"Open Rehearsals" - BIMCC #8 (17-19th July 2018)

This blog series details my experiences as a composer-fellow for the "2018 Banaue International Music Composition Competition" ("BIMCC")dedicated to the efforts of the "Banaue Rice Terraces Restoration Project". For the full blog series, click here. The schedule for the orchestra over the next 3 days was packed. They had to learn, rehearse and perform 20 new symphonic compositions all between 10 - 15 minutes... oof! But they did a fantastic job regardless of the strain! The Open Rehearsal Schedule I observed and filmed all of them, but for now the only one I can share is that of my own; the 14th piece from Wednesday 18th July at 16:00. After Rehearsing What a phenomenal experience it was - t

New 'C List' Update: YouTube Channel!

I've just released a huge update for the the 'C List'; all of the scores and recordings are now up on a brand new YouTube channel - The C List - complete with tracked scores that follow alongside the recordings! That includes all currently released reminiscences, scores and recordings, from C.1 all the way through to C.91 - roughly 95 videos due to additional versions of some pieces. "But what is this 'C List'?", I hear you ask. In short, this "C List" is the "Chronological List" for all of my major compositional projects, including my own works, but also transcriptions and arrangements of other composer's works, educational tasks, and unfinished works that merit cataloguing. For each of the

"Free Day Explorations" - BIMCC #7 (16th July 2018)

This blog series details my experiences as a composer-fellow for the "2018 Banaue International Music Composition Competition" ("BIMCC") dedicated to the efforts of the "Banaue Rice Terraces Restoration Project". For the full blog series, click here. We were given a "free day" during which we could make final adjustments to our musical scores, explore the region, and even indulge in some shopping! I spent most of the day field recording in the local areas surrounding the Banaue Hotel, including the nearby streets and roads with vehicles constantly passing, and also the local village where I had the intriguing opportunity to view some human bones from a past ancestor who died in 1945. Every 2

"Terrace Tours: Hungduan" - BIMCC #6 (15th July 2018)

This blog series details my experiences as a composer-fellow for the "2018 Banaue International Music Composition Competition" ("BIMCC") dedicated to the efforts of the "Banaue Rice Terraces Restoration Project". For the full blog series, click here. The day began with another journey atop the jeepney, much like yesterday, immersing ourselves in the local culture as we toured more of the wondrous rice terraces - in particular, those of "Hungduan" to the west of Banaue. They shimmered with equally breathtaking vistas. One of my personal favourites near "Uhaj Village" (Here on Google Maps) Driving between locations More of "Hungduan" (Here on Google Maps) With Field Recording for an "Ambience"

New SFX Library: "Ambience - Banaue Rice Terraces"

As if the little slivers of audio in my "BIMCC" blog series weren't enough, here is a full blown library of ambiences from the Banaue Rice Terraces! My very first ambience sound library (and very first donation library!), this pack of 200 sounds brings you 3+ hours of ambiences from local animals, towns, vehicles, and weather. Of the 200 sounds, 180 are 1-minute seamless loops that can be repeated for as long as required. And yes, this is a donation library; the region of Banaue has been recently plagued by landslides, abandonment and other destruction, which is why 20% of this library's earnings will be donated to the "Banaue Rice Terraces Restoration Project" to help maintain this unique l

"Terrace Tours: Batad" - BIMCC #5 (14th July 2018)

This blog series details my experiences as a composer-fellow for the "2018 Banaue International Music Composition Competition" ("BIMCC") dedicated to the efforts of the "Banaue Rice Terraces Restoration Project". For the full blog series, click here. In preparing materials for this post, I couldn't stop myself - there was too much interesting information to share! Thus, this post that was once planned as a single entity, now becomes a trilogy! The sunrise was a particularly clear one, making for a stellar time lapse and ideal field recording conditions. A Sunrise from the Hotel Balcony With Morning Ambience Today's tour was to take us to the renowned "Batad Rice Terraces", and in order to tr

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