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Still Alive!

2015-10-19 16:57:53 by DamienFleisch

Hey NGers

I know I haven't uploaded anything or left a rare comment in the forum for a very long time but I just thought I'd make a little post saying "Hey, I'm still alive!" for anyone who might care to read it. I haven't stopped writing music or anything, it's simply a matter of being so damn busy that I haven't had time to do anything I COULD upload here. I actually recently finished scoring two movies. One was a comedy short that's out making festival runs now. It just screened at the Atlanta Underground Film Festival! And the other is a feature length horror movie that I co-scored with another composer. On top of that, I've been working a full time day job, doing guitar/vocals in a thrash/death/doom metal band, and teaching guitar lessons.

I finished working on both of those movies back in about the middle/end of August and I used the last few weeks to really re-evaluate my approach to trying to make a career out of writing music and playing guitar. It is still without a doubt in my mind what I WANT for myself, but I need to find or plan a feasible way to ACTUALLY DO IT. I've been doing a lot of research on AudioJungle and I'm now starting to put together a repertoire of tracks to get up on there and hopefully that will be a good place to start. Even if it doesn't become a major source of income, I think it will at the very least be a good barometer of my ability to create music people are willing to pay for. 

The bottom line is, I guess, that I'm back in action and looking for some new projects to work on! So if you're reading this and you like my music, please don't hesitate to contact me (or recommend me to someone!). I'm not in a position where I can work for free, but I am willing to recieve money on the back end of a project if there is little or no budget up front. I hope everyone has been well for the last year or so, and I'll be having some new tracks up soon :D



Moves and Music

2014-09-11 10:26:12 by DamienFleisch

Alright, time for some good news and an actual music related post. I'm moving so I've got my studio packed up and not writing anything right this moment, BUT I've got some new projects on the horizon that I'm very much looking forward to being on and one that I've still got my fingers crossed for. The one I can mention some details about is called The Last Summer Of My Youth and it's by a director I've worked with a couple times before. It's a short snapshot of a picturesque little town in the mid-20th century, sort of a narrated comedy. I might get to write some jazz for it which would be fun.

I also haven't written any metal in a long time and I'm starting to feel the itch to make some. I have this idea for an EP that I've been formulating for probably a couple of years now. Maybe it's time to make that happen! 

Another Day/NGADM + Lyfe iz h4rd

2014-08-24 13:06:47 by DamienFleisch

I haven't made a news post in a while so it feels appropriate, and this is probably going to turn into some sort of life rant, because mine is a little upside down right now (by my own doing), so if you stick around and read the whole thing: Thank you.

First, I just wanna say that I'm super stoked to be a part of NGADM this year and hope I make it through to the next round. I tend to lurk on the forums and not leave a lot of reviews because even on the internet I'm kind of shy, but I have been listening and damn there is some amazing music coming out on this site right now. It is really a damn shame that I get the impression from older users that the portal is fading, because this really seems to me to be one of the best music communities on the net, especially in terms of quality and being an actual community.

So here is where it becomes kind of rant-y and self pitying: basically, I think I'm going through some sort of bildungsroman-esque period of self discovery for like the 8 billionth time. And I can't tell if this is making it really hard to get inspiration or I'm about to crank out some powerful music. Basically, I finished my MFA in North Carolina back in May and moved back home with to New York. I eventually started feeling like I wasn't getting anywhere at home, so I peaced out and bought a one way plane ticket to Arizona to be with my girlfriend for a few weeks and maybe find a job there. Now I'm on a week long trip to LA, that I sloppily planned, to network and maybe find a job here. And if not, then go back to AZ and capitalize on some oppurtunities over there. But I'm sitting in this kinda crappy hotel room in LA right now asking myself "What the hell am I doing?" and I think that what it comes down to is that I have no effing clue what to do with my life.

