I composed this saxophone quartet in April 2021 and premiered it at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, where I was a counselor. When I returned to Florida from the summer, I was able to record it at ComposerFest XVI in Pensacola back in September, with the UWF saxophone quartet. Here it is! Hiccups aside, it was a lot of fun to work on something and perform it alongside my peers.
Much like last time, “Sax FiRe” and I did a wonderful remote collaboration effort for the holiday season! I decided to do Fly Me to the Moon because it seemed like a good choice. I know it’s not necessarily a holiday-themed song but I feel like I always hear it around the holiday season. If you’re interested in the nerdy stuff behind the production of this song, I basically used ProTools with some Sonivox plugins to create the “backing track”, which I then sent to Sax FiRe who recorded with it in Logic and sent me back the individual tracks. I did some harmonizing and melodic interplay with my own recordings on my sax solo in the 2nd half which turned out nicely. There’s one lick I did under the altissimo B at the end that sounded way better harmonized up a 3rd, so that’s probably my favorite part.
I’m not going to put this one on Spotify so for now I’ll just direct-link the Google Drive file. I haven’t decided whether I’m going to make a music video but if I do I will link it here. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ghpZ37ld9UKpUNVbkoaJCRq70JIg_Mum/view?usp=sharing
I wrote and produced this song with my friend Michael who has an amazing voice. We had about 1 hour to record the whole song so I think it went as well as it possibly could have! Check it out here or in the sidebar.
Here is my cover of Tech N9ne’s song Burn it Down (ft. Ryan Bradley). There are no samples from the original song here, it was all painstakingly (but lovingly!) recreated.
As you will read on the YouTube description, I recorded this on a Steinway baby grand piano. 2 mics in stereo placed on opposite sides of the soundboard, and a room mic gave me a really nice recording. Here’s the link! https://youtu.be/64RSeYG2RzE