As previously announced, I’m releasing a new Christmas CD – A New Old Christmas.
This consists of several familiar carols and holiday favorites set in some new ways. It contains a variety of styles so there is sure to have titles that everyone will like. This would be a good album for the family to pop into the CD player or a new tablet or sound system on Christmas and enjoy.
The most interesting piece from a technical standpoint is “We Wish You A Merry Christmas.” For that piece, I had about 15 people speak the phrase My Merry Christmas Petunia which I recorded. From those individual recordings, I did some sound design work and created all the instruments and sound effects that are heard in the song. All the drums, all the melody and accompaniment instruments and the various sound effects were made from parts of that single phrase being spoken.
The CD is a full-blown CD available in digital format and in physical format. It will be available in late October from such places as CD Baby, Amazon, iTunes and more. It can also be listened to on Spotify, Rhapsody and other music streaming sites.
Please pass the word on to your friends and family about the album. I could use all the help I can get to publicize this album. The album contents:
- Christmas Meditation
- Away In A Manger
- O Come, O Come Emmanuel
- Jingle Bells
- A Classical Christmas Piece
- Joy To The World
- What Child Is This
- Christmas Medley
- We Wish You A Merry Christmas
- About the making of We Wish You A Merry Christmas
- Christmas Medley Electronic version (Bonus)
A new MP3 file is available at the website. Titled Frozen Look this recording is somewhat ambient, definitely electronic and even a bit meditative.
The inspiration for this title was a handbell arrangement I made a number of years ago of a less familiar hymn. I took that, made minor changes to it, added some percussive elements and played the notes through various synthesizers. Some of those synths were part of the Native Instruments Komplete 8 package (eg. FM8, Absynth, Reaktor, etc)
Take a listen to it here:
This video is now available on YouTube. In it we look at how to use the Reaper DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) along with VST software instruments and MIDI to record and produce a song.
This features VST instruments Plex2, FM8 and Massive. The piece is entirely done in MIDI. The video also looks at automation of both the VST parameters via MIDI controllers (CC) as well as Reaper’s built in automation.
A full tutorial on all of this would take several hours, but this is hopefully a good introduction to the subject. If you are interested in seeing more detailed videos on specific topics covered, comment on the video at YouTube or leave a comment here.
Another album is available on Google Music.
Visit the new album
The new album is entitled Selections from JamesGilbertMusic, Volume 2
There is one free track and a couple that are only available at Google Music. The remainder of the tracks are all available in single form at our regular website. (Link to the website). The CD is a mix of various styles, including Classical, Novelty, Dance/Trance, Jazz and popular music.
- All Glory Laud And Honor
- James Gilbert Music Theme (free track, used in many YouTube videos)
- Leoni In Africa
- Brass & Percussion Piece (Google Music exclusive)
- Short Tease At The Fountain
- Blessed Assurance
- Soft And Hard
- Suspense Chase
- Sweet Feel
- Through The Forest Mist
- What Are Those Sounds In The Dark (Google Music exclusive)
- Shake The Duck’s Jaw
As always, we welcome your comments and suggestions. And please spread the word.
Selections From JamesGilbertMusic, Volume 1
This new album is now available on Google Music. The individual tracks are also available at the website.
- Chord Flavors
- Going Around In Circles
- Dr. Jekyl
- Just Over There
- Just The Way It Is
- Missiles Of October
- Not Here
- Path To Nowhere
- Focused Unreality
- Run Away From The Island
- Skanner Demo (free track)
- The Cat
This album is a variety of ambient, electronic, 20/21st century cinematic and a few that don’t fit a category so neatly. Hope you enjoy it and we’d love to hear feedback about the album.
New Titles – December 2011
We’ve added three new titles to the website.
Shake The Duck’s Jaw
A Novelty, Humor recording. It is meant to be silly and funny. Elementary school-aged children seem to really like it. Artist: In The Loft Players
Short Tease At The Fountain
A peppy piece with a nice blending of acoustic and electronic instruments. Loosely (very loosely) based on a hymn tune. Artist: In The Loft Players
Soft And Hard
An MP3 recording. A moderate speed piece consisting of a synth lead with rhythm section. The composition was written by Martin Flanders, one of our staff artists. The recording was by the In The Loft Players.
In addition to the recording, there are three sheet-music versions available
We hope you enjoy these titles. We’d love to hear your comments about any of our music.