• J. Aaron Stanley

New YouTube Channel Plus Four New Compositions Completed Over The Summer

Well, I’m finally getting on the YouTube bandwagon. (Took me long enough, right?)

I’ve started a YouTube channel to share my music and how the pieces came about, along with my thinking behind them. I will also be sharing my thoughts and perspectives as a composer.

Check it out here, and be sure to subscribe!

I’ve also started taking to Twitter, and trying to keep my LinkedIn profile up to date, as well. Feel free to connect with me on those platforms. I’m still trying to figure the Instagram thing out.

I think I’m starting to feel what grandmas must have felt trying to figure out how to work the CD-ROM drive! “What is this, Insta-thingy? I’m not a professional photographer, how am I supposed to use it?” Meanwhile, everybody be gettin’ famous on Instagram.

Anyway, moving on…

I also did some composing over the summer, and beefed up my mixing and DAW skills. I now feel a lot more comfortable with the mixing process, even if I’m still no professional mixing engineer. On the composing front...

  • I composed the orchestral version of Huapango de los Muertos, as part of my residency with the Irving Symphony Orchestra. It will premiere February 2020.

  • I composed a fanfare for brass & percussion called Light the Torch, which had been sitting partially completed for years on my hard drive. I will post that soon.

  • I also completed another piece which sat unfinished for years: A rondo for my tuba-playing friend, Abel Rios. It’s for tuba and piano, and he’ll be premiering it someday soon.

  • I pieced together a single-movement suite of the music from Seminarista, which I scored a few years back. The music is beautiful, if a bit sappy. I figured it might be worth a concert version of it, anyway. The original was for Clarinet, Piano, Viola, Cello, and Sampled String Ensemble. I decided to do a chamber version (without the string ensemble) for Clarinet, Vibraphone, Piano, Viola, and Cello. I may record it this fall.

  • Finally, I composed Shafts of Sunlight Through Stained Glass Windows for Antiphonal Brass & Percussion. I really like how this piece turned out.

I decided that I will try composing at least one short chamber piece each month (something that would be relatively easy to complete in a short amount of time, and get recorded) for my YouTube channel. Whether I’m consistent with this depends entirely on other composing projects I have going on. But I will see how it goes.

Anyway, there is some exciting stuff just around the corner. A few highlights…

  1. My Metamorphosis was recorded this month in Spain by the Imbroglio Sextet, and I can’t wait to hear the end result!

  2. My Celestial Orbits will be premiered by the Southern Methodist University Wind Ensemble under the direction of Jack Delaney. Definitely looking forward to that. It’s gonna be epic.

  3. Bill Haugeberg, who commissioned Huapango de los Muertos, will do a studio recording of the piece this December.

  4. As already mentioned, the orchestral version of Huapango de los Muertos will premiere in February 2020.

  5. Finally, I have plans to record a number of my chamber pieces this fall. So actual recordings of my music (not just MIDI demos) will start trickling in very soon.

All in all, good things happening. One last thing: subscribe to my email list to get news and updates, and occasional FREE MP3 files of my music. Scroll to the bottom of any page on my site to sign up. (I gotta work on the positioning of that!)

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