Transfiguration Journey Piano Album Released April 17th, 2014
The Journey piano album “Transfiguration” is now available via GameMusicBundle! This album is a performance of the piano book published by Alfred Music in 2013; the performance features the fantastic pianist Robert Thies, with a Laura cameo on the last song!
This was possibly the most challenging and rewarding project I've ever worked on—a huge thank you to Austin Wintory for inviting me to arrange the piano reductions! It is a tremendous gift to be given the chance to interpret such beautiful music, both on paper and in performance, and it simply would not have been possible without Austin supporting me every step of the way as I tried to tackle this deeply involved, incredibly detailed music for the piano. And of course a huge thank you to Robert, for bringing it to life with such passion and grace! The amount of color he pulls from the instrument is just amazing Arranging for piano is only half of the process, it takes a true artist to breathe life into it and make it something special :) Lastly, a thank you to my good friend Robin Lai at John Marshall Media, who has recorded me several times for video game projects, and continues to do be one of my favorite people to work with!
What an honor to work on this project with such super talented musicians...I hope everyone enjoys it, and the rest of the soundtracks available on GameMusicBundle! Posted 4/17/2014
Video Games Live: Level 3 Album Released February 18th, 2014
It's here! Video Games Live recently released their third album, featuring brand new tracks from a variety of classic and newer games. This was truly an international effort; the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir did a knock-out job recording all of the pieces under the baton of VGL conductor Emmanuel Fratianni, while myself and other solo musicians recorded our parts remotely from all over the world. It was super fun to record for a few of the tracks, including Chrono Cross "Scars of Time" and the Tetris Opera, and to have my own Zelda 25th Anniversary Overture featured on the album as well. I had originally arranged and orchestrated it for VGL in 2011, it's tremendously exciting to have it appear on this album.
VGL: Level 3 is available at several sites, including Amazon, iTunes and Cdbaby. Hope everyone enjoys all of the pieces on this expansive and multi-faceted album, featuring the talents of so many great musicians! Published 3/11/2014
Dragonvale Updated Gameplay and Soundtrack Oct. 9th, 2013
It's been pretty quiet here lately! This is a bit late, but here's some news from October: Backflip Studios had just released their latest update to the popular iOS game Dragonvale! It's a super-cute game that I am now completely addicted to ;-) And I'm very proud to announce that composer Aubrey Hodges invited me to record a variety of live instruments to update the soundtrack. It was great fun to play flute, piccolo, recorder and penny whistle for this soundtrack, as well as the EWI for the English Horn. Can't thank Aubrey enough for having me be a part of the project, hope y'all enjoy the new music! Posted 12/17/2013
Legend of Zelda WW: Molgera Theophany's New Single Released Oct. 4th, 2013
Check it out, the latest remix from the great and glorious Theophany! So glad to have collaborated with him and guitarist Alejandro Pérez Heinze on this track. I was honored to provide vocals and flute for this super fun arrangement--really happy with how it turned out, and so glad I could contribute to the project!
Upcoming Shows VGL: Peru, Chile, Argentina Sept. 27th-29th, 2013
VGL is gearing up for its tour in South America! I will be performing in the Peru, Chile and Argentina shows, on one of the hardest setlists I've ever done! Ticket info as always at videogameslive.com. Looking forward to seeing all of my South American friends! Posted 9/22/2013
Journey: Sheet Music Selections from the Original Video Game Soundtrack Alfred Music Releases Solo Piano Arrangements Arranged by Laura Intravia
So proud to announce my first published work! Alfred Music recently released a book of piano arrangements from the award-winning video game Journey, music composed by Austin Wintory. It was a great honor to be asked to work on this project, and of course I learned a ton from translating the music from Journey into solo piano works. I couldn't be happier with how it they turned out, and can't thank Austin enough for the great opportunity!
"Composer Austin Wintory's Grammy®-nominated soundtrack to the Sony Playstation video gameJourney opened higher on the Billboard album charts than any previous video game soundtrack. The album subsequently won two British Academy Awards, an Interactive Academy Award, and many more. By popular request, Alfred Music is honored to make this collection of sheet music available to pianists. These six arrangements were selected and produced in direct collaboration with composer Austin Wintory to ensure that they effectively capture the original versions. Titles: Nascence, Threshold, The Road of Trials, Final Confluence, Apotheosis, I Was Born for This."
