Music section reworked

If you like my music (or if you don’t, you should), you might want to stop by my redesigned Music page.
You will find a large selection of audio examples straight from my Soundcloud page, neatly organized in stylistic categories. New tracks are added regularly, so check back soon!
Also if you want to stay informed about everything important I do, including tutorials (updated VE Pro tutorial soon!) and reviews, like my Facebook page.

IAAM 1404 V2 is out!

IAAM Final

I.A.A.M. 1404 V2 has now been out in the wild for a few days to a great reception.
I’m very pleased to hear that my music is liked across the board; here’s a short comment from the official Ubisoft forums (translated by me):

„Just downloaded and started it. The intro video is just so great ... ... and the music ... ... This for me is Anno“

So if you own the game and would like to add a host of new gameplay features to it, head over to the I.A.A.M. 1404 site and download the new version!


IAAM 1404 V2 - Main Theme exclusive sneak peek

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Works on IAAM 1404 V2, a modification for the award-winning city building game ANNO 1404 / 1404 A.D. are going at high speed.

IAAM adds a huge number of great features to the core game, even letting you build all architectural styles only available to the AI in the core game. You also get additional production chains and tons of new buildings. IAAM V2 is a continuation of the very successful first version of the modification and will transform the ANNO experience, just like its predecessor (and the DEAP mod for Anno 1701, again with music by me) did.

To whet your appetite, here’s the new Main Theme for the game, composed by yours truly. I hope you like it and eases the wait for the release :)

I.A.A.M. 1404 V2 - Venedig - Main Theme by Novatlan Sound


Völsungakviða en nýja - Suite Live Recording

On 6th May, 2011 I had the joy of hearing a piece of mine performed by large symphonic orchestra as part of the 22nd Orchestral Workshop Halberstadt.
The Völsungakviða en nýja - Suite, which is based on „The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun“ by J.R.R. Tolkien, was performed by the Orchestra of the Nordharzer Städtebundtheater under the baton of MD Johannes Rieger in public concert.

It was a great experience to hear one’s own piece played by real people and reminded me that nothing can beat the real thing :) I liked the interpretation by the orchestra very much, so I am glad a recording has been made which I gladly share with you on Soundcloud.

Völsungakviða en nýja - Suite (live orchestra) by Novatlan Sound


Music page updated

I have updated the music page with a bunch of tracks from the past weeks, hope you like it :)

I am also working on a new version of my Logic Pro and VE Pro tutorial. If there’s something missing in there, this would be a good time to tell me. I will do my best to address your questions in the new version.

Big site update - Tutorials and Lessons page

Right on the heels of the last one, here’s another site update.
Updated layout of most pages, revised texts everywhere aaaaand - finally - a tutorials page! Here you can find the Vienna Ensemble Pro tutorial, as well as all the tutorials for and more.
If you are interested in composition, orchestration or arrangement lessons, there is a new section on this page for you, too. The same applies for help with setting up studio gear, I’ve developed quite a Mother Theresa-syndrome over the last year in this respect :)
Hope you like it and take care!

Of getting new toys and preserving the magic

I recently read an interview with composer and SCOREcastOnline founder Deane Odgen, where he said something very important to me: „You aren’t in the music business, you’re in the magic business.“. He says that this is what he tells his students in lectures. Besides the fact that I would wish for more teachers like him, I have the impression that some of us (us meaning creative people, or rather people in the ceative industry, since sometimes we are not creative at all) have either never heard or this or have forgotten a long time ago. Sadly, I am not speaking of people who have been in the trade for a long time, but mostly of music students and other young people I see daily. Reading Odgen’s interview made me think long and hard, which is why I write this post - something personal this time :)

Site update - Sibelius Page

Here’s a long overdue site update.
I updated the services page, there are a few new tracks on the music page and little bits here and there over the whole site.
It should also display better now on portable devices. Call it spring-cleaning if you like.

I was pretty happy on how my Sibelius seminar end of January went. I think everyone benefited from it, I learned a lot in the process, too. I’ve updated the site about the Seminar a bit and will announce any new seminars there, so check back from time to time! If you subscribe to updates, either via the blog RSS feed or use the contact form on the Sibelius site, you’ll be notified of any seminars immediately.

Hope you like the changes and have a nice spring!

The Facts of Life - Main Theme Evolution

One of my newest tracks, a game show main theme turned out to be a nice example on how such a kind of music is created. So I thought: Why not show all people out there how it came to pass!
You will find a number of tracks, each representing a certain stage in the development. Finally, you’ll get the release version.

NI Paranormal Spectrums... way too much fun

I recently bought „Paranormal Spectrums“ by Native Instruments. Its one of their many soundpacks for Kore Player and intended for „creepy music“.

While finally finding some time to browse the library, one of my favourite movies immediately came to mind: Forgotten Planet. This classic SciFi flick was the very first with a purely electronic score (credited „electronic tonalities“).
It’s just _way_ too much fun playing with this library, so this is a clear recommendation if you are looking for new sounds!

Here’s a very quick and dirty track right out of Logic:


"Apokalyptische Elendstouristen" in Mainz

If you are into theatre, here’s a tip for you: The „theater denkplural“ will perform the play „Apokalyptische Elendstouristen“ at the U of Mainz next week.
The play employs lots of medial events, among them a news jingle by your humble blogger :)
So if you have time on 29.06 / 30.06 / 01.07 at 8pm in P1 at the University of Mainz, you can see and hear for yourself.
Admission is 5€/3€.

To whet your appetite, here’s the poster for the play (click for larger version):

Apokalyptische Elendstouristen

And to make you drool for anticipation, the track in question is the first track on the updated music page.


Six pieces for your listening pleasure!

It’s all about the music. So here’s music.
We have put six brand new pieces from two of our latest projects online so you can have a listen. Some of these pieces will eventually find their way onto the music page, but for now they are "blog-exclusive“.

1) Advertising:
Three tracks for a series of TV ads. First a slight Italian touch, then we’ve got a French jazz band and finally there’s a very English feel.

2) Racing Game:
Three tracks for a racing game. The tracks are loopable and will loop indefinitely until you stop the player.

We hope you enjoy these short pieces - check back for more music and tips and tricks soon!