Friday, June 12, 2015

I'll Die for What I Believe in (I Just Don't Know What That Is Yet)

All of the music from Blood Nebula is meant to accompany something visual or be a part of something else you are involved in.  As I've said before, these songs were originally written for live theatre.  I take it as a very nice compliment when someone tells me that they use the music from one of the "Nebula" releases to paint, exercise, garden, think, whatever.  That is exactly what I hoped for.

I also know that a lot of people discover music primarily through YouTube.  I thought it would be nice to have a sort of "visualizer" for at least one of the Blood Nebula tracks.  A lot of folks put up lyric videos for their music.  However, you can't quite do a lyric video for an instrumental track.  Instead, I stitched some footage and still images together that touch on some themes for that track without trying to tell a traditional story.  Someone using YouTube to discover music can find it and have something a little more than a static image and lyrics going across the screen while they listen.

I chose "I'll Die for What I Believe in (I Just Don't Know What That Is Yet)" simply because it is my favorite track from Blood Nebula.  I wrote it for a large battle scene in a production of Shakespeare's Henry IV (parts 1 and 2).  I remember being so excited when the director asked for something with electric guitar.  I had been looking at concept art for the play and just ran with an idea I had.  Thankfully, the director was into it and they created a stylized battle scene to go with it.  Fun!  After that was done and I decided to release this collection of songs for Blood Nebula, I sent that track to Tony Rohrbough to add even more guitar.  You might know Tony as the former lead guitar player for the metal band, Byzantine.  He is also unbelievably talented when it comes to jazz and other styles. Tony played some amazing lead guitar and took the song up another notch.  You can hear Tony's playing after the intro and periodically throughout to the outro.  Tony and Ryan are probably my two  favorite guitarists around, so it has been really awesome to work on music with them and have my guitar tracks co-exist with their stuff.

I'm by no means an expert at putting video together, but I believe it gets my above points across.  Actually, this was my first attempt at using a new piece of software.  Hopefully someone hears and sees this, then decides to do something of their own.  Personally, I would love it if some others did some right-brain style videos for the rest of the songs on Blood Nebula.  Here is the track via YouTube.

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