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nsdex asked: Mike Tyson's Punch-out!! has replaced Fireflies as my favorite of your arrangements. I only wish it were longer.

Thanks! It’s my favorite arrangement, too. And the video tomorrow looks fantastic (the ones coming up next look even better!)

In reference to the length, It was originally 4 minutes long, but the dancers and the choreographer told me that 4 minutes is incredibly long to work with. As I learned more about collaborations I agreed.

So I made it 2:30 minutes long, which was a happy medium for “being long enough to stand on it’s on within iTunes, but short enough to where the dancers can actually work with it”.

If this idea gets a bigger budget, then I’ll be able to pay the dancers to choreograph 5 minute dances rather than a 2:30 minute dances. It’s all baby steps.

And about the length, that’s always tough to guess, because there are song’s I’ve arranged that are 2 minutes long where everyone tells me it’s too long haha. At the end of the day I just have to decide on something and hope it’s well received.

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isthisdarknessinyoutoo asked: I am extremely interested in purchasing sheet music for the orchestral arrangement of Brodyquest. I am wondering if this would have to be done through you or Neil Ciciereiga?

If Neil is cool with it then so am I. He’s the composer, I’m just the arranger. On my FAQ I say I can’t sell sheet music simply because major label publishers aren’t as approachable as independent musicians.

I also have more fun arranging independent music because

1.) they’re easier to work with

2.) are more appreciative of royalties

3.) they write better music.

Neil’s contact info is on his site.

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captainwingedwolf asked: I'm guessing the next song is rocky?

So far people have guessed Rocky and Eye Of The Tiger. Getting closer - but no one has figured this out yet. I’ll mention it next week as more guesses come in!

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clarencetrill asked: Would it be too much trouble to ask for some basic advice regarding transitions? I'm working on a rather large medley with 14 songs in it, but only 4 (technically 7, due to one seguing to the other) have any sort of transition, and only 3 are GOOD in any way. The rest are...well, just pauses. I have a lot of tonal centers to work with, so advice is appreciated!

"Cold Turkey Pauses" can actually be incredibly effective. One transition trick I sometimes do is take melodies from Song A and throw it into Song B, and take melodies from Song B and throw them into Song A.

Therefore, the listener feels like it’s 1 long song rather than 2 separate songs. This isn’t always the best approach though, so experiment a bit.

Another thing is sometimes the key or melody of one song only allows it to work as a transition into another piece. Like, if Song A ends on an Eb7 chord, then try and find another song that has the best song opening for a transition.

I’ll also say that “you are your worst judge”. I’m sure your transitions sound fantastic, but they may only sound bad to you. That’s a good problem to have, but ask friends and family for honest feedback (asking family members is almost always a bad thing because they will rarely tell you the truth).

The way to get better is to publish something and have the internet tear it apart and tell you how horrible it is. That’s what I do, and each week I’ve gotten better because of it, it’s also faster than spending 2 months over-editing and getting lousy feedback behind closed doors.

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calonari asked: I love your songs, they make me so happy. By curiosity, are you descended from Portuguese parents? Because I'm portuguese and you and I share the same surname, that's really cool :)

Yep! Ribeiro is Portugese :) I’m sure you feel my pain with how the surname breaks the English spelling rule “I before E”.

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thearcalian asked: Four Part Plan from Portal 2?? Please??

I would love to do 2 more songs from Portal so that I have a full 4-song EP. I like this song, but not sure how I’d approach it - maybe as a string quartet? But I’ll have to revisit this after my backlog of songs come out.

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Anonymous asked: Why are you like.. So incredibly handsome! It's not fair for you to have extremely good looks and crazy talent as well..

It’s all lighting. I really look like this:

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Anonymous asked: Don't listen to anon. The Goat Simulator music is awesome. Anyway, how long is your composition going to be? There's the minute long trailer and an extended twenty six minute one. Maybe something in between? Are you going to put the part at 18:10 in your version? You are really doing it, right? It's dangerously close to April first. The internet cannot be trusted around this time.

It’s not an April Fool’s joke - I’m actually arranging it. I would have been finished by tomorrow had my hard drive not crashed this morning. I’m just tired of all these computer issues, and it’s not a “Mac” thing, either. My PC gave me even worse problems years ago.

Anyway, it’ll be 3-5 minutes long, maybe longer now that I have more time while I wait for this new hard drive to ship out.

Yes, it will have the part at 18:10, as well as the part at 11:21 :)

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Anonymous asked: told you to quit doin shit that wasn't music

I’m arranging Goat Simulator For Orchestra. It sounds amazing. And I’ll do whatever I want whenever I want.

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Anonymous asked: I love your current hairstyle so much I'm gonna get the same one!

awesome! here’s my other “spiked” style for reference: