Sunday, April 22, 2012

Justin Lassen at ASCAP “I Create Music” Expo 2012: Highlights

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Hey everyone! Just got done with ASCAP’s “I Create Music” expo from here in Hollywood, CA. It was a lot of fun this year, I got to goto a master session with one of my favorite composers (Mark Isham), meet a lot of cool people, musicians and songwriters as well as check out new technologies, processes, industry panels and even was honored with some new sponsorships. Very good show! :) I even ran into Chris Bristol (CEO, Roland US) again, with a warm invitation to their new artist location in burbank. I didn’t take many photos, but just wanted to post up a couple of them.

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(above) This was an interesting panel from the head’s of the 4 biggest publishers (Danny Strick - Sony/ATV, Greg Sowders – Warner, Lionel Conway – BMG, Monti Olson – Universal),  talking about the past and present of how publishers and labels work. They’ve been in the business a while, and it showed (good and bad things.) :)

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This a picture of Mark Isham being interviewed, about his creative processes, teams, business, history with anecdotes and thoughts from his work on Warrior, Dolphin Tale and my favorite TV series “Once Upon A Time”, which has a gorgeous under-score. He uses a 34 piece orchestra each week, and ABC/Disney have trusted him deeply on the project. The things he said, just confirmed my own thoughts and suspicions. Good talk!

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Here I am with the creative director, Christian Henson (right) of Spitfire in England, makers of “The World’s Finest” virtual instruments and samples of orchestral ensembles. They are between 5,000 and 40,000 dollars. The samples were fresh and exciting. I’m excited to start using these tools. Really majestic and epic, heartfelt performances. both of them were great players and genuine spirits.

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Me and the Artist/Sales at Steinberg, Brian McGovern. Really wicked cool guy, and I’m honored to get a chance to work with him and be welcomed to the family. I’m already learning a lot. We first met at NAMM, and now again at ASCAP.

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This guy was a total surprise to meet at the conference. I was introduced to him by Steinberg as a kindred spirit. His name is Allen Morgan, and he’s quite the amazing remixer/producer/mixer. He’s done work for for Taylor Swift, NIN, The Rasmus, etc. His sessions are clean, slick and super pro. I’m honored that we met and look forward to future projects! We both have Finland in common in more ways than one.

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To help out my good pal Carl Jacobson, we watched the Nimbit fort while he went to the industry round tables for a little bit. This was a lot of fun, as we (naomi and i) got to meet a lot of variously genre’d musicians, singers and songwriters. I even met this young guy who was in the choirs for Men In Black 3 (Danny Elfman) new soundtrack. Some world, jazz, pop, rock, alternative, hip-hop and other artists.

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Here’s the one-and-only NMERCER. You’ve probably seen her name on a few of my latest video game and film productions (Grimm Quest, Underworld: Awakening etc.) She’s a super talented singer/songwriter/performer AND good friend I’ve known for many years, and she’s got an album in the works. She picked me as the producer for her album, which has been turning out awesome. Stay tuned for something new and original.

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Great show.  Also ran into all my people and exec friends of the ASCAP staff, and saw a few cool heroes of mine.  Happy I went, learned a lot. Thanks for reading! :)

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

iZotope Iris™ Software Synthesizer Released with Factory Patches by Justin Lassen!

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I’m extremely proud to announce that iZotope has finally released Iris™ to the world after many long months of passionate work and creating in the shadows… :) Imagine if you took Photoshop-like things like selection tools, brushes and mixed it with spectrum and waveform editor and could extract out sounds from your recordings and everyday life… You’ll certainly “find music in everything”. :)

iZotope Iris™ is a groundbreaking sample-based synthesizer that harnesses the power of both your eyes and your ears. Fuel your creativity with Iris's new spin on sound design: a "visual instrument" that's perfect for musical inspiration and sonic experimentation.

