Wednesday, December 21, 2016

The Joys of Christmas - Something for the Holiday!

In my career, I've created a handful of comedic Christmas celebrations in music and film.

I do love the season, but I just can't help being amused by the dichotomy of the Christmas celebrations of love and kindness (which even as a jew, married to a Catholic, I completely appreciate) and how much stress people feel trying to create the perfect Christmas, find the perfect gifts, etc.

With this in mind, here are three little projects to put you into the Christmas spirit.




The Donald Trumps Christmas





Psycho Bells




Christmas with my Shiksa


Monday, April 18, 2016

Did you miss our Celtic Link Kickstarter?


Did you miss our Kickstarter, 
Eimear Noone presents: "The Celtic Link,"
Featuring Themes from the Legend of Zelda?



Pre-Order Your Digital Copy
Read below to preview excerpts 
and to join our "Post Kickstarter"

When you join our Post-Kickstarter, in addition to the CD you get:
  • All the bonus tracks, rough mixes, and alt versions to the songs on "The Celtic Link" CD.
  • Two excerpts from the VGL Level 5 Documentary
  • Three CDs worth of additional scores by Craig Stuart Garfinkle and Eimear Noone, including music from our other game and film scores - most unavailable anywhere else!
  • Be the first to see the music videos we are creating for the CD
  • And much, much more.  We want to make sure our backers have priority access to all we do!

We were so honored that so many of you supported our successful Kickstarter campaign to create unique "Traditional Irish" versions of the themes from "The Legend of Zelda," featuring the brilliant DIT Irish Traditional Music Ensemble.

As we get into the final stages of producing the CD, we are inundated by fans who want to get all the special updates, rough mixes, and more, but missed the actual Kickstarter.

Only those who made the Kickstarter can get the physical copies, but we are offering a limited umber of digital copies, including all the bonuses, for those who join our "Post Kickstarter" - before the public  CD is released (projected for mid-July, 2017).  The Kickstarter version is complete!

To get a taste of what we have created, here are excerpts from three rough mixes - all works in progress.  
The Celtic Link - Orchestral Fantasy (Excerpt)


The Celtic Link - Duku Palace Rough Mix (Excerpt)


The Celtic Link - Song of Storms Rough Mix (Excerpt)

And here is our original Kickstarter video:

This price will also get you two of our bonus rewards, Craig Stuart Garfinkle's score from "Baldur's Gate, The Dark Alliance II," and a special edition of Eimear Noone's CD "Hyberian."   You will also get the special track updates as they occur.


Order Your Digital Copy Now!

Saturday, April 2, 2016

iDIG 2016, Schedule of Events for Day 2 (of 3), April 30, RDS Auditorium

The Second Annual Dublin International Game Music Festival
Schedule of Events for Day Two (of three): April 30, 2016


At the RDS Auditorium
(subject to minor changes - as of 4/2/16)


8:00 AM RDS center opens to iDIG Staff for pre show setup.

9:00 AM  General admission doors open for first event.


9:00 AM (and all day), Expo Space, Artists Alley

As it was in day one:  We'll have a wonderful collection of game artists showing off their creations.  If you want to exhibit, contact craig@idigmusicfest.com.

Daxter, by Ciaran Byrne

Iron Man, Meghan Stapleton

9:00 AM (and all day), Expo Space - IMIRT

The association of indie Irish game developers will have demos running of their new games. Get sneak peeks at these works in progress.
Danny Moffit's "Floaty Ball!
Ian Munt's Gobblin's Grotto
9:00 AM (and all day), Expo Space - GAME JAM!

Hosted by our Irish Game Developers, watch as they build games in real time!

9:30 -11:00 AM, RDS Auditorium, conducting seminar featuring Eimear Noone

About Eimear Noone: 


Eimear's iDIG 2015 Seminar
Eimear Noone is an award winning Irish composer and conductor, resident in Malibu California, who splits her time between composing for video games, feature films, TV, commercials, and conducting classical and game music concerts.  

