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William Ascenzo, Composer

This is the music blog of William Ascenzo, digital composer. I use Reaper and various EWQL and Best Service VSTs. Header art is the cover for "un jour dans la vie de la licorne", drawn by the wonderful lunedraws.tumblr.com
Sep 15 '14
Prelude ~ The Eternal Force

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SPECTRAL SIGNATURE ~ SEPTEMBER 15, 2014 

「PREORDER」

Track One of Spectral Signature: 「The Eternal Force」

It has been present throughout all of human history, manifesting in every culture, every corner in the world where humankind exists—and perhaps even in some where no human foot has ever trod. A single, flawless 「orb」, perfectly spherical and perfectly transparent, harder than diamonds, and bringing with it 「Spectral Warriors」 wherever it appears. Sometimes these warriors would fight for dominance; sometimes they would band together to protect the 「Prism Orb」 from falling into the wrong hands. Sometimes the 「orb」 was a harbinger of destruction; other times a herald of prosperity. Some cultures considered it an avatar of the moon, some the sun, others some other star or planet. For over a thousand years, its existence has been carefully guarded and covered up, and now, in the modern era, all traces of its existence have been meticulously scoured from the histories of Earth. Only a few are aware of its existence, none of its ultimate powers—and none can say where or when it will reappear.

But when new Spectral Signatures appear on the Earth, the 「Prism Orb」 cannot remain hidden for long…

Sep 14 '14
Overture ~ Seven Hearts

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PREORDER BEGINS 「SEPTEMBER  15」

The story and characters of Spectral Signature were first conceived in the spring of 2013 shortly after binging on Hirohiko Araki’s long-running manga JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure with Yuki Kajiura’s score to Madoka Magica playing nonstop in the background. Preliminary work began that summer, with the vast majority of the album coming together through the subsequent autumn and winter.

The story begins when Alice Kuiper, a young astronomy enthusiast and physics student, suddenly manifests a superpower known as a 「Spectral Signature」. As she comes to terms with her newfound abilities, Alice encounters others who have developed Signatures because of her—friends, strangers, and one person who may be responsible for Alice’s own Signature—and meets the man who has fought for over a thousand years to claim the power she now has.

This is not the first track, but rather, the zeroth track: a brief introduction to the seven people who now must take up the mantle of the 「Spectral Warriors」.

Cover art: mediarama

Character designs: missmagikarp

Music: william-ascenzo

My new album goes up for preorder tomorrow!

Sep 10 '14
Sep 8 '14
Aquarius
Sep 6 '14
Jail Of Jewels

I made a lot more of these while I was Internet-less!

Sep 6 '14

Hi, everyone! I just got internet at my studio apartment in Madison and finished my first week of my new full-time job!

The full-time job does not involve music in any way, but it is very cool! I will continue to be doing music on the side, of course.

Also, on the 15th of September, my newest album, Spectral Signature, will become available for pre-order! I will be posting tracks from it on a regular schedule starting then.

Aug 16 '14
Repose Of Souls

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Even more Castlevania piano music!

Aug 13 '14
Dracula's Castle

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Can’t stop making Castlevania piano music; won’t stop making Castlevania piano music.

Aug 13 '14
Chapel Of Dissonance

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A piano arrangement of one of my favorite themes from Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance.

Aug 12 '14
L'Esprit de Sang

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Is Throwback Tuesday a thing? I’ll make it a thing if it isn’t.

I really love all the commissioned work I’ve done, but this piece for enkiz, which was one of the first commissions I ever worked on, still really stands out to me as a piece I’m exceptionally proud of.

Aug 9 '14
Commissions - See Description for Further Details

william-ascenzo:

COMMISSIONS!

Here is a short list of the things I can make you music for:

This list is not comprehensive. I can also make EWQL Symphonic Choirs sing anything you want.

PRICING!

  • $20 USD per minute of composition
  • $10 for additional mastering

HOW TO ORDER!

I handle all commissions using this Google form. Further details, including a simple walkthrough of the order form, can be found here.

THANK YOU!

Aug 7 '14
Pretty Soldier Of Love And Flowers

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Today is my friend radiocabel's birthday, so I made a magical girl transformation theme for her fursona!

Aug 5 '14
RiftKeepers Trailer

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I was recently commissioned to score an animation student’s major project, a two-minute trailer for a science fiction/fantasy story of her own making. I don’t receive commissions for scoring videos very often—and they’re much more difficult than the type of commissions I usually get—so this commission was a wonderful challenge and an opportunity to approach composition with a very different mindset!

Aug 4 '14
Take The Succu - Bi The Horns

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I made this for my friend Sophie’s fursona! I spent almost as long coming up with the pun for the title as I did on the music!

Jul 26 '14
Red Lotus

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I’ve wanted to do something with the musical leitmotif that seems to accompany the members of the Red Lotus throughout Book Three ever since it showed up in the Legend of Korra Book 3 trailer a few weeks ago. Legend of Korra’s score is so good—I hope Book 2 and 3’s scores get their own official releases soon!