Thanks for staying along,
It's been way too long since I've updated this but I will get to that soon! But for now, I'm excited to say after 3 long years of work, The Control Group, my debut film score is now available to see and the soundtrack is also now available for purchase! I'm incredibly proud and excited for this achievement, hopefully the first of many more scoring opportunities. Links to purchase the film and the soundtrack are on the home page of the site. Please consider helping out a developing composer! It'd mean the world to me!
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I'm excited to say that after a year of crude recording, mixing, and mastering, I've completed my first album: Emotionale Landschaften. It's available now on CD Baby.com for 6 bucks for the album and 99 cents per track. It will in the coming days be available on other digital music distribution platforms like Itunes, Spotify, Amazon MP3, Tidal, etc. Here is a quick excerpt about the album from the CD baby album page:
Following composing works for concert music, Anthony always wanted to make an album of "sound worlds",and pieces that were experimental, exploratory and meditative in nature. With "Emotionale Landschaften" (German for "emotional landscapes"), Anthony drew inspiration specifically from the works of Bjork, Brian Eno, Hisham Akira Bharoocha, Colin Stetson, Pharoah Sanders, and Ryoji Ikeda, all of whom made albums with lush instrumentation, experimental musical methods, and uncompromising vision. Using saxophone, vocals, and synthesizers as the main textural colors in his music pallet, Bannach uses these as the foundation point of his driven and experimental sonic painting.
I can't wait to see the response, good or bad, haha. Also if you buy it, thanks a million, as I always appreciate the cash! (and you know, supporting my music).
Hello everyone! Sorry for the long time since updating about my happenings. First off, I hope everyone had a great Christmas and New Years! I spent the last third of 2015 in the city of Hangzhou, China; a lovely cultural city home to the famous Xihu (West Lake) and other cool Chinese cultural sites. I'm teaching English at a university there that treats me unbelievably well. Pretty sure I'll resign a contract for next year. The best thing about this gig is I have SO much free time. So much time to study Chinese, music theory/orchestration, and what I've been binge-studying lately: audio recording/Logic Pro X techniques. For people wanting to learn audio recording stuff, check out MusicTechHelpGuy 's Youtube channel. I can't recommend it enough. He has an excellent way of demonstrating concepts and is very clear and concise in his explanations. So I have been studying that religiously, and while I'm waiting for some procedural/bureaucratic things to take place with The Control Group soundtrack and the Forest Heart game, I've been busily working away at a little pet project of mine, that is almost finished. Also I have a new youtube channel now, and I have an interesting concept for a composition series I'm going to try to put up on it soon.
At long last after much waiting and wondering The Control Group, directed by Peter Hurd and the music scored by myself, finally has a distribution deal with Wild Eye Releasing !
This means that since it's debut at the Minneapolis Film Festival last October, the film will receive a limited theatrical release, DVD distribution, and release on various Video on Demand services including Amazon Instant Video, Redbox, AND NETFLIX. Cool stuff! This means also that in the coming weeks I will have more information regarding the release of the Soundtrack for the film, which is independent from the aforementioned deal (but production of said soundtrack couldn't gain traction until a deal was done.) I'm super excited for this, as this is a chance for people all over to see the hard work people put into the film, and listen to the music from my first time scoring for a feature film.
It's been a while since this last post so I've got more. The past 6 months has been interesting for me compositionally, learning how to write music on Logic Pro X, and utilizing that for both classical and media compositions, the main compositional project of mine being working as part of the music team for the indie game Forest Heart, developed by Green Dot Games, a company made out of an eclectic mix of passionate freelancers and internet loungers not too unlike myself. It has been a very amazing experience working for this project and for working with a group of about 8 composers from the US, Canada, and various parts of Europe. At times it has been a bit frustrating because of conflicts of creative vision, as all collaborations at some point must develop. But overall the focus of the team is very good and the creative drive is strong in this project, and it is an absolute pleasure to be a part of. For more information on the project you can find many updates on imgur.com, where most of the games employees first heard about the project.
FH July Update
December 2014 Update
and you can also go to the Forest Heart Youtube Channel page to see more game related content including lots of music from the composition team.
