Tuesday, December 27, 2011

End of the Year

Well. It's the end of the year. Crazy! I can't believe I have been running this blog for a whole year now. Time seriously flew.
I sat down and composed some African music. It's kind of short... it helped me get my ideas down. I did a lot of research on African instruments, etc. It was really neat. (My favorite African soundtrack of all time is Duma. Great soundtrack and movie. Also, Blood Diamondby my favorite, James Newton Howard, is really good too.)

African Style by Jon M. 2011

What do you think?

Also did some trailer music. Always a good time. Haha...

I Am Transformer by Jon M. 2011

Within this year, I composed to nine different genres: Action/Adventure, African, Arabian, Cartoon/Comedy, Celtic, Classical, Horror, Pirates, and Western. Personally, I think African, Classical, and Horror can be re-visited because there is so much more I could do within those genres.

Including this blog post, I posted 24 times. Within those posts, I posted 29 pieces, coming to a total of 72 minutes of music, averaging at roughly 2.5 minutes for each piece. (I posted music I have composed from whenever up to now. All the music combined from this year only comes to about 50.5 minutes, give or take.) From the pieces I composed this year, the longest piece was Ever After at 3:14, and the shortest was I Am Transformer at 1:22.

Answer some questions for me: out of all the songs I posted, which one was your favorite? Which one was your least favorite? What do you want to hear more of? What is something you want to hear that I haven't done?

Resolutions: compose more music. Compose longer pieces. Be more... epic. Most of all: compose a complete trailer music album and put it on iTunes. (#1 Goal.) Hold me to that.

Thanks for following my blog this year. Can't wait to see what happens next!

Thanks for listening,

Jonathan Maiocco

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Many Different Things...

I am going to cut to the chase...
First on the menu: actual video! "myouterspace.com" recently held a contest where you composed to this video clip and it was judged. About 300 were judged... and I didn't win. But you know, that's OK. (Watch it without audio, and then with audio. What do you think? Did my music fit?)



Second: I wanted to post this song... some of you might have heard the music I did for Robert Liparulo's series Dreamhouse Kings. (If not, you can download it for free on my website in the store or on his website near the middle of the page). I really like the themes I did for his books, and I want to continue with them. So I did and "action/adventure" sequence, just for fun. What do you think?

House of Dark Shadows, Action/Adventure Sequence by Jon M. 2011

And lastly: another Christmas epic! I threw it together, so I wouldn't say that it's incredible... but I hope you like it anyways. And guess what? You can download it! Just click the little down arrow button. Consider it a Christmas present from me to you.

Christmas 2011 by Jon M. 2011

Hoping to finish Sci-Fi before 2012. We'll see... haha.

Thanks for listening,

Jonathan Maiocco

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

A Christmas Epic.

Wait, it's December? Wow...
Here's a song I did about a year ago. I call it A Christmas Epic, inspired by O Come, O Come, Emmanuel and Carol of the Bells with a Trans-Siberian Orchestra twist.

A Christmas Epic by Jon M. 2011

What do you think? I'm considering doing another one... can't decide.

Thanks for listening,

Jonathan Maiocco

P.S. Here is the best thing ever: (this is SO much better than my song. Hands down).



And here is probably the second best thing ever: Sleigh Rough.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

My Story

Wow, it's been a long time since I last posted. Sorry for the wait. College is very time consuming.
I realized that I've been posting music and just talking on and on and on... and you probably don't know anything about me. Life story. Age. How I started writing. Etc. So, lets start at the beginning...
Quick Facts:
  • Born October 29th, 1993. So yes, I just turned 18. 
  • Second oldest in my family. 
  • I have two brothers, one sister, and two great parents. 
  • I've lived in Atlanta my whole life. 
  • I am currently a sophomore in college.
I started composing about the age of 12. But as of then it was only a hobby. A lot of the first pieces I wrote were inspired by Narnia. Here's a piece called The Spell Begins to Break. (It's one of the first pieces I composed). Warning: not only did I steal from the Narnia soundtrack, it also sounds bad. Haha...

The Spell Begins to Break by Jon M.

