David J Brown
"Composing is an obligation to explore the limitless possibilities that music presents; I usually end up finding something I wasn't looking for and that's the best thing about it.
Recording these works lets me express myself through performance and the studio technology lets me expand the possibilities further. Because of this, writing, performing and recording, for me are iterative processes that feed each other without limitation.
Whether I am writing for a Film or for myself, this is my universe, this is me."
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David J Brown
featuring 2 Solo Pianos, String Orchestra, & Chamber Strings
Currently David is writing and recording a series of Albums called F.I.L.M. The first two albums Autumn Film and Winter Film have been released with the remaining two season albums are currently in production with release expected in 2023. The titles of each piece make up a poem so can be read continuously.
Despite these albums being very 'FILM' like and they tell a story, as a hopeless romantic, David has written and dedicated these albums to his partner, hence called F.I.L.M, 'For Irene Lopez Martinez'.
Sadly, todays popular publishing platforms Spotify, iTunes, Amazon etc do not allow album notes since there is no digital sleeve, so this website has the chance to provide just that, so here goes.
1 Gathering Winds
2 Ana Julia's Theme
3 Fading Sun
4 Moon Serene
5 Above The Clouds
6 Between The Trees
7 Winter Draws Near
8 Autumn's Reprieve
The idea of this album is that it tells a story about Autumn, with each piece the line of a poem, each piece has a descriptive meaning expressed by the music and enabling the listener to imagine their own version of this scene in Autumn's journey.
Gathering Winds starts with a soft piano motif to indicate calm and approaching wind eventually building into a large orchestral backed re-statement of the winds arrival, spread across two pianos.
Ana Julia's Theme introduces a dedication to a special individual who's story is picked up by melancholic winds.
Fading Sun sees the introduction of a synth-led motif with spacious piano over the top indicating the Sun building for a final reckoning with an autumn sunset.
Moon Serene decorates the calm left behind as a crisp night takes over through an evocative but bold solo piano.
Above The Clouds re-introduces the purity of sentiment with a simple piano figure which aims to suspend the beauty of Autumn and save it from pending extinction.
Between The Trees represents the soft yet yearning winds, whispering their story to the trees and acknowledging the solitude of the forest.
Winter Draws Near weaves through an autumnal scene with increasing emotion, punctuated with darker bass fifths as the Autumn landscape punches its chest and Autumn loses its breath.
Autumn's Reprieve is where the Autumn eventually gives way to the approaching Winter. The Autumn is celebrated in this strings-led reprieve, but the piano tries to fight through with its melancholic expression, but, ultimately acknowledging the outgoing season and accepting the approaching fate of Winter.
1 Winter Solstice
2 Ice moon Rising
3 Fires Burn Bright
4 Shadows Colliding
5 Broken Mist
6 Forest Of Sorrow
7 Calm Descends
8 Snow Tomorrow
This album tells the story of Winter, with each piece the line of a poem, each piece has a descriptive meaning. Read it in one go to get the gist of the story.
Winter Solstice juxtaposes two pianos representing different winds battling for supremacy. As the Winter story develops, angelic strings rise above the repetitive figures and ultimately claim the remaining light.
Ice moon Rising was recording in one take on a Steinway 274 in Switzerland overlooking the icy lake Geneva. As the moon rises, the story of the Ice moon unfolds.
Fires Burn Bright are essential on a cold winters night and these two solo violins each represent an element of the yearning melancholic tale. The piano plays a storyteller role, introducing the sections of the story as they come by, but always giving way to the warmth of the fire represented by the string orchestra.
Shadows Colliding sees the winds whip up the remaining flames and turn the Winter Film toward a different direction. Whatever happens does so in the mind of the listener, but whatever it is, the shadows cast from the fire collide with one another.
Broken Mist recorded on a felt-prepared piano brings the Winter back under control. More jazz influenced than the other pieces it tells a story of calm and melancholy, set against a rising wintry mist.
Forest Of Sorrow is a calm and eerie place where the cold strings of wind sweep past a prolonged melancholic theme introduced by the piano. This is a truly winter landscape emphasising the beauty of cold, the beauty of stillness, the beauty of Sorrow.