Hope you enjoy! Happy playing! Posted 8/23/2013
Final Fantasy VI: Balance and Ruin Overclocked Remix's FFVI Album Released July 1st, 2013
Overclocked Remix has just released their enormous Final Fantasy VI: Balance and Ruin album, featuring amazing and diverse arrangements of FF6 music. So happy to have contributed flute/voice to several tracks on this album, it's always been a dream of mine to participate with an OCRemix project since I first discovered them way back in high school. I can't thank OCRemix enough for inviting me to be a part of the collaboration, I had such a wonderful time working on all of the tracks with all of the individual artists. They were all super talented and very supportive (and totally understanding of my crazy traveling schedule!) and I'm so glad they were happy with my contributions :) The tracks I collaborated on are:
1-04 Smoke and Clouds (Jeff Ball) 2-14 The Nightmare Oath (OA, Moonlapse, BardicKnowledge ft. DragonAvenger) 4-01 A Glimmer of Hope (Joshua Morse ft. Jeff Ball) 4-03 Katabasis (Forrest Powell)
And thank you to djpretzel for the incredibly nice write-up on OCRemix itself! Reviews are up for Smoke and Clouds and Katabasis.
I hope everyone enjoys the results of this huge collaborative effort!! :) Posted 7/1/2013
New VGM Transcriptions Banjo-Kazooie & Bio-Menace
Holy shnikeys, new transcriptions? And a post in the Blog?! What is this world coming to?! Hope you all enjoy my new article about harmonic motives in the Banjo-Kazooie franchise, as well as the new Transcriptions for Gobi's Valley (Histup) and World Door Open from Banjo-Kazooie, and Going In Circles from Bio-Menace! More on the way! Posted on 6/25/2013
Upcoming Shows VGL: Nebraska, Texas, Tennessee, Virginia June 29th - July 13th, 2013
Lots of shows coming up with VGL! I'll be performing with them in Omaha, NE 6/29, Houston, TX 7/5, Chattanooga, TN 7/11, and last but not least, the illustrious Wolftrap Center in Virginia! Super excited for all of these shows, hope everyone can make it out to the show! Tickets as usual at videogameslive.com. See y'all soon! Posted 6/24/2013
Upcoming Shows VGL: Nashville, TN and Raleigh, NC June 4th & 7th, 2013
In just a few days, VGL will be coming to Nashville and Raleigh! Looking forward to VGL's first shows ever in both of these cities. Tickets as usual at videogameslive.com. Hope to see y'all there! Posted 5/28/2013
The Gentleman's Private Collection Pocketwatch Games "Monaco" Bonus Album Released Bundled with OST by Austin Wintory April 24th, 2013
What's Yours Is Mine! It's official: Pocketwatch Games' latest creation Monaco is now available, accompanied by a brand new soundtrack by Austin Wintory. And with all of this comes the release of Monaco's companion album, GENTLEMAN'S PRIVATE COLLECTION. I was so happy to be a part of this super-fun project! This album is a wildly varied compilation of Monaco's music interpreted by fantastically gifted artists from all sorts of genres, including:
Chipzel Cris Gale Laura Intravia Malukah MegaRan Peter Hollens Tina Guo Tomoki Miyoshi Videri String Quartet Viking Jesus William Kage
So very honored to be included in their talented company, and a big THANK YOU to Austin for inviting me to join in the fun! :)
FOR A LIMITED TIME, the OST will be bundled with the bonus album, so grab this deal while you can! Check out both albums and more of Austin's work at Austin Wintory's Bandcamp.
