MORNING GLORY Piano & Strings Music Video Released...

posted 19 Jul 2019, 14:08 by Marc Filmer   [ updated 19 Jul 2019, 14:13 ]

BOUQUET OF DAYDREAMS

The piano and strings version of "Morning Glory" is below as a music video, so please go ahead and click play while you read this weeks website post.

Among the musical treasures I've been listening to were a couple of albums by Rick Wakeman. The first album is "Country Airs". I’ve long admired Rick Wakeman abilities on the piano and it’s wonderful hearing him play on a more delicate style. I also listened to his 2018 “Piano Odyssey” album, with a gorgeous string accompaniment provided by The Orion Strings. “Strawberry Fields Forever” stood out as my pick, but I’m probably biased as a huge Beatles Fan.  

I enjoyed this video where Rick talks about his track ‘Jane Seymour” and I love what he says at 2m 04s: 
“The thing to give away when something is written is usually the sound, so it’s like 80’s pop records – there’s lots of sounds that we use then that give it away as that period of time; But when you’re coming down to piano and down to organ and harpsichord and instruments like that, then it is very hard to put a year on it.”

I also listened to some of George Martins film score work and I’ve always thought that the suggestion that he was the fifth "Beatle" was more than fair. I can’t imagine some of my favorite Lennon-McCartney  tracks without George’s piano parts and orchestral contributions. “The Golden Age of Light Music: Holiday for Strings” started auto-playing afterwards, which is interesting as I’ve discovered this album before as it includes music by Angela Morley who has orchestrated many of my favorite movie scores, including many by John Williams. This style of music is a lot of fun and George Martin is credited with “Serenade To Double Scotch”, which sounds like a Scottish or Irish jig to my ears. Those string players deserve a lot of credit for playing those fast lines so tunefully! I love that unexpected extra timpani roll at the end for some reason. 

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MORNING GLORY Solo Piano Music Video Released...

posted 12 Jul 2019, 14:00 by Marc Filmer   [ updated 12 Jul 2019, 14:08 ]

BOUQUET OF DAYDREAMS

‘Bouquet of Daydreams’ was digitally distributed to all the major music stores and streaming services today, including Marc Filmer Radio on Pandora; One of my favorite music discovery platforms as a listener. 

As well as being a fan of new age solo piano artists, I also have a real passion for piano & strings driven movie themes. Occasionally, background film music can be rich with melodic themes also, particularly with those composers who hark back to the golden age of movie music. John Barry was one of those neo-romantic masters, who really showcased the pianos brilliance for nostalgia and melancholia. The wistful yearning in his themes capture my heart’s soul and mind’s ear like few other composers and I find it rather ironic that he’s better known as the bold brassy James Bond (007) composer. Personally, I love his softer style of writing – his themes of love and heartbreak, scored so effectively and with the string orchestra providing most of the power and warmth. 

Some years back now, the theme for ‘Somewhere In Time’ popped up on a film music station and I purchased the film and score in rapid succession. In the documentary titled “Moviola” (that I believe accompanied the release of his retrospective movie music collection), Barry shares that the loss of both of his parents within months around the time he scored the picture, charged the music with powerful emotions. 

A few years ago, I discovered that the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, Michigan, which was the filming location for the movie, was not the original inspiration for the book. In his novel ‘Bid Time Return’ (the basis for the screenplay), author Richard Matheson features the Hotel del Coronado in California and while researching it, I found a great show: ‘Historic Hotels of America’. In this series, I also caught an episode on Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz, NY and I find the scale and beauty of such hotels quite breath taking. To imagine so many generations of guests that have traveled to places like this through the years is quite something. On a journey to the edge of NYC, we were passing nearby the Catskill Mountains, and I saw a castle like structure poking out through the trees at the top of the hill. Without remembering quite where the Mohonk Mountain House was, I wondered if this was it and I found out later that it was. I hope to get a closer look soon. 

Below is this week’s music video, which is the solo piano version of “Morning Glory” from my new release “Bouquet of Daydreams”. Next Friday I’ll be sharing the piano & strings version, so stay tuned for that. 

Morning; Gloriously fresh, like a cool crisp apple in the heat of July. Sky like a crystal shore, dressed with a tapestry of bird-call. Deepest and purest breaths en plein air. Natures vibrant palette of organic color saturates the light with paint. Wandering the country lanes. Walkers with dogs, soaking up the beauty through miles of gates and hedgerows. The village square is the center of this world, suspended in an impermeable bubble of timelessness.

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BOUQUET OF DAYDREAMS album trailer released...

posted 5 Jul 2019, 10:46 by Marc Filmer   [ updated 5 Jul 2019, 10:46 ]

BOUQUET OF DAYDREAMS

I’d like to introduce my latest music release, “Bouquet of Daydreams”, featuring six new instrumental tracks. Each track includes the solo piano rendition and also a piano & strings version, which I’ll be releasing on Youtube weekly as music videos. Subscribe to my channel and check back every Friday at 9am pacific, noon eastern and 5pm in the UK.

