Well, it was quite a year, and I don't really know where to start... It seems that these days a year goes by so fast, I have to think really hard to remember what even happened at the beginning of it. This past year was full of exciting musical and life adventures, and 2013 looks to be even more so. Here are some 2012 Highlights:
Performing with Taxes at the Great American Music Hall:
This was one of my last shows performing Keyboards with Taxes, and it was a great one, playing the opening night of the 2012 San Francisco Noise Pop Festival. Brandon Moore shot video for the concert, which came out great. You can watch it here. I have now stopped performing with Taxes, opting to focus 100% on Songwriting, Composition, and Producing. I had a great three years performing, writing, and arranging for this group, and I wish them all the success in the future.
2012 Also was a great year for me in the realm of writing music for visual media- writing and producing score for over ten projects for Film, Commercials, and Animation.
I produced the music for Director Brandon Moore's Riviera Skateboards Promotional Video, which went on to win the Panasonic Shoot it/Share it Contest. Brandon is a great film maker and an all around cool guy, and it was a pleasure working with him, along with mastering engineer and drummer Dylan Travis.
I also wrote, mixed/mastered, and produced the music for Director Ray Hu's film Blind Painter, which went on to win several awards in China, along with being an official selection of the 15th Shanghai International Film Festival. This was a great film, and I am continuing my partnership with Ray on multiple upcoming projects, in one of which I even had a small acting role. This was a first for me, and it's given me a whole new respect for the work of genuine actors. We're currently in the post production phase of that film, and it should be coming out this spring.
I also wrote and produced the music and sound design for multiple projects with animator extraordinaire Reem Ali Adeeb. Reem has since obtained a job in Los Angeles for acclaimed animation studio Titmouse, and continues to create great, original work. Working with Reem is always a pleasure, and I'm sure that she will be very successful in L.A.
Towards the end of the year I wrote and produced the score for the short film A Long Distance Love, directed by James Long. This is a great short film, and it was very fun producing the music, as James specifically asked for a Jazz feel. As I've always had a special place in my heart for writing and performing Jazz music, this was an especially fun project for me.
2012 was also an especially busy year for me in the world of Songwriting. I registered 33 of my Compositions with ASCAP and the Library of Congress, and wrote and produced a three song Demo, which I am currently shopping around to Publishers, Recording Artists, etc. I worked very hard producing the demo, and it is my goal to have the songs published by the end of 2013. I am also shopping around my complete Music Library, and hope to license many of my tracks during 2013 as well. Right now you can listen to the Demo and download the tracks for free below. Enjoy!
Music and Lyrics written by Tristan Eckerson. Produced by Tristan Eckerson. Copyright 2012.
2013 is already finding me busy writing and producing new music, both for Film and the Concert Hall, as well as preparing for my last year of Grad School in pursuit of my Master's Degree in Music for Visual Media at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. My wife, two year old son, and I are also planning a move to Seattle, Washington in the spring, where I will continue to work as a Composer, Songwriter, and Producer, immersing myself in the wonderful music and art community that Seattle has to offer. We are very excited about this move and the possibilities it brings, and I will keep you updated as it progresses. Thanks for reading, and the best of luck to you in 2013!
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