Two years go by. I'm introduced to Christian fantasy books (the first being Raising Dragons by Bryan Davis.) Reading books really inspired me to write more music. When I was 14, I submitted one of my pieces to a contest. The grand prize was to head out to LA for three weeks, and to meet Mike Post, composer of Law and Order, Rockford Files, etc. Here's the song I submitted:

The Voyage by Jon M.

It's called The Voyage, inspired by The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. On April 14th, 2008, my mom got a phone call from Mike Post. As it turns out, I would have won the contest. But I was too young. But, he wanted me to come to LA anyways so we could talk, and he could show me what he does.
It was incredible. Summer came along, and my family and I flew out to LA. My mom and I went to his studio, and he gave us a tour, and then sat down and just told me what I needed to do, what I didn't need to do, and how to succeed. After going to LA, that's when I decided this is what I want to do.
So fast forward about 3.5 years. Music opportunities come and go. I slowly get more experienced... and here I am. In college. And that's my story. Now you know me!
Moving on... the comedy piece. Remember ages ago when I said I would compose a comedy piece and a sci-fi piece? Well, I meant to post the comedy piece ages ago, but never got around to it. So, here it is. I don't have a name for it... (and also, it ends abrubtly. I was going to add more, but I just didn't know what to add... any thoughts?) Here is (officially) the comedy genre:

The Comedy Piece by Jon M

The sci-fi piece is still a work in progress. Once I finish it, I'll post it.
I don't want to end on the comedy piece, so I'll post a song I just finished. A while back, I sat down to compose some epic trailer music, but then came up with this. It's like my first Celtic piece, but... epic. I call it Ever After. (No, not movie inspired... that's just the only name I could think up). This piece also ends slightly suddenly... don't know if I like it. What do you think?

Ever After (Celtic) by Jon M.

Lots and lots of music. Let me know what you think! This should make up for not posting for two months... I think the next genres I want to do are "spy" and "African". Haven't decided which one to do first...

Thanks for listening,

Jonathan Maiocco

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

World's End. Again.

Hey everyone. College has officially started. So composing time is almost zero. But... I somehow always manage to find a little time here and there to sneak in some composing (whether that means staying up till 2am or procrastinating school work).
I have two reasons for posting. One: I have been interviewed Jessica, who runs a pretty awesome blog. Check it out! Also, here is the link to the interview. She is also holding a contest, the prizes being some of my music. So, if you want some of my music possibly for free, then I would hop on over.
Two: I can't post without posting new music. So, here is a song I call World's End (not to be confused with As the World Ends). Probably should change the names, but eh. Whatever. World's End (the book) is the sequel to Dormia, a book I also did a song for. Two things I want to say about World's End (the song): 1. I literally was thinking of snow the whole time while composing. 2. It repeats a lot. I don't know if I like it. What do you think?

World's End by Jon M.

Almost done with the comedy piece. Hoping to finish it and post it soon. Sci-Fi... we'll see what happens. I have a couple of ideas.

Thanks for listening,

Jonathan Maiocco

Sunday, August 14, 2011

T.B.D.

Words of wisdom: never update to the newest version of a software till you know for sure that everything you use on a daily basis will work with it.
I updated to OS X Lion (Apple's "most advanced desktop operating system") and as it turns out, none of my music software works on it. So now I'm back to the basics. I erased my main hard drive, re-installed the original operating system, and right now, I'm installing all my music software. Some of my sound libraries take three-four full days to install. I'll be busy for a while... but not all hope is lost. I still have my laptop to compose on. (But I can't transfer songs between computers, so I can't work on the Comedy or Sci-Fi piece till my main computer is back up and running.)
College starts this Monday (the 22nd). Am I nervous? Eh... no. I just hope I can learn to balance everything. Quickly.
This past week, my family and I went to Panama for a family vacation. It was very nice. Six hour car ride both ways = composing time on laptop. I couldn't think of what to compose though. So, I decided to just... compose. No direction, no inspiration. I just wanted to see where the music would take me. You could say I doodled (musically) for six hours. This is what I came up with:

[song taken down. if you must hear it, just leave a comment or shoot me an email. but you're not missing out on much haha...]

I honestly don't know what to name it. That's why I called it T.B.D. Any name ideas?
Let me know what you think of it! ("It" being only a doodle...) What does it make you think of?
Since college is starting soon, it might be a while before I post next! So, until then...

