Call us toll free: (347) 687-4270
Top notch Multipurpose WordPress Theme!
Joel Roston Composer | Instrumentalist
Call us toll free: (347) 687-4270

Blog

Screen Shot 2015-02-02 at 10.58.28 AM

New Chamber Piece


I'm super psyched to announce the world premier of my newest piece, You Will Never See Another Silver Fox! It's being performed by the group Boston Nonet at Harvard's Holden Chapel on Sunday, March 1st at 2pm. [...]
bellz

The Case for Adding Two Beats to the Alphabet Song


You can also read this post on medium.com. Let’s talk about the first half of the American English version of "The Alphabet Song" for a minute. This is the iconic tune which, for many/most of us, was our first introduction to the foundational building-blocks of the English language. [...]
AQFF_SYNT_FB-912x523

Giving Credit(s) to Chopin


For those of you keeping track at home, a few months ago I posted about an arrangement of a Chopin piece that I recorded* for a film. The film is Drew Tobia's [...]
Hands_of_God_and_Adam

Linking Sibelius and Digital Performer

in Blog

This week, I found myself wanting to link Sibelius (7.1.3) with Digital Performer (8.06) in such a way that each individual Sibelius instrument was connected to its own track in DP. This would allow me to compose in Sibelius, but use samples and processing effects from DP. Seeing as there isn’[...]
Screen Shot 2015-03-28 at 8.40.02 PM

Beyond Assonance: Rhyme Attempts in Popular Music 1


Below are five of my favorite rhyme attempts in popular music. I did my best to list instances that give me the impression that the artist is sincerely and unambiguously attempting to make two words rhyme. For instance, I didn't include Danzig's "Not of this World" because I get the feeling he's[...]
crossroads

NPR and, Tangentially, Prince


A while back, I received a call to improvise a "Heartbreaker"-meets-"When-Doves-Cry" guitar solo for a PSA that the city of Boston was doing to promote safety on the T. As is often the case with these sorts of projects, though the production department loved it, whoever had the final say thought[...]
Screen Shot 2015-03-28 at 8.46.11 PM

Defensible Lyrics 1


This is the first blog post in what will be a lazy series of blog posts cataloging lines from songs that I feel are mostly, if not utterly, defensible. NOTE: This blog post contains language that may not be suitable for people who don't enjoy reading the word "fucker." Here we go: Arti[...]
Screen Shot 2015-03-28 at 8.48.14 PM

Nice, But Bummy


I received a call from a film-composer friend a few weeks ago asking if I could record a classical guitar version of Chopin's [...]
1560415_10151809290761266_698933726_n

How’s Carl This Time?


There's good preliminary evidence to support this claim: As the excitement builds over the course of each hour-long Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! episode, Carl Kasell’s exclamation of the last two syllables of the word “Chicago,” commensurately, rises in pitch. -- The Backstory Perh[...]
NATO: A Coalition United for Peace

A Coalition United for Awesome Music


I'm psyched to have had the chance to work with composer John Kusiak on a short film for the Eisenhower Memorial website. The video, NATO: A Coalition United for Peace, details Eisenhower's role in the formation of NATO. Check it out!.[...]