Monday, June 19, 2017

Eimear Noone Presents:  The Celtic Link

Executive Producer, Eímear Noone 

Eímear Noone
Eímear Noone
Produced by Craig Stuart Garfinkle

Craig Stuart Garfinkle
Craig Stuart Garfinkle
Co-produced by Odhrán O Casaide 

Odhrán O Casaide
Odhrán O Casaide
Recording Engineer, Ben Rawlins

Ben Rawlins
Ben Rawlins
Mixing Engineer, Craig Stuart Garfinkle

Whistlers, Robert Harvey and Siobhán O Connor
Flutes, Tom Doorley, Robert Harvey, Siobhán O Connor

Tom Doorley, and Robert Harvey
Tom Doorley, and Robert Harvey

Fiddles, Odhrán O Casaide, Roisin Ward Morrow

Roisin Ward Morrow
Roisin Ward Morrow
Bodhrán, Aimee Farrell Courtney

Aimee Farrell Courtney
Aimee Farrell Courtney

Pipes, Odhrán O Casaide

Odhrán O Casaide
Odhrán O Casaide
Banjos, Kieran Hanrahan and Josh O Loughlan

Kieran Hanrahan
Kieran Hanrahan

Josh O Loughlan
Josh O Loughlan
Guitar and Bass, Craig Stuart Garfinkle

Craig Stuart Garfinkle
Craig Stuart Garfinkle
Harps, Fiona Gryson, Gráinne Myer, Tara Viscardy

Fiona Gryson
Fiona Gryson

Gráinne Myer
Gráinne Myer

Tara Viscardy
Tara Viscardy
 Accordion, Stephen Hurley

Stephen Hurley
Stephen Hurley
Piano, Len J J Cheung

Len J J Cheung
Len J J Cheung
Zelda’s Lullaby features The Triforce Quartet, orchestrated by Eímear Noone

Stanley Beckwith, Jacob Roege, Christopher Ferrara, Chad Schwartz
Stanley Beckwith, Jacob Roege, Christopher Ferrara, Chad Schwartz
Photo by Fran Marshall

Trad arrangers, Odhrán O Casaide, Kieran Hanrahan, Tom Doorley

Kieran Hanrahan
Kieran Hanrahan

Tom Doorley
Tom Doorley

Zelda Orchestral Fantasy arranged by Eímear Noone

Orchestrated by Eímear Noone and Craig Stuart Garfinkle. 
Featuring Eimear Noone conducting the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, 
James Fitzpatrick, orchestra director.
Courtesy of Tommy Tallarico

City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
Vocals on Zelda Orchestral Fantasy, Sibéal Ní Chasaide and Laura Intravia

Laura Intravia
Laura Intravia

Zelda's Lullaby, Vocals and Irish Lyric, Sibéal Ní Chasaide

Sibéal Ní Chasaide
Sibéal Ní Chasaide

Join our Post Kickstarter to get all the bonus material!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Four Must Have Books for the Aspiring Media Composer

In my masterclass yesterday at IMRO in Dublin, I was asked which books I would recommend for the aspiring media composer.  In the lecture, I mentioned these four great books:
This is the first (in no particular order), Richard Bellis's The Emerging Film Composer.
Next, is Andy Hill's Scoring the Screen: The Secret Language of Film Music.

Then there is Guerrilla Film Scoring by Jeremy Borum.
Finally, there's On the Track by Fred Karlin. Fred was my teacher when I was in the ASCAP workshop a few years ago (OK, more than just a few).

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

KNX 1070 - Tell the whole truth.

Tell the whole truth, or nothing.
Sitting in the car just now, KNX 1070 stated the results of a poll saying 57% of Americans support the ban on immigrants just imposed. No explanation or commentary, just that statement.

I said to myself, "That doesn't sound right. What is the truth?"

So I found the poll. Here are the two questions (verified on the link below) that were asked of 1,000 people in a phone poll:

1* Do you favor or oppose a temporary ban on refugees from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen until the federal government improves its ability to screen out potential terrorists from coming here?

2* Do you favor or oppose a temporary block on visas prohibiting residents of Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen from entering the United States until the federal government improves its ability to screen out potential terrorists from coming here?

I read these questions and said to myself:

"If I wasn't married to a green card, formerly 01 Visa Holder, and didn't know first hand how hard and expensive it is to get into this country, to get these visas, how would I answer?"

