Winter

4 parts3 pages00:55a month ago50 views
Strings(4)
Another short tune/exercise, in the same vein as my Autumn piano piece. Some seasons it's best to keep things simple.

Mad About Me

7 parts17 pages00:586 months ago95 views
Soprano Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Trumpet, Percussion(2), Clarinet, Bass
Update: also arranged for sax quartet, parts available

Aural transcription; tried to be precise with the original instrumentation here. May be adding the solo section eventually.

Citadel

7 parts19 pages03:147 months ago183 views
Guitar(4), Piano, Synthesizer, Percussion
This is for fun. After much writer's bloc(k) and over-ambitious projects, I decided to write a piece in the way I used to 7 years ago, when I first discovered MuseScore—just putting down whatever might be in my head without judgement, planning or concern for playability, and refining the raw material as necessary only after a whole piece had been written.

The result was a mixture of rock and classical styles that draws inspiration from symphonic metal. I wrote the chorus and intro to the piece a year ago, after discovering Alcest (listen if you haven't) and other metal-related groups; an exploration still very much in progress.

But the piece really took shape more recently, 9500 ft up in the Rockies where I'm currently spending my summer. The cover picture is one I took of Gothic Mountain, a laccolith (or massive sheet of cooled magma) that juts above Colorado's alpine meadows and aspen groves. Gothic gets its name from the cathedral-esque arches of stone along its Eastern face, which I attempted to reflect in the harsh yet interwoven lines of this piece. The best way I can sum up the desolate majesty of the Rockies' upper heights is by describing them as natural citadels, shaped not by art or science but by Earth's inner fire, and by blind water and wind and the slow yet relentless passage of time.

Writing in this style makes me acutely aware of the limitations of default soundfonts, but I currently lack the motivation to learn how to rebalance my scores with better sounds—if I ever get around to it I may update this post. For now, please pardon the sound quality, use headphones if you can, (turn up the volume,) and try to focus on the composition itself.

Stair Step

1 part2 pages01:1210 months ago173 views
Piano
Whole Step, Half Step, Stair Step

Stairways are a universal innovation and symbol. The transition from slope to terrace is a fundamental one, a shift from smooth to striated space, mirrored by the visual and auditory motifs of sheet music.

Autumn Memory

1 part1 page00:5110 months ago170 views
Piano
This is a short, simple piece I've polished up which I wrote two years ago in a log cabin in the woods, in New Jersey during fall break.

I realize it’s been a while since I’ve posted but I haven’t stopped writing...just too busy with other things to finish pieces lately. I should be more active in the near future.

Gates of Avalon (for symphony orchestra)

25 parts15 pages03:02a year ago547 views
Flute(2), Oboe, Clarinet(2), French Horn(2), Trumpet(2), Trombone(2), Tuba, Timpani, Percussion(6), Piano, Violin(2), Viola, Cello, Contrabass
Free fully-formatted PDFs of parts are available here:
https://goo.gl/qN8q3X
Use this link, not the download parts button, to obtain fully formatted percussion parts.
That's right; Gates of Avalon is finally here for orchestra. The new score, performed by my school orchestra, is entitled Byzantium. Video of the performance is available here: https://youtu.be/xJVE7sIYb4w.

Princess Mononoke for Saxophone Quartet

4 parts7 pages03:46a year ago1,864 views
Alto Saxophone(2), Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
https://goo.gl/eeyGcV
Formatted pdf's of the score and parts are available above, if you want to attempt this piece with your own sax quartet.

Hi all—I'm finally back! It's been several months since I posted, because I've been busy with the end of high school. Now that I've graduated, however, you can expect several more posts in the near future.

This is an original arrangement I did of "The Legend of Ashitaka," the main theme from Studio Ghibli's internationally acclaimed animated film, "Princess Mononoke."

And as for all you bari sax players complaining about the low notes—it's not impossible. I'm playing baritone saxophone in the recording and had no trouble consistently hitting the low notes after a little practice.

One last thing—my current favorite album is Kodama, (inspired by the Kodamas in Princess Mononoke,) by the French blackgaze group Alcest. Check it out if you're into post-metal, or shoe-gaze, or if you're not. xP

Fall Sketch

1 part4 pages02:213 years ago1,429 views
Piano
"That it will never come again
Is what makes life so sweet."
—Emily Dickinson

Fall is a season of change. It is a vital, pivotal link in nature's cruel, beautiful cycle. The world begins to die in fall, but new life ultimately arises from that death. It is a simple balance, but not one that is easy to accept in practice. The path appears twisted, but in this imperfection and transience there is grace. Sometimes when we feel most lost, it is because we fail to see that life pirouettes from side to side like the path of an autumn leaf.

