Thursday, March 26, 2009

The Roaring Years - Album Being Printed

Good news! The Roaring Years's latest release has gone in for physical production. We should have them within a few weeks.

Our album has been available for purchase through iTunes since December 2008 but we have finally gotten around to getting a physical package together.

We are really happy about the look of it. Thanks to Domenica for her excellent work.

If you want to have a listen to our music you can do so either on our MySpace page or you can find us on The Roaring Years - The Roaring Years

Shaun Wilson - Uber Memoria X

Back in December 2008, I completed the next installment of the compositions done for video artist, Shaun Wilson. This set of compositions were all based on Beethoven's 7th Symphony, 2nd Movement. There were 10 pieces in total ranging from solo piano pieces to small ensembles. More information along with some stills of the video can be found at Shaun Wilson Research Blog: Uber Memoria X

Selected works were on display at the National Centre for Contemporary Art Moscow until late December.

Here are a few examples of some of these as well as some earlier work that I completed for Shaun.

Original music by Andrew Rostas

Viva La Vida Arrangement

I have been commissioned to do an arrangement of Coldplay's 'Viva La Vida' for a small ensemble. The instrumentation is: String ensemble, SA choir, mixed percussion & piano.

I have just heard from Music Sales that I will have the license very soon and hence can start selling the arrangement. The arrangement was intended to be playable by secondary school students so difficulty is intermediate.

UPDATE: I have now received the license. If you would like a sample of the score, send me an email and I'll get back to you ASAP.

If you are interested in purchasing this arrangement, please contact me.

- Andrew

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Music Project 2009

These photos were taken at a Mickyfin recording/workshopping session back in 2006 & 2008. The group still writes and records together occasionally but is now going by a new name, "MC Hotdogs".

Josh, the singer/songwriter is currently studying Medicine in Perth, WA so music is something that fits around everything else.

The workshop session was very much a DIY setup. We recorded it in a lovely open room to get that "Band in a room" sound.

From Mickyfin Test
We then went in to Supersonic Recordings to record the songs properly. A big thanks to Brad from Supersonic Recordings for all his hard work. It's a great little studio!

From Mickyfin Recording Jan 2008

Most recently, we got together (July, 08) to add another 10 or so tracks to the 7 we recorded in January 2008. I am currently going through the files and creating mixes. This is a big learning curve for me and it's going to take a while, but I am really looking forward to the challenge. Perhaps I'll post some samples of the songs up here once I'm happy with them.

Wish me luck!

- Andrew