Eimear composed and conducted for the iconic video game, "World of Warcraft" and the recent expansion, "Warlords of Draenor." The score for "WoD" received the 2014 "Hollywood Music in Media Award" for "Best Video Game Score" and was nominated for 5 "Annual Game Music Awards," and “The 2015 ASCAP, Composer’s Choice Award.”




Arguably the world's current premier conductor of video game scores (both in the studio and in the concert hall), her credits include the most respected in the genre.  In addition to "World of WarCraft," her credits include "Heroes of The Storm,'" "StarCraft II," "Diablo III." "Reaper of Souls," "Hearthstone," "Overwatch," and many more.  "Diablo III," as one example, smashed the record in game sales by selling over 3.5 million copies in the first 24 hours alone. It also won the 2012 GDC award for best audio - which includes the award for music, the 2012 Hollywood Music in Media Award for Best Original Score, and a 2013 BAFTA Nomination for Original Score.

This playlist exemplifies just a few of her performances as conductor for Blizzard Games.



In this seminar Eimear will discuss everything from the basics of conducting, beat patterns, and share her secrets about efficient stage and studio performance.

11:00 - 11:30, Planned Expo Break

11:30 - 1:00 RDS Auditorium, The European Premier of "Beep"



Beep is a documentary history of game sound from the Victorian arcades through to today, with a special focus on video game sound, but also including mechanical games and pinball. Beep is a feature-length film, a series of webisodes and DVD extras, a book, and a collection of resources here on this website. Beep began with a Kickstarter campaign in August/September 2014, and began filming in October 2014. Beep the film and book are scheduled for release in spring 2016. 
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Lunch and Expo Time

Be sure to explore the Artists Alley, Game Booths, and more!

2:00 PM - 2:50 PM, RDS Auditorium The Spooney Bards, Straight from Belfast, they return to iDIG to bring their rock twist to your favorite game scores.  


3:00 - 3:30 Auditorium, Meet Terran Gregory

We are pleased to welcome this special guest to the 2016 Dublin International Game Music Festival, award winning director for Blizzard Games, Terran Gregory.


Terran is a Project Director in Blizzard Entertainment’s Cinematics division, where he has been working on creating cutscenes, trailers, short films, and other visual media since joining the company in 2006. Terran creatively leads the World of Warcraft In-Game Cinematics team, which lets him pursue his two greatest passions: Filmmaking and Video games. Terran is eternally humbled and excited for every opportunity he gets to collaborate with the incredibly talented musicians of Blizzard Entertainment.
Terran will discuss his unique journey into the world of video games and share some of his most famous, stunning productions.

3:30 - 4:30 PM,  The Composer and Director Relationship featuring Blizzard Composer Neal Acree and Director Terran Gregory, Moderated by Eimear Noone

Neal Acree, Photo by Fran Marshall

We are doubly blessed at iDIG 2016 to have this multiple award winning pair to discuss their many collaborations.  Don't miss this rare opportunity to get a peek behind the scenes of how the images and music get put together.

4:30 - 5:00 RDS Auditorium, JJ McNamara Returns!

JJ McNamara, classical piano genius and avid game fan performs his version of his favorite game themes.  Since performing at iDIG 2015, he has earned countless awards and won even more piano competitions.  We are so pleased to have him return!



Here's JJ performing "Tetris" as Franz Liszt


5:00 - 6:00 PM, RDS Auditorium, Classroom Battles

Classroom Battles Go Sonic!  A crowd favorite from 2015, they return with a vengeance to iDIG 2016 with there spin on the music from Sonic!



6:00 - 7:00 PM RDS Auditorium

The Triforce Quartet.  Straight from sold out performances at PAX, VGL and the MAG Fest, returns to iDIG to  put their unique stamp on game music!




Tickets and more info about The 2016 Dublin International Game Music Festival:  

Monday, March 28, 2016

HALO Composers Michael Salvatori and Martin O'Donnell introduce their classic theme.

