Today I rode the same elevator with Nobou Uematsu. As many know, he is a big influence and role model for me and my music. To say I was excited was an understatement. I shook his hand and thanked him for coming. He was speaking at my school Flashpoint Academy in Chicago.
When it came time for questions I asked him what his creative process was and to my happy surprise it was very similar to mine. He said “Most composers see a blurry vision of the complete piece in their heads, then just place the puzzle pieces together”. I completely agree with that statement as that is how I work too. Yanni said something like that it’s kind of like a painter who looks at a blank canvas and knows he wants a tree there or flower here, etc. It’s really great to have your creative process (or madness) validated by others of such great stature. I was very thankful for Uematsu-san and Arnie Roth and some members of Square-Enix to attend and speak with us.
I will be attending the Distant Worlds: Music From Final Fantasy concert this Saturday the 12th where Uematsu-san himself will be performing One-Winged Angel with the “Chicago Mages”. Which all I know of that group is one of the STYX guitarists will be performing in the group. I was a little upset at my duplication company that it has taken them so long to get me my CDs. That elevator was a perfect opportunity to hand someone great my music. Hopefully though with the information of Uematsu-san’s company and Arnie Roth, perhaps I can send it to them with a letter hoping they remember me from the elevator. All in all it was quite an honor and experience and I am looking forward to this Saturday!
CDs are now available. The only method of distribution I currently have is through myself so let me know if you want one. Keep checking back though, in the weeks to come digital delivery of the Album will be available right here on the website via Paypal purchase and Itunes.You now can stream the ENTIRE album right here by clicking the MUSIC tab. You also can now purchase the entire album as a digital download for just $10 or select individual tracks for $1 each via Paypal or Credit Card. In about a few more weeks I’ll be on Itunes as well, Stay tuned! Enjoy!
Starting off, I’d like to announce that I am now on Itunes, Amazon, and Rhapsody!
Changes will becoming to this site soon with more info, accessibility, and fun. I’ve got a whole lot of new music rolling around in my head and will be going in to record a new album this spring. I’ll be trying to raise the bar on this one, and we together are going to go places we’ve never been. It will be an adventure!
I would like to recommend that everyone watch “This is It” the Michael Jackson Documentary. It was phenomenal.
Remember, there is always two sides to every story and two ways to look at things, just like in music when a major key has a relative minor in its same staffing. Assess a situation fully before you make a decision or act/overact. Have a great day!
I am VERY excited to have acquired Torley’s newest release, “DREAM JOURNAL” This has been an ongoing project he has been working on that I was saving to check out until I could hear it in its entirety. I still have not made it completely through all 50 tracks of this truly immersive music. On the surface I am feeling two emotions that are warring with each other.
Upon first initial listening, I was very excited that it felt as if Torley has had a revival and can definitely feel his style, but on the other hand, I haven’t decided if I like this or not yet, but Dream Journal is very complex, and I feel he has gotten extremely complex, while this is interesting and by no means bad, I wonder if sometimes I’m lacking that emotion I long for, but again I have yet to make it all the way through. Again, I am severely pleased with this release. Torley has had wonderful piano collections he has been putting out, but Dream Journal takes back into a technological realm, a realm that he so well designs by mixing a wide variety of different sounds to create a truly unique sonic universe.
This may sound like a forced advertisement, but I really enjoy this release and highly recommend it.