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Zero Crossings – January 12, 2015 – David Nielsen

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This show featured the music of and an interview with local composer David James Nielsen. David specializes in composing music for film and is on the faculty at Full Sail University. The music aired during the program included:

John Williams – Main Title / Rebel Blockade Runner, from Star Wars, London Symphony
John Williams – Imperial March – Darth’s Vaders Theme, from Star Wars, London Symphony
John Williams – Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Raiders March, from The Indiana Jones Trilogy: New Recordings from Classic Scores
Hans Zimmer – Time, from Inception
Hans Zimmer – Now We Are Free, from Gladiator
Howard Shore – The Ring Goes South, from Music from The Lord of the Rings: The Trilogy
Danny Elfman – The Batman Theme (Batman:1989)
James Newton Howard – Driftwood Hideaway, from Snow Falling on Cedars
Philip Glass – Escape!, from The Hours
Brad Fiedel – Main Title (Terminator 2 Theme), from Terminator 2: Judgement Day (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, Silva Screen Records)
Yann Tiersen – La valse d’Amélie (Version piano) from Amélie (Original Soundtrack, Virgin France 2011)
Thomas Newman – American Beauty Main Theme
AR Rahman – Liquid Dance, from Slumdog Millionaire (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
David James Nielsen – Reunion, from Soundcloud
David James Nielsen – Who’s Ina?, from Haunting Villisca (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
David James Nielsen – Reclaiming the Blade (Main Title)
David James Nielsen – The Forces of Nature, from Tall Ships: The Privateer Lynx (Original Soundtrack Recording)
David James Nielsen – Tall Ships, from Soundcloud

Listen to the show here:

      Zero Crossings – January 12, 2015, with David James Nielsen

You can watch the short film “Man vs. Woman” discussed in the show here:

Zero Crossings – December 1, 2014 – Tim Stulman

IMG_0713The focus for part of today’s show was music for percussion, in anticipation of an upcoming Man Forever show at our local Will’s Pub, sponsored by Accidental Music Festival. For the second half of the show I conducted an interview with Dr. Timothy Stulman, a composer, colleague and friend of mine at Full Sail University.

Glenn Kotche – Monkey Chant, from Mobile (Nonesuch 2006)
Man Forever with So Percussion – Ryonen (Thrill Records)
Chen Yi – Chinese Folk Dance Suite: I. Lion Dance. Energetically, II. YangKo. Elastically, III. Muqam. Fierily, from Momentum, Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Chou Wen-Chung – Yü Ko, from Music of Chou Wen-Chung
George Crumb – Celestial Mechanics (Makrokosmos IV): I – Alpha Centauri, from Berlin PianoPercussion Ensemble
Timothy Stulman – Autumn from SiJiTu, (BGSU Philharmonia)
Timothy Stulman – Element Cycle (New York Youth Symphony)
Timothy Stulman – Kong Kong (Yeji Kim)
Timothy Stulman – Ekaggata (Jeff Heisler and Chen Yeh)

Listen here:

      Zero Crossings – December 1, 2014, with Dr. Timothy Stulman

Back to America

I had to check out from making any posts here for a while, but for good reason. With about 4 weeks lead time, about 6 weeks ago I left Latvia to begin a new teaching position at Full Sail University, a school focussed primarily on digital media arts just outside Orlando, Florida. I’m the Course Director for Music Composition, a newly created position within the MPBS (Bachelor of Science in Music Production) program, itself a newly launched program within Full Sail’s online division. I had to pretty much hit the ground running, but after a month’s time to adapt, I can honestly say I’m having fun teaching again. In the meantime I’ve been trying to furnish my apartment (Overstock, Target, Office Depot, Ikea, Craig’s List… I’ve assembled more home furnishings in this month than my entire life) in anticipation of my family’s arrival from Latvia (Saturday!). Can’t say I’ve experienced much reverse culture-shock, though coming back to American grocery stores was a little strange. Too many choices, not to mention that in Latvia I didn’t have to deal with the notion that a chicken that was not also somehow a cannibal during its short life is here treated as a selling point worthy of an explosion-shaped sticker and a loud font. On the flip side, I’ll never miss Latvia’s the-customer-is-always-wrong mentality. Walking into a Target with a receipt and an item to return with the confidence of knowing there will be no argument is a blessing worth a moment of reflection by us all. Finding the time for creative work has been a bigger challenge at the moment, as I try and squeak in work on a commission from the Colorado State University Percussion Ensemble, also roughly due next week. Gulp. Getting there.