Hope you enjoy, and see y'all in Monaco!! Posted 4/24/2013
Upcoming Show VGL: Hartford, CT April 13th, 2013
After a few months break, VGL will hit up Hartford, Connecticut this April! It'll be my first time back to the East Coast since my recent move to LA--gotta get used to the coooold weather again! ;-) Tickets as usual at videogameslive.com Hope to see ya there! Posted 3/8/2013
Upcoming Shows VGL: Texas, Louisiana & Florida January 26th - February 1st 2013
Hoping everyone's 2013 is off to a great start! I'll be on the road for 4 more VGL shows this week, in Richardson, TX, Lafayette, LA and Jacksonville and St. Petersburg in Florida. As always, ticket information can be found at videogameslive.com. Hope to see y'all there! Posted 1/25/2013
Upcoming Show VGL: Austin, TX January 5th, 2013
Happy New Year! Kicking off 2013 with a big show in Austin, TX with the Austin Symphony! Special guests include Austin Wintory and Neal Acree, conducting segments from Journey and WOW respectively. As usual, tickets at videogameslive.com. Hope to see you all there! Posted 1/4/2013
Time's End: Majora's Mask Remixed Theophany's LoZ: MM Album Released December 21st, 2012
"You've Met With a Terrible Fate, Haven't You?"
I am honored, excited and ecstatic to share the latest project I've worked on: Time's End, a remix album of one of my favorite games of all time, Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask. Many critics and gamers agree that this was one of the darkest, most inventive installments of the LoZ series, featuring not only a great storyline but also a fantastic soundtrack to boot. Soon when Theophany asked me to perform some vocal tracks to this album, I was only too delighted to contribute!
Jason Gallaty (Theophany) approached me about this project very soon after the release of Harmony of a Hunter: 101% Run; we both sat in on the live stream of the album on Nintendo Radio; he mentioned several projects he was working on, and emailed me later that day to ask if I would be interested in singing for a few pieces for this project. My voice ended up on three of the tracks, Terrible Fate, Lovers Mask and Time's End. All of the tracks on this album are incredible reinterpretations of a deep, dark, overall stellar game, and I can't recommend it enough for Majora fans and newbies alike!
Download link is available on Theophany's Bandcamp site. I hope you'll all check it out and support Jason and his amazing musical endeavors! Most of all--hope you enjoy! Posted 12/21/2012
Upcoming Show VGL: Dubai, UAE December 14th, 2012
Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Holidays! :) Enjoying a nice week and a half off at home after our epic 2-month North/South American tour. But the fun begins anew soon: next week, VGL will be making its big Middle Eastern debut! A huge show in Dubai is coming up on December 14th; it will be an action-packed show for sure! Check out videogameslive.com for ticket info as usual. Get excited; I know I am!!! Posted 12/2/2012
Harmony of a Hunter: 101% Run Shinesparkers' Metroid Fan Album Released November 17th, 2012
I am so excited to announce that I was a part of the amazing Metroid fan album Harmony of a Hunter: 101% Run! This was a project that I worked on all the way back in the spring, and I am so pleased to finally get to share it with you all.
Altar of Aether I was approached by Darren Kerwin back in April to work on this amazing collaborative effort. I asked my good friend and fellow composer Jared Cowing to team up with me to create a track for the album. We were in the same year of the composition program at Ithaca College, and I was so excited to get to work with him on such an ambitious project: a choir-heavy arrangement of the Temple Grounds / Light Temple themes from Metroid Prime 2. I fleshed out the bones of the arrangement; Jared wrote the first half of the piece, I the second. We reconnected with several vocalists we knew from our days at Ithaca College and traveled all over NYC, Long Island and Connecticut to record their voices. Then it was a team effort of sequencing the orchestra, while Jared took over cutting the recorded audio and mixing the voices and eventually the final track.
Entering the Hive I also ended up helping Jared on another track he took on, late in the game; a few original themes from the Metroid series had gone unclaimed, and Jared took on the epic “Hive Totem” battle theme from Metroid Prime. He created the entire arrangement himself and sequenced most of it; I ended up doing some additional brass and percussion sequencing.
Entropic Dream Lastly, I was approached at the very end by Darren and arranger Christopher Foss, to contribute my voice to his piece “Entropic Dream.” It was a beautiful track that I instantly fell in love with, so I was delighted to sing for it.
