“Isolation”… The first single from “Meditations”

It’s been a pretty busy week! My new album, “Meditations of Light and Darkness,” will be released on 11/30/18, so I’ve been keeping busy making sure everything is ready so that there’s an actual album to release on that day!

A few details about that album… The challenge when writing these songs was to stick to (mostly) the piano and the string section. How much can I say just by using these sections? I knew that I could be soft and subtle, but could I also make it intense and powerful when needed? I think I am happy with the results, and it’s probably a concept I’ll be returning to in the future. There is a lot of power in some of these compositions, but they still manage to remain intimate and expressive.

In the meantime, here is the first single, “Isolation.”

And don’t forget to sign up for my email list! You’ll get a free download of this new song when you sign up. I have more freebies planned as well… http://eepurl.com/dwMkWj

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New album on the way…

Greetings! I am getting ready to release a new album. The first track and Youtube video should be out very soon. As you know, I draw a lot of inspiration from sci-fi and fantasy, so I invite you to follow me to explore the darkness and the light… Join the Inductance Music mailing list!

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“Red Fields of None”

“Red Fields of None,” the new orchestral album inspired by Stephen King’s “The Dark Tower” novels, is now available at your preferred music service! Stream it, download it, add it to your playlists.

-Spotify: https://goo.gl/uuSGpx
-Bandcamp: https://goo.gl/6bg6B6
-CD Baby: https://goo.gl/qp25HA
-iTunes: https://goo.gl/iHuHwZ
-Amazon: https://goo.gl/Q8y3nj
-Youtube: https://goo.gl/3tKfXo
-Google Play: https://goo.gl/7bXCMT

This album was in the works for a LONG time (probably about as long a time as Roland has been on his quest), but I’m happy that it’s finally out there in the world.

I was 15 years old when I first picked up a copy of The Gunslinger. At that time, only the first two books of the series had been published, so I had to wait years for each new volume. While waiting, I re-read the previous books, immersing myself in Roland’s world. Even before I had become interested in writing music, I think I always knew the musical language that, to me, would complement Roland’s adventures. This album is an attempt to capture some of that musical language (yes, some of it… I think there are still a lot of musical themes to be discovered).

Thank you for listening, and I hope these musical works inspire you to rejoin Roland’s ka-tet for another trip to the Dark Tower–or to start your voyage for the first time. –RR25552262_1799227573421263_2722854966120927180_n_2

Royalty-free music for media projects

Yes! Royalty-free music for your media project needs.

Royalty-free library music are music tracks you can use in media projects–for example, a documentary or film you’re working on, or a presentation for work or school. By paying the price of the track, you are paying the licensing fee for such use, and you don’t have to worry about paying additional royalties down the line. The tracks are available as they are, and you are free to use as much or as little of them as needed.

If you need a customized musical piece or a score for a film, feel free to contact me.

Please visit my Pond5 page and take a listen…

https://www.pond5.com/artist/inductancemusic

 

“Red Fields of None”

I am happy to announce that my album “Red Fields of None” is finally up on my Bandcamp site! This is a collection of musical pieces inspired by events, themes, and characters from Stephen King’s “The Dark Tower” series of novels. Thank you, Mr. King, for creating a rich world with fascinating characters to draw inspiration from.

Gunslingers and Xeelees, oh my!!

It’s been awhile since my last blog post! Just a quick update…

For awhile now my Dark Tower project has been pretty much finished. The goal of this project was to compose dramatic music, something with a modern orchestral sound, that might fit in a score if the Dark Tower series were made into a film. For those unfamiliar with “The Dark Tower,” it’s an eight book novel series that’s kind of different for what Stephen King is known for. Yeah, there are some suspenseful and horror elements in there, but it’s mostly a fantasy/adventure epic. The main character is Roland Deschain, the last of the Gunslingers (kind of like an order of knights, except with revolvers). The stories take place in a dystopian setting, after “the world has moved on.” Throughout the stories, Roland pursues his life goal of reaching the Dark Tower, where he believes he can atone for his past and fix whatever is wrong with the world.

I used a lot of synths, electric guitars, saxophones, etc. in these pieces, but I think in the end result, the orchestra is still most prominent. In the description section in each of the tracks, I provided a bit of an explanation as to what inspired each piece.

The project I’m working on right now is also inspired by a novel series, written by another Stephen. This one is Stephen Baxter’s “Xeelee Sequence,” a space-opera sci-fi series. I think anyone that’s a fan of Star Trek or Star Wars would enjoy these. To summarize, the Xeelee Sequence is about humanity’s expansion into space, from around the 30th century all the way to a million years in the future, and beyond. Baxter is known for “hard science fiction,” which means that he meticulously researches real scientific ideas and concepts for his stories. He covers everything from quantum physics to evolution (in particular, the evolutionary effects on humanity once we’ve been space-faring for thousands of generations) to spacecraft engineering (Baxter himself is an engineer).

If I had to pick one main theme in these stories, it would be “survival”–how humanity adapts and survives, despite the odds against them (a common theme in his works). The other theme is the expansion of mankind throughout the galaxy. After a few shaky starts (humanity actually gets conquered by aliens–twice), humans finally set out into the stars, but not as Star Trek-like peaceful explorers. After the trauma of two alien occupations, humanity takes on a “never again” attitude and expand into the galaxy as conquerors, eventually becoming the dominant species in the galaxy. By then, their only rivals are the god-like and aloof Xeelee, who are too preoccupied with their own projects to really be bothered by humans. But every now and then, humanity gets their attention…

This project will consist of five tracks (for now… I might add to it later). Here are the track names…

1 – Closed Timelike Curve

2 – Expansion

3 – Anthem to the Exultant Generation

4 – Prime Radiant

5 – The War in Heaven

Anyone familiar with the series will understand these references 🙂 The first track should be ready in  a few days, so stay tuned…