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Winter’s Return

December 11, 2012 | By | No Comments

Winter arrived with a vengeance in Minnesota this past weekend.  I mean “vengeance” literally, since I can only assume I’m somehow responsible for this.  Patty isn’t as crazy about winter as I am, since she gets cold easily and appears to have misplaced her coat.

We live next to a nature area, so on Sunday morning, I grabbed my camcorder to capture some of the local beauty.  I then put together this short film along with some original music to show all of my “warm climate friends” exactly what they’re missing. (The answer is “cold;” they’re all missing tons of cold.)


December 4, 2012 | By | 2 Comments

credit: Wikipedia

This week, I’m posting a piece I whipped up just for the fun of it.  I was listening to The Animals and found myself enamored with the sound of the Vox Continental organ in a lot of their recordings, so I put together a piece that features it, as well as bass, drums, and mandatory handclaps.

Unfortunately, I don’t own a real Vox, so I’m using a good virtual instrument.  That’s fine by me; I’ve already restored a Wurlitzer 200A and a Rhodes Seventy-Three, so I’m not in a hurry to tackle anything else right now.

If you aren’t familiar with the Vox by name, you will definitely recognize the sound. It’s a much thinner sound than a Hammond and it is all over a lot of 1960s recordings by groups such as The Doors, The Monkees, Iron Butterfly, and (of course) the Sir Douglas Quintet.

I’m happy with the way this piece turned out, as it has a frantic, car-chase feel about it, and who doesn’t like that? (No one; no one doesn’t like that.)

The Thing In The Fog

October 31, 2012 | By | No Comments

Happy Halloween, Everybody!

I’m posting a quick piece of music with a John Carpenter-esque sound.  An edited version of this was recently used in “The Tale of Cuthbert,” a short film This is the full version of a piece I recently recorded for the short film “The Tale of Cuthbert,” which won 6 awards in the 50 Fifty Reel Challenge, including “Best Music.” It was a lot of fun to do, and it’s nice to be recognized for doing something I love.

I was deliberately going for a sound that is reminiscent of John Carpenter’s scores for films like “The Thing,” The Fog,” and maybe just a bit of “Halloween.” Therefore, I relied heavily on synth bass, harpsichord and some blaring french horns.

It’s called “The Thing in The Fog,” which seemed a much more clever title when I first thought of it.


October 23, 2012 | By | 2 Comments

pictured: Me in 1982

I’m posting a new piece of music today that’s a little out of my comfort zone. For a very brief time back in the early 1980s I experimented with clarinet. It was a different time and to be honest, everyone was doing it. Despite what you’ve heard I am not a very skilled clarinet player, so in this recording I am using a very nice “virtual soprano clarinet,” which is a piece of software designed to emulate the sound and characteristics of a real instrument. I think it sounds convincing enough for most of my work, but you be the judge. As with any instrument, I still need to practice more.

Anyway, this is a fun little piece and it’s my attempt at something with an upbeat Eastern European sound. It’s called “Klezmerizing” and at runs 1:35m.  And yes, I know this wouldn’t technically be categorized as “Klezmer” music, but I’m seriously hoping that very few of you readers are actually musicologists.

On The Red Carpet

October 16, 2012 | By | 2 Comments

Guess what I did last night. No, you’re WAY off! (And let’s watch the language.)

Patty and I attended the world premiere of “Finding Home” at the Twin Cities Film Fest.  “Finding Home” is a character-driven independent film about the challenges faced by a young couple while on a camping trip. As I have mentioned previously, it’s a wonderful film, and I am proud to have composed and recorded the soundtrack.

Patty and I have never been to a World Premiere and it was an awesome experience to be interviewed on the red carpet.  The best part for me was experiencing the film with an appreciative audience and chatting with some nice people at the event.

Again, congratulations to Chars Bonin of Orange Apple Productions, and I can’t wait to get to work on the next project.

Finding Home

October 12, 2012 | By | 2 Comments

Last year I had the good fortune to compose and record the soundtrack to a great feature-length film called “Finding Home.”  This is the biggest project I’ve been involved in to date and I will be attending the world premiere at the Twin Cities Film Fest on Monday, October 15 at 7pm. More information on the festival is available at

My involvement in the film actually started several years ago when I re-connected with the director, Chars Bonin of Orange Apple Productions. Chars and I attended Blaine High School together, and as we were catching up, I learned that he went into filmmaking, while I was involved in film/TV scoring. Shockingly, these two disciplines work together nicely and I started providing the music for several of his smaller projects. “Finding Home” is Chars’ most ambitious project yet, so he enlisted the help of Producer, Stein Rosburg (another talented Blaine alum,) plus an incredible cast and crew. I’m excited to experience the results with a full theater on Monday.

We’re all proud of the finished product.  If you can’t make it to the premiere, you can still learn more about the film and the amazing people involved at the Orange Apple Productions website or on the “Finding Home” Facebook page.

Busy Busy

July 17, 2012 | By | One Comment

Incredibly busy Summer so far.  In addition to a boatload of work (that I am VERY thankful for,) I’ve also been chasing this around:

 This is what happens when she’s told to get off the cat

Isla has officially entered the Terrible Twos, and Daddy doesn’t get to write as much anymore. No, most of THAT time is earmarked for trips to the cabin, trips to the park, tripping while AT the park, and of course, smoothies.

Our little girl has also been able to crawl out of her crib for awhile now, and even though she has not yet figured out how to exit her room with the doorknob safety cover on, she is still capable of throwing books at the door. Either that, or Curious George really pissed her off.

To be honest, I love this new challenging phase; especially since it coincides with her increased vocalizations and ability to process sounds via her cochlear implants. She’s turning into a wonderfully creative, interested, and fun little girl.

Hopefully, I can keep up.

Currently Recent

April 26, 2012 | By | 2 Comments

You know what annoys me? When bloggers write posts apologizing for not writing often enough. Luckily for you, I don’t do that.

I was recently informed that all of my online pictures of Isla are horrendously outdated. I agree in a hearty fashion and will no longer rest on my laurels. My thanks to Patty for taking the excellent photos.


A Walk

Elisabeth &

Big Girl


Album Re-Release

April 1, 2012 | By | 4 Comments

I have some exciting news to announce! Anyone who knows me knows that I am a huge fan of old-school 1980s video games.  Therefore, I am thrilled to announce that I am re-releasing my solo piano CD, All You Know for a whole new audience!

I’ve received such incredible support for All You Know since its release.  So many wonderful people have been kind enough to tell me how the gentle melodies and relaxed attitude have affected them, and  I couldn’t be more grateful.

So now, I am releasing “All You Know – the 8-Bit Remix” for an audience who is hip to today’s sounds in 1980s video game music.  Here is just a sampling of what you’ll hear:

Mario himself will jump for joy at the NEW sound of “Into My Own”

And YOU won’t have to worry about giant monkeys, flaming barrels or (eek!) Ghosts when you’re listening to the pixelated goodness of “For The Rest Of My Life”

Be sure to pre-order YOUR copy by sending check or money order to: 123 April Fools Lane, DigDug, USA (Sorry, tokens not accepted.)

Comb Hair

March 20, 2012 | By | No Comments

Every so often, I like to post quick little movies of Isla doing, well, Isla stuff.  I think of them as moving snapshots…with sound.

The other day, Isla’s bedhead was of a particularly vertical nature, so I took out the camera to record it for later embarrassment.

It just so happens that she was watching the “Signing Time” video where they teach signs for getting dressed, brushing teeth, etc. I was lucky enough to catch the oh-so-timely lesson for basic hair care.

Obviously, this sort of thing runs in the family: