You know what time it it. It’s time for this months single by my buddy Anders Wiking! Do a search here on the site to read more about his previous singles and a more detailed introduction of him!
Tell us something about your song Domherren!
Writing this song I really tried to make it a ambient, calm one, So I added all the elements I could come up with such as sliding guitars, airy dissonant chords, soft double stop melody and a simple chord progressions. Combine that with a pretty slow tempo and you’ll get that ambient flying feeling. Or maybe it was just pure luck.
Today I’m introducing you to Danish composer and piano player Frederik Snæland. Frederik is 23 years old and is self taught on the piano (hand up for that), yet he is a songwriting student on the Royal academy of music in Aarhus.
This tune is released as a single.
Tell us something about your track Homage To The Faltered!
Homage To The Faltered Was written after weeks of writing and trying to find inspiration, I simply took the feeling of being withered of creativity, and the sadness that may impact you from it, and created a tribute to the creative struggle that every artist must go through sometimes.
Thank you for the music Frederik!
Today I’m introducing you to Swedish composer Per Störby Jutbring, from the west coast of Sweden in the town of Falkenberg; now located in Stockholm. Previously Per has made music for theatre, film and dance performances in all kinds of genres.
The track Braids is released as a single, but will also be featured on Pers fifth solo album The Thief Bunny Society (18th of October 2019).
Tell us something about your track Braids!
I had this idea of recording three string quartets on each other, all with individual parts as a classic counterpoint, but also like looped material, in the manner of an electronic workflow. Adding part after the other making a crescendo, with a slow melody taking form. Or, actually several melodies, like entwined strands of hair.
The art concept (of the album) is based on the mysterious, unexplainable and magic childhood. The non judgmental inner world of kids, the imagination. The Summer vacation. The Faraway Forest, the nordic birches. The palette consists of piano, string quartet, cello, clarinet and electronics. It’s orchestrated layers, loops, arpeggios, synths and electronic elements among traditional piano/string quintets, and piano/cello duo. It’s performed by Swedish Malva Quartet, Linnea Olsson and Johanna Dahl (cello) and Nils Berg (clarinets). And myself of course, at the piano, electronics, celesta, organ etc.
Thank you for sharing this with us Per!
Today I’m introducing you to Danish neo classical composer Emil Skovsgaard Christensen who makes music using the moniker Eik Octobre. Emil was born and raised in the a provincial town in Zealand (also known as Själland, which is one of the islands which makes the country of Denmark).
The track Take me somewhere else was released as a single, but will also be featured on the upcoming EP Everything has it’s echo which will be released in January of 2020.
Tell us something about your track Take me somewhere else!
Actually I came up with the main parts for this the piece back in 2012, so in a way you could say it took me seven years to compose it – but it took us less than an hour to record it. An within this short time after its release on sixth of September 2019 it’s already the far most popular track of this project. Seems it was worth the wait.
Thank you for the music Emil!
Today I’m introducing you to Marc Enfroy; an American composer of neo classical and new age music. Marc has been featured on the billboard’s new age album chart with one of his albums.
The track Lavande de Provence was co-written by Marc’s wife Sharon and was released as a single. The track will also be featured on the album Surrounded which will come out later this year.
Tell us something about your track Lavande de Provence!
Sharon and I wanted to capture the feeling of wandering the lavender fields in the Provence region of France. We’ve never been there so we had to imagine it: surrounded by endless purple, the flowers dancing in the breeze, the smell of the lavender as we walk, seeing some children running and playing.
Thank you for this Marc (and Sharon!).
Today I’m introducing you to Jan Vaschuk, a German composer and piano player currently living in Leipzig. Jan has a Russian and French descent, and has also spent a couple of years in San Fransisco studying music.
The song Arrivals and Departures is taken from the EP Moon Studies which was released in September of 2019.
Tell us something about your track Arrivals and Departures!
This track, as the name suggests, is inspired by my experience of being a restless expat, changing countries and societies but refusing to take roots, constantly living in the pending state with the only consistent thing being piano studies and music production. It started with me, very exhausted, sitting at the piano and endlessly playing two notes that are a major second apart: A and B.
Thank you for sharing your music with us Jan!
Today I’m introducing you to Mivyk, or Michael Stell as his name really is. Michael is a German composer basen in Regensburg and has been playing the piano since a young age. About four years ago he started to compose instrumental piano music.
It is a really nice feeling to create something new for the world to listen to and I can lose myself fully in the music while trying to compose something new.
The track You’re safe here was released as a single, but will (hopefully) be featured on an album sometime in the future!
Tell us something about your track You’re safe here!
I’v been a fan of meditation since a long time and like the idea of being in the present moment while enjoying every simple thing you can find around you. That’s why I tried to create something with this piece that brings you into this calm and meditative mental state. Also I try to help people get out of stressful situations while listening to this piece, therefore I named it „You’re safe here“. While listening to this nothing can hurt you and you can regenerate some energy to get back into your everyday life.
Thank you for sharing Michael!
It’s time again for another release by Mark Swanson, aka. The Aquaerials (you can read more here). Marks is an American composer living in Grand Rapids in Michigan.
Piano is not the only element in my music, but it’s the foundation of everything I write. Foliage definitely represents the lighter side of my music.
The track Foliage is released as a single, but is also be featured on the upcoming EP Empty Orchestra which was released late September of 2019.
Tell us something about your track Foliage!
The general theme of the Empty Orchestra EP is the change of seasons from Winter to Spring, which is when I wrote all these pieces. The first track, Funeral Season, is about the death of life during the Winter months. Foliage is about the rebirth of life after the thaw of Winter. My wife asked me to name one of my pieces “Foliage”, so I specifically wrote it with her title in mind. I usually name a piece of music after writing it, so without her suggestion, this song would never have existed.
Thank you for sharing this tune with us Mark!
Today I’m introducing you (again) to Rob McAllister, the Canadian composer based out of Toronto. I have before written about two different songs from Rob (which you can find here) where he made three different versions of the same songs. Pretty interesting!
Rob introduces his project Music within as a cinematic/ambient/modern classical project where he makes music for films that hasn’t been made yet.
The song Boundless is released as a single, but will also be part of the upcoming album Equanimity which will be released in November of 2019.
Tell us something about Boundless!
I collaborated with Toronto based filmmaker Patrick Tomasso to create some short films for my new music. In the video for ‘Boundless’ we headed out to an open field that he had scouted out and shot some lovely sequences. My girlfriend Julia was a great sport and acted as the main character. The final result he created for me is stunning and I think so fitting for the music.
Thank you for sharing with us Rob! Wonderful, as always!
Trying to claim I am introducing the returning reader of the blog to William Ogmundson since William is one of the most creative and productive artists ever. I have posted a lot about William and his music before, and you can find it all here!
Short intro however: William lives in New London in America and is a composer and piano player.
The song The Infinite Cosmos was released mid September of 2019 as a single.
Tell us something about your track The Infinite Cosmos!
This track was recorded at the amazing studio CedarHouse Sound and Mastering, which happens to be in my hometown.
This song was is unique because I wanted to make it ambient sounding, but without resorting to a synthesizer. What I ended up doing was taping down selected notes on the Steinway grand and capturing the overtones that were created. I then had that played backwards and combined the two versions to create a pulsating ambient sound as the backdrop for the sparse melody. I’m calling the style “acoustic ambience”. I think the funniest part about recording this piece was seeing the look of horror and dismay on the sound engineer’s face when I started taping down keys on the lovely old Steinway. I had a blast though and I have to say that the resulting sound was pretty cool!
Thank you for this tune William!