Here is a music compilation from April that has one of my tracks:
In addition to this I'm working on a solo saxophone suite, and a string quartet, in addition to continually trying to improve my recording/audio engineering skills. But I'm also working on something special.... but that won't happen for a while yet. Anywho, I'm out of Fuzhou in September to a much, much bigger gig teaching college students in Hangzhou, China. Also this is so much better because this city actually has an artistic and musical soul. China's biggest and most prestigious art academy is here and they have tons of music joints including jazz clubs (which may not sound like a lot but comparing it to the cultural wasteland that is Fuzhou, it is a lot!) . Also have almost finished a self-portrait in oils, and it looks alright I think. That's swell, I think. Alright, that is the happenings, cool, cool stuff. Til next time,
First off Happy New Year! I hope all is well with everyone. Here in China is good, just teaching kids and working on music, and starting to figure out how to oil paint. Since The Control Group's debut this site has laid dormant, so I thought I'd just quick let everyone know that within the week I have my classical pieces all up and ready for purchase, and that I'm working with a team of great composers on a new video game in conceptual stages called (working title) Forest Heart. It's a really cool, internet-community driven idea, that I've been really excited to work on. For more info check out the imgur post that describes what it's about, as well as contains links to all of its social media handles so you can keep up on the news about it.
Also here is a demo reel of some of the work we've produced for the game, with my piece being at the very end of the reel:
Anywho, thanks for reading, til next time,
Sorry about the lack of updates in the summer, but honestly not too much to report on then, however now that is not the case. I am now settled in Fuzhou, China ( a city of about 7 million or so inhabitants) working an incredibly fun and satisfying job as an English teacher. China is crazy and amazing and every day seems like a new adventure. It is simultaneously exotic and familiar at once. I could ramble on a million different things about how I love China, but I'd go on forever. The only drawback so far is that Fuzhou is not the place for live music, apparently that's more big in more Western cities like Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing... so for the time live music isn't an option, unless I figure out a way to find a scene, or perhaps start one. Apparently people are telling me that a laowai (the affectionate Chinese word for "foreigner") band here would make a killing. Something to think about. Anywho, I think instead of doing something tedious like doing a blog for China, or just posting my China related stuff on here, I might just do a monthly or so podcast, as I find that would be more interesting than reading another Wordpress page or something. And that also gives me the opportunity to use Logic and recording stuff more.
The job is great and satisfying, but most important to myself, it provides a lot of time to focus on my true goals: music composition. I have plenty of time to compose or to slowly build up my understanding of programs like Logic Pro X or Finale 2014. I've been working on numerous projects, and compositionally I have two new ideas in the works. I'm pretty decently along with a TTBB vocal arrangement, and now I'm starting up the workings for a string quartet. And now that I have Logic and all the proper materials for audio production, I'm starting to practice musical scoring production on there too. I forgot that No Country for Old Men did not have a soundtrack, and so I'm excited to make practice demo tracks over such a great film. I'll also probably make a Youtube page for music as to have another way of people checking out outside of here or soundcloud.
THE CONTROL GROUP (THE FILM WHOSE MUSIC I SCORED) WILL MAKE ITS FILM DEBUT AT THE TWIN CITIES FILM FESTIVAL (LOCATED AT THE SHOWPLACE ICON THEATER IN ST. LOUIS PARK, MINNEAPOLIS, MN) ON OCTOBER 22ND, 2014 AT 830 PM !!!
Those of you in the area can buy tickets here to see the film: http://twincitiesfilmfest.org/tickets
and check out the trailer here: http://twincitiesfilmfest.org/the-control-group?name_page=films_menu
Which means... sooner or later I will have news of a soundtrack to give to you all!!
til then/bis dann/ 再见
Sorry everyone. Haven't updated in a bit. First off, I'd like to thank all who came to my recital, and those who played on it as well! It was so so so so so amazing to hear my works performed for the public like that. And now I have the pieces from my recital on the website under the audio page as well! In other news, my piano piece, "Prelude in G Minor" has been selected to play at the Honors Recital here at UM-Morris on Friday May 9th, 2014! Also biggest news-- I'll be living in China and teaching English and composing starting in September of this year.
