Wednesday, January 28, 2015

2014/2015

Not sure if anyone is interested in this - but I was going to review what I did in 2014, and then what's happening this year in 2015.

January 14th - release of Epic Music II. (It's been a year - what?) 48:23.
February - major work put into Senior Recital. Also did the Bleeding Fingers Competition. Just for funsies.
February 27th - Senior Recital. 45:00 of acoustic music performed in a concert hall. I had a short film (Bound), Pierrot Ensemble (A Wandering Mind), Piano Solo (Snow), String Quartet, Baritone and Piano Solo (Annabel Lee), Woodwind Quintet, and full Symphonic Wind Ensemble.
April - did my first full cover song, It's Wild I Am Time. Mash-up of Wild I Am by The Vocal Few and It's Time by Imagine Dragons.
May - graduated with my Bachelor's in Music Composition from Georgia State University.
May and June - solely worked on Galaxies.
early July - secret project. Will post later?
July 15th - release of Galaxies. 4:38:34. Experimental album for me.
late July and August - produced eight singer-songwriter songs with a friend. Might post later?
August 26th - release of Say Something (feat. James Harris). First ever release of a "song".
September and October - work on a Saxophone Quartet and a band piece. 
November and December - work on Sweater Weather and a short film called Numbers

Looking forward:

[January 17th - had a saxophone piece premiered on a concert.]
February 5th - premiere of my band piece Beautiful Innocence.
February 7th - premiere/showing of the short film I composed to, Numbers.
mid-February - rehearsals and recordings, working toward...
February 26th - GRADUATE RECITAL. 8PM. KOPLEFF RECITAL HALL. An hour of acoustic music that I am writing. This is a big project for me. Trying to just get past this.
March and April - finishing up graduate school, graduating...
May - DONE WITH SCHOOL.

...and after that? Good question. Thanks for asking.

Some music: here's a sample of the score to the short film Numbers.



The scene I was writing to was really suspenseful. So that was fun to do. (Ever since writing Galaxies, I have started to blend ambient/electro-acoustic with epic(isn) sounding stuff... so it's weird to hear how that's effected my work.)

Thanks for listening,

Jonathan Maiocco

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Sweater Weather

Hello 2015. It's going to be a good year.

So I graduate, if anyone cares to know. May 2015. Yesterday, I was printing off my calendar for the year, and came to the realization that all I needed to print off was the first five months - after May is a blank. (Ish. More to come.)

I just completed this project with my friend, James Harris. (We did Say Something together.) We covered Sweater Weather by The Neighbourhood. My sister did harmonies on the track. And as always, my bro Michael did the artwork.


And that's that. Hope you like it.

Thanks for listening,

Jonathan Maiocco

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Miscellaneous #3 - Say Something

This one is definitely more of an official project - but I am just now allowed to post it.

My friend, James Harris, is an incredible singer. We've known each other for years, and have just now got around to teaming up. He came over one morning, we sat down, and decided to do a cover of Say Something, by A Great Big World. That was back in May. Now, months later, after finalizing the track, mixing and mastering, getting the album artwork, getting the rights, etc., I can post it. Here it is:


The epic influence is definitely in there. But man - it was fun to do. What do you think?

The track is available on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, etc.

Thanks for listening,

Jonathan Maiocco

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Miscellaneous #2

I freaking love birthdays. They are a great excuse to give a gift to someone you love. And I love giving gifts. Therefore, I love birthdays.

One of my good friends had her birthday coming up - but not only was it her birthday, she was also graduating from college. And not also was she graduating, she was moving to New Orleans to go to seminary. I knew I wanted to do something special. I had to do a "happy birthday"-"happy graduation"-"happy going away" kind of sort of gift.

She loves music. So I took two of her favorite songs and mashed them up. They are It's Time by Imagine Dragons (which everyone and their brother knows) and Wild I Am by The Vocal Few (definitely not as popular, but still good). Singing is definitely not my forte, but hey - it was fun.


Thanks for listening,

Jonathan Maiocco

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Miscellaneous #1

For August, I want to post several pieces that I have done over the course of this year that don't fit into any category.

