Stupid me... I killed my piano.
Sunday, August 20, 2006, 08:34 PM
I 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.

/j

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"Vengeance" is Finished! | Summer | Moving to Burbank...
Sunday, July 23, 2006, 05:55 PM
The 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.
http://www.edgen.com/music/album_edgen_dvd_july.html

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.

/j





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Podcast Interview... My Music... My Mind. | DVXUser.com Films
Sunday, July 9, 2006, 03:48 AM
This 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:
http://edgen.hostpaw.com/TOP-015.mp3
or
http://www.twentyonepodcast.com/podcasts/TOP-015.mp3

18.58 MB


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:


enjoy!
/j

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GPS GAME
Thursday, June 1, 2006, 07:29 PM
Keep at it peeps and I've got a lot more 'stuff' in the works. Makes me the true to the saying, "Ye with no social life".




Also, "GPS The Movie" Just launched the "GPS Game". Go check it out!
http://www.gpsthemovie.com/ (click on "The Game")
(and yes... you made it this far... the clue is here in my blog... somewhere...)

Cheers!
/j



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VFX Shots from K&K Trailer
Thursday, May 11, 2006, 01:07 PM
here's a few shots I've composited so far for the :


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Loosing my mind... | Started K&K Trailer!!!!
Thursday, May 11, 2006, 03:44 AM
Ok, I'm such a 'tard and there's sooo many things on my mind. Tonight I was sitting at my computer (like I always do because I have no friggin' life) and I had to use the bathroom. I get up and walk 10 feet to my bathroom and I just stand there. I have all my CD stuff and various other paperwork and financial stuff stored for my business on a shelf as well, I dig it through it for a bit shuffling things around...

I stand up and move back in the middle of the bathroom just looking around.

"Frak me.. I forgot what I was looking for."

I walk back to my computer and sit down and continue working/playing.
An hour and a half later..
Shit. Oh ya, I had to use the bathroom.



On a positive note,
I started my Kings and Kingdoms trailer this past weekend!! High five to me!

I had been bugging my roomate to bring home the DVX video camera for the past week and its been a drudging ordeal, so finally he did so on saturday. I spent a good time just looking at the thing but never hit the record button. Sunday rolls around. After wasting a day... and then a half day just thinking what to do, i went out and got a few shots. After that, I went into my room and created the avatar you now see on www.Myspace.com/edgen and the avatar on the right here at my blog >>> . After I piddled around with that for way too long, I Then had my roomates act in a few of the shots just to test it out. Then next thing I know its 3:00 a.m. and the camera has to be returned by monday morning. (it was sunday night)

so, I took some of the footage and put it together. did some after fx shots and added a shit ton of sound fx. After seeing what all I had completed with Adobe Premeire, After FX, 3dsmax, and live action and shitton of masking and rotoscoping, i wanted to add even more and turn it into an all out trailer instead of just a short teaser. And, after seeing how 'easy' it was to do some of the FX, i'm planning on doing some more the next time he brings home the camera (which will be this weekend). I managed to write down about 30+ wish list shots from various scenes in my movie so now i just got to impliment them.

Right now, it stops about 3/4 the way through so I've still got to do a lot more fast cuts, dialog, and acting. I also included my 'Vengeance' cue so when i published this hog, it'll be it's world premiere to my very first live orchestral score. Another High Five.

Hopefully once its all said and done, I'll be happy enough to take it to some major investors who know other major investors who know dudes or dudettes at studios. I think the females will the dig it just as much as the males. After all.. I'm letting you know now... Kings and Kingdoms is a love story about a man who comes home from a grueling 'local battle' to find his Wife and his 5 year old Son missing. He is then being banished from his homeland by the queen for treason. (oooh oh. the story's out now! icky icky boing! it just so happens to have some very intense moments to make even the manly of men poop their pants. And, of course kids will like it too. (if mommy and daddy will let them)

Also, I'm on page 50 of typing out my script and already I'm 1/4 the way through the hand written script. Looks like I just wrote two movies instead of just one. (silly me and my rolls) So, I may have to either nix a shit ton of stuff or turn what I have into the 2nd episode.

Life needs to be Epic. So get you some Epic.

