The Only Child

 

This is the trailer to the short film I scored this summer, The Only Child. Ghost story matched up with a youth facing her fears and moving on.

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How to Survive Writing a Graphic Novel

… I think this is also applicable to “How to Survive Writing a Large Musical Work” – which I am doing right now. More on that later. (Click on image for amusing post.)

I’ve just recently discovered the publishers First Second Books. They’ve got great stuff, online and printed. If you’re slightly inclined to read graphic novels, I strongly suggest you check them out!

The Hidden Words – CD launch!

Last Saturday marks the official release of our CD, from The Hidden Words! It has been a good year now that most of it had been recorded, but we wanted it to be done correctly – and so here it is.

The launch was performed at the Montreal Baha’i Center, with the six members of The Hidden Words and a wonderful group of people we affectionately dubbed “The Hidden Words Auxiliary Choir” – needless to say, we had a blast.

The show was opened by a good friend of ours, Dina Cindric, bringing to life some Croatian folk music, a few of her own tunes, and a beautiful rendition  of an English marine tune ( which name I can’t quite recall at the moment) with another wonderful singer, Katherine Black.

For now, the CDs can be purchased directly by contacting one of the HW members, and you can hear the entire CD on our bandcamp page, where you can purchase the mp3 version. You can also visit our Facebook band page, where you can also find pictures, upcoming show dates, and interviews.

Caring Is Cool CD Compilation!

Hey all!

I think I forgot to mention this awesome band with whom I’ve been lucky enough to perform for the past year. The name’s The Hidden Words, and it mainly focuses on setting the texts of the same-titled compilation of beautiful spiritual gold nuggets, “The Hidden Words“, by Bahá’u’lláh. Other texts sneak in here and there from the same Author, and also from the Báb.

Here’s a video for our upcoming CD launch in late October! (Details to come!)

And another fun live one!

Anyway, long story short, Alden Penner (singer/songwriter of Hidden Words) was asked to create a song for a benefit CD compilation where 100% of the proceeds will be donated to Relief International’s Recovery Effort in Japan. (Earthquake was in March but they still need help y’all!) The project is spearheaded by the lovely Charlyne Yi (Paper Heart, 2009).

Most of the band ended up pitching in for Alden’s tune and it turned out to be a fun bouncy song about … a snake. Anyway! The compilation is due to be launched on the 1st of October in L.A., and on the 8th of October on iTunes and CD Baby! Site is here: http://caringiscool.com/ – There’s a sample on the site – ours is the last one on the track.

Next shows with Hidden Words:

Sunday, Oct. 2nd, 9:30pm – Casa Del Popolo (4873 Boulevard Saint-Laurent), Opening for a great African artist, Sidi Touré

Girl dreams of sunset

Sometimes, I wish I was riiiiight there.

On another note, I just learned how to draw a background! Yay! Less detail on character, more detail on environment!

Maybe a little too much pointillism on the tiny waves towards the horizon, doesn’t quite fit with the rest.

Sphères 1 – orchestral recording

A piece I wrote for the string ensemble Arkea – this is a live recording from the concert on the 13th of March 2011. The commission was to write a 10-minutes piece for the ensemble and solo quartet (which was placed in the back of the hall, so they sound quite far from the mic in this recording), an overture for a concert dedicated to early 20th-century French music (aka Debussy, Ravel, Fauré …) – so my style had to match theirs. For one glorious month, I was in the wonderful habit of waking in the morning and going directly to the piano to write this.

Here is the link to the recording: http://soundcloud.com/mcsaindon/spheres-1

The title refers to the constant cyclical and arc-shaped structure and harmony present throughout the piece. For lack of a better title. :P

Bubbles!

Trying shading techniques. Not quite succeeding in what I was really going for, but not too shabby either.