Tuesday, April 20, 2010, 03:48 PMi'm not very good at blogging. I don't know how to find that happy medium of letting everyone know what I'm doing to the biggest milestones. Plus, I think I just get bored easily.
But alas, i launched my store website. www.edgenstore.com it has all my albums and then some.
Good luck and enjoy
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Skywalker Ranch - Orchestral Session | New Years | Music
Thursday, January 10, 2008, 01:41 PM
I Made it. The place where I've dreamed about as a kid. (and still dreamnt about). Skywalker Ranch in Marin Co. California. For those who don't know what this place is, I'll tell you.
Yup! I'm recording three of my cues here at the ranch with the San Fran Symphony Orchestra. They are only 1.0-1.5 minutes a piece, but it's going to be so worth it!
After an hour drive from the airport and the windiest road on earth we finally got here. 8 miles from the main road seemed like forever. We pulled up to a desolate dark gate (this was obvisously in the evening) and punched the button. I expected George himself to answer the door and let us in. Nope. Then i expected the security guard to wave his hand and use the force to open the gate. Nope. Then I expected to see R2 check us in. Nope. WTF? No worries, the fire department checked us in so at least we were in safe hands for the night.
Every hotel room here at the ranch has a different name of famous people that George was inspired by. Norman Rockwell, Orsen Wells, McCay, Capra, etc. I was to stay in the Igmar Bergman (Film Director) room which looked like a cottage straight from Middle earth. Unfortunately, there were a few middle earth friends staying in that room too so I had to move to another across the hall. Carl Larsson's room. So the friendly fireman opened the door and lo and behold the room was huge. and Pink. (lots of red and white draperies everywhere) Apparently Carl was a painter who liked painting women from the late 1800s so the entire room is a blast from the past. Almost like a Southern plantation house. I think this room was intended for the women guests. :) Ooh well, funct it. I'm at Skywalker Ranch.
We had a wonderful dinner in the main guest dining area with this old rustic fireplace. The hall was surrounded by wooden beams and old rusty farming equipment. It was very inviting. The chairs however made of wood killed my back. A few glasses of wine later we call it the night.
I'm going to give more updates in this blog entry so if you want to read more about my recording experience I'll post pictures and clips soon. Today we are going to the sound stage and later tonight we will be recording the Choir. Oh the glory.
Welp, The next two days were just as glorious. I got all three cues of my mine recorded and in the evening we got the Choir parts to go with it them. I met a TON of wonderful people from the trip and I'm looking forward to going back.
My composer friends, Aaron Marshal and Marcus Aurelius Klonek were able to make it out for a few hours and I think they were in 7th heaven being the star wars nerds that we are. Perhaps one day they'll get a chance to record their work here too. I also got to hang out with the highly talented gaming composer, Inon Zur - www.inonzur.com
The three cues I recorded were called;
"City of Gold"
"No Honor, No Glory"
Orchestrated by Andrew Kiney and Penka Kouneva
When I complete the final mix, I'll post the before and after track here along with the Midi Mockup mp3.
Thank you XRD for making a wonderful weekend possible.
The new year... Holy smokeages.
Life has been nuts this past year. Not to mention the past few months over the holidays. I moved into a new house with my beautiful girl. We had a little baby boy, Myndin William on Dec 4th. We had my relatives and hers in all through the holidays. for XRD it was the holidays so I was in charge of a lot of the shipping and not to mention shipping out their new Rock Disks. I had to prepare all my cues for the orchestra (and finalize all the cues with orchestration, copiest, prelays, etc). I started working on a Turkish feature Film Score called Semum. (which the deadline is rapidly approaching on the 15th of Jan). Wewy. Somehow, I still have my sanity. or do I. Funct it. I'm at Skywalker Ranch.
I would have loved to put out more music albums this holiday season, but from what I mentioned above, it's been rather crazy so I just haven't had the time to do so. Plus, most of these albums are from actual soundtracks where I have to negotiate the terms with the directors and producers before I'm able to sell them to the public. That's my goal for this year so hopefully I'll have some new stuff out before you know it.
I want to wish everyone a great new years and keep life interesting.