This first piece doesn't have a name - it's just an electronic piece that was played at my senior recital. Here it is:



The voice that says "Ladies and gentlemen..." is usually played at every recital, right before the concert is going to start. I was at a recital in the fall, the lights dimmed, the voice started playing, and suddenly the idea hit me - what if the recording were to just stop and break down? What would everyone do? That's what sparked the idea of taking that voice recording and remixing it (kind of). It was really fun to do. At my recital though, it kind of confused everyone, because no one was expecting it. But hey, try something new, right?

Thanks for listening,

Jonathan Maiocco

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

A Few of My Favorite Things...

Back in 2011, on my 18th birthday, one of my good friends gave me the present of a lifetime. It just occurred to me to post about it.

Essentially, she sent out letters to ten of my favorite film composers. (I can't remember who they were then... my top ten are always changing.) I'm pretty sure this list included James Newton Howard, John Debney, Hans Zimmer, John Powell, Andrew Lockington, Harry Gregson-Williams, Christophe Beck, etc. She sent them envelopes with two postcard-sized movie posters and a letter saying that (basically) - my friend, Jon, wants to be a film composer too, and it would be awesome if you could sign the pictures to Jon, and send them back to me in the self addressed envelope. Thanks! Two composers replied.

The first was Christophe Beck. I was introduced to his work through The Seeker (2007) way back in the day and RED (2010). Throughout the years, it'd been super cool to watch him score major films, some being Due Date, The Muppets, Pitch Perfect, The Hangover (I, II, and III), Edge of Tomorrow (great score, by the way), and Frozen. So yeah, definitely a big name in Hollywood now. He sent back these two:





Beck even wrote on the letter back saying something along the lines of "sorry you can't really see the signatures, best of luck!"

The other composer was John Powell. Need I introduce him? No. Here's the two he sent back:






So yeah. That's my story. Maybe I'll tell it at parties.

What it makes me think about is this: there is so much emphasis on being a better musician that  being a person can get lost. I really think that life isn't about doing, it's about being. I'm reading a book about the lives of "great composers" right now - some of them were incredible musicians - they did great things! But man - some of them were terrible people. Getting this gift from them really means a lot to me - and the gift says a lot about Beck and Powell as people. Final thought: be a great musician, but be an even better person. (And to the other composers' defense, life is busy - so not replying to fan mail doesn't make you a terrible person. Just felt like I needed to put that, in case Hans Zimmer reads this. Cause that's going to happen.)

For August, I will be posting miscellaneous projects that I have worked on over the course of this year. They are unlike anything else I've done before - so definitely check back for them!

Thanks for listening,

Jonathan Maiocco

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Galaxies - A Visual Listening Guide

Galaxies is officially out. (Funny story, it came out last week, but the price was completely wrong. So I wanted to wait till they got that right). It's on iTunes, Amazon, and CDBaby. It's also available to listen to on Spotify and on my website. If you want to buy it, I suggest either CDBaby ($13) or iTunes ($14). On Amazon it is $18 and on Google it is $19. Don't know why.

Quick trivia about the album:

  • two discs, twelve tracks on each disc. The first disc is the twelve major keys, the second disc is the twelve minor keys.
  • each track averages around eleven minutes, which brings the album to 4 hours, 38 minutes, and 34 seconds.
  • each disc is the same length.
  • I started composing is in April, but didn't really get started till May. I finished it late June.
  • the hardest part about the album was having the ability to stay awake while composing. It's like one of those, "I'm sitting here listening to ambient music, and all I want to do is fall asleep." I started taking B12 supplements. No joke.
  • the tracks go around the circle of fifths. (So "AM 0644-741" is in C Major, "M31" is in F Major, "ESO 540-31" is in Bb Major, etc. Same follows for the minor disc.) This is so you can listen to it in the original track order and it have a smooth flow from one track to the next.

Here is a visual listening guide so you can see what inspired me on each of the tracks.

DISC 1:

1.) AM 0644-741


2.) M31


3.) ESO 540-31


4.) IC 342


5.) Zw II 28


6.) NGC 2841


7.) NGC 6946


8.) M101


9.) M106


10.) M82


11.) NGC 4911


12.) NGC 1313


DISC 2:

1.) M81


2.) M51a


3.) I Zwicky 18


4.) NGC 5128


5.) Arp 244


6.) C3 321


7.) NGC 524


8.) NGC 1309


9.) NGC 1316


10.) UDFj-39546284


11.) NGC 4449


12.) IC 10



Here are samples from the album:

Disc 1:

 

Disc 2:


Thanks for listening,

Jonathan Maiocco