Brandon Strader

Composer and Studio Services

New ReMix ‘Familiar Waves’

Hey folks! I really need to update the website more often. Hopefully I’ll get to that. I have some new remixes to share, so you can either check them out on my youtube page, or wait until I add them all here. ;)

Here is Familiar Waves, a song from Ecco the Dolphin (Sega CD) that I made for a compilation called SOUND WAVES. I wanted to try something more new age-like, easy listening, without a lot of instruments. I keep getting burnt out by making stuff that’s fully orchestrated. I love orchestrated stuff, but it’s a lot of work and a ton of tiny details to keep in mind. Playing each part isn’t so bad, but humanizing everything with modulation, EQing it all, mixing it all… it adds up. Though that’s the story of any studio musician, writing and playing the music is always going to be less of a chore than the post-production stuff, which is more like crunching the numbers on some level.

So this was a great break from that workflow. A couple small electric guitar lines, bass guitar, a few synths, and drums. The idea was to make a wall of sound without actually writing in a wall of sound, and that bass guitar combined with the synth pad did a great job of making this small ensemble sound “big”! Not to mention that eBow in there.

I hope you dig the mix, and look forward to short stories about ones I’ll post in the future. :) Some of my jobs I’ve written about before have dissipated while others may be on the horizon. I’ll learn from my mistake of writing about stuff that has the potential to fall apart. I have faith in future projects, but that’s not enough! Until next time, adios!

New ReMix ‘On The Wind’

Hey! I am still here, still alive.. still around, doing things.. well, certain things. It’s the one year anniversary of the day I totaled my car. It’s been a rough start of 2016 with the loss of David Bowie, Lemmy Kilmeister, Alan Rickman, and so many other people that were awesome. Bowie in particular was such a big influence on me, mostly in the way that he delivers his vocals, though I wish I was a fraction of the musician he was so that I had the ability to draw much inspiration from his arrangements… I am still learning, though at a snail’s pace these days. Continue reading

New ReMixes and Latest Events

Ahoy hoy. It’s been a little while since I’ve updated the site. My bad. I have been putting new mixes on YouTube, including I Am Gonna Stop Eventually (above), Doomed Lovers, Blakk Majik, Rebellion, and hopefully I’ll get around to putting more up before too long. It has been a pretty challenging time for me. Work has been good, my schedule this year has never been more consistent. It’s nice to get 40 hours a week plus overtime once in a while. Struggling with sleep issues and anxiety has made it a bit troubling and has kept me from doing too much personal music stuff. I have still been doing other jobs, though.  Continue reading

New ReMix ‘Panem et Circenses’! And some news…

Welcome to the world of tomorrooooow!! It may be a little crazy to remix Final Fantasy XV so early, right? Well — maybe not! I made my Skyrim remix in July and the game came out in November. At the very least, the FFXV demo Episode Duscae will be out on March 17th so this isn’t too outrageous. Hopefully the demo features the song that I have remixed here.

worldoftomorrowThis mix was a ton of fun to work on. I have very high hopes for the game and the music which we should get a taste of in the demo. I am pumped, to say the least. I wanted to make another mix like Whovian Waltz, which you may remember as my remix of The Grinch on the Dreamcast. Mostly it was a stylistic inspiration; acoustic guitars, 3/4, kind of a waltz. The supporting instrumentation is different here. The song was also inspired by Pain of Salvation’s “Sleeping Under the Stars” which mostly played a big part in the inspiration of the arrangement of the piano for my mix. That’s a weird way of saying it, but hopefully you get what I mean if you check them out.

Life has been punishing lately; it’s been like Dark Souls 2 almost, except I managed to not die yet. I don’t often enough  talk about my personal life on my own personal blog here… maybe an oversight? Not sure. But to make it brief, Continue reading

Legend of the Boar Knight

Hey! So I still need to work on that original album for my Kickstarter. Sorry to everyone who is still waiting. However, this post is about my work with — again — Careless Juja! I may be talking about this a little early, but I’m bored, so here it goes. :-)

This video covers just about EVERYTHING! There is an insane amount of content on this album — 62 tracks at 2 hours and 28 minutes. It’s going to be a double album. It took a good solid week of hard work to finalize it for release. As you can see from the video, there will be a listening party, and even a live puppet show.

The story portion of the album centers around a Boar Knight named Nathaniel and his adventures through Porkalore and beyond. If mixing the music wasn’t fun enough, listening to and mixing each story chapter was great fun and I loved following the story one little piece at a time through the process of mixing and mastering them!

I am so appreciative to Careless Juja for the opportunity, and am overjoyed that I was able to work with them again and possibly more times in the future!  They’re the best. I love getting return work, too! I always try to make people as satisfied as possible so that they will return for more. Anyway, thank you! And to everyone out there who loves good music, give Legend of the Boar Knight a listen!

Legend of the Boar Knight

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