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My Music in the Harry Potter Theatrical Trailer...
Friday, April 27, 2007, 10:45 PMwew hew!
My Track, "Divine Crusade" from my Kings and Kingdoms project graces the theatrical trailer to "Harry Potter - Order of the Phoenix" (trailer#2). My cue starts roughly around ~1:23 - 1:40. The track was licensed by the wonderful folks at X-Ray Dog Music :)
View it at Yahoo.com:
View it at my Site:
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Ehh. ... Ehh. neh.
Sunday, February 18, 2007, 05:23 PMI haven't updated this thing in a long time. I guess It goes in spurts. There's just so much going on that i feel like I'm lacking time to do anything. But... I still mangage to get away from my computer to grab a soda. ahhh the dew.
My life out here in LA has been pretty good to me so far. I'm a TON of new people and still looking for the doorways for when that big earthquake comes a rockin. I'm now living closer to my work. (X-Ray Dog Music) and I'm lucky enough not to even touch the freeways. *does a flip*
Freeways can drain you physically and emotionally. SO.. avoid them if you move out here. And be sure to get a job where you don't have to even see them. Hearing them however... is another story. I hear the 170&134 all the time. Its just sounds like a mechanical ocean to me at this point.
hurmmm. what else.. I dunno. if you want to see my latest work it's usually posted on my main page.
Goals... I've got them set in place for 2007 so lets see if I can reach them. I didn't get my agent like I wanted for my birthday, but the more I look at it, the more I'm not quite ready. It's a catch 22 with these guys anyway. I can't get signed if I don't have major names under me and I can't get major names if I don't have an agent.
till next time. I'm tired of writing.
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Looking for Theatrical Representation...
Tuesday, October 17, 2006, 06:08 AMI'm currently in search of a Theatrical Agent. If you know of anyone who values my work and would like to possibly represent me, please contact me via the form on my website.
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DVXuser.com Horrorfest 06 | Music | Brown Waters | Lakeside
Tuesday, October 17, 2006, 05:57 AMAdded 6 new videos/short films in the videos www.justindurban.com section.
"Brown Waters - Official Website"
Written/Directed/Edited/Score by: me
Directed by: Matt Thompson
Co-directed/edited/score/sfx/vfx by: me
(Ranked 8th place at www.dvxuser.com horrorfest '06)
More Short films can be found here:
All Orchestral Music by: me
"R.E.M." (ranked 10th at www.dvxuser.com horrorfest '06)
If you goto www.justindurban.com , you can hear some of my new tunes.
Added "JM11", "Dead Inside", "Goliath", "Destructive Reconciliation", "Delicate Measures", "Prince of Toads", "Phoenix Agenda - Hand to Hand", "Brown Waters", "Lakeside", "Prophecy Trailer", "Max Payne: Payne and Redemption - Cello", & "Phoenix Agenda - En Route"
Umm.. what else. Holy crap I'm beat. Last month was a real kicker for me. On top of scoring the 6 films, I also submitted the two to www.dvxuser.com 's Horrorfest '06 competition. "Lakeside" ended up placing 8th. (of 65) "Brown Waters" placed 35 (of 65)
I just wrapped, "The Phoenix Agenda" feature film along with "GPS The Movie" which I attended the premiere in Seattle, WA. It was a HUGE success, and Hopefully you guys will get to see it in blockbusters everywhere! :)
allll alll alll the the the best!
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www.DVXuser.com - Hero Fest - The Stars Above
Tuesday, August 22, 2006, 08:40 AM"The Stars Above"
More information on the movie here:
or Directly Download it here:
This was submitted a few months back, but I'm finally sitting down to write about it. Because it was for DVX user, I was not allow to post outside of the website. Now that its over, here we go... :)
Das right boys and girls.. I've went out on a limb and shot myself a movie. (another one) My roommates left for the weekend so I didn't have anyone else really to come help out and I was bound and determined to make an entry for the May 30th deadline. (well, that's not entirely true, but for some reason I just wanted to see if I could pull the entire thing off myself.) (ya, I'm a chode like that)
So, on the 19th of May (Friday evening) I happened to come across a loaned DVX. Yay I says!! (well, for the time being.) I'm told I would have the camera for at least two weeks. Plenty of time to shoot some of my K&K trailer footage and come up with a cool lil' Hero film for the film festival.
