XS Year 2020 wrap-up

2020 wasn’t my best year, but it had its moments. Time for a condensed wrap-up!

  1. John Williams concert in Vienna. I finally got to see the maestro, after missing him in London in 2019, and now that I had been to concerts of Goldsmith, Horner and Williams, my life was complete and I could – as one of my Twitter followers commented – die peacefully.
  2. Which I almost did a few days later, when I fell sick for 7 weeks (!) with influenza or covid19 (who knows) and a double pneumonia. I lost 12 kg (24 pounds) of body weight and it took me almost 3 months to recover stamina-wise.
  3. To conclude the series of illnesses, I suffered from acute hearing loss during September, losing the 10k Hertz on the left ear. It’s got better now, but it will probably never be the same.
  4. Let’s get to the good parts. I upgraded my system, not only switching from Cubase to Studio One, but also buying some more Orchestral Tool libraries, essentially ditching the VSL stuff I had used before. Getting to know the new DAW and the instruments went smooth and faster than I thought – yay!
  5. Ah yes, shortly after that I composed my first and probably last Star Wars music. Check out this post, if you missed it!
  6. I re-composed some older works of mine like “Temple of the Spidergod“, mainly to get to grips with the new system, but also to release the music which I think is very colorful and inspired, maybe a bit rough though as I was in my twenties when I originally composed it. But hey, it won me an award, so check it out! 🙂
  7. Another oldie but goldie that I re-did was “Goldfall” and this turned out to be a wonderful project as I decided mid-way through production that I wanted a human player to perform the viola/cello/violin parts. Fortunately, I got to know Natalia Wierzbicka whom I hired for the project and her performances would elevate the melodies in a truly magical way. If you haven’t, check it out, it’s already on streaming services!
  8. I also wanted to do something completely new, so I resumed rescoring another great movie with a terrible score: “The Prestige”. I know this is not as flashy as my Stranger Things music that got many clicks, but if you’re into subtle, atmospheric, thriller-y music, then you might find a lot of highlights in what I consider to be my darkest and most mature composition so far. Also available on Streaming services under the title “The Third Act” (for legal reasons of course).
  9. Lastly, I’d like to give a shoutout to Robin Hoffmann whom I started supporting on Patreon where he does amazing articles and projects, so if you’re composer, check him out – he knows his stuff!

Well, that’s my 2020 in a nutshell. The rest is about distance learning with 2 kids, fighting against depression, and eating (and drinking) too much. 🙂

Have a great 2021 despite the circumstances – stay safe and stay healthy!

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