Hello, Newgrounds! I hope you are well. It was great to log in the other day and see a new Salad Fingers here. What a disturbing series. I'm glad David Firth is continuing the Salad Fingers character and continuing to create strangely compelling art.
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In September, I continued to play music for ballet classes at Ballet Austin, improvising music for dance exercises; and I continued to teach piano lessons at Premier Music Academy and Armstrong Community Music School.
I also performed a concert with local pianist and composer Graham Yates. Graham was great to work with. We played four hands music by Stravinsky and Gershwin, as well as my arrangement of Willie Nelson's "On The Road Again". The video of this concert is available on my website. We'll be doing another concert this month on October 23 at 1pm (again at Premier Music Academy).
This past month I wrote a new track for my audio store, which is intended to be a musical resource for people making digital content. Music in the audio store is free for listening. But if you want to use it in your audio, video, or game you need to subscribe at $4 a month. I also experimented with filming my composition process, making a video that shows how I create music. If you're a subscriber, log in to the exclusive page and look under "work logs" to get a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of this newest track, "Forest Forever".
Finally, there is a new piece on the website archive for SATB choir and piano, called "Speed of Light". It's a half-spoken, half-sung piece lasting about six minutes. In "Speed of Light", I tried to depict some trippy scientific concepts surrounding how objects behave when they're moving extremely fast. To get a recording of it, I sang it myself, recording each of the parts ten times and layering them over each other.
In October I'll be working with local composer Keith Allegretti on his opera "Good Country", performing it at the Draylen Mason Music Studio on October 17 at 5 pm. I'm really looking forward to this. I'll be playing the piano as part of the ensemble and assisting the singers in rehearsals. If you're in the area, come on by to see some new music being performed. Keith is extremely talented. The opera features a trans character as its protagonist, which is not something that you see every day. This is a cool project and I'm excited to play the music.
As always, thank you for listening! Until next time.
New Content for Subscribers at BenTibbetts.net:
- Speed of Light (sheet music)
- Forest Forever (audio store)
- Forest Forever: Behind The Scenes (video)
Performances in October:
- October 17 - Good Country opera at the Draylen Mason Music Studio at 5 pm
- October 23 - Four Hands Piano Music concert with Graham Yates at Premier Music Academy at 1 pm