If you have arrived at this page, you already know that for our May 1st, VIDEO GAMES LIVE concert, headlining the 2nd Annual Dublin International Game Music Festival, we are "crowd creating" the classic theme from the game HALO.

Here are the composers Michael Salvatori and Martin O'Donnell introducing their piece - and performing the "Monk's Theme."




For more about our crowd creation:  
http://craigstuartgarfinkle.blogspot.ie/2016/02/help-us-crowd-create-theme-from-halo.html

For more info about the festival:  http://www.idigmusicfest.com


Friday, March 18, 2016

iDIG 2016, Schedule of Events for Day 1 (of 3), April 29th, RDS Auditorium

The Second Annual Dublin International Game Music Festival
Schedule of Events for Day One (of three): April 29, 2016


At the RDS Auditorium
(subject to minor changes - as of 3/18/16)



8:00 AM RDS center opens to iDIG Staff for pre show setup.

9:00 AM  General admission doors open for first event.


9:00 AM (and all day), Expo Space, Artists Alley

We'll have a wonderful collection of game artists showing off their creations.  If you want to exhibit, contact craig@idigmusicfest.com.


9:00 AM (and all day), Expo Space - IMIRT

The association of indie Irish game developers will have demos running of their new games. Get sneak peeks at these works in progress.
Danny Moffit's "Floaty Ball!
Ian Munt's Gobblin's Grotto

9:00 AM (and all day), Expo Space - GAME JAM!

9:30 -11:00 AM, RDS Auditorium, technology demonstration featuring Craig Stuart Garfinkle

Craig Stuart Garfinkle (composer, World of Warcraft; Warlords of Draenor, Baldur's Gate, Dark Alliance II, Fallout Brotherhood of Steel, and trailers for Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings and Star Trek) will demonstrate the tools that film and game composers use to create video game music, using the actual sessions from some of his most famous scores.  Learn the secrets to producing slamming game and trailer tracks from this award winning and Emmy nominated composer and music producer.



11:00 - 11:30, Planned Expo Break

11:30 - 12:00  PM, RDS Auditorium - Runes of Aran, A Sneak Peek with Alan Duggan and Eimear Noone

Alan Duggan's "Runes of Aran"
With music by iDIG creator Eimear Noone, we are so pleased to be able to present this " in development " role playing game, set in Ireland's prehistory - a first of it's kind for the genre.

12:00 - 1:00 PM,  RDS Auditorium - IMERT Presentation.

Learn about this dedicated group of Irish indie game developers and see some what they have in store for 2016 and beyond.

Sandor Teli's "Symbol of Destruction" aka "SOD the Game"

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Lunch and Expo Time

Be sure to explore the Artists Alley, Game Booths, and more!

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM RDS Auditorium,  THE DEMO DERBY!

Hosted by iDIG producer, Craig Stuart Garfinkle, our panel of visiting composers, game developers and directors, will spend a full two hours this year, listening and critiquing music submitted by our attendees.


Our 2015 Demo Derby Panel, including Grammy winner Chris Tin, 
Blizzard music head Russell Brower, World of Warcraft cinematatics composer Neal Acree, 
and game music legend Tommy Tallarico.


4:00 - 5:00 PM, RDS Auditorium,  A conversation with Blizzard audio and music head, Russell Brower.

Russell Brower

Blizzard Entertainment is know for consistently delivering award winning game scores - due in no small part to the efforts and skill of Blizzard audio and music head, Russell Brower.  Join us to hear him speak of his creative process and how he helps mold Blizzard's scores.

5:00 - 6:00 PM The DIT Traditional Irish Music Ensemble

Another triumphant return to the iDIG Music Festival, The DIT Traditional Irish Music Ensemble will ] present a special "Celtic Link" performance, debuting excerpts from the upcoming CD "The Celtic Link; featuring themes from The Legend of Zelda."



The impetus to create "The Celtic Link" was born at the 2015 festival, when the audience themselves, so moved by the DIT Ensemble's performance of the great game music themes, insisted the DIT ensemble needed to be recorded and a CD released.  A successful Kickstarter campaign followed.


