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Thomas J. West Music

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The following videos were created by Tom and hosted on YouTube. There are a variety of videos here showcasing Tom's music compositions as well as providing music practice tips for both teachers and students.

 
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  • Back to the Future Overture for Clarinet...
    by ★ Owner on August 25, 2015 at 11:18 AM
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    Back to the Future Overture for Clarinet, Complete with DeLorean!

    I released a recording of a clarinet ensemble arrangement of Alan Silvestri's overture to the hit movie Back to the Future about a week ago. You can listen to the audio alone https://soundcloud.com/tomwest73/back-to-the-future-overture" target="_blank">on Soundcloud, but I now created an accompanying video for YouTube as well. 


    I make a point of purchasing a streaming license for all of the copyrighted material I release, and when I create videos for them, I make a point of using royalty-free images for slides and video footage that is under a Creative Commons license. Vimeo is the best online source for CC videos, and both of the videos I used to create my video are from Vimeo. Who knew there would be a complete showcase video of the DeLorean from the movie for free on Vimeo!


    You can support my by purchasing a download of this recording HERE


    You can support my ongoing creation of new music recordings, arrangements, and original compositions by becoming a patron.


    Please pass this video on if you enjoy it!



    This article (c) 2015 Thomas J. West. All content on ThomasJWestMusic dot com is licensed under a Creative Contributions Attribution-No Derivative Works 3.0 License. Please contact the author before publishing on or off-line.

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  • Gymnopedie No. 1 - James Webb Space Tele...
    by ★ Owner on May 4, 2015 at 8:09 PM
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    http://patreon.com/thomasjwest Buy this track: http://bit.ly/TJWgymnopedie Gymnopedie No. 1 written by Erik Satie Arranged for electronic instruments by Thomas J. West (this song is in the public domain) Video footage assembled from images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope and rendered in 3D by employees of NASA and STSci (Space Telescope Science Institute). All video footage is CC [BY-NC-ND]

  • Great Performances: Kevin Spacey And Fri...
    by ★ Owner on January 12, 2015 at 7:00 PM
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    Image: Carolyn Kaster / AP

    Billy Joel is someone I consider to be a musical idol of mine. He is the only popular music artist that I've seen at a live concert more than once. His music permeated my youth and continues to inspire and entertain in adulthood. He recently was honored as the sixth recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. He joins the likes of Paul Simon, Burt Bacharach, Carole King, Paul McCartney, and Stevie Wonder.


    This video is of the grand finale performance with a number of the performers returning to the stage to sing Billy's seminal closing number "Piano Man". Kevin Spacey takes center stage, playing the harmonica solo with aplomb, while fellow performers Boyz II Men, Natalie Maines, Josh Groban, Gavin DeGraw, Tony Bennett, LeAnn Rimes and Michael Feinstein trade stanzas with Billy Joel as he plays piano.


    Kevin Spacey yet again proves that he is not only a consummate performer, but also a gracious and down-to-earth person. The performance, while a bit raw around the edges, is filled with a spirit of sharing. Cuts to audience members singing along and the entire crowd swaying together demonstrate what anyone who has ever been to a Billy Joel has experienced, a legacy of song that invites each of us to share in the story.


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  • Elgar Nimrod Clarinet Quartet
    by ★ Owner on July 3, 2015 at 9:33 AM
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    In addition to the videos I have on YouTube that showcase my original compositions, I am enjoying bringing several public domain works to life as either electronic compositions or as chamber pieces that I am recording and producing myself. This is the video I created to accompany my most recent endeavor, a clarinet quartet arrangement of Sir Edward Elgar's "Nimrod" variation from the Enigma Variations. This is by far the most successful home recording project I have done to date. And while the video is primarily just a static image of the cover art, some of my other recent videos utilize royalty-free video footage.

    You can pick up a copy of the sheet music for this arrangement here


    If you would like to support my future composition endeavors, become a patron on Patreon.


    I look forward to more projects like this in the days to come. Please share this video and let me know what you think!



  • Thomas J. West Music Update - June 2014
    by ★ Owner on June 5, 2014 at 9:06 AM
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    Watch this video for SIX BIG CHANGES coming to my website this June! Links not clickable in the video: ASCAP: www.ascap.com My Free-Scores.com profile: http://www.free-scores.com/Download-PDF-Sheet-Music-tomwest73.htm New Email Newsletter List: http://www.thomasjwestmusic.com/freenewsletter.htm The rest you can find in the video. Be sure to catch the last 60 seconds, it's kinda funny. Become my patron on Patreon! http://www.patreon.com/thomasjwest Join my new website email newsletter list (the old one is gone): http://www.thomasjwestmusic.com/freenewsletter.htm All the spambots were harmed in the making of this video.

  • Great Performances: Low Brass Version Of...
    by ★ Owner on June 16, 2014 at 12:35 PM
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    Contrabass trombone

    I actually started reading George R. R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire series before the HBO series based on his books became widely popular. I read them until the infamous "Red Wedding" scene in book 3, then put them down. I took issue with Martin's knack of spending thousands of pages to get you invested in characters only to kill them quite unceremoniously. It's a bit too realistic for my taste - not something I want to feel when reading or watching fantasy.


    I watched season 1 of HBO's Game of Thrones shortly after season 2 aired, and I saw as much as I needed to.


    This, however, is a really fun and well-done version of the title theme from the series done by all low brass instruments, including six players on the elusive contrabass trombone. Unless you have  a great speaker system on your computer with a sub-woofer, I recommend watching this using headphones with good bass response.


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  • Blue Eyes Blind (A Cappella Cover)
    by ★ Owner on April 23, 2015 at 1:24 PM
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    Here's another a cappella multi-track version of my latest arrangement commission. This is an SSAA arrangement commissioned in March 2015. My music production skills are completely self-taught, so all of the recording, editing, and mixing is by trial and error.


     

    This is definitely one of my better efforts in effective mixing/mastering. I still need to improve my recording setup and editing software so that I can get cleaner stems and less obvious start/ends of the edited clips. That's part of what Patreon is for, as my next milestone goal is to upgrade my software.

     


    If you are interested in picking up a copy of this arrangement, visit my a cappella page. Of course, if you are a $5+ patron on Patreon, you get a pdf copy of this arrangement as part of your rewards.

     

    Thank you patrons and fellow creators for supporting this work.




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  • Music Theory Basics, Part 2 - Arpeggios,...
    by ★ Owner on June 18, 2014 at 9:54 AM
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    http://thomasjwestmusic.com http://patreon.com/thomasjwest This is the second in a series of videos teaching basic concepts in music theory and music composition for aspiring musicians who already know how to read basic music notation and want to learn how to write for instruments or the voice. Follow the entire series on this playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLsDvltr-aokp2qAhlYE8_tQ1ngNGVabwM This video is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives License CC BY-ND http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/4.0/


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