Download the entire album here—my individual tracks are available on my Electronic Composition/Arrangements page. I hope you all enjoy the tracks I worked on: Altar of Aether, Entering the Hive, and Entropic Dream! Posted 11/27/2012
Interview with Super Gamer (November 4th, 2012)
I was asked to do an interview for the kick-off episode of the new Super Gamer podcast! It was great fun to do the interview with Mark McAvoy--we talked about my career, video game music, and had a fun guess-the-game segment where I listened to music and tried to imagine what kind of game it was from. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did! :) Posted 11/7/2012
Upcoming Shows VGL: Chile, Brazil, Canada, USA October - November Tour
Just a few more weeks until Video Games Live is on the road for a tour of gigantically epic proportions! We will be hitting four different countries on two continents for a span of almost two months, with over 20 shows of video game music magic. Lots of brand new segments will be premiered, two of which I actually arranged myself. All in all, it's going to be one heck of a ride, and I for one am SUPER. PUMPED :-D The confirmed dates so far are listed on my Calendar page; as usual check out the Video Games Live homepage for ticket info. See y'all on the road! Posted 9/26/2012
Upcoming Shows VGL: Beijing, China September 8th, 2012
After a nice long break this summer, VGL is kicking off the fall with an epic concert in Beijing! This time, we're partnering up with Blizzard Entertainment to put together a special concert dedicated solely to the music of World of Warcraft. With tons of brand new material, performing at the Mastercard Center under the baton of Blizzard Entertainment composer Russell Brower, this will be an unforgettable experience. I'll be performing several new pieces for the first time, as well as debuting my fancy, brand-spanking new Electronic Wind Instrument! As usual, check out the Video Games Live website for ticket information. Too excited!! Posted 8/22/2012
Upcoming Shows VGL: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia & Los Angeles May 26th-27th & June 6th, 2012
SUPER EXCITED for the upcoming Video Games Live shows in Malaysia and Los Angeles! We'll be returning to Malaysia for a second time since 2010 with a brand new show, action-packed with lots of our newest segments! It's going to be a busy show for me, performing on 8 different segments--can't wait to see all of our Malaysian friends again :) We'll also be returning to LA with what is quite possibly the most epic show we have done to date. TONS of special guests and world premieres, you do NOT want to miss this one! As usual, ticket information can be found at videogameslive.com Just two weeks until I'm back on the road, CAN'T WAIT!! Posted 5/10/2012
New Sheet Music Video Games Live "Flute Link" and "Flute Mario"
Hello fellow fluters! Sheet music for my Video Games Live "Flute Link" and "Flute Mario" skits is now available for free download in my new Video Game Arrangements section of the website! Please note that the backing track for these pieces is NOT available for download. I've made the sheet music available for musicians who are interested in learning the solo JUST FOR FUN, but it should not be used for a live performance of any kind. That said, enjoy the new sheets and happy fluting! :) Posted 4/30/2012
New VG Transcriptions Commander Keen 4 and Bio Menace
New post for the blog! This week, we're going way back to the era of my childhood--the early 90's--and checking out the great and glorious video game composer Bobby Prince. We'll be looking at one of his most memorable themes in the Commander Keen series. If last week's blog post gave you nightmares about music theory textbooks coming to eat your eyeballs, don't worry--this week, the scariest music theory term I use is "contour." YOU CAN HANDLE THIS :-D Enjoy the new sheet music on the Transcriptions page for the Map Theme and You've Got To Eat Your Vegetables from Commander Keen 4 and Laboratory from Bio Menace! More on the way! Posted 2/28/2012
New VG Transcriptions Legend of Zelda & Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask
New post in the Blog this week! I do believe this may be my biggest one yet: digging in and analyzing the "Great Bay Temple" music from Majora's Mask. This one is a real doozy, get ready to travel into the most nerdy, geeky recesses of my brain :-P I hope everyone has fun checking out the new post--I mean who doesn't enjoy a good read about polythematic composition and harmonic planing? I KNOW I DO!! Enjoy the new music on the Transcriptions page of the Dungeon/Overworld from the original Legend of Zelda and Great Bay Temple theme from Majora's Mask. More on the way! Posted 2/19/2012
Upcoming Shows VGL: Ontario, Illinois, New Jersey, Maryland, Arkansas March 21st - April 14th, 2012
After a few months of break-time, lots of VGL shows will be coming up soon! Video Games Live will be back on the road with shows in Ontario, Illinois, New Jersey, Maryland and Arkansas. I can't wait to be back on the stage performing with the VGL crew, it's going to be great fun to travel all over the map, visiting new places and old! Check out my new Calendar page for upcoming show dates, as well as the Video Games Live homepage for more detailed information. Hope to make lots of new friends at these upcoming shows! Posted 2/17/2012
