The Fierce Battle

This is an arrangement of Final Fantasy V's "The Fierce Battle" that I made one week after having a conversation with a friend about the game. Although I've never played the game itself, I used to listen to the soundtrack and the conversation inspired me to give it a re-listen which soon led to this arrangement.

Before The Moon

This piece was written in a very different manner from my other pieces by mainly concerning itself with interesting chords and dissonances. Although it sounds repetitive, the feeling of suspense it conveys keeps it from getting old or monotonous. It is titled Before The Moon to allow the audience to participate in the purpose and emotion of the piece by allowing a loose interpretation of the scene it is describing.

The recording features Cassie Krueger on violin and Jana Fry on cello. A live version can be viewed here.

Frozen Resolve

In April 2014 a group of friends and I worked on a project to create a video game in thirty days. The game is called Iktsua, a shortening of the Inuit word iktsuarpok which is defined as the feeling of anticipation one has when waiting for someone to arrive, a reflection of the feelings of the family and friends of the main character of the game who must travel and survive the snow and ice of a winter wilderness.

The game is an action adventure game with several survival elements such as staying warm and fed and also features non-linear gameplay, many unique animals and bosses, a randomly generated world each time a new game is started, original graphics and animations, and an original soundtrack. The game can be downloaded for free from itch.io.

My part in the project was programming the procedurally generated random world and writing the soundtrack. The video above features the gameplay and one of the music tracks called Frozen Resolve which is featured during boss fights.

Submarine

This is a piece I composed seemingly on accident. I was testing effects applied to a live guitar when I realized it sounded similar to the soundtrack of the video game called Limbo which is very ambient and sometimes industrial sounding. I decided to continue with the style and over the course of sixteen hours that day, I finished this piece which I called Submarine. The title is derived from some of the sound effects used and the deep underwater and lonely feel.

Descent to Darkness

Although the title to this piece may sound rather morbid, the music itself hints that despite how dark and hopeless things seem that there is still a light that reaches through the darkness. It's one of the most complex piano pieces I've ever written as it experiments with a variety of effects and feelings that can be generated by the piano. The video was taken at my senior recital November 17, 2011.

Unexpected Rescue

This piece was written with a story in mind in which a character, perhaps the main protagonist, is held captive, and as the story seems to lean towards one direction, a previous character unexpectedly returns breaking into the prison and rescuing the captive or captives. The piece was recorded by Riverside Community College as a part of its winning the annual RCC Instrumental Ensemble Composition Contest. Click here to watch a live performance of the piece.

First Chance

I composed First Chance for Matt Fast, an associate professor of Moreno Valley College (part of the Riverside Community College District). The piece was written specifically for this compilation video which highlights various projects of Fast's students in the Simulation and Gaming program.

Starry Moonless Night Arranged

This song is an arrangement of Moonless Starry Night from the video game Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles. It was originally arranged for a class I was taking and I tried to keep the soft Celtic/medieval feel of the game but took liberties in changing the original chords and harmonic structure. The singer featured in this piece is Brianna Ewing.