/j


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LOST... | Redemption | "Vengeance"
Thursday, May 4, 2006, 03:00 AM
Ya know... I think of all the movies or shows I've ever watched in my life, have I ever just sat there and been mesmorized. I litterally had my jaw open for the last 5 minutes of the show.

Maybe i was just caught up in the moment, but damn!!! The frakin' show just threw me for a Loop d'loop!

Shew... I thought I had to let that out.

While I'm here... I just got word from a few filmmakers about a western!!! They used my music in their trailer and you can view it at www.myspace.com/edgen its called, "Redemption". Its an indy movie but it looks absolutely stunning! Check it out for yourself. I got a copy of the script and perhaps I'll be working on more than just the trailer. Keep checkin' in for more word on that front. Directed by Robert Conway and edited by John Paul Giago.

Its also ironic.. I'm scoring a MAX Payne Fan film called, 'Max Payne and Redemption'... isn't that just groovy? Ya. I thought so. High fives all around.

GOt word back on my "Vengeance" cue. Ends up I need to do a LOT of work before they approve it. So, looks as though I'm putting a live choir track down as well!! It'll definitely take it over the top. yeee haw!

/j



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Lots of Videos Uploaded at YouTube.com
Wednesday, May 3, 2006, 04:11 AM
yup!! get you some..

"Edgen @ YouTube"
http://www.youtube.com/user/edgenanimations

Trailers, Short films, projects all containing my music or filmmaking. enjoy! or.. not, cause frakin' youtube.com compresses the crap out of them and they all sound like crap. On second thought.. I'll probably take some of them down after a while until I get a solid rockin' host that where bandwidth is not an issue :)

cheers!
/j

"Discovery"
http://edgen.hostpaw.com/edgen_discovery.mp3




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Seattle Sinfonia Orchestra Live | Sacred Stone of Horus
Tuesday, May 2, 2006, 01:31 AM
High Five to me!

I got a rare opportunity to record with the seattle, WA Sinfonia Orchesta at Bastyr Chapel with X-Ray Dog Music. ( www.x-raydogmusic.com ) I"ve been working with X-Ray Dog Music since Janurary and they asked if I would like to go up with them and help as a PA. Ummm.Frak ya I says! So, a month goes by and I think.. hey.. I wonder if they'll have like 15 minutes to spare for me to take a crack at having a cue of mine recorded... So.. I asked. they said, "yep. What do you got?"

Well, I picked two pieces. Both of which would be from my Kings and Kingdoms project. (obviously) cause I'm that serious about getting K&K off the ground and made into a feature Film. So, I picked my "Knights" and "Vengeance". Both of which I thought were pretty slick and would be fun to hear those professionals play it. So, I talked it over with Chris Field ( www.chrisfieldmusic.com ) and he liked the 'knights', but Mitch thought my Vengeance piece would sell more. So, I suppose I got greedy. Not really.. but, since I was going to pay this much money for a 3 minute song, I may as well get some mileage out of it. Afterall, i live in LA and its friggin' expensive out here.

I packed my things for the week of a fun filled trailer'fied musics imaginable and got my first hand at witnessing an orchestra for the first time up close and personal. Imagine the most dramatic, dynamic and energitic meat and potatoes of music and then hearing those cues being played for 4 days straight!! OOOH the bliss.

Its monday.. we record.. I've got a grin ear to ear. My cue was scheduled for thursday morning early. 9:00. Frak!! Its all done, printed but there was a few mistakes. Quick! call the orchestrator and have them fix it. So, I had to have him change a few things and got it off to the copiest, Puff. Yes. His name was 'Puff'. Super nice guy, but when he's talking business, he's talking business. I swear to god, I thought i was in trouble just listening to him ask questions on what needed to be changed. You know the shows where the character imagines crazy things as they are talking. Like daydreaming? Well, at any moment, I was that guy and I could have sworn he was going to pull out his chainmail, spiked ax and fire would illuminate his eyes. yikes! But, it worked I was happy.

So all week I carted around the other composers, picked up a few errands, and basically had an absolutely fantastic time. I really got to know some of the guys are they are doing what they love and they are highly successful at it. Not too often you can say, "Ya.. I write the music I want to write and yet its still being used in the movies". This is the life of X-Ray Dog and its close nit group of composers.