New VG Transcriptions Banjo-Tooie
Big post in the Blog this week! I had a ton of fun putting this one together--this time, we look at the use of counter-melody in various pieces of video game music, and how it can add a whole new layer of meaning to the music. I hope you also enjoy the new sheet music on the Transcriptions page of Atlantis and Grunty Industries from Banjo-Tooie! More on the way! Posted 2/7/2012
New VG Transcriptions Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest
Another week, another blog post, woohoo! I'm on a roll! I hope everyone will enjoy the new post in the Blog about music theory, intention vs. intuition, and the musical connection between Donkey Kong Country 1 and 2. What a mouthful! Check out the Transcriptions page for sheet music of Bayou Boogie, Snakey Chanty and Swanky's Swing. More on the way! Posted 1/24/2012
New VG Transcriptions Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
Happy New Year! I hope everyone's 2012 is off to a great start! One of my resolutions this year was to get more transcriptions done and maintain the Blog more regularly, so let's start off the year with some good old Zelda II. Check out my post in the Blog about the melodic structure of the Palace theme and its use of additive vs. divisive rhythm. Enjoy the new transcriptions of the Main Titles, Overworld and Palace! More on the way! Posted 1/16/2012
Upcoming Show VGL: Salt Lake City, UT December 30th, 2011
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!! This December, I will be performing at Abravanel Hall in Salt Lake City with Video Games Live. My first time in Utah, it's going to be a FANTASTIC show with the Utah Symphony. I am OBSCENELY excited to be performing with such an esteemed symphony, I hope everyone takes advantage of this amazing opportunity to hear one of the nation's greatest orchestras performing our favorite video game music. Treat yourself or your friends to an early Christmas gift and get tickets now while they're still available! Check out videogameslive.com for ticket info as usual. Hope to see y'all there!! Posted 11/26/2011
New VG Transcriptions The Sims, Dr. Mario and Sonic the Hedgehog
I hope everyone is having a wonderful fall! The VGL shows in Sioux City and Madison went GREAT, had a blast and met lots of new friends there! On break from VGL for a little over a month, so I'm taking advantage of the time to start updating my website and Facebook more often. Haven't written any articles for the blog in a while, so I hope you all enjoy the new post in the Blog about the use of solo piano in The Sims, as well as new transcriptions of The Sims' Building Mode 4, Dr. Mario's Fever and Sonic the Hedgehog's Marble Zone! Check them out on the Transcriptions page, more on the way! Posted 11/17/2011
Upcoming Shows VGL: San Bernardino, Sioux City and Madison October 29th - November 5th
Lots of fun shows coming up! Video Games Live will be celebrating Halloween in style with a show in San Bernardino, California on October 29th, packed with several special guests, possibly in cosplay?!...Following that are two more awesome shows in Sioux City, Iowa on November 3rd and Madison, Wisconsin on November 5th. We have been adding in TONS of new material over the past few months, these shows will be packed with variety! Ticket information at videogameslive.com as usual. Hope to see you all there!! Posted 10/22/2011
Interview with Original Gamer October 13th, 2011
I had the honor of being contacted by Original-Gamer.com to do an interview with them a few weeks ago! This interview covers my past, how I got into video game music, Video Games Live, my favorite games, favorite songs I sing, the list goes on and on! A big thanks to Mike V from Original Gamer for doing the interview with me, it was great fun and their website is a fantastic source of articles about various aspects of video games and interviews with the amazingly talented leaders in the industry. I hope everyone enjoys the interview and checks out the plethora of awesome articles on Original Gamer! Posted 10/18/2011
Upcoming Shows VGL: Brazil (Rio de Janeiro, Porto Alegre, Sao Paulo) October 9th-15th, 2011
Brazilian friends, it's official: Video Games Live will be returning to Brazil for the sixth year in a row this October, and I've been invited to come along!! I am tremendously excited to be returning to the beautiful country of Brazil; it is a special place to me both because of the amazing, loud and joyous audiences we perform for, and also because the 2009 Brazil Tour is the first time I was given a chance to sing with VGL. I've never heard a louder audiences than the ones in Brazil and I can't wait to perform all new material for all of our friends there! Ticket info can be found at videogameslive.com. Looking forward to seeing you there!! :) Posted 9/5/2011
Interview with Nitro Game Injection July 17th, 2011
