The sheet music is done! The process of creating this nice looking little PDF book took a couple days longer than I expected, but I’ll tell you about that in a second, first look at this awesome cover!
I’m in love with the how this turned out! It may be a bit cheesy, but I’m a fan of pop art style with all the crazy colors and shapes. It reminds me of the old lesson books I used to see in music stores when I was young. And it matches so well with that album cover. That is the jacket art for the single btw, credit to our singer, Ayumi for that masterpiece.
As I said, the process took a little longer than I’d planned (sorry for the late blog entry btw) and I’m still waiting on the Kindle version to be cleared for sale on Amazon. The pricing on Amazon will be much higher than the price here on my shop. So if you’re thinking of purchasing it, be sure to follow the link at the bottom of this section. It’s kind of cool to be able to say that I’m on Amazon as an author though, so I’ll let you know when that goes through.
This is actually my first time releasing sheet music officially, for drum set or any instrument. I usually make simple sheet music for recording or private use, but the quality is pretty low. For this release I spent a lot of time working on balance and readability. Here’s a little sample of the final result:
I think it turned out pretty good for a first try! I used the opensource program Musescore for the project. I’ve used Finale and Sibelius before, so the learning curve wasn’t bad for the new software. I definitely recommend it for smaller projects like this. And it seems like one of my favorite YouTubers, Tantacrul, has taken over design for the program, so it will only get better in the future!
Ok, I think I’ve rambled enough. The music is available over on my shop (link below) as a standalone PDF download or as set which includes the song download for playing along. So for all you drummers, or aspiring drummers, check it out here:
This one is so close to being finished! I sent the single off to all the right sites, checked all the right boxes, and there are just two or three things I have to do before everything is done. Expect an announcement next week about release dates! Also there will be a cover art reveal. It’s pretty cool. Progress is set at 94%, slowly creeping up to that 100 mark.
Ok, things didn’t go so well this on this past week’s production and I had to extend the schedule. Partly because the sheet music took more time than I’d expected, but also because I was trying something new that just didn’t work out. However, I had a really good composing session today and it looks like production will be wrapping up this weekend. So, for now, the progress is stalled at 36% but expect that to jump up next time! Guitar is hard.
With the completion of the Norainu sheet music I can start work on a new project that’s been sitting on the backburner for the past month. I’ll drop a few hints next week about what it is, but let’s just say that I’m learning a new language. A computer language. That computers speak. Or should I say read? It’s code. The project involves coding.
This week’s recommendation:
New weekly series! A recommendation column. I’m just going to pop something fun that I found over the past week here for you to enjoy.
This week it’s the new special by Bo Burnham: “Inside”
It just dropped on Netflix this past week and it is INCREDIBLE. I’ve been a fan for a long time, but this special is something completely unique. Created by him, alone, in a room for a year. It reminds me of the stories I’ve heard of spirit journeys that master tabla players take. Locking themselves in a cave for a month with just their drum. They go crazy but come out as masters of their craft. In this case it’s a man with his cameras and instruments.
His music is sounding better than ever, he’s got pieces in a lot of different styles and nails all of them, and the cinematography is mind blowing. Everything is SO PRETTY in this. Here’s just one of the songs. You really should watch it from beginning to end to get the full experience, though.
Until next week,
Stay creative – EB