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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!



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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!



  • 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]

  • 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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  • ABC - I Want You Back (A Cappella Mashup...
    by ★ Owner on April 13, 2015 at 7:40 PM
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    Jackson 5 TV Special 1972

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    This slideshow video accompanies my latest home recording endeavor. I was commissioned to write this mashup for a high school a cappella group and thought it was a good candidate to try to multi-track record. I have learned a lot more about music production since my last attempt at multi-tracking and this recording turned out pretty well.


     

    I definitely have a few things I can easily tweak about the actual tracking process, and this solo doesn't particularly fit my voice well even though I can hit all the notes. I am planning on recording more of my arrangements in the days to come and keep working on improving the craft.


    If you are interested in a copy of this arrangement (written for SATB plus two lead vocals), visit my A Cappella page for details.


     

    If you would like to support my creative endeavors, please become a patron on my Patreon page.




  • Great Performances: Geoff Gallante Perfo...
    by ★ Owner on February 25, 2015 at 2:15 PM
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    I am surprised that it took me this long to hear about trumpet prodigy Geoff Gallante. Close your eyes and listen to the playing of a professional trumpet player who is most likely in his 20's or 30's. Open your eyes and see an 11-year-old boy. This performance from 2012 is impressive, to say the least. Geoff picked up his brother's trumpet at age 4 and has gone on to perform all over the country with pops orchestras, military bands, and jazz ensembles of all kinds. Definitely a name that will be in public prominence in years to come.


    What amazes me about Gallante is not so much his mature sound or his musicianship, but the fact that he has already developed the breath control and muscular flexibility and strength of an adult player. It just goes to show that aptitude married with opportunity can yield amazing results if nurtured early in a child's development.


     

     


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  • Great Performances: Ole Edvard Antonsen ...
    by ★ Owner on February 16, 2015 at 10:22 AM
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    Ole Edvard Antonsen is a Finnish trumpet virtuoso who has performed with some of the world's most renown orchestras and jazz artists with equal aplomb. His performances go beyond virtuosity into that rare realm where the player is such a master of their craft that they communicate emotionally with apparently effortless ease. Far more than just flawless technique, Antonsen keeps his audiences hanging on his every move.


    In this performance, Antonsen not only delivers a superbly clean performance of one of classical music's most popular cornet solos, he makes a show of it with seemingly "casual" valve work accompanied by smiling eyes and a sense of whimsy. If you think the introduction is impressive, be sure to hang in there for the 1:40 mark.

     

     



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  • Fight of Fancy Clarinet Trio (2015) Grad...
    by ★ Owner on January 31, 2015 at 11:41 AM
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    Purchase online: http://bit.ly/TJWflight

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    Flight of Fancy is an original piece for three Bb soprano clarinets depicting the excitement, exhilaration, freedom, and flowing nature of flight. Clarinetists will find the rhythmic and diatonic patterns to be enjoyable to perform, while the audience will remain engaged through the flurry of polyphonic activity.

  • Great Performances: Gustavo Dudamel & Th...
    by ★ Owner on January 25, 2015 at 3:31 PM
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    Gustavo Dudamel

    This particular recording has been floating around the internet for two years, but it continues to demonstrate Gustavo Dudamel's committment to making classical music more accessible to people of all walks of life. The Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra is the top performing ensemble in the Venezuela Youth Orchestra System. "El Sistema" has gained much traction in America's inner cities as a way to revitalize and empower underprivilidged youth to connect and fall in love with quality music performance. Gustavo Dudamel himself is a product of El Sistema and has gone on to a career as an internationally renown conductor. 


    This performance thumbs its nose at the stuffy, formal traditions of orchestral music and makes Leonard Bernstein's score for "Mambo" from the legendary Broadway show West Side Story come to life in all of its intended youthful vigor. This orchestral transcription remains very faithful to Bernstein's show score, which I have had the pleasure of performing as part of the pit orchestra for a production of the show by the Penn State Thespians many moons ago.




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  • Great Performances: Hong Kong True Strin...
    by ★ Owner on January 17, 2015 at 11:01 AM
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    I often seek out genre-appropriate videos of "Happy Birthday" to post to the Facebook walls of my musician friends. I typically find some very entertaining ones, but this one really stands out because of its skill and artistry as well as its entertainment value. The Hong Kong Pure Strings desecribe themselves as "Possessing the passion towards string music and fanatics in performance," The Hong Kong Pure Strings are a collection of professionals whose mission is to bring contemporary string composition to a wider audience by performing easily-accessible yet virtuosic music. 

    Their "Happy Birthday Variation 1" contains several small vignettes written in the style of some of classical music and grand opera's most recognizable settings. See if you can place them. And by all means, share this video on a musician's Facebook wall for their birthday, with many happy returns!



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  • Great Performances: Kevin Spacey And Fri...
    by ★ Owner on January 12, 2015 at 7:00 PM
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    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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  • Great Performances: University of North ...
    by ★ Owner on August 18, 2014 at 8:19 PM
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    Many people in the music education world are familiar with hybrid shows such as Stomp and Blast, combining traditional band, drum corps, and percussion performance with theatrics. Similarly to Stomp, this performance by members of the University of North Texas Percussion Ensemble utilizes an array of coffee cups, lids, stirrers, and cardboard sleeves to create an entertianing, yet musically intricate display. It is safe to say that they have fully explored the sonic capabilities of a common coffee cup. I recommend listening to this with either speakers or headphones with a full spectrum response so that you can fully appreciate the timbural differences they explore throughout.


    This video was introduced to me this past weekend as part of a pre-season judges clinic for the Cavalcade of Bands Association. We used it and other videos to talk about the elements of adjudication, including musical, visual, and effect concepts. In the world of adjudication, where ranking and rating is what we do, we gave this performance a second place ranking. I will share the first place ranking in another post.


     

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