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Dear Fans, THANK YOU!

I'd like to thank everyone who bought, supported, commented on, retweeted, facebook'd, Instagramed, SnapChated, Youtubed, Pinterested, Tumblr'd, shared, blogged and, once again, purchased Letters to Kyoto. Thank you so much! I'm happy to get in touch with all new supportive appreciators. Without you, this beautiful music endeavor cannot grow.

I would especially like to thank VSCO, 23.5 and their entire staff of phenomenal indivuals, Alan Algee and the entire Kyoto creative team, without which none of this would be possible. If you haven't seen the film, please check out Parts I & II and all of the associated content here.

I've reposted some of the tweets, comments and messages from appreciators here. Much love to all of you! If you'd like to check out Letters to Kyoto, its on Bandcamp.

I'm so happy to receive these messages. It's as if I wrote the letter and people responded. Often times, indie musicians can live in vacuum, where there is little or no feedback from fans or the rest of the universe for that matter. Much love to those in Australia and the United States, where most of my recent appreciators seem to be at the moment.

Fantastic job on the music. Kyoto Part 1 quickly became one of my favorite short films and I watched Part 2 and it does not disappoint. The soundtrack fits perfectly with the visuals and I just wanted to let you know that you killed it.”
— Robert

Communication via art has always been a bit fascinating to me. As a musician, speaking through drums, chords and melodies, it offers an extended vocabulary that can emote feelings and tell stories without the use of verbal language.

I really wanted to pay homage and respect to a place I never knew, a place I hope to know. After absorbing a plethora of knowledge and feedback from viewers, I'm even more intrigued and anxious. A trip will happen. It must.

Thanks man! I really love your work and I think it’s kinda unappreciated, but you have a new fan. The film really struck me deep... I don’t know if it was me thinking back on my Japanese heritage or my love for VSCO and the arts, but I can’t wait until the 9th when part 2 drops.”
— Mr. King

I would like to think of myself as a giver in world full of like minded givers and some takers. I believe in giving back and paying it forward. To show my appreciation, I'm going to send everyone a personal email and free copy of my latest release, Sensual Electronic Music.

I really hope you join me on this journey of artistic exploration and sonic inquiry. I've been making music for years and I'm just starting to release pieces now. There are hundreds of pieces in my archives. Slowly, but surely, some of it will be set free. I hope you enjoy!

Man in a Loft

VSCO & 23.5 Present the Kyoto Soundtrack!

I've been meaning to blog about this for some time, but I've been juggling a number of things.

VSCO and 23.5 present the soundtrack for the film KYOTO by director Alan Algee, featuring 11 tracks by yours truly and Gifted & Blessed! If you have a moment please read the piece about the soundtrack here. It contains a bit about the creators, the music and how the pieces mesh with the visual content. :)

Among a number of wonderful pieces, the soundtrack contains an original composition entitled,  "Into The Night" by Devin Crosby and myself, featuring vocalist, Emi Ogura. That piece really came about in a very natural and random way. =) It features live recordings of Emi singing while walking the streets of Kyoto.

You can hear that and the entire Kyoto soundtrack here! .
https://soundcloud.com/vsco/sets/kyoto-soundtrack

I'm happy to have had the opportunity to participate in this project. I'd like to thank VSCO, 23.5, Alan, Devin, Emi and the entire team!!!

Letters to Kyoto: Music from Kyoto - Out tomorrow!

I am happy to present this record.

This record features 8 originals, one in two parts. It consists of all the music in the film and a couple tracks that didn't make it.

Some of the pieces where existing pieces created prior to the film, while others were made specifically for Kyoto (the film). One such piece is, Into the Night, which features the lovely vocals of Emi Ogura and production with fellow NJ artist/songwriter, Devin Crosby.

=)

25 Reasons to watch Kyoto

I have 25 wordless reasons you should watch Kyoto. It's really simple. Without any retouching, editing or enhancing, I give you 25 tidbits of visual motivation to watch this VSCO 23.5 original by, Alan Algee.

Watch the film here!

Part II of this film comes out on July 9th!!! My portion of the score for parts 1 and 2 of this film comes out this Friday, July 8th, on Lofty Recordings. If any of the pieces move you, please support me. No gesture will go unappreciated.

The Kyoto Trailer

It's official. The Kyoto trailer is out! There are a lot of wonderful visuals in this film. I hope you enjoy it!

 
The more I began to immerse myself in Japan ‘s visual language the more I began to pull back and allow the moments to speak for themselves.
— Alan Algee
 

Out of respect for all those involved, I did not embed the trailer here. Please click here to watch the trailer now! Part 1 comes out tomorrow. You can check it out, along with much more, at VSCO 23.5!

Kyoto :: Out JULY 2nd!

THE ULTRA ANCIENT MEETS THE ULTRA MODERN.”
I’ve been planning to shoot this exact story ever since I moved to Kyoto. From my foreigners perspective, it’s a true challenge to capture an authentic account without coming across as a hypnotized tourist.I have been able to understand the subtle nuances of Kyoto those living vibration. I see this film as a film not only for VSCO but for Japan. A film that brings a balance of nostalgia and contemporary critique..I have assembled a team of voices to help me strengthen not only a sublime Visual account but a unique and philosophical one.”
— Alan Algee

It's an honor to be a part of this wonderful project for VSCO 23.5, a VSCO Original title that explores global cultural perspectives, and just how dynamic and rich the human experience can be.

The score is by yours truly and Gifted & Blessed. The film is in two parts and part 1 will be released on July 2nd! I'm not sure if that's the Kyoto date. That would mean July 1st for people in the Americas. My score will be available the following week on July, 8th. The score entitled, Letters to Kyoto, features a wonderful collaboration between Devin Crosby, Emi Ogura and myself, entitled, Into the Night. I hope you like it! JULY 8th on Lofty Recordings!

“KYOTO” will explore the city as a character, tracing a through line from the ancient to the contemporary. Going levels beyond a travelogue or city guide experience the film and photography will unpack Kyoto via an immersive, experiential film essay approach (ex. Sans Soleil ) as told by expat American filmmaker Alan Algee, who has been living in Kyoto for that past two years, and as an outsider has been experiencing Kyoto through a lens that's both curious and effected.

Be sure to check out Kyoto!