The first track, “Morning Glory” evokes images of morning dew, the breaking of dawn and the fresh start of a new day. “New Expectations” suggests pastoral scenes after the harvest, or perhaps the personal re-invention of beginning again. “Never Apart” describes the eternal romance of a sweet lovers embrace. “Childhood Memories” might remind you of the promises of youth and picnics in the sun. “Remembering You” is full of bittersweet nostalgia; memories of moonlight talks and twilight walks. “The Circle” suggests the cyclical changing of seasons and the metamorphosis of natures beauty.

While creating some of these instrumental pieces, I began watching ‘The Darling Buds of May’, a TV Drama show from my childhood. The digital cover artwork is based on a photograph by Simon Coulson, who is the current owner of "Darling Buds Farm". I’d like to thank Simon for kindly permitting it’s usage.

Privately wandering the pathways of my mind, where thought and fantasy become reality. Lucid dreams that fulfill wishes, whilst indulging on the reflections of distant memories. Electrical storms of creativity fire and parallel futures bloom, quickly to wilt, like the flowers of the mind. 

"Bouquet of Daydreams" will be available for sale and streaming, both here and on my Facebook page (link in footer) on Friday July 5th and will get a wider Digital release on Friday July 12th.

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SOLILOQUY music video released...

posted 28 Jun 2019, 14:56 by Marc Filmer   [ updated 28 Jun 2019, 16:06 ]

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Here's the last music video from "Simple Living", which is "Soliloquy". This track has a melancholic vibe that is suggestive of personal tragedy. The "Bouquet of Daydreams" album trailer will be going live next Friday, so I hope you'll check back in to give it a view and listen.

I have created a profile on SoloPiano.com, which includes my discography, which can also be viewed on MusicBrainz.org (a database that supplies various other internet sites with info). 

"Bouquet of Daydreams" will be available for sale and streaming, both here and on my Facebook page (link in footer) on Friday July 5th and will get a wider Digital release on Friday July 12th.

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'Cherry Blossom' music video released...

posted 21 Jun 2019, 13:28 by Marc Filmer   [ updated 21 Jun 2019, 14:04 ]

SIMPLE LIVING

I've uploaded another music video to YouTube for "Cherry Blossom" from "Simple Living". I'll be uploading "Soliloquy" (from the same album) next Friday (9am PST, Noon EST, 5pm GMT), then the Friday after, I'll be unveiling the trailer for me new release: "Bouquet of Daydreams". I'm quite excited for this, as instead of creating virtual 'self playing piano' style videos, I actually recorded the music videos live with an overhead camera.

There are six new compositions on the release and each has two versions - a solo piano version and another orchestrated with a string ensemble. On each Friday after the trailer goes live, I'll be releasing these music videos one by one, with the solo piano version directly preceding the piano and strings version. Be sure to follow my YouTube channel, or check back to my site over the weekend to see what's new!

"Bouquet of Daydreams" will be available for sale and streaming, both here and on my Facebook page (link in footer) on Friday July 5th and will get a wider Digital release on Friday July 12th.

Signup for my email list and you'll get the first track free when it goes live....

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'Green To Red' music video released...

posted 19 Jun 2019, 11:04 by Marc Filmer   [ updated 19 Jun 2019, 11:05 ]

SIMPLE LIVING
"Green To Red" is a solo piano instrumental music track from the Album "Simple Living" Composed, Performed & Copyrighted By Marc Filmer 

A relaxing piano and strings music video track that is great to listen to, study, sleep, massage etc. This contemporary instrumental music has a new age / classical feel. Marc Filmer is a solo piano and strings composer who has a romantic musical soul and writes contemporary-instrumental music straight from the heart.

Born in the south-west of England and now based in the north-east of America, his music embraces the European neo-classical roots of composers like Ludovico Einaudi and Olafur Arnalds. There is often a relaxing 'new-age' quality to his pieces, which is reminiscent of popular internet-radio artists like Brian Crain and Paul Cardall. Marc is a huge fan of classic movie themes and is inspired by the pianistic works of hollywood film composers like John Barry, James Horner and Thomas Newman.

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"Simple Living" EP / Mini-Album Released

posted 12 May 2018, 18:02 by Marc Filmer   [ updated 21 May 2018, 07:06 ]

New Age / Neo-Classical / Contemporary Instrumental

Recommended if You Like: Paul Cardall, Olafur Arnalds, Helen Jane Long, Ludovico Einaudi, David Nevue, Brian Crain

Heartfelt piano compositions, lightly orchestrated with emotional and ethereal strings. Familiar if you love the music of artists like Ludovico Einaudi or movie theme composers like Thomas Newman and John Barry. 