Then it comes to thursday morning. I was so nervous because I knew my piece was difficult to play, but since I was a newbie, they put me first thing in the morning to get them 'warmed up'. Thing is... they didn't exactly play the best in the morning. They still had oatmeal blown into the instruments and their fingers were still sticky from the early morning bagels and/or their coffee had yet to kick in.

9:05. damn.. time is ticking away. tech issues. 9:07.. one, two, three, bar 1...... boom.. "NOOOo" the conductor says.. and "Stop... There's some flanging going on in the sound." By this time, I'm thinking "oh great. funct me." Someone else will have to go and I"ll have to do mine later. GOod ole' brian the viking, fixed it in protools and we were off!! 9:08, "One, Two, Three, Bar one...."

Wowa.. the first take was really something else. they were sooo off and all over the place. My face was getting red from imbarassment, but the guys assured me it would be fine cause they usually don't do too well after the first one. Take two of the first half of the cue. Better. Still a little Loose. Take three.. wowa. Still.. 'eh', but that's my fault. apparently I had some tempo changes in there and they couldn't hang. But, still it was good enough for me so we move onto the second ending. (which, will be two cues now). Of course the first one was .. bleh. Second was OK. and I think they nailed the last one pretty damn good. 9:25.. I'm out of the pilates seat and brushing my shirt to cool myself down.

Hell yas I says. That was cool. Next time, I'm gonna do this different, do that different, and this different and I'll be a pro! Ya right. This stuff takes time and experience and not going to lie. I've got a Loooong way to go, but I think it'll definitely pay off in the end. Having other people play your work life was amazing and I'm looking forward to the next round.

I got to meet a LOT of really cool people along with some locals from Seattle. Eric, Hallie, Paul (and his sister), GPS - Treasure Code: GISH43, ( http://www.gpsthegame.com ) and Director, Kevin Maistros. We had a lot of fun during the week.. Even made a 'trailer' ourselves. (i'm sure i'll be able to find some really good trailer music for it :) )

I've played the piece to a few people, but i still don't think its completely ready to post to the public, plus if they include it in their libary, the only place you'll really get to hear it is in the movie theatres and immortalized into a major moving picture. (or FOX/NBC golfing promo)

I'm still waiting on getting my pictures back and when i do, i'll post a few of them here.

Of course this is just a small little story of the week, and theres sooo much more to tell about the event which at the moment my fingers are tired just from typing this much. stupid blogs and telling people your life. :)

On another note, I posted, "The Sacred Stone of Horus, Awakening, and Daughter of the East Wind" all from the talented folks at the German Film school. You can check those out at www.myspace.com/edgen

On yet another note, I recently created three 15 second commercial spots for the American Express card online contest. Well, my friend Magri sends me a link and i look at the expiration date. OOOPS! it was the next day! so, I got my roomie to bring home a DVX camera and we got together that night and created three spots. Looking back, I'm not sure about them, but hey... at least I was out making something and doing something about it. You can view them at my 'YouTube' page: www.youtube.com/user/edgenanimations

one of them stars me :) and.. All three of them got rejected. :) We thought we had winners on our hands. Oh well. iT was fun and we had a good time editing till 1:30 in the morning.

Other than that.. I'm in talks with a marketing guy to completely revamp all my work. So, in the next few months a lot of this will be gone and 'regrouped' more appropriately. So, Some may dig the changes.. others may not. But, I don't want to go on day by day living on Ramon noodles and saving every loose change to pay the bills. I want to be comfortable and I think its a good route to take.

hurmm.. what else...
yes, i'm talking to myself too when I type this.

ahhh.. I'm taking a break from web design for a few months. I'm booked solid at the moment and literally cannot take on any new clients just yet. So, if you are still interested, let me know and I'll work my team to get whatever you need.

until next round and keep an ear out for my music!

few new pieces in my player too.
www.justindurban.com/listen

(you'll find the latest works not to mention stuff that's not found on the main music section)

ok. that's it.
cheers peeps!

/j

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A Good Day.
Thursday, March 9, 2006, 05:16 AM
I met a good person today. Because of this... it 'twas a good day. "And... Life."

/j

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