Check out the awesome Nitro Game Injection podcast for an interview with me! This hour-and-a-half interview covers everything from how I got started with Video Games Live, stories behind the scenes, my childhood experiences that got me into video game music, and much more! It was such a pleasure and an honor to be invited to interview with Larry and Kyle at NGI, I can't thank them enough for such an awesome experience. And please continue to check out NGI each week for new podcasts! I hadn't heard of them before they contacted me, but after checking out their website and podcast episodes, I've been recommending it to anyone who enjoys video game music. It's a great show PACKED with great music and interviews with enormously talented, famous composers and performers. I look forward to hearing their podcasts each week and you will too! :) Posted 8/16/2011
Upcoming Show Video Games Live Celebrates 200th Show in Los Angeles June 8th, 2011
Video Games Live is returning to Nokia Theater in Los Angeles this year to celebrate its landmark 200th show! VGL has been a wonderful and crazy ride ever since I started almost exactly 2 years ago, and it's about to get crazier with this completely epic experience! This year's show during the E3 Convention will consist of almost completely brand-new material and never-before-seen special guests, conductors and performers from all over the world! I will be singing for several segments that I've never performed before, and for the first time I will be debuting a brand-new VGL segment! I COULD NOT BE MORE EXCITED IF I TRIED!!
Check out the full story and ticket info at the official Video Games Live website here. Don't miss this epic concert experience of a lifetime!! Posted 5/29/2011
Upcoming Show VGL: Canadian Video Games Award May 18th, 2011
I'm very excited to announce that I will be performing with Video Games Live for the Canadian Video Game Awards on May 18th! Fresh off of VGL's huge 16-show Canada tour, we'll be heading back to Vancouver in a few weeks to perform a short concert of VGL segments, to accompany the award ceremony to honor the Canadian video game industry.
And the huge tour was certainly some huge fun! It was, in a word, AMAZING. We had unbelievably fantastic crowds and the shows themselves turned out wonderful--it was an honor and a pleasure to be sharing the stage with Martin Leung for the first time, and even get to play a short duet with him in Winnipeg! I also got to do some sightseeing: checked out Stanley Park in Vancouver, shop in Montreal, and all in all have a completely awesome time touring with the VGL crew. I miss Canada already and look forward to visiting that beautiful country again for the CVA show, even just for a few days :-) In the meantime, check out these great reviews from the Canada Tour 2011!
Here it is, the absolute epicness!: Video Games Live will be performing 16 shows across Canada, starting with Vancouver on April 13th and ending in Kingston on May 3rd. A full list of the tour dates, cities and ticket information can be found at videogameslive.com. We'll be performing lots of awesome new material, including a brand new piece I will be singing for the first time in Vancouver :-D I am super excited for this tour and can't wait to make lots of new friends in beautiful Canada, which I will be visiting for the first time ever! Hope to see you all there, it's gonna be one craaaaaaazy ride!! Posted 4/10/2011
Upcoming Show VGL: Mesa, Arizona April 7th, 2011
Video Games Live is coming to the Mesa Arts Center this Thursday at 7:30pm! My first time ever visiting Arizona, can't wait to make lots of new friends there! Ticket information at http://www.videogameslive.com. I haven't performed with VGL in over month, so I'm really looking forward to it! :-) Hope to see y'all there! Posted 4/2/2011
Video Game Soundtrack Debut Featured Soloist in Konami's Otomedius Excellent (XBOX 360)
BIG NEWS!!!! One of my lifelong dreams has officially come true: I've made my debut as a performer on a video game soundtrack! I will appear as a featured solo flutist in the soundtrack of the Konami side-scrolling shooter Otomedius Excellent, which will be released in Japan on April 21st, 2011 for XBOX 360. The game will be released in the United States later this year, with the soundtrack available as an additional downloadable pack through XBOX Live Arcade.
Otomedius Excellent is the latest installment in the Otomedius series, and the first game of this franchise to be released in the United States! With Metal Gear Solid composer Norihiko Hibino at the helm as lead composer, the soundtrack of this game is an international collaboration of artists all over the world from the U.S. to China to Japan. Hibino-san and I became good friends through Video Games Live, and was such a tremendous honor to get to perform for one of his projects. The track I will appear on was composed by none other Castlevania’s Michiru Yamane! American composer Justin Lassen was also involved in the soundtrack, and includes a list of all the composers for this game on his website, plus the trailer and some gameplay footage.
