Monday, February 21, 2011

Justin Lassen composed soundtracks for Otomedius Excellent from Konami!

excellent2011-boxWelcome to Otomedius Excellent, a (boxed/physical) XBOX360 Konami game where really hot anime chicks from famous Japanese franchises in sexy revealing outfits, ride on rockets from Gradius and conquer level after level with waves of enemies and twists and turns! This is the follow-up to the famous Otomedius G. :) If you like shooters, you will love this game! :)

Well it has been unofficially announced for a while now, but this just means I can finally talk about my involvement. I composed cool soundtrack work for it last year (2010) over the summer before I went to Hawaii. Like all projects, I had to stay quiet about it until given their blessings and permission. :) I’m so proud and happy that it’s finally coming out!

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It was my first time working with Konami and my dear friend and world renowned composer Norihiko Hibino (lead composer and producer at Gem Impact). Noteworthy interest, is that I also got to meet and befriend the composer of Gradius as well (Hitoshi Sakimoto), it is an honor to know them both to this day and getting to work with Norihiko and the other talented composers and world-wide effort like this is priceless! Thank you so much for having me on the project!

This was a really cool team-effort of composers around the world, an east meets west unique partnership of some really amazing talent lead by Gem Impact, that I am honored to be apart of!

From Japan: Yuzo Koshiro, Michiru Yamane, Motoi Sakuraba, Noriyuki Iwadare, Shinji Hosoe, Motoaki Furukawa, Kenichiro Fukui, Manabu Namiki

China: Roc Chen

USA: Jake Kaufman, Bently Jones, Jeremy Soule, Justin Lassen

The Official Trailer from Konami (2011)

and if you would like to see some footage of “stage 1” that I found on youtube. Enjoy and hope you like!

Stage 01–Otomedius Excellent (XBOX 360)

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Justin Lassen @ New Music Seminar 2011 in LA

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I went to this thing called New Music Seminar 2011 in Los Angeles, CA. from February 14-16th. Got a good overview of what I already know to be true about the business of music, but it was great to meet label people, marketing people, licensing people, technology companies and forward thinking entrepreneurs. It took place at the Sheraton Universal near Universal Studios & Citywalk.

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There was interesting new artists to check out who did performances each night at The Roxy and a red carpet opening event at The Music Box in Hollywood. The revolution will not be televised… :)

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On the 1st day there was a panel of record label executives, presidents and chairmans (sometimes I can’t tell the difference between CEO/President/Chairman since so many of them seem to be given all three titles in this industry.)

Up on stage: Jay Frank (Sr. VP Music Strategies, CMT), Courtney Holt (President, Myspace Music), Pete Edge (President A&R, J Records), Craig Kallman (Chairman/CEO, Atlantic Records), James Diener (CEO/President, A&M/Octone Records, Universal Music Group), Cal Nyantakyi (A&R, RocNation), Ron Fair (Chairman, Geffen Records).

It was interesting to hear their insights about music, past and present and the direction they are taking their labels into the future. To be in the same room with the people that brought us artists like Maroon 5, Alecia Keys, Lady GaGa, Paramore, etc. etc. and told us different things about their process of artist development and why record labels are still needed. I really liked Ron Fair’s thoughts that artists can be independent but they still need “spirit guides” and “village elders” to show them the way and that it’s important to have good people around you. That was true wisdom. I agree that the old guard is responsible for helping the new guard into the fold.

What was really great about seeing them live in person, was that they were real humans and not the legendary characters we read about, but they really had an air of authenticity about them but years and years of experience that we can all learn from. There was also tons of other great talks and one-on-one quick mentoring sessions with some knowledgable folks.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

World-wide JL vocal collabs from 2009 and 2010!

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Here are 4 indie vocal collabs I did for various artists and bands around the world. These are all hosted on BandCamp. Different genres, experimental vocals and styles. I did these between 2009 and 2010. As far as Finland and as close as Arizona.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Empire of Modern Thought on SoundCloud!

Check out “GOD COMPLEX” and “DANGEROUS DAYS” from EMT on #SoundCloud! These are some of the works from all my analog synth recording and intricate edits lately. Enjoy! :)

GOD COMPLEX by justinlassen
A dark film-noir electro old school track that could fit inside a film like "Dark City" meshed with "Underworld" and "The Matrix". Stutter editing across the entire plethora of tracks (about 70 tracks total). All synthesizers are the pure analog Dave Smith Instruments Prophet '08! And no MIDI used, all pure audio. All drums and hits and fx are from one-shots pieced together methodically (no loops)! I wanted to see what I could do with the bare minimum again, bring it back to the old school production days. I hope you enjoy this beast. :) EMT.

DANGEROUS DAYS by justinlassen
I wanted to see what I could do with Dave Smith Instruments Analog Prophet 08, some loops from my own White Rabbit Asylum and my love for Charles Dickens, and the themes of broken hearts in many of his novels. I wanted to piece it together that tells a kind of story along the way. This was a labor of love, I hope you enjoy. :)

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Justin at Intel Atom Developer/AppUp Developer Event in Arizona!

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Where's Justin? (*hint* beanie)

On February 3rd 2011 (Year of the Rabbit), I was invited to check out an Intel Atom Developer/AppUp Developer Application Lab in Chandler, Arizona @ Gangplank. I think the idea of an “AppUp Store” for netbooks is a necessary and awesome progression for netbooks as the Apple App Store and Android Marketplace or Microsoft Marketplace were for those devices. There are so many netbooks in the world today and the growth of atom based netbooks and tablets is very impressive. Very cool that Intel created a development community so they can create software and applications for all of us, make money and contribute to a strong growing marketplace. Check it out if you are a developer, the market is strong. :)

Gina and Justin being silly!

Here I am with the one and only Gina B! :) This is the cool backdrop we found to take a photo with our nerd badges. :) They had free Pizza, Beer and deserts for all the attendees, and everyone who went got a free Lenovo S10-3T (touch screen) convertible netbook/tablet with MeeGo operating system. I’ve been using MeeGo for a few days now, getting familiar with it. Learning more about Linux lately as well in general.

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Neat little device from Lenovo. Kind of like an iPad and Netbook together in one. :) Here I am in Northern Scottsdale, Arizona, nice brisk chilly weather.

Why am I excited about netbooks/tablets? Portable music possibilities. I’ve always been an early adopter of mobile computing and bringing computers to places they’ve never been before, but with netbooks, I’m curious what is possible and what will be possible for musicians and composers! We all know there are exciting portable music apps, effects and software for the iphone/ipod/ipad, but with more powerful atom based devices with more ram, I’m looking forward to seeing what developers create for us musicians to make our musical dreams come to life! :)