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“88 Notes”

Chris Spencer, a talented photographer and videographer over at Middlebury College, recently invited me over to the campus to make this short film in which I play a few songs on a really nice piano and stammer some rambling responses to basic questions in between. We hope you like it:

Speaking of Vermont, here’s a nice new write-up about Salt in County Tracks, a local music blog up there. You can stream that album here and order it here. And there’s a small handful of performances in northern New England coming up to round out the year; details for all of those are here.

I just got back from a quick swing down south, which looked variously like this, this, and this. I’m immensely pleased to report that while I was down there I finally played a gig in South Carolina, meaning that Delaware and Hawaii are now the only states that I still haven’t performed in. So if you live in Honolulu or Dover and want me to play in your backyard, please let me know — I’ll cancel all my plans and get there right away.

Oh, and finally, I’m very flattered to have been nominated for an award over at Red Line Roots this month, and would appreciate your vote if you’ve got a second! The other nominees in my category include a few of the most frighteningly talented musicians I know, but please don’t let that affect your position.

Thanks, everyone; I hope you’re all well.
Ben

October and Previous Months

It being five months since the last update to this journal, I thought it might be time to regale you with what passes for news around here. Empty Rooms has had a great first few months, and is now available on iTunes, CDBaby, in record shops all over New England, and even a few elsewhere… I drove cross-country this summer writing for a travel guide, and took the opportunity to deposit copies of the record in nearly every state I went through. Except for the South Dakota-Wyoming stretch, where you’re hard pressed to find a music store. Or a building.

In the meantime, between plugging the album (incidentally, I also have a huge pile of remarkably attractive black t-shirts emblazoned with “empty rooms” and the piano hammer graphic from the cover; let me know if you’d be interested in wearing one) and playing wherever they’ll have me play, I’ve been scoring some more- I just composed and recorded the soundtrack to a full-length film by Michael Van Devere called “Perkins 28,” which should be finished in the next month or two. And David Rice’s Do Rivers, the animated short I scored last spring, is being shown at film festivals in Northampton, MA and Madrid, Spain. Dave and I will hopefully be attending the Northampton one, but Madrid is… well, it’s on the other side of a fairly significant ocean, which poses a few logistical problems.

Hope that all is well with all of you; keep an eye on the performances page, but I promise to keep this journal more regularly updated too.

Music & Images

So as some of you know, I’ve recently had the chance to try a little film scoring, and have had tons of fun in the process. Two of the results are being shown tonight at 7:30 in Harvard’s Carpenter Center Lecture Hall: Do Rivers (pictured) by David Rice, and Fortunes by Tiffanie Hsu are among a set of roughly 2 dozen short films being screened tonight, and though the event is ticketed, admission is free.

I had a blast scoring each of these films, and am deeply grateful to both directors for asking me to help. The whole process is crazy to watch and even crazier to be a part of. I hope I’ll get to do a lot more of this in the future, but these first experiences with it were awesome ones.

In other news, Empty Rooms has finally made it onto iTunes. Check it out, write a review, tell all your friends!

Click here to open Empty Rooms in iTunes