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Free Halloween Music and More: Freaky Spooky Fun Downloads!

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Free Halloween Music and Free Sheet Music

It's that time of year - Halloween! Here are links to my Halloween music freebies about the net! Enjoy fun kid's songs, scary music downloads, free sheet music and spooky tunes.

Halloween has always been my favorite holiday. For my first Halloween my mom dressed me up as an alien. Now I dress my daughter as "Hulky" (her choice, it's the Incredible Hulk with a green tutu, courtesy of my mom...). Ironically, my daughter's birthday is Halloween (not planned the kiddo was 10 days late!) and I was supposed to be a Halloween baby (but I was late!). So it all goes full circle and now Halloween is my busiest time of year.  

Download FREE Spooky Tunes Lullaby, Symphony of Shadows, & More at Reverbnation!

Millikin University Percussion Ensemble Halloween Concert

Halloween (Photo credit: Pedro J. Ferreira)
This year the Millikin University Percussion Ensemble will be performing my work virelaan, a work for multimedia and percussion ensemble dedicated the Rail Girl Ghost who haunts the Halloween Theater. The Millikin University Percussion Ensemble, directed by Brian Justison, also commissioned me to make another fun and whacky Halloween video for their concert. Last year it was a sci-fi mash of aliens, Blade Runner, and Star Wars. This year the main character (who bears a strange resemblance to Justison somehow) enters the Matrix and finds himself in....Super Mario Land! (As an aside, I do not engage in any sort of substance abuse, my sense of humor is just weird.).

Watch the twisted haunted virelaan animation. Spooky and creepy...Freaky clowns are always scary!

If you are in the Decator, Illinois, area, I encourage you to make the trip out to the Halloween Concert! It is an annual event that is absolutely NUTS! Costumes, a real ghost, and music, you can't ask for a better Halloween experience!

Free Halloween Sheet Music

Enjoy freaky scores and free sheet music. If you love the macabre and twisted, you will definitely enjoy these classical works. 
Asphixivision (Modern String Quartet)
Cover of "Children of the Corn"
Cover of Children of the Corn
What passes through your mind in the last few seconds of your life? This work attempts to make music of the mayhem.

Folds of the Mind (Flute and Percussion Ensemble)
Think Children of the Corn X Every Freaky Little Girl in a Horror Flick. This work explores childhood within a creepy soundscape.

Gebroken Clown (Orchestral Miniature)
A short one minute work for orchestra, fun and freaky like a carousel of death.

World Order #5 (Percussion Ensemble and Video/Tape)
An alien race discovers a devastated Earth, with dire consequences.

Virelaan (Scores and Tape)
Want to perform virelaan? Dedicated to the ghost of the Rail Girl who brings mayhem and danger to the Albert Taylor Theater, virelaan is a work for percussion ensemble and tape, with optional video. To download, click "Name Your Price" and enter "0" for a free download or make a donation by entering "10". Contact me at if you would like to perform the work with the video (see above). The work involves percussion ensemble and handbell choir, although some parts are doubled. 

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Music Secrets: How to Write an Opera, Part 1

Feel like writing an opera is only for big name composers with big budgets? Or are you willing to take the plunge and create a work in one of the most compelling and cutting edge musical opera?

Almost two years ago I embarked on the largest musical production I have created to date -  Libertaria: The Virtual Opera. After writing the award-winning Creation Oratorio and dozens of multimedia works, I wanted to combine my love of the audio and the visual into a single large scale work. 

Find a Great Dramatic Story
You need a strong story to write a compelling opera. Fortunately you can easily borrow from thousands of public domain works and modernize them. Think of West Side Story (just a contemporary version of Shakespear's Romeo and Juliet).
Many great operas use Shakespeare, the Brothers Grimm, and Biblical stories, all of which include interesting characters, strong themes, and action.
Libertaria borrows heavily from messianic stories, but is set in the future and changed…

Free Classical Sheet Music and Free Opera Downloads @ Scribd

Sheet Music (Photo credit: jayneandd)Awhile ago I decided that I would upload the bulk of my music scores and sheet music to sites like Scribd, the Petrucci Music Library, and for free sheet music downloads. Some musicians told me that it was ridiculous to give away my music. The truth is that I don't depend on music publishing sales of my scores, and I would rather inspire a young piano student, percussion ensemble, opera singer, grandma, bored music student, or music teacher to play and study my music than hold on tight to my copyrights and let my music scores collect virtual dust on my hard drive. 

The Petrucci Library, Scribd, and all have dozens of free music scores available for choir, vocal solos, piano, percussion, orchestra, opera, multimedia works, and more. You can see a short list of available free sheet music by checking out the Scores page.

You might want to check out scores to my modern opera Libertaria: The Virtual Opera, an exciting sci-fi o…

What is Blue? and other Post Postmodernist Thoughts

1000 Pennies for Your Thoughts - NARA - 534149 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)One of my many hats is online university instructor. I teach courses in Media and Music History. In my Media in American Society class, we discuss many aspects of media, including truth in media, media conglomeration, marketing, advertising, and the like. 

Today my students had an intriguing discussion/debate online about news and partisan politics. The debate was a healthy one, with some students claiming that they see all sides, others describing their favorite political pundits, and others lamenting the lack of authenticity in the media today. In the end, the fact that there would be no answer to today's questions, largely due to the lack of authenticity and the inability to trust anything in print, online, on a TV, spoken by a political leader, etc. etc., I brought up a short discussion on postmodernism, postpostmodernism, and its effects on American culture. 

Here is a small snippet that I thought would be …

Got the Election Blues? Animated Sci Fi Musical Showing TODAY in Buffalo New York 3:15pm EST at the Screening Room Cafe 3131 Sheridan Drive, Northtown Plaza Amherst, NY

Got the Election Blues? Animated Sci Fi Musical Showing TODAY in Buffalo New York3:15pm EST at the Screening Room Cafe 3131 Sheridan Drive, Northtown Plaza Amherst, NY Libertaria The Virtual Opera At the Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival

What the critics are saying about Libertaria: The Virtual Opera: “One of my favorite things about this story is its odd apocalyptic tone and strong sci-fi/fantasy foundation. The dark quality that comes with it is the cherry on top.” –
“...As a story, it is very much in line with the good-vs.-evil sci-fi tradition, with the added bonus of a plucky female heroine…There are a good many percussion effects in the #opera, and its tone is primarily quite dark and sinister, very much along the lines of a contemporary video game score.” Palm Beach Arts Paper Music Critic Greg Stepanich
Based on the "groundbreaking" and "epic" animation sci-fi film

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SONG FOR THE FORGOTTEN ROSE - Beautiful Piano Solo Classical Music

In this beautiful romantic classical music work  a forgotten flower finds redemption when she is rescued by a traveler. Composed by award-winning composerSabrina Pena Young for her wedding day. Dedicated to Nathan Young.  Scores are available through the composer's website ( and the Petrucci Library. ASCAP. Pena Young Publishing.


In the Garden of Life

Midnight hid the scarlet Rose

Wilted and torn, she cried to the Heavens

Petals upturned, imploring of God,

The Grace shine down from the Mountain

In this land journey a stalwart traveler

Alone, he had conquered roads forgotten

This path had led him through hills and valleys

His search for beauty

And God, looking down upon his creation

saw what they could not see

Hope in the hands of the Great Orchestrator

in the form of a rose and a man

Buried in the shadows

The wanderer stumbled and fell on roots he could not see

Lying among weeds

His eyes alighted on Beauty

For there, near h…

Haiti Disaster Relief Efforts Hurricane Matthew Needs Blankets, Sheets, Pillows, Donations as Death Toll Rises

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