On the music. There is meant to be a certain limited degree of ugliness in the piece, where the music gets carried away in complexities and begins to clash. Really writing this has been an experiment in breaking the rules for me. I've never been successful writing for piano before, and I don't, in fact, play the piano. I realize that some parts of this might be technically challenging, but it seems playable as far as I can tell. Any critiques on playability or notation are welcome. I'm getting start a lot my songs with quotes now, aren't I? Maybe I should make it a rule...

Fate Zero OST — Tragedy and Fate

9 parts4 pages01:433 years ago3,767 views
Trumpet, French Horn, Percussion, Timpani, Strings(5)
Transcription of "Tragedy and Fate" by Yuki Kajiura, as heard in Gen Urobuchi's Fate Zero.
I do not own this music or these images.

"In the battlefield, there is no place for hope. What lies there is only cold despair and a sin called victory, built on the pain of the defeated. All those people who meet there have wholeheartedly admitted the evil and foolishness of this act called war. As long as people don't repent and don't regard it as the most evil taboo, then hell will endlessly reappear in the world."
—Emiya Kiritsugu

I haven't been able to write anything for a while, and my longer transcriptions just never get finished, so I whipped this together in the past couple of days and decided to just go ahead and post it. Fate Zero is one of my all time favorite animes, and the soundtrack is equally unique and beautiful. Enjoy!

I still can't get used to the string fonts for 2.0; I prefer the slow strings from 1.3. Lot's of invisible dynamics in this one—I did the cresc/dim manually with user velocity.
Here is the original audio I used: https://goo.gl/I2PfcB

The Void Project II

11 parts14 pages01:573 years ago3,541 views
Other Woodwinds(2), Voice, Strings(5), Guitar, Percussion, Synthesizer
This is the second of two pieces I composed as part of the Musescore void project, which is now dead.

Original Description:
https://goo.gl/C5JD45

Movement III — Concerto for Two Chalumeaux in D Minor (G. P. Telemann)

6 parts13 pages02:133 years ago579 views
Clarinet(2), Strings(3), Harpsichord
This is a transcription of the third movement in one of my personal favorite Baroque pieces, Telemann's Concerto for Two Chalumeaux in D Minor. (A Chalumeaux is the great-grandparent of the modern clarinet.) Please listen through it, post feedback and check out the first and second, movements. I'll be posting the fourth one some time soon. Enjoy!

The Gates of Avalon

29 parts20 pages03:043 years ago3,871 views
Flute(2), Oboe(2), Clarinet(2), Bassoon, French Horn(2), Trumpet(2), Percussion(5), Timpani, Synthesizer, Strings(5), Piano, Voice(5)
Look back over the past,
with its changing empires that rose and fell,
and you can foresee the future, too.
-Marcus Aurelius
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>Nearly 800 lightyears core-ward from Old Earth lie the final remnants of one of the galaxy's greatest empires. But empires rise and fall like the tide—even Avalon.
>The discovery of the ruins shook the human race to the core. After all, the ruins could only have been by a Sapient race; a civilization derived from humans. But one far move advanced than anyone could possibly imagine.
>After the civil war that tore the Holy Federation of Humanity in half and annihilated 90% of human population, civilization suffered an overdue collapse so massive that the Fall of the Roman Empire seemed only a minor setback in comparison. The dark ages and subsequent renaissance lasted tens of thousands of years. And by the time humans once again left the solar system of their birth and reclaimed the decimated planets of their past empire, much had changed. But no one was prepared to discover the ruins of Avalon.
>While the Terrans had suffered a catastrophic collapse, mother necessity had pushed the humans stranded outside of Sol system to unimaginable heights of technology. With staggering nanotech and distributed computer minds smarter than the entire human race, they had colonized much of the galaxy and created Avalon, the empire known as the Trinity of Humanity Ascendant.
>This much is history. But what happened to the people of Avalon is perhaps the most troubling enigma of the 52nd millenia A.D. (After the Diaspora). Humanity has barely touched the fringe of this abandoned galactic empire. What awaits in the core of the Galaxy, only time can tell. But most unsettling of all is that a few thousand years before the discovery of Avalon, at the estimated time of it's collapse in fact, scientists noticed something strange. The Galaxy was spinning in the wrong direction.

