Brand X is back with Dramedy Volume 2 and this time it’s all about sophisticated storytelling and whimsical wonder. A light modern touch will suit any genre from quirky intrigue to romantic comedy. Put this album on your top shelf, it’s guaranteed to be the one you won’t hear anywhere else! Twenty one brand new, classy and energetic tracks that pluck and pulse with flavor in styles ranging from dreamy pads and expressive woodwinds to saucier exotic selections. Featuring the inexhaustible work of Tom Gire, Dirk Ehlert, Corey Martin, Robert William Lamond, Erick DeVore, and Zachary David Marsh.
Here are a few of the tracks for your listening pleasure:
Native Spirit (Clarinet, Udu, Flute)
Wunderkind (Flute, Vocals)
Sequential Analysis (Flute)
Grand Inquisitor (Flute, Vocals)
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I played flute, penny whistles, and recorders on this quirky track composed by Adam Gubman. It’s for a game that teaches kids about coding.
You are transformed into an ethereal, ancient alien, who must work with your clan to ascend through a mind-bending, mystical world to be reunited with your tribe. Be prepared to have your reality turned upside down!
I recently finished a great collaboration with composer Koen Janssen. The track features several layers of vocals, which were all written and performed by yours truly.
I am quite pleased to announce the release of a new album from composer Dirk Ehlert!
With “Caratacus” [Dirk] merges his influences from his work as a trailer music and film composer, his symphonic metal and gothic history and sounds from all over the world. He creates touching epic and emotional soundscapes that will take you to other worlds.
The album, entitled “The Celtic Sessions Vol. 1,” features “14 tracks of ancient celtic magic, powerful rhythms, grande orchestra and mesmerizing performances by world flutist William Arnold from the United States and violinist extraordinaire Éanán Patterson from Ireland.” You can check out the seven tracks I played on below:
I have recently updated my vocal reel and created a brand new flutes reel. These are meant to be a quick way for composers to check out a variety of excerpts from my recording work. You can listen to them both below:
Here’s a fun track composed by Bill Piyatut, featuring me on tin whistle. It will be used for the Kickstarter campaign for Land of Zion, “a new TCG (Trading Card Game)/Board game that offers a variety of elements such as resource management and tactical gameplay. The game is for 2 to 4 players played on a grid-based playmat. As the player you take the role of and control characters and engage in strategic battles across a battlefield against your opponent’s characters.”
I’ve enjoyed using the live video feature on Facebook to make two videos recently. The first time I didn’t really have much of a plan and just ended up demonstrating a bunch of flutes. The second one was me improvising some “tribal/native” vocals over a track I had been working on. I had a lot of fun responding to the people who tuned in and singing a bunch of takes live. After shooting the video, I ended up using part of the first take, plus another one, as the basis for a final melody. My initial plan was just to do one lead, possibly with some other voices in the background. Eventually, however, I decided to multi-track that one melody eight different times. Each time, I tried to sing it with a slightly different vocal tone. One of these takes stuck out too much in the mix so I eliminated it. What you will hear in the final track are the other seven, panned across the stereo field. I also ended up changing the arrangement a bit, adding a low droning chant, and recording my Selmer song flute for the middle section.
Here’s the live video:
And here’s the final track: