Donkey Kong Country Album and More!

So, because I’m a big dum dum, I haven’t posted here in a very long time. Lots of things have been happening and I’ve just been very busy with work and other projects. Like a flat and warm coke(???) I’ve really just had a general lack of energy and enthusiasm for months on end as well. I wish I could say I’m past this but it is getting better.

ANYWAY.

This came out last winter.

It was again a pleasure to work with James Moats and Stemage on this. We did an arrangement of the classic tune Stickerbrush Symphony(something I’ve always wanted to cover). James Moats provided: acoustic guitar/ukulele/general badassery. Whereas Stemage serenaded us with his introspective “huhhhhhhs”.

Also, SPECTRUM OF MANA CAME OUT! HOLY FREAKING CRAP. I’M REALLY BAD AT POSTING YOU GUYS!

This album was so massive I’m still shocked we got through it. Me, along with a billion other people arranged the entire soundtrack of, Secret of Mana. We couldn’t have done it too if it weren’t for our fearless leader, Nate Horsfall. He came up with the idea to cover the whole soundtrack for the anniversary of the release date. THE GAME TURNED 20! How crazy is that!?

I did two tracks with a different group of people for each one.

FIRST was the Sad Theme(We ended up calling it, Echoes of the Exiled). Since the group was so large I had decided to give us the band name, WARK! I know, I know. Wrong game. Shhhhh. It started out as a electronic house track but after much trial and error on my part it became a kind of bluegrass rock track inspired by Bill Frisell and Pink Floyd.

WARK, includes:
ME-Organ/keys/arrangement
Dan Taylor-Bass
Kevin Lawrence-Drums
Amanda Lepre-Guitar
Jeff Ball-Violin

SECOND was the theme titled, A Conclusion. This started out as a collaboration between me and Ryan Davies but I got the idea to bring in James Moats and Stemage for some OOH’S and AHH’S during it’s production. It took a long time to finish this one but in the end it turned out great!

The personnel for this track includes:
Ryan Davies-Arrangement/Guitar/Drums/Keys
ME-Synthesizers
Stemage-VOX
James Moats-VOX

What’s coming up next is really exciting! Again, under our fearless leader, Nate Horsfall, we will be arranging the entire soundtrack of CHRONO TRIGGER!!! YAYYYY! I’ve claimed two tracks and they’re very near completion. The first one will be a sort of a tribute to Pink Floyd’s, Welcome to the Machine. The second will be a kind of all hands in swing track.

I’m looking forward to sharing these with you all soon because the music is so good and the artwork Nate and the others have been doing for it is just as amazing! There’s more coming soon besides this but I can’t talk about it yet, SO STAY TUNED!!!

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