Kingfishers… in Japan at John Mackey's Blog

August 30, 2007

Kingfishers… in Japan

One of my newest pieces, “Kingfishers Catch Fire,” will be available on CD this weekend in Japan. (The CD also includes an insanely impressive high school band performance of “Redline Tango.”) I received my copies yesterday.

“Kingfishers Catch Fire” is currently unavailable in the US, and the Japanese consortium members have exclusivity until December. I’ll be publicly releasing the audio of the piece sometime after September 15. I’m pretty excited about the piece. So far, US performances are scheduled by a high school at Midwest, by Florida State University, by the UCLA Wind Ensemble, and by the Texas All-State Symphonic Band.

The sky here is usually cloudless, but we had a break from that last night, and as a result, a stunning sunset. I took the camera outside and grabbed a few shots from the front deck.

And here’s one, slightly less processed…

Both are (pretty blatantly) using the HDR technique, not necessarily well, and not intended to be realistically, but they’re pretty. And the water really was that pink.

Back to work! There’s a concerto due on Sunday!


5 Comments to “Kingfishers… in Japan”  

  1. At 9:16 pm on September 1, 2007
    Galen Says:

    Will you be back at Florida State in 07-08 at all?

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  3. At 3:38 pm on September 4, 2007
    Avguste Says:

    Hey John
    Great pictures.Yummy pizza
    By the way, the Texas Christian University is performing Turbine and I am playing the piano part. Hooah
    Love the piece
    Talk later

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  5. At 9:24 pm on September 24, 2007
    Gus Greely Says:

    You know, that’s a really interesting image but, looking at more examples of HDR, I have to say that HDR in general strikes me as soulless and unrealistic.

    I greatly look forward to hearing the sax concerto.


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  7. At 10:41 pm on September 24, 2007
    John Says:

    I totally agree, Gus. It’s just like a fancy plug-in. They can be handled with much more realism than this, of course. The technique usually just makes images look artificial — kind of like overly-vivid paintings but without the human touch.
    That said, they’re still fun to look at!

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  9. At 12:03 am on October 30, 2011
    james gow Says:

    who in the worldis gus greely?

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