Flat.io and Composer Quest

A few months ago one of my favorite podcasts ended. I was actually on Composer Quest a few times as a guest, and the host even stayed with me for a night during his World Tour. All in all, Charlie made a very cool thing, and I’ll miss it.

Before it ended, however, there was a challenge called the Composer Quest Olympics. Six events, each one with its own Olympic event theme. The second event was called Table Tennis, and I got paired up with a guy named Jared Coffin to compose something in a back-and-forth manner, just like table tennis itself.

The finished product is here:

However, the initial seed was done in Flat.io, which is a great tool and works like Sibelius on the Web. They recently started allowing you to embed your scores in a neat little iframe, and so I can share the rough origin of the track (that is, without the improved timing, instrument, and effects).

Fly Like Venus Album and Gigs

The sweet rock band I’m currently in, Fly Like Venus, is getting more legit everyday.

News The One: we’re currently recording the final track of our first album. It’s kind of the power ballad of the whole thing, and so has a nice quiet beginning that gets rocking later. Once that’s done we can send it off for mastering, and then we’ll have something to show off to everyone who hasn’t been holed up in a garage once a week for over a year.

News the Two: we just played a show at a friendly little bar in town and rocked their doors off. I feel bad that the first two songs were a bit out of tune, which was largely my fault, but I think we made up for it. Not used to doing these kinds of things, so I’m off my game on the “playing live” tip. In fact, I’m going to get more practice very soonish, because we have a couple gigs lined up in the next few months (and a few more in the works).

News the Three: a new live video for “Scenes from My Window” appears!