About

Hi! My name is Josh. I’m a musician from Chicago.

This is collection of writings from when I was in college. I created this blog so that I could share my what I learned along the way – at some point I hope to keep adding to the site. For now I’m focusing on creating music.

About myself:

Some favorite musicians: Duke Ellington, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Keith Jarrett, Pierre Boulez, Igor Stravinsky, Ennio Morricone, Scott Bradley.

Some favorite animation artists: Preston Blair, Maurice Noble, John Hubley, Lou Romano, Teddy Newton, Ronnie Del Carmen.

My music on iTunes and Soundcloud

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10 Responses to About

  1. Bill M says:

    Great stuff Josh. Glad to find this. Good luck w/the project.

  2. Tony Musser says:

    Hello, Your site is quite informative. I am a trumpet player and currently studying music in Colorado Springs. I am writing a term paper on the history of Jazz in animation, and was wondering if you could give me any sources for research on the subject. Any help is appreciated. I will continue to read your archives. Thanks.

    Tony Musser

  3. Symon says:

    this is great josh , i wish you luck, and Tony. I cant see any websites based on this kind of thing.
    I am a big fan of Animation in jazz AND jazz in animation if that makes sense. Sometimes the line is blurred

    There is a great short animation of A night in tunisia
    http://www.festival-cinema-nordique.asso.fr/info_enfilm.php?id=778

    Ive seen it but i wouldnt know how to get it

    symon AT themeweaver.com

    For me it is the abstractions of the music, things that have a real 50s and 60s feel.

    Also don’t forget the Charlie brown animations with the score by vince guaraldi – very nice. The early pink panther cartoons – very 60s . The first Pink Panther movie has excellent opening sequences too.

    there are other abstract animations but i wouldnt know how to get them

  4. Chris says:

    Josh,
    My name is Chris, I’m a grad student in interaction design at Carnegie Mellon U. Before this I was a professional jazz bassist in Chicago.
    I’m working on a thesis about sound and image. I dig all your posts. I’m wondering if you have any other sources, books etc, you would recommend about the relationship between sound and image.
    I’m beginning to work on a project creating real time visualization software for instrumental music. I want to illustrate the interplay between different instruments, melody, rhythm, and chord scale relationships. Any thoughts or suggestions? Do you know of anything similar that already exists?
    Thanks,
    Chris

  5. Sean says:

    Hey, nice site, i dunno if anyone’s mentioned this to you before or if you’ve already come across it, but there’s a Japanese animated series called Cowboy Bebop, which might interest you. Has a pretty sweet jazz-cool feel to it, and there’s some pretty good music in it, i enjoy the theme song and the stylized visuals that go with it, check it out, give it a chance, and enjoy the music, adios.

  6. Justin Boggan says:

    I have been putting togehter a website on the scores of “Batman: The Animated Series” and was wondering if I can use the reply the late Harvye Cohen sent yopu, on my site.

  7. Justin says:

    Very interesting site!

  8. Sophie says:

    Hello Josh and all of you,

    Your blog is very interesting!
    I study animation and am also making a reasearch on the subject: jazz and animation, besides the books mentionned on this blog are there any good books you could advise me to read?

    thanks in advance,

    Sophie

  9. Swpnil Patel says:

    Check out Chico and Rita if you like Jazz and Animation

    http://www.facebook.com/ChicoAndRita

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