6:00 - 7:00 PM Dinner (on your own for this one!)

7:00 PM - ??? PM "Cosball" at the Dublin's Opium Rooms,  26 Wexford Street, Dublin 2, a short bus or cab from the RDS.



Featuring custom dance remixes of your favorite video game themes, here's your opportunity to show off your best cosplay!  Cosplay is not required, but is encouraged!

To submit your game music remix, email craig@idigmusicfest.com



Tickets and more info about The 2016 Dublin International Game Music Festival:  



Saturday, March 12, 2016

Zelda Fans, Did You Miss Our "Celtic Link" CD?

Did you miss our Kickstarter, 
Eimear Noone presents: "The Celtic Link,"
Featuring Themes from the Legend of Zelda?




Pre-Order Your Digital Copy

Read below to preview excerpts 
and to join our "Post Kickstarter"

When you join our Post-Kickstarter, in addition to the CD you get:
  • All the bonus tracks, rough mixes, and alt versions to the songs on "The Celtic Link" CD.
  • Two excerpts from the VGL Level 5 Documentary
  • Three CDs worth of additional scores by Craig Stuart Garfinkle and Eimear Noone, including music from our other game and film scores - most unavailable anywhere else!
  • Be the first to see the music videos we are creating for the CD
  • And much, much more.  We want to make sure our backers have priority access to all we do!

We were so honored that so many of you supported our successful Kickstarter campaign to create unique "Traditional Irish" versions of the themes from "The Legend of Zelda," featuring the brilliant DIT Irish Traditional Music Ensemble.

As we get into the final stages of producing the CD, we are inundated by fans who want to get all the special updates, rough mixes, and more, but missed the actual Kickstarter.

Only those who made the Kickstarter can get the physical copies, but we are offering a limited umber of digital copies, including all the bonuses, for those who join our "Post Kickstarter" - before the public  CD is released (projected for mid-July, 2017).  The Kickstarter version is complete!

To get a taste of what we have created, here are excerpts from three rough mixes - all works in progress.  
The Celtic Link - Orchestral Fantasy (Excerpt)


The Celtic Link - Duku Palace Rough Mix (Excerpt)


The Celtic Link - Song of Storms Rough Mix (Excerpt)

And here is our original Kickstarter video:

This price will also get you two of our bonus rewards, Craig Stuart Garfinkle's score from "Baldur's Gate, The Dark Alliance II," and a special edition of Eimear Noone's CD "Hyberian."   You will also get the special track updates as they occur.



Order Your Digital Copy Now!

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Our Wolrd-Wide HALO Orchestra - Deadline Extended to March 29th, 2016

In order to set the Guinness World Record for a crowd created video game performance, and to let more musicians participate in our mad adventure, we've extended the submission deadline for our crowd created HALO THEME until March 29th, 2016.  

Of course, if you can get your video in by the original deadline of March 15th, that would be great too!

As of now we have received videos from Garland Utah, Barcelona, Malaysia, Mexico, Kuala Lumpur, Sardinia, Canada, and more - with pledges from just about every cornier of the globe.  This is truly an exciting time to be a musician - collaborating with such a far reaching orchestra.

Just for fun, two of our "Works in Progress"

First, iDIG repeat offenders Mark Scholl (Drums) and Joe Pignato (Guitar)


And our friend Andrew Overfield from the UK sent us this video.  I'll be posting others as we get closer.  Check it out!




For any of you coming late to the party, here is the instruction blog on how to participate.

http://craigstuartgarfinkle.blogspot.com/2016/02/help-us-crowd-create-theme-from-halo.html

Here is one of our favorite participants!

http://craigstuartgarfinkle.blogspot.com/2016/02/a-special-video-for-our-crowd-created.html

Finally, if you will be in Dublin during our Dublin International Game Music Festival (April 29 - May 1st, 2016) get tickets (and more information) here:

http://www.idigmusicfest.com.