I guess that this is the pitfall of music, the make or break period in my life. I've spent all this time in school and had some great opportunities that I wouldn't have had otherwise. But in the end they basically just hand you a piece of paper and say "Now go do something!" and I'm sitting here like "Do what??" ...I knew a long time ago that's how school would end, but I don't think any amount of preperation can brace you for the reality of it. Do I come here to LA and bust my ass for someone else in hopes that someday he/she throws me a bone and I can go out and start my own career as a media composer? Or do I go wherever the hell I want and bust my ass (probably even harder) to build my own career from the ground up on my own terms? What if I start teaching? And god damn I would love to be performing again! The options seem endless, and exciting, and so indescribably intimidating all at once and sometimes it feels motivating, and other times it's paralyzing. Fuck me, I'm such a confused mess right now! But you know what? In the last 24 hours I've had two complete strangers tell me to stick with it and it'll happen. That has to be a sign, right?

If you're still reading this, then I have to say thank you. In the end, I'm really just trying to rationalize my own worries and insecurities that I can't seem to shake no matter how hard I try. And now part of me says "Well, you got it off your chest, now delete it!" but I also want to hit Submit and see what happens. Maybe that's the next step for me, to stop writing things out and then deleting them. Sure, this whole thing might be angsty and stupid and I'm probably too old to be acting like this. But fuck it. It's time to stop hiding from the world, and being so guarded all the time. Once again, thank you if you read all that. It means a lot to me.

My best wished to all, and best of luck to my bracket-mates. It's really anyones game at this point.


New Music Soon (I Hope)

2014-03-21 11:30:03 by DamienFleisch

Man it's almost the end of March and I still haven't uploaded anything yet this year :(

I've been so busy with my last semester of school. Fall semester I did a big genre study, 1:30 of music in a new genre every week. I was going to upload those back in January but then my whole style and approach to composing started changing so now I've been reworking all 15 of those but perhaps they will be done soon.

Amid all that I've also been working on scoring this great short film titled Burning Fields. It's an almost entirely classic rock score that's been a blast to write and the movie is almost wall to wall music. I have a recording session for drums coming up and then I'll be done with that and will upload some of that music here as well. So I'll be putting up a lot of new music up soon :D

There's an AIM Contest submission in the works too and I'm going to throw up a little ambient/horror loop I did for a friend's gamejam a couple of weeks ago right now for good measure!

So if you like my music then stay tuned because big things are happening!



Newest Endeavor!

2013-07-03 18:27:20 by DamienFleisch

I just signed on to be a part of a film event called "Experiments in Film and Music" in which ten composers will score the same short film. All of them will be shown in a public screening back to back and followed by a discussion panel on how music can affect film with all ten composers and filmmaker!

I will probably be seeking some input from people here so I'll shoot to have some tracks up in the next two weeks :D

New Tracks Soon!

2013-03-11 15:21:03 by DamienFleisch

Good day!

I'm working on two short films right now. One is a drama about a down and out boxing coach trying to save his gym called Title Fight, and the other is about a religious zealot who is trying to reaffirm the faith of his followers by any means necessary called Fortune. I'm finishing up the first couple of tracks for them and will (hopefully) post them soon!

This stuff is keeping me busy but I have been trying to surf around NG and listen to/watch people's stuff. If you've happened upon me and listened to my music I'd love to see/hear what you've been uploading! So please leave me a review/comment/constructive criticism or send me a message, or even a friend request :D!! I promise to check out your profile. Mayhap soon I'll get a chance to find some of you too!

Auf Wiedersehen!



2013-01-26 14:59:45 by DamienFleisch

Hello people of Newgrounds!

Welcome to my domain! I've been surfing the site for years, watching movies and playing games, and I have decided it's about time I make an account; so, this will be my introduction. I am a musician and I perform all sorts of tasks within the realm of music. One of those tasks is composing music for pretty much any sort of media. So, please take a few minutes and listen to some of the demo music I put up. If you like it, you should tell me :D! If you don't, well, too bad! If you like my music and want me to score an animation/game of yours, please feel free to send me a message. I'm looking to build up my portfolio/resume. Unfortunately, I don't have the rights to any of the video work I've done thus far so I can only upload my music for them. However, if someone were to ask nicely I may have some of them stashed away on the internets somewhere :)

Well, that's about all I've got for now. So enjoy your day and come back again soon!