The Castle in the Sky — An Ultimate Ghibli Medley

26 parts26 pages06:074 years ago15,876 views
Piccolo, Flute, Oboe, English Horn, Bassoon(2), Trumpet, French Horn(3), Trombone(2), Tuba(2), Percussion(5), Timpani, Strings(4), Piano, Harp
Turn up the volume, (and the bass,) and brace yourself for Joe Hisaishi's OST from the Studio Ghibli masterpiece "Castle in the Sky." I have been working on this transcription on and off since last September, so please give it a chance and listen all the way through. If the nostalgia is too much for you, I suggest pausing, wiping your tears, and taking a short break before returning to the music. And seriously, if you haven't seen this movie...Muska will find you; he's not such a nice guy.
Here is the original audio I transcribed this from:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=229K5n_PRJA

Movement II — Concerto for Two Chalumeaux in D Minor (Telemann)

6 parts40 pages03:134 years ago818 views
Clarinet(2), Strings(3), Harpsichord
This is a transcription (by ear) of the second of eight movements of one of my personal favorite Baroque pieces, Telemann's Concerto for Two Chalumeaux in D Minor. While transcribing the previous movement I finally decided to figure out "that plugin thing." For those of you who do not use the cresc. dim. plugin, you absolutely must download it.
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Oh, I almost forgot—If anyone was wondering, a Chalumeaux is the great-grandparent of the clarinet. Anyway, listen through it, skip around only if you feel the need, check out my transcription of the first Movement, give feedback and please tell me if I should do the third one. Enjoy!
Epic VGM Transcription — Solomon's Keep
Video

Epic VGM Transcription — Solomon's Keep

16 parts32 pages05:344 years ago1,002 views
(Update: 100%'ed both Solomon games. Still waiting on Raptisoft for the next release. http://www.raptisoft-forums.com/)
I DO NOT OWN THIS. I DID NOT WRITE THIS. DO NOT SUE ME.
Maximum volume! This score does not start out very interesting—most looping soundtracks share that trait. But stick with it and this track has some mind-blowingly epic sections. Anyway, a few hours of work over the past two days have produced this fully looping transcription—The main theme (a.k.a. the only theme) from Solomon's Keep, a humorous/time-wasting dungeon-crawler app.

I was surprised at how well Musescore's synthesizers kept up with this piece; it sounds almost identical. However, the VIDEOSCORE *wink nudge* (which is the original version from the game) sounds much better. I was pleased to note that since the original game was somewhat low budget, the sounds are closer to what us musescorians are used to. If you notice, much of the original version sounds professional but the trumpet soundfont is truly musescore quality. Enjoy!

The Grand Terran Suite

11 parts43 pages08:014 years ago2,557 views
(Update: Won the contest again and am signing my resignation from Music Battle xP)
PLEASE READ:
After working obsessively for the past few days, my next big original piece is here. Please listen with good speakers or headphones—the volume should be turned way up. The Grand Terran Suite is my entry for Music Battle #12, team peaceful. Each section represents a different type of animal. The picture of the dragonfly for the insect section is a favorite shot that I did of a blue dasher in the Japanese Garden at the Seattle Arboretum. Enjoy, comment and Fav! :) If you have time to listen to a bunch more great pieces, please vote in the contest! Music Battle always needs more voters:

http://musescore.com/groups/contests/discuss/294626

Notes:
-In the "Requiem" section, the "Electronic Beep" is the movie/hospital noise for a heartbeat, which eventually flat-lines. In the next section, "Rebirth," the heartbeat returns and the song comes back to life.
-Yes, I understand that I'm supposed to turn the stems and stuff invisible on rolls. Who has time for that?
-Ok, I know the amphibians sections sounds nothing like amphibians. But have you ever heard a piece of music before and immediately thought "that sounds just like amphibians!" I'm sorry, I love amphibians too, but there is just no good way to represent them musically.

Eleventh Hour

8 parts45 pages02:434 years ago891 views
Starts out slow but builds into a rampage of synth, broken only by the calm before the storm...the sudden cool of the eleventh hour.