"If I didn't cross the border 10+ times a year and personally know the process; watch as people are held and questioned at the slightest hint of impropriety…"

"How would I vote?" 
How would you vote?

I would vote in favor of the ban, based on how these questions are written, if I didn't know the process first hand.

Additionally, the questions are phrased in such a way that implies there aren't already strict guidelines, or that the ones in place are not sufficient. As phrased, these questions lead one to answer, yes, I would support such a ban. 57% of those polled agreed.

For now on, I vow, before stating anything about a poll, to find the actual questions and read them for myself, then judge the validity. KNX, I would hope you would the same. People trust you.

The real news story should be how the poll itself is misleading and who sponsored the poll, not the result. That was determined before the poll was even launched.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

The Joys of Christmas - Something for the Holiday!

In my career, I've created a handful of comedic Christmas celebrations in music and film.

I do love the season, but I just can't help being amused by the dichotomy of the Christmas celebrations of love and kindness (which even as a jew, married to a Catholic, I completely appreciate) and how much stress people feel trying to create the perfect Christmas, find the perfect gifts, etc.

With this in mind, here are three little projects to put you into the Christmas spirit.

The Donald Trumps Christmas

Psycho Bells

Christmas with my Shiksa

Monday, April 18, 2016

Did you miss our Celtic Link Kickstarter?

Did you miss our Kickstarter, 
Eimear Noone presents: "The Celtic Link,"
Featuring Themes from the Legend of Zelda?

Pre-Order Your Digital Copy
Read below to preview excerpts 
and to join our "Post Kickstarter"

When you join our Post-Kickstarter, in addition to the CD you get:
  • All the bonus tracks, rough mixes, and alt versions to the songs on "The Celtic Link" CD.
  • Two excerpts from the VGL Level 5 Documentary
  • Three CDs worth of additional scores by Craig Stuart Garfinkle and Eimear Noone, including music from our other game and film scores - most unavailable anywhere else!
  • Be the first to see the music videos we are creating for the CD
  • And much, much more.  We want to make sure our backers have priority access to all we do!

We were so honored that so many of you supported our successful Kickstarter campaign to create unique "Traditional Irish" versions of the themes from "The Legend of Zelda," featuring the brilliant DIT Irish Traditional Music Ensemble.

As we get into the final stages of producing the CD, we are inundated by fans who want to get all the special updates, rough mixes, and more, but missed the actual Kickstarter.

Only those who made the Kickstarter can get the physical copies, but we are offering a limited umber of digital copies, including all the bonuses, for those who join our "Post Kickstarter" - before the public  CD is released (projected for mid-July, 2017).  The Kickstarter version is complete!

To get a taste of what we have created, here are excerpts from three rough mixes - all works in progress.  
The Celtic Link - Orchestral Fantasy (Excerpt)

The Celtic Link - Duku Palace Rough Mix (Excerpt)

The Celtic Link - Song of Storms Rough Mix (Excerpt)

And here is our original Kickstarter video:

This price will also get you two of our bonus rewards, Craig Stuart Garfinkle's score from "Baldur's Gate, The Dark Alliance II," and a special edition of Eimear Noone's CD "Hyberian."   You will also get the special track updates as they occur.

Order Your Digital Copy Now!

Saturday, April 2, 2016

iDIG 2016, Schedule of Events for Day 2 (of 3), April 30, RDS Auditorium

The Second Annual Dublin International Game Music Festival
Schedule of Events for Day Two (of three): April 30, 2016

At the RDS Auditorium
(subject to minor changes - as of 4/2/16)

8:00 AM RDS center opens to iDIG Staff for pre show setup.

9:00 AM  General admission doors open for first event.

9:00 AM (and all day), Expo Space, Artists Alley

As it was in day one:  We'll have a wonderful collection of game artists showing off their creations.  If you want to exhibit, contact

Daxter, by Ciaran Byrne

Iron Man, Meghan Stapleton

9:00 AM (and all day), Expo Space - IMIRT

The association of indie Irish game developers will have demos running of their new games. Get sneak peeks at these works in progress.
Danny Moffit's "Floaty Ball!
Ian Munt's Gobblin's Grotto
9:00 AM (and all day), Expo Space - GAME JAM!

Hosted by our Irish Game Developers, watch as they build games in real time!

9:30 -11:00 AM, RDS Auditorium, conducting seminar featuring Eimear Noone

About Eimear Noone: 

Eimear's iDIG 2015 Seminar
Eimear Noone is an award winning Irish composer and conductor, resident in Malibu California, who splits her time between composing for video games, feature films, TV, commercials, and conducting classical and game music concerts.  