A big thank you to Hibino-san for inviting me to be part of such a cool project and action-packed soundtrack! Hope everyone gets the chance to check out Otomedius Excellent when it comes to the States later this year; stay tuned for an official release date! :-) Posted 3/22/2011
New VG Transcriptions Yoshi's Story, Super Mario Kart & Super Mario World 2: Yoshi Island
Rabbit rabbit everyone! Hope everyone's March is off to a great start! ;-) Okay, so these are the last Mario pieces I'm doing for a while, I promise!! I WILL branch out and do different games!! :-P But this week, it's all about the the Yosh'. Four arrangements on the Arrangements page for Yoshi's Story'sBaby Bowser's Lullaby and Love Is in the Air, Super Mario Kart'sStar Power and Super Mario World 2: Yoshi Island's Flower Garden. Plus, a post in the Blog about musical quotations in Yoshi's Story. VGL: Ft. Wayne coming up this week, hope to see you there!! Posted 3/1/2011
Upcoming Show VGL: Fort Wayne, Indiana March 4th, 2011
Another VGL show coming up soon! I will be performing at the show in Ft. Wayne, Indiana on March 4th. The concert is being held at the Embassy Theater at 8pm; as per usual, check out ticket information at http://videogameslive.com. Can't wait to get back to performing! Hope to meet lots of new friends in Fort Wayne! Posted 2/21/2011
New VG Transcriptions Super Mario Galaxy
Inspired by my complete and utter addiction to Super Mario Galaxy these past few weeks: four new pieces for the Arrangements page and a post in the Blog! This week, we look at a VERY cool interview transcript with the sound team of Super Mario Galaxy, where they talk about the Essence of Mario and how they achieved that sound. Enjoy the new arrangements for Bunnies, Power Star, Sad Story and Space Junk Galaxy! Many more on the way! Posted 2/5/2011
New VG Transcriptions Castlevania I, II, III and Mega Man IV
Getting ready to leave for Seattle tomorrow, but before I do: four new transcriptions for the Arrangements page! Plus a post in the blog, talking about nostalgia and the Vampire Killer theme. Enjoy the new arrangements for Castlevania's Out of Time, II'sBloody Tears, III'sDeja Vu and Dive Man from Mega Man IV! More on the way! Posted 1/20/2011
New VG Transcriptions Super Mario Kart
Three new pieces on the Arrangements page and a BIG post in the Blog on the music of Super Mario Kart! The topic this time: Latin dance influences! Nothing gets you go-karting like some good ol' Latin dance, who knew?! Had a lot of fun doing the research on this one, I hope you enjoy! Enjoy the new arrangements for Choco Island, Luigi's Theme and Princess Toadstool's Theme. More on the way! Posted 1/11/2011
Upcoming Shows VGL: Minneapolis, Seattle and Brookville (January)
I will be performing with VGL for three shows in January! The first show is tonight in Minneapolis, Minnesota at Orchestra Hall; next is Seattle, Washington on January 22nd. And then to round it all off, I will be performing my first ever VGL show on Long Island! VGL: Brookville on January 29th will be a very special show to me, held on the island where I've grown up and lived my whole life--can't wait to perform for all my fellow Long Islanders!! Hope everyone can make it out to a show this January! As usual, check out videogameslive.com for ticket information. Posted 1/7/2011
New VG Transcriptions Dragon Quest III, Mario Party and Ghosts n' Goblins
Hello from the tour bus! Smack in the middle of our two week US tour, and I decided the twelve hour drive to Wichita is the PERFECT time to post some new arrangements! Enjoy the new arrangements for Dragon Quest III'sHeavenly Flight, Mario Party's Can It Be Done? and Ghosts n' Goblins' Stage 1 & 2, along with the new Blog topic this week: the arpeggio! Knock yourselves out, more on the way! Posted 11/8/2010
Upcoming Shows VGL: Paris, France and Newark, NJ December 2010
VERY EXCITING NEWS!! I will be performing with VGL for my very first time in Europe! This December, we will be playing in Paris, France. I'll also be at our New Jersey shows at the end of December, to round out 2010. I hope to meet lots of new fans at the shows! Ticket and show information at videogameslive.com. Posted 10/21/2010
Video Games Live DVD/CD Trailer Is Released
Check it out peeps, VGL CD/DVD/Bluray is finally here! Here is the official trailer as well. Enjoy! Posted 10/4/2010
New VG Transcriptions Super Mario World