Help us spread the word around!

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Did you miss our Conductrix kickstarter?

Did you miss our "Conductrix Kickstarter"



Here's your chance to join our "Post Kickstarter" and still get the digital versions when completed.

Reserve your copy of "Conductrix" through the links below.

Post Kickstarter
Digital Download Conductrix Tutorials and Book $63



Post Kickstarter
Digital Download Conductrix Basic Beat Patterns $27

Sunday, February 14, 2016

A Special Video for Our Crowd Created HALO Orchestra!

As many of you know, at the May 1st, 2016 Video Games Live show in Dublin, Ireland, as part of the Dublin International Game Music Festival (April 29-May1st, Dublin Ireland), we are attempting to set a Guinness record for the greatest number of individuals involved in a crowd created orchestra.  

The chosen composition for the project:  The classic "Theme from HALO" by Marty O'Donnell and Michael Salvatori.

Many of you have already signed up to perform (200+) and are working on your own videos to contribute - that's just awesome!  (Click here to learn how to participate) 

And we have just started to see the results of your efforts in our inbox via "wetransfer."

But the first video we received came from Catherine Stay.


She was so inspirational, we thought we should share a bit of her story with you in her own words (with her permission).
"What do video games and video game music mean to me? 
The fact that I am wheelchair-bound by way of cerebral palsy means I can't do a lot of things without assistance (travel, make food, take care of my cat, etc).   
With such physical limitations existing, I had two choices: allow myself to dwell on what I couldn't do (and give up), or strengthen my mind in any way possible.  
Video games were/are a form of escape for me.   When I was younger, I could put myself in the shoes of the character and live their story for a few hours.   
As I got older and needed to spend increasingly more time in the real world, I would play video games for a different reason: the music (I've even bought some video game soundtracks).  
When I got out of school for good (regular school, what a nightmare), that was when I started taking music seriously.  Before that, I taught myself the basics of the treble clef; I took choir at school; & I've kind of noodled around on the piano since age 8. 
I decided at age 19 to start learning the violin and I'm almost 27 now. 
Our personal reaction:

When so many of us allow the small barriers in life to keep us from expressing our art and music, it's inspiring to see someone who does not allow any barriers to exist.

And for those of us who help create video games, hearing Catherine tell of her experience as a gamer puts the real value of games into perspective.  In the games, we all can fly.

We invite you to check out and share Catherine's YouTube Channel to hear some of the other projects she's been creating and to show her your support.


And of course, to all you musicians out there, we invite you to participate in our Dublin International Game Music Festival by  joining our crowd created HALO Orchestra!

And of course, please join us for our Video Games Live show on May 1st, 2016, at the Dublin Convention Center!  See the debut of this ground breaking video, synchronized with our live orchestra, conducted by Eimear Noone.

http://www.flavorus.com/event/IDIG-MUSIC-FESTIVAL-2016/294613

Best,

Craig Stuart Garfinkle and Eimear Noone

Friday, February 5, 2016

Video Games Live Returns to Headline, The 2nd Annual, Dublin International Game Music Festival

For Immediate Release





Video Games Live Returns to Headline, 
The 2nd Annual
Dublin International Game Music Festival
April 29 - May1, 2016
get tickets for 2016

The Plan for 2016:

Days 1 and 2:  Seminars and Smaller Concerts at the RDS

On April 29th and 30th, attendees will gather at the RDS Convention Center for two days of concerts and presentations relating to video game music, video games, and their creation.  


Live Music:  Performances on the RDS auditorium stage will feature talents such as "The Triforce Quartet," "The Spooney Bards," and "The Dublin Chamber Ensemble," among others.

These concerts will also present a special "Link to the Celts" performance by the "DIT Traditional Irish Music Ensemble," debuting excerpts from the upcoming CD "The Celtic Link; featuring themes from The Legend of Zelda."



The impetus to create "The Celtic Link" was born at the 2015 festival, when the audience themselves, so moved by the DIT Ensemble's performance of the great game music themes, insisted the DIT ensemble needed to be recorded and a CD released.  A successful Kickstarter campaign followed.