Thanks for listening,

Jonathan Maiocco

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

As the World Ends

"Dramatic" was never listed under my genre options. But yesterday, while I was trying to compose some trailer music, and I composed this and realized that it fits the word dramatic pretty well (in my opinion). A really good friend of mine helped me name the song.


[song taken down, can be found on Epic Music, "As the World Ends".]


What do you think?


Thank you so much to everyone who commented on A True Western. I'm glad everyone generally liked it, and I liked all of your thoughts and suggestions. (There were some really good suggestions/insights I'd never thought or heard before!) I will be composing a longer version that will have a lot more themes and definitely more western aspects to it. 


Thanks for listening,


Jonathan Maiocco

Sunday, July 24, 2011

A True Western!

I'm so excited to post this! But I'll be honest: I composed this piece a while ago. (Possibly last summer? I forget... so yes, a LONG time ago.) After I composed it, I realized that I needed to learn how to compose to other genres (Arabian, Comedy, etc.) That's when I decided to start this blog. (It only took me six months to get around to it!)
I call this piece A True Western because... well, it's what I think a true western should be. I'm composing another version (which will be much longer) that I'm going to enter into a contest... more on that to come.
And, here it is:

A True Western by Jon M.

Please let me know what you think, and hopefully, I'll be posting the comedy soon... I love the comedy piece. It makes me laugh. Haha...

Thanks for listening,

Jonathan Maiocco

P.S. Hitting major writer's block on Sci-Fi... ew. We'll see what happens.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Superhero

I'll be out of town for the week, but before I go, I wanted to post this song I just did. I call it Superhero. (Sorry, not Sci-fi, Western, or comedy yet...) I haven't decided if it will be trailer music, or if it will be a theme for a book series.
Here it is:

Superhero by Jon M.

Hope you like it, and please let me know what you think. I tried to go for a more modern feel... almost like TRON, but not as electronic.

Thanks for listening,

Jonathan Maiocco

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Wuthering Heights

Classical music. At first, I would say I extremely dislike it. But in all honesty, Beethoven is pretty cool. And classical music beats the modern "artsy" music that composers write nowadays. So,  I guess I don't mind classical music. But, I do have a confession: most of it makes me fall asleep.
Classical music is completely different from the stuff I usual compose. When I composed this, I didn't have too much trouble, but I realized that it wasn't necessarily classical, in a sense. But at the same time, it's not not classical. So hopefully it will pass for the classical genre.
I call it Wuthering Heights (book inspired).

Wuthering Heights by Jon M.

I hope you like it, and if you have a minute, please let me know what you think. I'd like some feedback on this piece.

Thanks for listening,

Jonathan Maiocco

Monday, July 4, 2011

Battle LA

Hey. So, I'm kind of sidetracking. I haven't started Sci-Fi yet, but I have started Classical, and I'm done with Western. So, I'll post all of them eventually, but I don't know in what order.
Anyways, I have started a new project. I am now going to start composing to trailers. (It was my brother's idea). I'll take out the original audio, and then compose music to them. For my first trailer, I did Battle Los Angeles. It was fun. Here is the original. (It won't let me embed it). And, here is mine: (The sound effects at the beginning are the same as the old one, but right when the words appear, it's all my stuff).




I composed this in six hours (non-stop), so I'm kind of brain dead right now. Haha... let me know what you think! Also, if you have any trailers you think would be good for me to do, let me know. 

Thanks for listening, (and in this case watching),

Jonathan Maiocco

P.S. Here is the SoundCloud version: 

Battle LA, My Trailer Music by Jon M.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Tashbaan

Here is my second Arabian piece. It's based off the scene in The Horse and His Boy where Shasta and company have to travel through the city of Tashbaan, but they get separated, Shasta being "captured" by the Narnians. In the book, while they are walking towards the city, it says...

"At the moment a low, throbbing noise began which gradually swelled louder and louder till the whole valley seemed to be swaying with it. It was a musical noise, but so strong and solemn as to be a little frightening.
"'That's the horns blowing for the city gates to be open,' said Bree."