I am always inspired by themes of nature, love and spirituality, so I expect this shows in my instrumental compositions. My hope is for all my music to be relaxing enough to calm a racing mind, yet exciting enough to induce creativity. 

Hi, I’m Marc Filmer, a pianist and composer and I’m pleased to announce the release of my new EP, entitled ‘Simple Living’. I’m a British born creative, now a naturalized US citizen, residing in Upstate New York and I’ve provided music to major clients, networks and agencies.

As a listener, I’m inspired by neo-romantic movie themes by composers like John Williams, John Barry and James Horner. I’m fond of instrumental music by Artists like Enya and I follow a similar philosophy of avoiding click-tracks in favor of a humanistic ebb and flow. 

Sign-up for my ‘New Album Release’ emails and receive the title track of ‘Simple Living’ for free, plus others. I plan on continuing to provide a free track from each new album to my subscribers while I build my fan list.

Thank-you for your interest… now please lend me your ears!

"Postcards" Album Released

posted 22 Jun 2017, 09:56 by Marc Filmer   [ updated 22 Jun 2017, 10:28 ]

"Postcards" Album
"Postcards" has been released! It's a collection of piano-driven instrumentals, with a light symphonic orchestration, consisting of soft strings and melodic flute. It fit's well into Neo-Classical, New-Age and Contemporary Instrumental playlists, so it's great to relax to.

The album is available to stream in full on my website and to receive a FREE MP3 of my favorite album track, please sign up to my 'new album' email list. You'll get another free track when the next album is released.

If you like what you hear and wish to purchase the album, please consider picking it up from my preferred web distributor, as you'll be supporting my future work to the fullest.

The cover image is of Gold Hill in Shaftesbury, England. I took the photo on a visit with family and was struck by the timeless beauty of the street that Hollywood Director, Ridley Scott, made famous. 

Now, please allow me to send a few postcards to your ears.   Marc Filmer

Live on Pandora Internet Radio

posted 14 Sep 2016, 10:22 by Marc Filmer   [ updated 16 Sep 2016, 18:53 ]

Pandora
My debut release "Ethereal" has passed the submission process for Pandora Internet Radio and my artist station page is now live, here and in the permanent footer link 'Pandora' button below. For anyone who doesn't know what Pandora is, it's the most popular internet radio service in the US, Australia, New Zealand. I must also say that since learning about how Pandora works, I've become a massive advocate and I recommend it to everyone. I often listen to the 'New Age Solo Piano' station while I do a bit of housework (chuckle).

The 'music genome' process works so well and it seems superbly fair in focusing solely on the musical qualities over all over factors! How totally refreshing, unique and exciting! It's fabulous to hear artist Yiruma, followed by Film Composer Aaron Zigman, followed by a new artist I hadn't discovered yet. When you create stations (sort of like playlists) they acts as launchpads for similar music. It's little wonder that Pandora has become number one for internet radio, comes pre-installed in Blu-ray players, streaming devices and cars etc.

I submitted 'Message In A Bottle' as a sample of the album on July 28th, 2016 and it was approved on August 24th, 2016, so the process took a month (I've heard it can vary quite a bit). Here is what Pandora have to say about the 'Music Genome Project', quoted from an email correspondence:

"Each track is analyzed in the Music Genome Project using up to 450 distinct attributes before it plays on Pandora. This deeper review process does take time to ensure we are capturing the identity and qualities of each track that are relevant to the preferences of our listeners."

'Ethereal' went live and began playing on September 7th, 2016, so the whole process took 41 days from start to finish (in my case). The artwork might take a week or two longer to update in their system and I am waiting for Rovi to add biographical information and my artist photo (they supply this info to most streaming databases, including AllMusic.

It was interesting to read up on how my music was classified by the Music Genome Project on Marc Filmer Radio:

To start things off, we'll play a song that exemplifies the musical style of Marc Filmer which features new age aesthetics, an overall meditative sound, acoustic sonority, extended vamping and major key tonality.

According to Pandora, similar artists are: Richard Dillon, Toni Verde, Christine Bustos, Clint Mansell & Kronos Quartet and Laura McMillan.

"Ethereal" Album Release

posted 7 Aug 2016, 14:28 by Marc Filmer   [ updated 16 Sep 2016, 06:52 ]

My debut Album "Ethereal" has been digitally released and is available now for purchase on itunes, amazon mp3  and google play. The tracks can also be streamed via spotify and iheart radio and in the coming weeks, I'll be releasing some music videos on YouTube featuring a 'player piano' style view. It's my hope that these videos will make for a relaxing viewing experience and also be useful to anyone wishing to actually play the tracks themselves on piano.

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