Calm Descends all around as the stately piano neutralises the winter scene and gives way to a tranquility, only ever sensed in a snow filled landscape, where, not even acoustics can fight.
Snow Tomorrow is a pianistic prediction of the impending snow fall. Underlying sentiments are expressed by the synth figures but the piano states in very clear terms the majestic landscape and dramatic themes of the story.
Three other singles have been released as featured below. They are solo piano pieces which will feature on upcoming Spring & Summer Film albums. All are available on major music platforms:
About The Artist....
David J Brown is a British Composer & Pianist now residing in Northern Spain. Originally self-taught, he went on to study Piano & Composition at the Birmingham Conservatoire during which time he developed a distinctive musical style. He is an adept pianist, prolific composer and orchestrator as well as his own engineer with a specialism in electronic music.
Starting life as a pianist, David won several piano competitions particularly with his interpretations of the key works of Rachmaninov and List. Wherever possible he would include his own works in the 'open' composer competitions to much acclaim, eventually entering the Birmingham Conservatoire at 18 years old and studying under Andrew Downes and the influential composer John Mayer. A Doctor of Philosophy and of Asian descent, his approach to thought and the beauty within Nature as interpreted in Asian Art & Music, John Mayer was a major influence on David's life.
After the Conservatoire David got busy playing everything from major music festivals, jazz clubs, private concert tours and even ships! Increasingly working in recording studios as a pianist for other peoples work, David re-kindled his love for technology having studied Computer Science and started to apply it to music over a multi-year journey. He took a 7-year detour into multimedia where his work described below exposed him to some of the biggest film companies in the world, after that, a further 8-year detour into technology, before leaving the industry in 2017 and returning to full-time music. Building on his previous career as a full time pianist and composer David has picked up where he left off, but this time working in his own self-built music studio and with a collection of pianos, synthesisers and two miniature Schnauzers for company.
David says, 'Life is about timing and composition is a journey. Whilst I regret that when I entered the Conservatoire, which was devoid of electronic music or studio production capability at that time, denying me the chance to develop that side of my skills, at the same time it was probably good that I stayed focused on writing music at the piano, with pen and paper. Only now, many years later do I feel I finally have something to say and know how to say it. This time around technology is a valuable tool at my disposal and I intend to explore its boundaries like a new orchestra.'
David has worked on many different titles, creating trailers, soundtracks, multi-media productions and merchandise for film, tv & the interactive industries including most notably 'Notting Hill' (Polygram) but also 'Lord of the Rings' (New Line Cinema), 'Spiderman' (Sony Pictures), 'Scorpion King', 'Jurassic Park', (Universal Pictures), 'Stuart Little' (Columbia Pictures), Titan AE, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Planet of the Apes (20th Century Fox), Matrix Resolutions, Terminator 3 (Warner Brothers) and 'Final Fantasy XI' (SquareSoft).
David's early composition were very much influenced by the late great romantic and contemporary composers from Rachmaninov through to Schoenberg and his film contemporaries Hans Zimmerman and Max Richter. As a Classical and jazz pianist his approach is broad and varied sometimes building from a harmonic foundation and sometimes from a more melodic focus.
Today David is focused mostly on the melancholic, ambient and prepared piano styles mixed with electronics but very much against a backdrop of traditional instruments and orchestral landscapes. The piano is featuring heavily in the current recordings and will probably always be in there somewhere. Most of his piano recordings are on a Yamaha grand but some also feature the beloved Steinway 274 as well as Yamaha upright which is prepared with softening acoustics inside the case, pins on the hammers, felt on the strings and microphones all around. In addition, David is working on a new EDM (Electronic Dance Music) collection since a commission from a well known Publisher and this is a pleasure since he can indulge his love of synthesisers and music technology.
The favourite published tracks of the artist for you to dive straight in....
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'Forest Of Sorrow'
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'Winter Draws Near'
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David is working on his own albums, some upcoming Film releases and some EDM (Electronic Dance Music) collaborating artists from around the world. If you would like to know when there is a new release feel free to drop us a line and we will pass it on: firstname.lastname@example.org