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February 19 - Lovecraft, Competitions and New Ideas

Wow, it's been a while since I've posted here! That's due to a combination of being busy and just forgetting :)

Since I've posted, I've released the first part of a three-part series based on H.P. Lovecraft and his infamous Cthulhu Mythos: Death Waits Dreaming. My goal with this series is to blend massive Gothic harmony with brutish orchestral horror, with the first movement on YouTube already. The second part is finished, and will be released this Thursday (the 23rd).

I've also been working on adapting my piece "Valse de Salon" for orchestra, and will be submitting it to a composition competition. Here's hoping it wins, because if it does, it will be given a live premiere by the Atlanta Metro Youth Symphony Orchestra! Fingers crossed...

I've also been cooking up a lot of new ideas, highlighted by an ambitious project with lots of rambunctious brass and ESPECIALLY percussion. No telling if/when it might be finished though, because I want to finish part three of the Lovecraft first.

Anyway, let's move now to the listening recommendations. If you, like me and many others, enjoy John Williams' music for Star Wars, you'll love Gordy Haab's flawless emulation of that sound for the 2017 game Battlefront II. On the softer side, Geoff Knorr's absolutely gorgeous "Lux Perpetua" from the 2014 game Civilization: Beyond Earth. If you like the music as much as I do, you can buy the study score from composer Knorr's official website here:

That's it for today. Look for the next blog post coming February 26 if all goes to plan!

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