Roommate calls, "Umm.. ya, cam has to be returned on Monday morning. Sorry dude. Not my call..." (this was Saturday afternoon (may20th) and I hadn't started filming anything yet)
So, with an empty house... I sat down, looked around my room and found a cowboy hat that I had purchased from Eric Colley (Director of GPS the movie) (another long story) and thought that looked to be a good start. So, I pulled out my trench coat and thought it looked like some sort of hero. Or.. masked villain. Whatever.. just use your imagination like I did people and the world will be a better place. (for you and me…). So, I took a baseball cap and turned it backwards and flipped it upside down and tied some duct tape around it to fit securely under my chin. then, I took a scarf and placed it over the upside down cap. Bingo. I've got a start on a costume. Check it.
Then, Now what. I took off my friggin’ blazin hot superhuman garmets and went outside and sat on the hammock and looked to the sky with my pad/pencil. Damn. I love the California sky. So blue.. so nice.. ahh the bliss. Just hope it doesn't decide to fart and have an earthquake on us. Beside the point. So, I was thinking... "What would a super hero do all day if he's sitting there protecting someone. Someone like myself, which I do nothing but sit in front of my damn computer anyway. Life's gota be pretty boring right?
Ok.. great!! he's a protector of a boring guy! That's stupid too. Hurmm.. Well, what if its... (spoiler) (nah.. I'm not going to give it away) muuuuaahahahaha!! You'll have to go watch the movie. Regardless, the character receives a gift from "The Stars Above" and it starts to 'persuade' him.
Bottom line.. I shot the thing myself and had 40+ VFX shots. Keep in mind.. deadline was less than 6 days away. Crash course in After Effects, lots of rotoscoping and glows, motion tracking, Chroma keying of some green screen shots. (which, some of them suck ass btw) On top of learning all these new tools, I still have a job.. other gigs, and somewhat of a non-dysfunctional social life with my awesome roomies so finding the time was daunting in itself. But, I was bound and determined. NOT to mention I scored 2 other films for the festival including my own. AND... a backup score for another entry. (which, i don't think was even used which is cool cause its still a really rad "Matrix'esk" styled ending with lots o' groovin' drums. tis called, RFEYED. http://edgen.hostpaw.com/edgen_rfeyed.mp3
The fest had to be a series of a few rules. 6 minutes in length, pertain to a superhero, and must be done within a certain time period (no preexisting films could be submitted)
All I have to say is that the community over there at www.dvxuser.com is absolutely fantastic and it’s a really really great group of people all willing to help out, contribute and put resources together to help anyone out.
and ya.. Go check it out! Who knows.. Some of these guys WILL be the next spielbergs, and lucas’s and M.Nights and Tarentinos, and Name of Famous Director here. :)
You can comment at the DVXuser.com forum:
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Stupid me... I killed my piano.
Sunday, August 20, 2006, 08:34 PMI thought i would be cool today and fix my piano and clean out all the crap. well, stupid mistake. I get everything taken off and placed nicely on the floor.. then, I go in with a pair of plyers and re-align the little pegs to fit horizontal to the key itself. For those who have taken apart a piano before probably know what I'm screamin.
Then.. k. cool. no hair, no dirt.. looks like champ under the hood. I start to replace the keys back to their homes. Funct me. I hit a key. OK, have you ever taken a piece of velvet and rubbed it against a kitchen knife? Ya.. it catches and scrapes. Well, that's what stupid ass me did with the peg. Now when I hit the keys, there's a little scraping sound as i punch down the keys and when it releases. Ugg. So, in another two-3 years, maybe I'll have to go back in and sand those little guys back down.
Moral of the story.. use soft needle nose plyers or something that will not funct up the metal knobs and scrape against velvet.
So, when I finaly get around to recording a track with my 'now personalized' piano, you'll hear this scratching sound every time a key is played.
live and learn. live.. and... learn.