So, that's how I started the song. I always imagined that, if it were a movie, it would show scenes of them traveling, and it would have a lot of amazing desert scenery. That's the music between the 0:22-0:57 mark. At 1:04, they are in the center of the city. It's really crowded, busy, and just hectic. At 1:14, they start getting separated. Then, at 1:32ish, the Narnians try to get Shasta. Then at 1:52, Shasta is taken by King Edmund. Aravis sees the whole thing happen. And then, at 2:11ish, it's King Edmund trying to talk to Shasta, while taking him away. If you never read The Horse and His Boy, then this probably means nothing to you. But, if you have, this might help you see what I was thinking when I was composing...

So, here it is. Let me know what you think.

Tashbaan by Jon M.

Have a great 4th of July!

Thanks for listening,

Jonathan Maiocco

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Beyond Death

Hey everyone.
So, I've been having computer problems. Blah. Which is another way of saying that I took a short break from composing. I had to get my hard drive reconfigured, which is never a good thing. I had all my music (like, my music) on a separate hard drive, so it was fine. But everything else (like my pics, iTunes files, etc.) was deleted. Whoops.
That was last week. Within the week, I've slowly gotten everything almost back to normal. (Right now, I'm still downloading sound libraries... no fun).
Before all of that happened, I bought new software using the money that I was given from the Lynn Freeman Olson contest. It's called Hollywood Strings (by East West). It's a really intense string software that sounds awesome. I spent the last couple of days playing with it, and came up with this song... and you guessed it, it's trailer music. Let me know what you think!

Beyond Death by Jon M.

NOTE: I didn't compose all of this using Hollywood Strings only. I used Hollywood Strings on top of what I normally use.
I'm still trying to get a hang of the software. I feel like I could've done this song differently... like mixing, etc. (And should I have added in that drum set? And should I have done the ending differently??? Hmm...) But whatever. Hope you like it!
I'm almost done with the next Arabian piece... hopefully I'll post it soon.

Thanks for listening,

Jonathan Maiocco

P.S. I have decided that I want to compose a complete trailer music album and put it onto iTunes, hopefully by the end of summer. What do you think?

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Arabian:

Hey there. So, I composed my Arabian piece. It was fun!
I have decided something: I am "dedicating" this song to C. S. Lewis' The Horse and His Boy. This is the first of many songs I want to compose for that book. This is meant to be the "opening titles" or something. I will hopefully do at least four more songs for the book. But we'll see.
With this song, I wanted it to be more orchestral than anything else I've done. I also wanted to sound completely different than how I usually sound.

The Horse and His Boy - Main Titles by Jon M.

Please take a minute and let me know what you think! Should I even compose more songs for The Horse and His Boy?

Thanks for listening,

Jonathan Maiocco

Saturday, May 28, 2011

A Great Destiny

I'm back from Nicaragua. It was so amazing. Thank you for your prayers!
We left Friday morning, and we got back late Thursday night. So I hadn't played a piano/composed anything for a whole week. I took all of my creative energy and composed another trailer song. (Dude, they're fun to compose). This one I call A Great Destiny. Please let me know what you think!

A Great Destiny by Jon M.

I'm working on Arabian right now... haven't gotten to Sci-Fi. It'll be fun.

Thanks for listening,

Jonathan Maiocco

Friday, May 20, 2011

At All Costs

A while back, I posted a waltz that I had composed. I entered it into the Lynn Freeman Olson competition, not expecting anything. But as it turned out, I won! I nearly had a heart attack when I got the phone call... haha. So, I'm extremely thankful and honored.

I am leaving for Nicaragua on a mission trip for a week, and before I leave, I wanted to post some new music. I like composing "epic music" (it's so much fun!), so yesterday, I sat down, and composed this song. I named it At All Costs. Let me know what you think!

At All Costs by Jon M.

Thanks for listening,

Jonathan Maiocco

Sunday, May 15, 2011

H2O

The contest is officially over. Thanks to everyone who entered! The name of the Action/Adventure song is officially Heartbeat and the name of the Celtic song is officially The Wild Hills of Erin. Congrats to the winners!
So, new genre time. What's on the menu???...

