alan Steinberger on piano, John Acosta on cello, and Chris Bleth on alto flute. Considering that all the tracks were all individually overdubbed, it’s impressive how in sync with one another the players are, both technically and emotionally. (A reminder that great musicians don’t only play well, but listen well.)

(Click on the play button to stream, or the cue title to download.)

Home Room
 

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