Seminars:  The musical performances will be interspersed with numerous seminars designed for aspiring game music creators, performers and fans.  Included will be:
  • A presentation on new game music technology by Craig Stuart Garfinkle
  • Composer Neal Acree will show and discuss his work from many of the stunning Blizzard trailers and cinematics.
  • A preview of "Conductrix, A View from the Podium," Eimear Noone's upcoming 3D and VR conducting tutorials.
  • A handful of select Irish game developers will show off their latest projects.
  • And much more, yet to be announced.

Composer Craig Stuart Garfinkle Demonstrates 
the Technology of the Game Composer


The Demo Derby

One of the highlights from the seminars of 2015 was the composer "Demo Derby."  For the derby, 15 composers had their music played for the audience and our panel of visiting composers.  Our composers then gave advice and critiqued the composer's work.  

In 2015 only an hour was scheduled for this event, but due to the number of composers that wanted to participate but couldn't, this year the Demo Derby will be extended to at least 2 hours.


The Cosball

Scheduled for the evening of April 30th, we will bring back our "Cosball" (cosplay ball) to a local Dublin nightclub where we will give away prizes for the best costumes and play dance remixes of our favorite game music.


Day 3:  Video Games Live
Video Games Live

Once again, on May 1st, 8:00 PM, at the Convention Center Dublin, Video Games Live will take the auditorium stage for a very special presentation.  

Half orchestral concert, half rock and roll blow out, Video Games Live will perform the great game themes such as Skyrim, Final Fantasy, World of Warcraft Montage, Kingdom Hearts, and more, accompanied by synchronized gameplay images and lights.


For this performance, all of our visiting composers will conduct their own works - a rare treat to experience for the game music fan.

World Premier Performances

In year one of the iDIG festival, during the Video Games Live show, there were a number of World Premier performances.  One of these was the first of its kind, "Crowd Created" version of a game music theme.  

Featuring legendary game music performer, "Malukah" (over 60 Million YouTube views), a world wide crowd created orchestra joined forces with Eimear Noone and 134 musicians and singers on stage to perform Eimear Noone's "Malach" from "World of Warcraft, Warlords of Draenor."  The resulting video has since had 76K+ views on YouTube and over 1.5 million views around the world.

Watch "Malach" on YouTube

Crowd Create the Theme from HALO


For 2016, the iDIG Music Festival has an even greater video challenge planned for their Video Games Live show.  The team is currently attempting to set a Guinness Book of World Record for the most number of individuals to ever contribute to a single music video. 

With this goal in mind, for 2016 the festival has chosen to re-create the "Theme from HALO" as their star composition.

On February 3rd, 2016, the approvals came through and now the mad dash has begun to distribute parts and collect videos from musicians around the world.  You can read more about this endeavor, or sign up to participate, at this link:


Currently tickets are on sale at Buy iDIG Music Fest Tickets.

A festival ticket gains access to the two day festival on April 29th and 30th, and the Video Games Live show on May 1st.  Festival tickets start at €85.

A limited number of Video Games Live Only tickets are also available.  Video Games Live Tickets start at €40.


The First Dublin International Game Music Festival, April 2015:

In April of 2015, the inaugural Dublin International Game Music Festival (iDIG Music Fest) brought some of the most well respected talent in the video game music industry to Dublin for a three day celebration of the art-form.  

In attendance were Grammy winner Christopher Tin (Civilization), Russell Brower (Audio and Music Director for Blizzard Games; World of Warcraft, et all), Neal Acree (Blizzard Cinematic Composer), Eimear Noone (Blizzard Composer and Conductor) Craig Stuart Garfinkle (Blizzard and Baldur's Gate DA II composer) video game performers Jillian and Andrew Aversa, piano virtuoso J.J. McNamara and many more.


All of the 2015 attendees have pledged to attend in 2016 (subject to availability), along with some soon to be announced additional guests!