1. Arabian -tie- Sci-Fi
2. Western
3. Classical
4. Oriental
5. Spy/Mystery
6. Electronic
7. Spanish -tie- Romantic Comedy
8. Ethnic/African
9. Jazz

I will do the top three: Arabian, Sci-Fi, Western, and Classical.

So, ***BREAKING NEWS***: Ridley Pearson emailed me and said he was "blown away" by my It's a Small World piece! I definitely had a mini heart attack when I saw the email. Haha...

Some "new" music... attached to this post is an artsy piece I did two years ago. I was studying Philip Glass at the time, and I wanted to do a minimalist piece. (Basically, it repeats a lot... haha). This piece is called H2O. When composing the piece, I was asking myself the question, "If water was music, what would it sound like?" It was written for two pianos. I think it is slightly boring compared to some of my other stuff... it's not really like a film score... but still, let me know what you think!

H2O by Jon M.

I am leaving next week for a six-day mission trip in Nicaragua. (Prayer is appreciated!) Then I get back, and June will be my composing month. Hopefully, I'll compose to the next four genres then...

Thanks for listening,

Jonathan Maiocco

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Isle of Swords

Pirates. The first word that comes to mind is swashbuckling. Very intense swashbuckling. All I can say is this: never compose a pirate song late at night. You probably won't be able to go to bed at a reasonable hour. Take me for example: I finished the song at 2am. Then I couldn't fall asleep. All I could think of was pirate-themed adventure/swashbuckling things!

Anyways, take a listen to Isle of Swords. Let me know what you think!

Isle of Swords by Jon M.

I tried really really really hard to be original, and yet still make it sound pirate-like. It was hard, you know? So, did I succeed? I hope so...

Thanks for listening,

Jonathan Maiocco

P.S. I'll be gone for a week, and then I'll take care of the contest. I'm sorry if you sent me in ideas and I didn't get them, or if you forgot, etc. I'm trying to think of a better way to hold contests. Any thoughts?

Friday, April 29, 2011

Will's Father

I am done with school for the semester, so I finally have free time! So, let's get started...
I'll answer the questions that everyone asked on the Celtic post. But first, I would like to thank everyone for the encouraging words, ideas, and advice! It really meant a lot to me.
Question #1 from Noah: What do you think about Hans Zimmer? I think he is very original and has a great sound. The Pirates of the Caribbean and Sherlock Holmes are two of my favorite soundtracks, along with many of his others. While he is one of my favorite composers, my all time favorite is still James Newton Howard.
Question #2 from Jill Williamson: How many instruments do you play? My primary instrument is piano, and my “secondary” is flute (the fingering on the flute is the same for the piccolo, so I can also can play the piccolo). And I used to play the violin. I really want to learn all the instruments in the orchestra. How cool would that be?!
Question #3 from Cson: Has Peter Jackson talked to you about composing a soundtrack for The Hobbit movies yet? That’s classified information. :D

Before I get into the contest/new music, I wanted to say that... I've been interviewed!
Millardthemk, who by the way has an awesome blog interviewed me about two months ago. I forgot to mention is here on my blog... just click here to read it. Sorry it took me so long!

The contest: here are the names that people sent in...

for Celtic:
Inis Breeze
Fairytale
Greenfinch Beckons
The Wild Hills of Erin
The Hebride Fisherman

for Action/Adventure:
Heartbeat
The Safest Way To Travel
Hidden Infiltrator
M-15 Valley

So, now you vote! Which name should they be? The polls are to the left... they will be closed in two weeks. Whoever gets the most votes wins.

And now, a new song: two months ago, I did another song for Ranger's Apprentice. I just couldn't help myself. This one is called Will's Father. The song is based off the scene where the character Halt tells Will about his (Will's) father, and how he died a heroic death saving him ("him" being Halt). Here it is:

Will's Father by Jon M.

Please let me know what you think!
Right now, I'm working furiously on my pirates song. Maybe I'll post a sample soon...

Thanks for listening,

Jonathan Maiocco

Monday, April 18, 2011

Action/Adventure, etc...

