Posted tagged ‘film’

Terracotta Warriors Project Video Ad

September 18, 2012

Only 9 days left until the Terracotta Warriors Auction and Banquet to raise money for the BC Lions Society for Children with Disabilities. Here’s a video with a little history of the warriors and this project in Vancouver.

My warrior, Wu Chang, makes a couple appearances in the video: in my studio, lying down getting painted, and in front of the Richmond Cultural Centre. You can place a bid before the live auction and banquet by going to GoBid:

Do You Suffer From Career Complacency?

June 5, 2012

Last week, Mike, a fellow musician, posted a link to a podcast that talked about career complacency. I’m not one to spend a half hour listening to something online, but I did this time, and I went further to find where the text version was (by Scott Dinsmore), and to see the trailer for a film being made on the subject (“I’m Fine, Thanks”). I encourage everyone who has ever had the thought “I wish I were doing something I love,” or “I wish I could be an artist, musician, dancer, architect, astronaut …” to go and check out these sites.

What is true to your heart? What gives you a creative high? Don’t be content to just float through life, spread your wings and soar! What an amazing world this would be if we all decided to try our best to live our dreams instead of just doing what others tell us is practical and realistic. It’s hard to get out of our daily routine, but I would like to try. How about you?

Here are the sites:   Read the post:

How Complacency Killed the College Graduate (& the American Dream) + What YOU Can Do

Then go to this site to see the trailer, and maybe donate, to the feature length documentary about complacency called “I’m Fine, Thanks”


New Song: The Fragrance, by Tiana

July 25, 2010

Cover art by Tiana Kaczor

Finally, a new song for you. I have been improvising a lot the last few months,  getting new ideas, and never finishing them enough to post. This song is the latest idea and I decided to let it remain quite simple and quickly post it. “The Fragrance” is a meditative cinematic journey, a song to listen to with headphones, with eyes closed, lying down, relaxed. At least that’s how I like to listen to it.

Go to my “Songs” page or use the link to Reverbnation to listen to it. Enjoy and let me know what you think of it.

Penguin Clip Music Demo by Tiana

February 2, 2010

Last fall I entered a contest with Nightingale Music. This is the film clip of penguins that they wanted people to write music for. I have just added more instruments, faded out the location sound, and remastered my composition. It was hard to find a good sound for these critters, as it’s not a clip with specific emotions or dramatic action. So, does my music add any feeling for you when you watch it?

Tiana’s silent acting in Sarah MacDougall video

October 20, 2009

Awhile ago I responded to an email call out for volunteers to help Sarah MacDougall with a video for her song “Cry Wolf”. I met my friend Chris for brunch in Gastown, and then we headed into an alley to do our silent acting in the mini crowd scenes. Great song, and fun video. At the time it seemed hard to dance without music, but as seen here, it worked!

New Song by Tiana, “Ten Lane Traffic”

August 9, 2009

After 3 months of writing, mixing, and mastering, my newest song is finally posted. “Ten Lane Traffic” was inspired by the documentary film “Transit Dubai” which I saw at Vancouver’s DOXA film festival.

Album art by Tiana Kaczor for "Ten Lane Traffic"

Album art by Tiana Kaczor for "Ten Lane Traffic"

Scenes of multi laned highways cutting through the desert, head and tail lights creating lines of glowing colour, inspired me to play notes in repetition on the piano. The pattern of sound mirroring the endless stream of traffic.  Extra mixing with panning and automated volume on a B4 II organ adds some low rumblings of engines zooming by.

Go to Tiana Kaczor’s ‘Song’ page to listen to “Ten Lane Traffic”. You can also listen to it on her MySpace page, or Reverbnation, where for a limited time you can download the song for free. While you’re there don’t forget to join up and become a fan, which would be greatly appreciated as fans generate points which eventually leads to payments $!

Thanks for taking the time to listen to my new song.  Comments you have on this piece, or any other music or art, are always welcome.

Before Music Dies

June 26, 2009

This is a great documentary film about the current state of the music industry. I ended up watching the whole thing this morning, and was very inspired. So, I’m sharing it with you here, and then I’m off to make my own music!

Before Music Dies documentary
Sep 5, 2008 – 1:17:25
Narrated by Academy Award® Winner Forest Whitaker, BEFORE THE MUSIC DIES is an unsettling and inspiring look at today’s popular music industry featuring interviews and performances by Eryka…

Monsters Inc demo by Tiana

November 12, 2008

Who knew that scoring an animation clip would take 3 months? But for an artist who likes process as much as product, this was an exercise full of learning experiences.

I originally scored and did sound effects for the Monsters Inc clip last spring for my orchestration class. It received good reviews, but wasn’t quite at that professional level yet, sounding a bit quiet and thin. This fall I have been taking a mastering class and learning all sorts of tricks of the trade.  Some techniques seem so obvious now, but when one is learning so much, even things that are common sense get lost in the deluge of information. For instance, if a voice is coming from off camera, shouldn’t the sound come from that direction? And if your character is moving across the screen wouldn’t the sound move too? Static is boring, panning is exciting. This demo also includes new tricks for compression, delay, using a flanger, and finding that sweet spot frequency range when working with the EQ on individual instruments. And wow, does adding a cello track ever fill out the score.

All this tech talk doesn’t mean a whole lot to the average film viewer, but it’s what makes the difference between ordinary and extraordinary. Like playing the old piano in the school basement, and then sitting down at a Fazioli grand. It’s taking time to train my ears, but I am hearing the differences now. So I invite you to view my latest demo “Monsters Inc”, and send me your comments. It was fun for me to score, and I hope it makes you laugh.

New Film, Song & Art Pages and a New Look!

September 5, 2008

For those of you who have seen my website over the last month you will notice that I have chosen a new look. A few people commented that the first design was hard to read with the orange on black and small text. I agree that it was hard to find your way around and read. Hopefully this new look will be better. What do you think?

Let me also invite you to visit a few new pages that I’ve created to show off my talents. “Art” has a few examples of my paintings and drawings. “Film & TV Scores” has videos that I have scored music to, and for some I also did the sound design ( you know, car sounds in the background, heavy breathing, punches, footsteps, etc.) “Songs” has a few examples of my music that is with, or without lyrics, but has a definite melody and structure. I hope you will enjoy listening and watching, and I would love to hear any comments you may have.