[The ETHEReal String Project] is an absolutely astounding work of art and Josh has given each arrangement a personal touch to ensure they are successfully transformed.”

Simon Smith (Higher Plain Music)

Latest News

NEW RELEASE OP. I Windy Mountain and ETHEReal String Project II 

Hello, everyone! Today is a good day for Patreon subscribers! Members will get exclusive access to the studio recording of Windy Mountain, a four movement work that premiered in 2017 under the baton of Carey Bostian and the Iowa City Community String Orchestra. I teamed up with ETHEReal String Orchestra to make a definitive version of this composition. 

In addition, subscribers will also get access to an exclusive track from the next ETHEReal String Project album. The track is Warning Call from Mirror's Edge Catalyst and features a full string orchestra. 

To get access to this content, please become a Patron. 

*Please Note* Apprentice Tier subscribers will get the first movement ONLY as well as a music clip of Warning Call. Journeyman and Master Tier subscribers will be given the full tracks of both in addition to liner notes and more. 

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Patreon Page REVAMPED  

In order to bring more high quality content directly to you, I have revamped the Patreon page to offer more consistent content monthly! You will find three tiers that you can subscribe to and since I love Elder Scrolls, I decided to name each tier in an Elder Scrolls way. In addition I have added a button in this article as well as to the left (under the Spotify button) for ease of access. Now what do you get for subscrbing? Here are a few perks to doing so:

-Access to patron only content (posted at least once a month) which includes previews and full tracks from upcoming albums, vlog entries, insights into my compositional process, and more! 
-Free download codes for previously released albums and original releases.
-Special original compositions written for upper tier patrons with their names in a special thanks section. Free downloads of those compositions will be included with subscription. 
-An EPs worth of music available monthly (Master tier only). 

I hope that you might subscribe and give this a whirl! Thank you for supporting my music! 

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Dark Dice Episode 2  

New Episode of Dark Dice is out! This one will have some good fights to it and tense moments. This episode, I got asked to write percussion and clarinet for the battle track Red Ice. 

To make the percussion, I simply looked to The Witcher and God of War for inspiration. Big drums (a combination of various toms and taiko drums) and anvils make up the bulk of the percussion. I added some winds, which really illustrate one of the characters trying to resist a hostile spell. The clarinets have this nagging, pulsing, ostinato as the magic tries to pry into her mind. 

I still have one more original yet to appear in this series. I can't wait to hear it used :). 

 

OMEGA: A Tribute to XENOGEARS 

After six months of silence, I can finally reveal my involvement in a massive Xenogears project. For this, I did a much larger orchestration than I usually do. I have over 90 stems of performed music by an amazing team of musicians. I also did a full orchestral arrangement and I collaborated with Peter Jones, who came in a patched up my vocal parts as well as writing original lyrics, and Krasi Krastev, who took those lyrics and translated them into Bulgarian. That was very critical as Bulgarian is the language and style that influenced Mitsuda's score for the game. The album releases December 7th, but you may pre-order the album today. Fans of my music won't have to wait that long as my arrangement of One Who Bares Fangs at God is able to be streamed on the Bandcamp page and you can download it if you pre-order the album, along with five other amazing tracks. I hope you enjoy what you hear and there is more music from me to come! 

Cover Art by Jake Murray

NEW Music for D&D Podcast 

I was recently commissioned to write some music for a D&D podcast called Dark Dice. It is a production by Fool and Scholar Productions. Travis Vengroff, who headed this up as writer, game master, and producer, brought a team of excellent voice actors to craft an amazing story of believable, flawed characters. So far, I have written three themes. The first theme of mine appears in this first episode alongside other composers such as Steven Melin and Brandon Boone. 

I encourage you to check this podcast out as it is really good and I love how the whole show is mixed from the sound effects, music, and voices. If this is something you enjoy, please support the project through Patreon

NEW MUSIC on the Horizon 

Today, I have submitted the largest arrangement I have done to date. It has 70 individually recorded parts recorded by top notch, world class musicians. This is the first time I have recorded a full orchestra arrangement along with choir. I can't wait to reveal this piece soon! Stay tuned to this page, Twitter, and Facebook for more regarding this and upcoming news! 

ETHEReal String Project RE-RELEASED on Bandcamp 

The ETHEReal String Project is now available for purchase on Bandcamp! I received many requests to have this available since Loudr closed their storefront, so Materia Collective graciously accepted to port over the album. Thank you for all those who have bought this album and are continuing to listen to it. I am working on a sequel album now and my plan is to have it released this year. Stay tuned!

NEW RELEASE: Stone Tower Temple from Majora's Mask 

Hey everyone! I am very honored to have collaborated with The Travelers VGM once more for a new arrangement! I chose Stone Tower Temple to have an Arabian style. I haven't done this style much and I wanted to delve further into it. I am quite pleased with the overall result and I hope that you will give it a shot, along with the rest of the album. You may find FATE: A Tribute to Majora's Mask on Bandcamp, Spotify, and Tidal

WORLD PREMIERE and Future Works 

This past month I had the pleasure of working with the Iowa City Community String Orchestra to premiere Op. II The Endless Sea for String Orchestra. I am currently working on a studio recording of this for an upcoming project along with some more arrangements from games. The collection will be a set of impressionist music. I will have more of an official announcement soon, but I can confirm that I am working with the ETHEReal String Orchestra for this. I am so very excited to reveal everything, alas I must wait until all is done.