Bang! Bang bang... *gunshot!!!* Crash... glass flies everywhere. KAAaaa-BOOM! [fire-ball flies into the sky]. More gunfire... bang bang. Bang.... then bang.
Thats about sums up what inspired this song. Action/adventure movies are my most favorite movies of all time. Period. End of story. I listen to action/adventure soundtracks all the time, my favorites being The Bourne Ultimatum (John Powell), Eagle Eye (Brian Tyler), and Salt (James Newton Howard).
The song below is short (1:30) because I had originally written it for a contest where the music had to be 1:30 or shorter. I had fun writing it, and I can't wait to try again. I've been getting mixed reactions on the song though. Some people liked it, some didn't. What do you think?

Action/Adventure by Jon M.

On April 14th, Ridley Pearson (author of The Kingdom Keepers) was in Atlanta! I originally couldn't go to the book signing, so I wrote him a letter with a CD that had my It's a Small World song on it. But, at the last minute, I made it! Here is a picture of me with him: 




He was really nice, and seemed excited about my song on the CD. I don't know if he's heard it yet, but I'm hoping to find out soon. So that was very exciting for me. I also got all of my books signed, including The Kingdom Keepers:



Next on the list... I have decided to have a contest. Yes, a contest. Here's the deal: I need names for my Celtic song and my Action/Adventure song. So, you name them for me. Email me (at jon@jonathanmaiocco.com) one name for each song (two names in the end), and I will put them in a poll that will be open for a week. (There will be two separate polls, one for the Celtic, and the other for the action/adventure). Then, you and whoever else will vote on which name is the best. If you win in one of the categories, then you get any two of my songs for free. (And I guess if you win in both categories, you get any four songs for free). Your choice on which songs (just look on my website). Done. How does that sound? The deadline to send in the names May 27th. I will put the polls up then, and then in one week, they will close.

And lastly, the poll on the side says that I should compose to Wayne Thomas Batson's Isle of Swords and/or Fire.
  1. Isle of Swords/Fire [14 votes]
  2. A Bryan Davis Book [13 votes]
  3. (more) Ranger's Apprentice [11 votes]
  4. 100 Cupboards & The Hunger Games [8 votes]
  5. (more) Dream House Series & "Other..."[5 votes]
  6. (more) Kingdom Keepers [3 votes]
So, that means the next genre is pirates. Savvy? I'm listening to Curse of the Black Pearl right now for some inspiration. This should be fun! 

Thanks for listening,

Jonathan Maiocco

P.S. Make sure to vote in the new poll! After pirates, what should I do? And also, in the next post, I'll make sure to answer everyone's questions. 

Friday, April 15, 2011

Celtic!

I have officially written a Celtic piece. I am very excited to show it to you!
My process of writing this piece: I first came up with a 16-bar melody, which you hear at the beginning of the piece twice. I wanted it to sound like a typical (yet catchy) jig. The flute at the beginning is me playing my flute (which has a wooden head joint). Instead of using a typical Celtic ensemble (like harp, flute, dulcimer, etc.) I wanted to do the ensemble plus an orchestra. So, if you know the music for The Water Horse by James Newton Howard (who by the way, is my favorite film composer), then you'll know what I was aiming for. Here it is:

Celtic by Jon M.

So... let me know what you think! I'd really appreciate it. This is my first time composing a Celtic piece, so this is all new to me. I'll take all comments, critiques, and advice.

I will post my Action/Adventure piece very soon.

Thanks for listening,

Jonathan Maiocco

P.S. Any name ideas for this song? I couldn't think of any!

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Café à la Française

I had to take a quick break from writing the Celtic piece and the Action/Adventure piece, because I had to write a piece for the Lynn Freeman Olson competition. Basically, the competition is writing a piano piece for early elementary to intermediate level. I decided to write a waltz. I named it Café à la Française (a.k.a., A French Cafe). (As always, if the music player doesn't work for you, I posted it on my Facebook page). Let me know what you think of it!


Café à la Française, Piano by Jon M.


I have absolutely no idea if I will win. If I do (which would really surprise me!), I'll be sure to let you guys know.

Thanks for listening,

Jonathan Maiocco

Monday, February 21, 2011

Book Trailer and Next Genre...

Hey everyone, thanks for the comments on the last post! There was a lot of encouraging comments, funny comments, etc. It was great to read them. (My favorite was, "...I won't be able to go on that ride again without a 12 gauge.") Haha. So right now, I'm going to answer three questions from the comments...