Lots of new transcriptions for Super Mario World available on the Arrangements page this week! Also wrote an extensive post in the Blog about some good ol' music theory regarding Super Mario World. Had a lot of fun with this one, hope you enjoy it! Check out the new arrangements for the Bonus Level, Underground, Bowser's Valley and Special Zone themes. More on the way! Posted 10/3/2010
Upcoming Shows VGL: November Tour 2010
Hello VGL fans! It's official--I will be going on tour with VGL in November to several US cities in Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Indiana, Louisiana and New Hampshire! My first time on a tour bus, wish me luck! ;-) Check out videogameslive.com for tour dates and tickets for your area. Can't wait to see you all there! Posted 9/19/2010
New VG Transcription Chrono Trigger
New transcription from the world of Chrono Trigger this week! It's available on the Video Game Arrangements page. Check out the Blog for more music theory and info about this piece. Enjoy the new arrangement for Corridor of Time! More on the way! Posted 9/14/2010
Performing at Gen Con this Saturday August 7th 2010
Hey Gen Con goers! In addition to performing at the VGL show at night on Saturday, August 7th, I will also be performing that day at the Video Games Live booth at Gen Con, 11am-1pm. I'll be playing a bunch of new solo flute arrangements of various video game tunes. The ticket booth will be located in the food court, so grab a snack and come on down! Hope to see you all there! Posted 8/4/10
I have added a Blog for my personal discoveries/thoughts about my video game transcriptions! I like to write a little each week about the compositional elements of video game music; instead of posting those writings to this homepage, I have moved them to the Blog page, where I am going to start writing more in-depth articles about what I notice about the construction of the music, from a classical point of view. I learned a lot about composing from transcribing music when I was a kid, so if you're looking to delve into the basics of composition, please feel free to check out the Blog! I'd love to hear your thoughts/questions about video game music. Also feel free to drop me a line on the Contact page with requests or suggestions of music to transcribe/arrange! Posted 7/14/2010
Ithaca College - PBS News Article
Ithaca College School of Music has posted an article about the PBS special! It's a great honor for me to be recognized by my college, especially when I only graduated a year ago--it was a fantastic school and I miss it a great deal. I'm so happy to know that they've been keeping track of what I've been up to after graduation! Go IC! Posted 7/14/2010
Just added some recordings of my classical works to my Concert Composition page! I will be adding more in as I set up more MP3s/videos; some of the pieces were performed this year, so I'm still waiting to get my hands on those recordings. Enjoy the ones I have posted! Posted 7/8/2010
Upcoming Show VGL: Indianapolis, Indiana (August 7th, 2010)
I will be performing with Video Games Live at their big concert in Indianapolis on August 7th, 2010! This concert takes place the same weekend as the big tabletop gaming convention Gen Con, for which I am INSANELY excited! Tickets are on sale now at videogameslive.com. Hope to see some fellow tabletop geeks come out to the show! Posted 6/26/10
Get your sneak peek of the groundbreaking Video Games Live: PBS Special! Originally filmed in New Orleans this past April, a 90-minute program will be televised nationally on July 31st 2010 by PBS. But wait, there's more! The entire THREE HOUR CONCERT will also be made available on CD and DVD/Blu-Ray! Get the full story at http://videogameslive.com/index.php?story=247. Posted 6/5/2010
Upcoming Show VGL: Dallas, Texas (June 11th-12th, 2010)
This just in! I will be performing at the VGL Dallas shows on June 11th and 12th. As usual, check out videogameslive.com for ticket info! Be there or be square! Posted 5/23/2010
Upcoming Show VGL: Los Angeles, California (June 17th, 2010)
Hey everybody! I will be performing at VGL in Los Angeles for their big show at E3 on June 17th! Lots of awesome video game composers are going to be there, including composer-performers Akira Yamaoka and Norihiko Hibino from Japan. Check out ticket information at www.videogameslive.com. Hope to see you there! Posted 5/14/2010