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"Vengeance" is Finished! | Summer | Moving to Burbank...
Sunday, July 23, 2006, 05:55 PMThe 3:00 minute cue I recorded with X-Ray Dog entitled, "Vengeance" is finally finished and off to the 'printer'. I was able to successfully break it down into 3 cues and while listening to the 'drums only', I ended up creating a 4th cue called, "Divine Crusade". But, its got the stamp of approval from the 'big dog' and is now on its way to be mastered by Pat S. Then... hopefully it'll make its way into the editing suites of some of the top trailer editing houses. (crosses fingers)
Other than that, its summer time. Its hot as frak here at my house and unfortuntately I haven't had the chance to spring for a new AC unit. BUt, alas, i'm moving at the end of the month so hopefully I can stand it a wee longer. I'm moving to Burbank/Toluca Lake so it'll be yet another chapter in my life. I'm currently sweating up here in the beautiful 'Woodland Hills'.
For the music front, I'm currently 'signed on' for 9 short films ranging from 2 minutes to 10 minutes in length along with 4 indy feature films. Slowly but surely i'm knocking the little guys out and the features... well, they are beasts in themselves. So that will be an adventure as ususal. Because I'm doing so many projects, I feel as though my skills are improving and I'm finally ready to take my work to the next level. So, I just set myself a goal of finding myself an agent. Now... I know finding one is going to be a bitch and its one massive 'catch 22' to find him/her, but I've got now until December 7th (my birthday) to nail one down. I think that's a reasonable amount of time and by then, my skills will hopefully improved yet again and ready to take on the full big budget films. (again, crossing my fingers) I'm still also working part time for X-Ray Dog. Specially since everyone is finishing up their cues, it'll be a rush time to get their badass music to the world. Definitely look out... it'll be the next wave music you'll hear in the theatre trailers.
Kings and Kingdoms ( www.kingsandkingdomsmovie.com ) is still in the back of my mind and because of the rough hectic month of moving, its a slow process. But, day by day, I'm still thinking of new little scenes in my head that would look pretty kickin' on the big screen. So, slow and steady I'll win this race.
if you haven't seen it already, you've only got a few more weeks to purchase my Ultimate DVD for $125. (reg $250) Not only are you helping me out this month, but you are getting a hella deal. I'm a tard for not charging more, but since my main audience seems to be "broke students" looking for free inspirations, I guess i'll just have to get used to it. As long as I'm inspiring those peeps to do something creative with their life I think I've done my job.
On the celebrity note, I got to see Dane Cook and Paul Rodridquez at the Laugh factory in Hollywood. Dane's funny as shit so if you get a chance to see him, i'd highly recommend it. http://www.thelaughfactory.blogspot.com/
I hope everyone is having a fantastic and wonderful summer and I hope you are kickin' it like a possom.
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Podcast Interview... My Music... My Mind. | DVXUser.com Films
Sunday, July 9, 2006, 03:48 AMThis past June, I flew back home to Kentucky to visit my family and friends and I got a chance to sit down with Dave Cottingham of Twenty One Productions and we spoke about upcoming projects and My life as a 'composer' amongst other things. I worked with Twenty One Productions as their sound guy (boom), composer, filmmaker, and just about everything else. Basically my methods, how I got started and variety of upcoming projects and stuff. We also talk about the prequel to our Star Wars Fan Film spoof, "Rise of the Troopers"
So, if you are up for a good laugh and would like to hear a one on one audio commentary of my 'personality', you won't find a better place. We talk about Movies, Mac Vs. PCs, My Top 3 Composers, and other stupid rants and ravs. ummm ya. :)
"In the house with DURBS" - Episode 15
You can listen to it at iTunes, Podcast Alley, Podcast Pickle
or download it directly here:
Added New Videos to the Videos Section.
"Supermates", "Tough Luck", "RFEyeD",
"The Stars Above", "Darkness", "Love, Alicia"
Added New Music to the Music Players:
"Superman" (remix), "The Vineyard", "Subconcious", "Subconcious Drums", "Gallone", "Passage"
and some K&K Trailer Shots with the Green Screen:
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