Question #1, from everlastingscribe: Here's a challenge for you, Jon along the same lines. Could you give this footage a sound track? 



I am loving this challenge! I really want to give it a try. (Honestly though, my only problem is time... I don't know how long it would take me to do the whole clip). That being said, I might just do the first minute or two. Thank you for the challenge! Hopefully, I'll get a chance to do it. If I do, I'll be sure to post it here.

Question #2 and #3, from GREG AND MONICA:
          2. Is there any way I can get [your music] on my iPod so I can listen to it more? You can always buy my music on my website, but in all honesty, that's a pain. I'm hoping to get my music onto iTunes in the distant future to make getting my music easier. I'll let you guys know when that happens...
          3. I believe you said you've read Dragons in our Midst. Do you think you could write a piece for that?  I love Dragons in Our Midst. When I first started composing, I only wrote for Narnia and Dragons in our Midst. I have a bunch of old songs that are specifically for Dragons in Our Midst that I might post one day. Honestly, they are a little cheesy because of how old they are. I have been getting requests to do music for Bryan Davis' books, so I might one day either redo some of my old songs or compose something completely new. We'll see... (Interesting fact: go to the very first page of Eye of the Oracle, and near the bottom of the page, I did one of the endorsements... I just like to throw that out there... haha).

I hope that answers your questions. Please feel free to ask me more!


So, on top of being into film composing, I also dabble in video editing. I decided to make a book trailer for The Kingdom Keepers. Sure, it's a little cheesy, but hey, it was fun to make. Let me know what you think!



Enjoy the cheesiness...

So, I hate to not post any "original music", so here is some. I wrote this piece to a book called Dormia, which by the way is such a great book! The song kind of drags on, but when I was composing it, I wanted to "sound completely different". Let me know what you think! 

Dormia by Jon M.

And finally, the next genre. What is next??? According to the poll...

1. Action/Adventure and Celtic [tie for 1st]
2. Ethnic/African
3. Spy
4. Western
5. Jazz, Romantic Comedy, and Other [tie for last]

So, here's what I'll do: I'll compose the Action/Adventure piece first, and then I'll do the Celtic. (Or maybe vice-versa, depending on if I get writer's block... haha). Once I do, I'll post it. I have winter break this coming week, so I'm hoping to do some "hard-core composing"... is that even possible??? I guess we'll see!

Thanks for listening,

Jonathan Maiocco

P.S. I want to compose a complete soundtrack for a book/book-series. Any suggestions? (Personally, I think 100 Cupboards would be pretty cool... or maybe House of Dark Shadows [which I've already done some of...]... or maybe even The Kingdom Keepers). I want to hear your thoughts.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Blog Kick-Off!

So, yeah, my other blog was boring. So I'm starting this one purely for my music.
Last year, I realized that when I composed music, I didn't really have a particular genre in mind. So, my New Year's Resolution for this year is to try to compose to every movie genre possible. That is why I created this new blog: whenever I try to compose to a new movie genre, I will post it. Hopefully, I will post every two-three weeks. Maybe. It depends how complicated school gets.
To kick of the blog, the first genre I'm doing is horror. I know, thrilling. The song is entitled It's a Small World. I know, hysterical.
I wrote this piece for the book The Kingdom Keepers. In a nutshell, The Kingdom Keepers is about five kids who go into Magic Kingdom at night, and all the attractions come to life. They go on the actual ride It's a Small World, and the dolls come to life and start attacking the kids (like, you know, hitting them with sticks, biting them, etc). The kids end up escaping the ride. (If they didn't, it would be a depressing book).
For this song, I took the real song It's a Small World, and incorporated it with a real orchestra. (So technically, this isn't really the horror genre. It's more like the kiddy-ride-gone-wrong-genre). Anywho, just take a listen:

It's a Small World by Jon M.

Let me know what you think! And if you have any genres that you want me to do, just let me know. On the left, I have a list of genres that I need to compose. If you want me to do one, just tell me.

Thanks for listening,

Jonathan Maiocco

[POST UPDATE]: I have been told that the song won't work on some computers (because of software, etc.) So, I added it to the iPod on the left. The other songs on the iPod are all available on my website.