I wrote a techno.
People are saying it sounds European, so I’ll believe them. I want to make this into an album eventually, so I think I’ll start planning that out.
Other things are progressing:
Astroman, a game which I did all of the sound design and music for, will be coming out sometime in the future. It has been delayed because after some beta testing, it was determined that the level design made the game too difficult, so that’s being adjusted.
Sam Hulick is finishing up with the music for Heroes of Stalingrad, and I’ll be recording a few more violin parts for him. On an interestingly related note, I was researching David Oistrakh, a prominent violinist during the war. I read on Wikipedia that the most heroic act in his life was his performance of Tchaikovsky’s violin concerto to the end in the downtown music hall during the Battle of Stalingrad in winter 1942 while downtown Stalingrad was being massively bombed by the German Luftwaffe. Though I’m not playing that for Sam (thankfully).
I’m also playing violin parts for Wilbert Roget, II on a personal project of his, so that’s taking up some time as well.
I also get to play the Nutcracker twice this season, once on violin and once on viola, so that should be interesting. Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker suite is not an easy piece to play. It’s got a lot of awkward scales, and very fast non-idiomatic passages. Tchaikovsky wasn’t a string player, so he wasn’t too keen on making things easy. I’m sure he would have, if he would have known, but then again he’s Tchaikovsky and probably did whatever the hell he wanted.
I’m still living in Walla Walla, and I desperately need to move to Seattle just to get out of here. That could be happening sooner or later, depending on if a certain bid gets accepted somewhere in the land of video game developers. I’m sort of on baited breath about it, though I’m sure that will lead to a let-down, as it inevitably does.
Today was also the first snow of the season, so I guess we’ll be dreaming of a white thanksgiving, unless it all melts before Thursday.