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How we made 4 music videos during quarantine – A retrospective/tutorial

March 29th, week 3 of the quarantine in Columbus. I’ve just canceled all the shows we had lined up because it’s clear that the venues were not reopening any time soon. My bassist messages me a video, the Chad LB Virtual Big Band doing a remote video performance, and says “Not sure if you’ve seen this already but just throwing the idea out there for FJO…”. And that was the tipping point that led into an 8-month rabbit hole of DIY videography, music production, bedroom recordings, color grading, international collaboration, and lots of logistical organization.

The Brooklyn Rose Future Jazz Orchestra is a 10+ piece supergroup of musicians from around Columbus. This is the story of how we made 4 music videos under quarantine.

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Okinawa Sunset Ocean FX – Free Sample Pack

This is a free sample pack of the sound design I made for Okinawa Sunset. Soft risers and impacts made from ocean waves, designed to organically blend in with mellower styles.

Download Okinawa Sunset Ocean FX free sample pack

You can read about the entire process of making these quarantine videos in my retrospective/tutorial.

If you’d like to support me as an artist, the best way to do that is through my bandcamp or by sharing some of my content that you liked!

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TOKYO DRIFT – Free Cyberpunk LUTs Pack

This is a collection of LUTs from the performance video for TOKYO DRIFT 2051//雪がそっと降るので. Use them to turn night-time city shots into your own cyberpunk dystopias.

Download TOKYO DRIFT Free Cyberpunk LUTs Pack

You can read about the entire process of making these quarantine videos in my retrospective/tutorial.

If you’d like to support me as an artist, the best way to do that is through my bandcamp or by sharing some of my content that you liked!

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Negative Harmony Chord Chart

A chart of the common chords of tonal harmony and their negative harmony mirrors. This isn’t meant to provide an introduction to negative harmony (there are already great resources on that), but instead to provide a reference chart for composers trying to incorporate negative harmonic concepts into their music. It’s also meant to serve as a prequel for upcoming posts on negative mirrors of common chord progressions, turnarounds, and jazz forms.

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Breath of the Wild – Rito Village (Day)

A transcription of the Rito Village day theme from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild soundtrack. The arrangement of this is beautiful and displays an absolute mastery of timbre and feel. Each instrument is distinctly evocative; post-jazz Bill Evans sounding piano, steel string folk guitar, Studio Ghibli-esque strings, wistful clarinet. and hammered dulcimer. But they all fit together and compliment each other perfectly.

Rito Village – Full Score PDF

The Singers Unlimited – Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair

A transcription of Gene Puerling’s arrangement of “Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair”, as performed by The Singers Unlimited on their 1980 record A Capella III. One of my favorite parts of this arrangement is the use of the bIII6/9sus chord as a sub for minor iv in measures 11 and 23. It has the striking feel of the bIII chromatic mediant, the big open sound of a sus chord, and the functional pull of the minor iv because they share most of the same notes.

Full Score PDF

Some of the harmony is a bit easier to hear using the Sibelius playback:

Macintosh Plus – Lisa Frank 420 / Modern Computing – Jazz Arrangement

An arrangement of the iconic vaporwave tune  “リサフランク420 / 現代のコンピュー” (“Lisa Frank 420 / Modern Computing”) by Macintosh Plus. I also wrote some alternate changes to add variety if there are multiple solos.

 

Arrangement for Soprano Sax/Alto Sax/Trumpet and rhythm section:

Macintosh Plus – Lisa Frank 420 Modern Computing – Full Score

Macintosh Plus – Lisa Frank 420 Modern Computing – Parts

Generic C/Eb/Bb lead sheets:

Macintosh Plus – Lisa Frank 420 Modern Computing – Lead Sheets