Synth version of "Descent" -- one of eight horror-themed experimental keyboard pieces in the "asylum" tradition and part of the HORRORSHOW series (Mad House). Created for upcoming horror-themed book and film projects, the Halloween maker community (parties, haunted houses, theme parks), and asylum music fans. Composed, recorded, and produced by Jeannie Novak in Santa Monica, California.
Original piano/vocal songs performed live by Jeannie Novak. Engineered by Chris Mullings at 4th Street Recordings on December 20, 2012. All music composed by Jeannie Novak. Lyrics written by Jeannie Novak & Luis Levy. "Lost" lyrics written by Jeannie Novak.
Collection of nine solo piano improvisations synched to public domain footage courtesy of Prelinger Archives. Although the music was not inspired by the footage, they're now inseparable -- in my opinion :) Original solo piano improvisations were performed live by Jeannie Novak at Bakery Digital Sound & Vision (North Hollywood, CA) and engineered by Stacy Carson.
After composing music for independent features, shorts, and industrials during the 1990s, I found myself creating a series of solo piano pieces that were dramatic, cinematic, and theatrical (going against the New Age trend of the time) -- some based on improvisations, and others from unfinished "songs without words." A visit to an astronomer's retreat in New Mexico gave me what I was looking for -- a concept that would tie everything together. From the *Reign of Fire* liner notes:
"The life cycles of stars parallel the passing of the seasons and the changes in an individual's life. I was inspired to put together the *Reign of Fire* concept album during a trip to the Star Hill Inn in Sapello, New Mexico -- where the night sky seemed to speak of a common unity of cosmic and personal cycles. Each of the 16 pieces in this collection represents a star -- chosen for its seasonal appearance in the skies of the Northern Hemisphere, the legends and stories surrounding it, and our knowledge of the stage in its own immense life cycle. I'm attempting to provide a naturalistic rather than astrological perspective of the cosmic connection between the stars and ourselves." -- Jeannie Novak (September 1997)
Engineered by Jimmy Street at Sunburst Studios (Culver City, CA). Mastered by Mark Waldrep at Pacific Coast Soundworks.
All music composed and performed by Jeannie Novak.