Eimear composed and conducted for the iconic video game, "World of Warcraft" and the recent expansion, "Warlords of Draenor." The score for "WoD" received the 2014 "Hollywood Music in Media Award" for "Best Video Game Score" and was nominated for 5 "Annual Game Music Awards," and “The 2015 ASCAP, Composer’s Choice Award.”

Arguably the world's current premier conductor of video game scores (both in the studio and in the concert hall), her credits include the most respected in the genre.  In addition to "World of WarCraft," her credits include "Heroes of The Storm,'" "StarCraft II," "Diablo III." "Reaper of Souls," "Hearthstone," "Overwatch," and many more.  "Diablo III," as one example, smashed the record in game sales by selling over 3.5 million copies in the first 24 hours alone. It also won the 2012 GDC award for best audio - which includes the award for music, the 2012 Hollywood Music in Media Award for Best Original Score, and a 2013 BAFTA Nomination for Original Score.

This playlist exemplifies just a few of her performances as conductor for Blizzard Games.

In this seminar Eimear will discuss everything from the basics of conducting, beat patterns, and share her secrets about efficient stage and studio performance.

11:00 - 11:30, Planned Expo Break

11:30 - 1:00 RDS Auditorium, The European Premier of "Beep"

Beep is a documentary history of game sound from the Victorian arcades through to today, with a special focus on video game sound, but also including mechanical games and pinball. Beep is a feature-length film, a series of webisodes and DVD extras, a book, and a collection of resources here on this website. Beep began with a Kickstarter campaign in August/September 2014, and began filming in October 2014. Beep the film and book are scheduled for release in spring 2016. 
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Lunch and Expo Time

Be sure to explore the Artists Alley, Game Booths, and more!

2:00 PM - 2:50 PM, RDS Auditorium The Spooney Bards, Straight from Belfast, they return to iDIG to bring their rock twist to your favorite game scores.  

3:00 - 3:30 Auditorium, Meet Terran Gregory

We are pleased to welcome this special guest to the 2016 Dublin International Game Music Festival, award winning director for Blizzard Games, Terran Gregory.

Terran is a Project Director in Blizzard Entertainment’s Cinematics division, where he has been working on creating cutscenes, trailers, short films, and other visual media since joining the company in 2006. Terran creatively leads the World of Warcraft In-Game Cinematics team, which lets him pursue his two greatest passions: Filmmaking and Video games. Terran is eternally humbled and excited for every opportunity he gets to collaborate with the incredibly talented musicians of Blizzard Entertainment.
Terran will discuss his unique journey into the world of video games and share some of his most famous, stunning productions.

3:30 - 4:30 PM,  The Composer and Director Relationship featuring Blizzard Composer Neal Acree and Director Terran Gregory, Moderated by Eimear Noone

Neal Acree, Photo by Fran Marshall

We are doubly blessed at iDIG 2016 to have this multiple award winning pair to discuss their many collaborations.  Don't miss this rare opportunity to get a peek behind the scenes of how the images and music get put together.

4:30 - 5:00 RDS Auditorium, JJ McNamara Returns!

JJ McNamara, classical piano genius and avid game fan performs his version of his favorite game themes.  Since performing at iDIG 2015, he has earned countless awards and won even more piano competitions.  We are so pleased to have him return!

Here's JJ performing "Tetris" as Franz Liszt

5:00 - 6:00 PM, RDS Auditorium, Classroom Battles

Classroom Battles Go Sonic!  A crowd favorite from 2015, they return with a vengeance to iDIG 2016 with there spin on the music from Sonic!

6:00 - 7:00 PM RDS Auditorium

The Triforce Quartet.  Straight from sold out performances at PAX, VGL and the MAG Fest, returns to iDIG to  put their unique stamp on game music!

Tickets and more info about The 2016 Dublin International Game Music Festival:  

Monday, March 28, 2016

HALO Composers Michael Salvatori and Martin O'Donnell introduce their classic theme.

If you have arrived at this page, you already know that for our May 1st, VIDEO GAMES LIVE concert, headlining the 2nd Annual Dublin International Game Music Festival, we are "crowd creating" the classic theme from the game HALO.

Here are the composers Michael Salvatori and Martin O'Donnell introducing their piece - and performing the "Monk's Theme."

For more about our crowd creation:

For more info about the festival: