Live Bluegrass Performance – NG Orchestra

Live Bluegrass Performance - Ring on and on
The Nathan Goodman Orchestra performing Ring On and On at Open Art Night

“Ring On and On” original live bluegrass song performance by the Nathan Goodman Orchestra.

 

Music Score for Silent Film

Music Score - Composer for Silent FilmThis is a music score for silent film that I composed and performed a few years ago. This musical piece was written for a silent film movie for the young film composer contest for TCM. I didn’t win, but I am pleased with what I expressed and learned in the process of composing for a silent film. Written and performed by me :-), Nathan Goodman.

8-Bit Video Game Drumline Solo

This was a request from Facebook. What you’re about to hear is a drumline solo composition designed for marching bands. What makes this solo unique is the movements are each based on a classic 8-bit video game soundtrack. After each instrument movement, a short drum solo is based on the rhythm pattern of that video game movement and then morphs the pattern to set the next movement. The movements go (somewhat) in order from the years they were released, starting with just the pit percussion with pac-man from 1980, then continues to add more and more marching band instruments as the song progresses to each movement. The video games covered in the arrangement are: pac-man, galaga, super mario brothers – listen for the flag roll, super mario bros. underground level, castlevania, and ending with the triumphant Zelda theme. The length of 2 mins is ideal for most marching band drumline features. I originally had Contra and a few other classic titles, but needed to edit it down a bit more and they got cut. What I’m playing for you today is the performance track I created on my computer software with digital (midi) instruments so the students could hear what the final piece should sound like. Shout out to Director Brenda Bressler for supporting the idea and students of the Huron High marching band drumline who practiced very hard and were able to perform this absurd solo practically note for note. So here is the digital instrument version of “8-bit Boogaloo.”