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The Chosin One

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This Tuesday, November 1st, The Battle of Chosin premiers on American Experience | PBS. The score was beautifully crafted by P. Andrew Willis with score-preparation duties split between the one and only Rob Jaret and me. Check out the first chapter [...]

EP Number 3


Today, I’m releasing the third EP in what has been a July of EP releases.

Two New EPs


Today, I’m releasing two companion-EPs into the world.

Let’s Talk About Love


I think it’s fair to say that each of us can look back on our childhood(s) and remember times when we did our dang best to make sense of something, but, due to our limited understanding and experience with the world, just couldn’t put the pieces together correctly.

Are You Joel Roston? If So, Here Are Some Things You’re Doing This Week

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I’ll be joining MIT’s Balinese gamelan, Gamelan Galak Tika, as a guitar-ing soloist for two performances of Evan Ziporyn‘s “Tire Fire” this week

Look What’s Happened to Rosemary’s Baby


I feel like it’s fair to say that I roll deeper with Rosemary’s Baby than I do with possibly any other film that DIDN’T depict events taking place on Saturday, March 4th, 1984 at Shermer High School in Shermer, Illinois (60062).

New Film Project

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I'm psyched to be working with Sara Zia Ebrahimi and Lindsey Martin on their upcoming animated documentary short "The FBI Blew Up My Ice Skates." Much like my work on Sara's 2012 film "Norman Schwarzkopf Made Me Gay," I'll be providing the sound design and original score. You can find out more a[...]

Defensible Lyrics 2


This is the long-time-coming-but-not-necessarily-long-awaited second entry in my "Defensible Lyrics" series of blog posts, wherein I cite lyrics that I find to be -- you guessed it -- defensible. The first post can be found here. The lyrics included in this particular post are all thematical[...]

If You Start Me Up I’ll Never Stop


Background Sibelius, apart from being the name of a steroidally self-critical composer, is a music engraving/notation computer software product. It’s used by over a jillion people every day and is an extra-vital part of my particular music-creating process (or, say, Alphabet Song transcribing).[...]

Draft Pick


I was looking through my folder of blog ideas this morning in an effort to find something awesome to develop into a new post* and came across an old entry entitled “Musicians from Another Planet,” the content of which consisted of the below, utterly incomplete list.