Life is crazy cool, man
Hello friends, hope you are all well. Big news on my front. The score of THE CONTROL GROUP is now finished---- AND PRODUCED, and is now being sent to be mixed and implemented within the film! AKA, my work therein is done! Really exciting stuff!! I'd once again like to thank Michael Teoli for all the help he has given me, from producing the tracks, to additional arrangement tips, organizational advice you name it, it's been a real pleasure working with him. You all should check out his website www.michaelteoli.com, like his facebook page https://www.facebook.com/michaelteolimusic and twitter as well @michaelteoli . AND if you haven't yet already, LIKE THE CONTROL GROUP on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Control-Group-Movie/248815938570001
You should really check it out because for the next 30 days while post-production wraps up and we begin to prep for the unveiling of the film, you can see some really cool behind the scenes shots of the film!
On the concert side of the coin, the brass ensemble and the woodwind quintet pieces are now finished, parts made, and now I'm just doing score preparation for conducting purposes. I'm already starting rehearsals this Tuesday! Crazy! This is the best part coming up though,: seeing all that hard work come to life!
Also I've begun work on a Lieder/art song. The music is there, now I just need to input it into finale. The hardest part was the designation of the lyrics. I was really really wanting to write something really personal, and of course in German, but I ultimately decided that a text setting would be preferred. This is because I don't want the song to be too blunt in it's message,.. Being too direct can feel forced, and unartistic.. But I decided to take the text from an excerpt of a longer poem from my favorite poet... and possibly favorite writer/thinker Rainer Maria Rilke. This section is the most famous last stanza of that poem, and has been focused on so many times it is often referenced as an individual poem in its own right:
Lösch mir die Augen aus: ich kann dich sehn,
If you dont know German and really want to know what the text means just go online, this is a really famous one. Tons of translations. I think this one speaks to the music I've made for the song well, and communicates where I am personally right now. Exciting things happening. I'll probably make a professional facebook page in the coming days as well, so stay tuned for that. I'll probably update this a bit more frequently now that the movie is starting to really near completion.
Live the questions now,
I learned this that a fellow friend, musician, and aspiring composer, Jason Cains, passed away this morning after battling a rare type of cancer (I believe if I remember correctly). It saddens my heart as he was one of those rare people who was genuinely nice to everyone, never heard him say anything bad about anybody, always in good spirits. It saddens me further, that we won't be able to hear the music that such a soul can make. I didn't know him that long, but long enough to know that he was a great person to everyone he met. RIP.
Life is for the living.
Happy new year to you all. It's interesting to think that this will be my last semester of undergrad studies, as it's still kicking me that it's almost been four years since high school. I have a lot things to look forward to the next few months, a performance of my concert band piece, the movie I'm doing the score for The Control Group will be finished in February, and my recital for composition will be in April. I am working on finishing up the Wind Quintet piece this week or so, and as I've been writing it I've noticed that in the long term I will need to further experiment with formal structure. Right now I feel like a lot of my pieces have a kind of inherent ABA structure to them, the waltz is kind of A, B, A2 kind of a deal, but still. That isn't to say that my pieces aren't mature in their formal structure, I think they are, I just think that there are more approaches I need to meditate on. In any case I'm glad that I do what I do, to give speech to something that can't be said with words. Music has always taken a kind of role as a betrothed to those who do it for a living, but it's kind of a paradox that some of it's greatest rewards come out of when you yourself aren't at your best. It's up to the artist to do with that what they may. I'm interested to see where I go compositionally after I finish up my pieces for the recital, as life is sure to give you something that will never leave you ( good or ill ) as you were before.
ps In the wee small hours by Frank Sinatra is the best thing (and interestingly enough in the worst kind of way) ever. Beautiful. But I'm sure yall knew that already.
Just as an aside, there is this artist that I've been really digging lately and he almost knocks off Klimt as my favorite artist (if it weren't for my love of all things Vienna). Dudes name is Zdzisław Beksiński. Had to copy and paste that now the font changed. whatever. Anywho, this guy has some of the most really thought provoking surrealist stuff I've seen in a long time. Just some eye candy to start the new year.
.Will post here about with updates about current works, music in general, likely many linguistic things, general thoughts, etc.