alex otterlei

Followup to yesterday…

I received the following from musician Alex Otterlei via email. It’s good information for those wanting to learn more about this artist.

I have not done any full feature movies (yet), and I’m not really chasing that goal right now. My main goal is to reach an audience that comes to listen to (and hopefully gets thrilled by)  my work at concerts.

As we speak, a team of wonderful people is cooking up an animated comic to accompany my upcoming live concert of “Horror on the Orient Express”, sometime in 2013. However, I’ve created music and sound for several short films, including “Darkness” by Kevin Lauryssen for which I received the “Best Soundtrack” award.

You can watch it here:

I’ve also done music and SFX for the computer game Monkey Tales which received the Medea Award last year.

Thanks, Alex! I look forward to more of your work!

Music Review: “Wondrous Journey, Part 1” by Alex Otterlei

Wondrous Journey

Despite knowing next to nothing about the technical aspects of music, I once again find myself compelled to author another review of the aural arts. I’m driven by a desire to share the good stuff when I find it, even if the best I can do is offer up a piddly “Hey, this sounds, oh-my-God, amazing!”

This time I’m taking up the torch for an eight minute work of symphonic orchestra music written by Alex Otterlei titled “Wondrous Journey.”

First, a bit of a caveat emptor. I’ve known Alex for several years, and during that time I’ve come to become a fan of his music. His work can be thought of in the same milieu as Midnight Syndicate (a comparison I give to provide many readers a point of reference)—symphonic, orchestral, often using electro-synth, and almost exclusively without spoken lyrics. While the Syndicate has created several movie soundtracks, Alex (to my knowledge) has not, though this is something I could see him doing with much success.

“Wondrous Journey” opens with four particularly dark and sudden bursts of music punctuated by a moment of a silence. This apprehension bleeds into a an ominous serious of quick notes that I take to underscore the occasional dread associated with long travel. But the mood lightens and becomes one of wonder as the driving melody leads the listener down a road of beauty and brightness. The last third of the piece is quieter, as we arrive at our first stop, a place of mystery, that the composer promises to share in part 2.

According to the handy composer notes provided by Alex, the style of the piece is symphonic, neo-tonal with a strongly apparent bi-tonal harmony incorporating polymetric and polyrhythmic structures. The lead scale is B Major (various modi) interacting with G minor (aeolian), ultimately leading to the Ab Overtone scale.

Now THAT is the sort of technical knowledge of music that I was referencing in my opening paragraph!

Here is a nifty trailer for the song.

You can buy “Wondrous Journey” for a mere 99 cents from the following:
CD Baby