Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Guitar Rhapsody

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Guitar Rhapsody
Composed by Joé McKen
Posted: [c. 2010] | Last updated: 05/15/13


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I’d been feeling somewhat bubbly for a while when this jaunty little guitar tune popped into my head, so a bit of elaboration later and here we go. I rather like the introductory melody; I might make it into its own song someday.

Written & recorded with Sibelius; mixed with Audacity.

Changelog: (click the [+/-] to open/close →) []
  1. 05/11/13 8:16 PM ET: Re-recorded and remixed with various minor edits.
  2. 05/15/13 1:31 AM ET: Fixed some volume issues with the guitar and made a few minor tweaks.

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Monday, May 13, 2013

Medieval Melancholy

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Medieval Melancholy
Composed by Joé McKen
Posted: [c. 2009] | Last updated: 05/13/13


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This is just the result of a little bit of inspiration I had one night, fooling around on the keyboard. (I wonder how many classics were inspired solely by fooling around on keyboards until inspiration struck?) I felt like doing a little melancholic theme with medieval tones, so here’s what came out. Not my longest or most complex piece, by any means, but I like it nonetheless. (Plus, this is my first time using the clavichord, wee.)

Written & recorded with Sibelius; mixed with Audacity.

Changelog: (click the [+/-] to open/close →) []
  1. 03/09/12: Some minor revisions, mostly volume-wise.
  2. 05/13/13: Re-recorded and remixed with improved sounds (especially for the woodwinds) and a few minor tweaks.

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Sunday, May 12, 2013

Haunted

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Haunted
Composed by Joé McKen
Posted: [c. 2009] | Last updated: 05/12/13


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This is a pretty simple piece without much background. It’s another section of one of my old rhapsodies that I’ve made into its own song. The theme (if any) would be someone being haunted by their dreams, the ghosts of their past, and trying to make sense of it all. Or something. (I’ve never been the best at putting vague feelings into words.)

Written & recorded with Sibelius; mixed with Audacity.

Changelog: (click the [+/-] to open/close →) []
  1. 03/07/12: Made a few revisions, fixed up some sounds.
  2. 05/12/13: Re-recorded and remixed with improved piano sounds and a few miscellaneous tweaks.

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Saturday, May 11, 2013

Dreams

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Dreams
Composed by Joé McKen
Posted: [c. 2009] | Last updated: 05/11/13


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This is another “broken rhapsody”, an individual song made from part of one of my oldest compositions that I felt deserved to be made into its own standalone piece.

Written & recorded with Sibelius; mixed with Audacity.

Changelog: (click the [+/-] to open/close →) []
  1. 03/07/12: Made a number of revisions, including instrumentation and technical edits. Still not perfect, but definitely better.
  2. 03/09/12: Fixed an small problem that somehow slipped through the last revision.
  3. 04/12/13: Re-recorded and remixed with improved instrument sounds and various tweaks.
  4. 04/12/13: Fixed a couple minor issues (equalized violin & flute volumes & fixed timpani).

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Death of Innocence

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Death of Innocence
Composed by Joé McKen
Posted: [c. 2009] | Last updated: 05/11/13


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I’d been reading an enthralling fiction story series (now sadly vanished) that dealt with some of the harsher aspects of life. As I read the first scene, I suddenly found myself humming a random tune that appeared in my mind. I wrote it down, and before long, it turned into this theme. I’m pleased to say the author and I actually became pals over it.

I’d like to dedicate this theme to the author’s tragically departed cousin. My sincerest condolences to her family and friends.

Written & recorded with Sibelius; mixed with Audacity.

Changelog: (click the [+/-] to open/close →) []
  1. 03/09/12: Just made a few volume edits.
  2. 05/11/13: Re-recorded and remixed with improved sounds (especially piano) and minor tweaks.

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Thursday, May 09, 2013

Dark Horizons

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Dark Horizons
Composed by Joé McKen
Posted: [c. 2009] | Last updated: 05/09/13


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I finally decided to try my hand at something a bit darker. I imagined a generic “danger”-type scenario feel (think The Dark Knight, Terminator, etc.) and wrote whatever inspiration came to me. I’m still not quite happy with the fanfare section, but I’ve about given up on trying to nail the problem.

Written & recorded with Sibelius; mixed with Audacity.

Changelog: (click the [+/-] to open/close →) []
  1. 03/08/12: Did a few touch-ups here and there, some instrumentation and tonality fixes.
  2. 03/09/12: Whoops, fixed a few mistakes that slipped through.
  3. 05/09/13: Re-recorded and remixed with improved sounds, modified instrumentation, and various smaller tweaks.

You are free to use & share my music as long as I am credited as the original creator. Song(s) available upon request.