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KEY FEATURES

  • Discover what's inside any sound: Load audio into Iris and explore spectral details that a regular waveform locks away.
  • Highlight what intrigues you: Extract and isolate the most interesting sonic components with a full suite of visual selection tools.
  • Combine the unthinkable: Layer completely diverse sound sources into totally unique combinations... what do a tattoo needle and a swamp bird and a slot machine sound like together?
  • Stay musical: Rely on intelligent root note detection to help shape musical material from noise, ambient textures, soundscapes... even mistakes!
  • Enhance and invigorate your sound: Apply world-class iZotope reverbs, distortions and delays, then take advantage of extended synth features like amp envelopes and LFOs.
  • Get amazing sounds immediately: Spark your imagination with over 500 patches by world-class sound designers, or design your own with Iris's 4 GB library of diverse sound samples.

iZotope brought me onboard to help create fresh, inspiring factory patches/presets from their 4GB Iris™ Sound Library, and I worked night and day for months, crafting away special, innovative and hopefully intriguing starting points that I hope will inspire composers, producers and sound designers all over the world on their film, TV, game and music projects. I was certainly inspired by all of the above, and you’ll even find otherworldly easter-eggs and exciting gems in there as you explore the list.

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I created hundreds of exclusive factory patches for iZotope Iris™. All the patches that I created are special little aural children born little at a time thanks to the amazing Iris™ sound engine, and I also gave those patches all really unique, somewhat familiar and fantastic names that I hope will jump out at you as you are searching through the library for a variety of sounds, textures, instruments, flavors, scenes and aural snapshots.

From the bottom of my heart, I hope that Iris™ helps bring you all into other worlds of your own and gives you inspiring tools for your own creative journeys and don’t forget to experiment on your own audio content too!! and there is plenty of untapped potential in the Iris Sound library!! It was an honor to be apart of such a groundbreaking new synthesizer and to get a chance to work with such an amazing heartfelt team at iZotope! You guys rock! Mad respect to everyone involved! – J.Lassen.

Check out videos, information, how to try it out, buy, at iZotope’s website. All the details are on this page: http://www.izotope.com/products/audio/iris/index.asp?hs12

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Konami Releases Special Edition 5-Disc Original Soundtrack for “Otomedius-X”!

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430px-Otomedius_ExcellentNAIn 2010 I was asked by the respected Japanese composer/musician Norihiko Hibino to do some soundtracks for Konami’s “Otomedius Excellent”, an XBOX360 title that was quite successful in Japan. I was one of only 3 American game composers carefully selected for the project that merged east and west musicians/composers for the first time on a groundbreaking massive soundtrack that brought the best of Gradius ships and hot anime girls together. :). It was an honor to be chosen alongside both famed game composer (and hero of mine) Jeremy Soule (Skyrim, Icewind Dale, Neverwinter Nights, etc.) and prolific composer extraordinaire Jake Kaufman, as well as Hibino-san’s other amazing global composers in China, Japan, etc.

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otomedius-x-box2012Yesterday I got sent a copy of the special edition release of the soundtrack. 5-discs! 120-tracks! tons of amazing composers from all over the world! I’m incredibly honored to be apart of the project to this day. Even if you never play the game, the music stands on its own. Special thanks from me to Norihiko, Gem Impact, Konami, Jayson Napolitano (mad props!) and everyone else on the project. :) Love this music!! Enjoy!!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Justin Lassen scores iOS game “Ow my Balls” (4.1 Million downloads!)

Hey guys. Quick update of a funny game “Ow My Balls XL” you can check out by my friend Josh at Jetson Creative LLC. You basically kick these guys off buildings and try to hurt their balls as much as possible before they land. You even have the option to record your own sound effects within the game! There’s even fart flying?! Really simple, clever little game. It’s free, but also there's a character pack and new music for .99 cents. :) I even did some dubstep for it! I did some of the production while in Portland, Oregon earlier this year at his studio and finished up in Chandler, Arizona.

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Check out the trailer for the iPad XL version here:

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Check out the tracks from these links:
Original MP3Extreme MP3

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http://www.owmyballsthegame.com/
http://itunes.apple.com/app/ow-my-balls!/id306241251?mt=8

Enjoy! :)