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.