» go to the music page for more
Jon Strait's Symphonic VGMusic Page
Why this name?
It's my name :0)
Do you play live?
Well I am a performer, but I rarely perform my music (most of it is playable by bands and orchestras, but the opportunity never arises).
How, do you think, does the internet (or mp3) change the music industry?
Of course. Music becomes more accessable, and as such, artists have more ways of becoming recognized.
Would you sign a record contract with a major label?
well, my music is intended to be used in video games, so that really wouldn't ever be an option (other the producing arranged albums).
I've been writing music since my early teen years using cakewalk pro audio. I attended a performing arts high school and attended college majoring in composition and music education. Currently schooling is on hiatus as other responsibilities have arisen in my life.
Musical influences are generally film score composers, video game soundtrack composers, various electronic music artists, and popular music artists and bands (genres like Rock, J-Rock, House, etc.)
My brain is where it starts. Then I follow the philosophy of "when in doubt, pound it out" and grab a musical instrument like a guitar or keyboard to make sure it sounds as good to my ears as it does in my head =). At that point I sequence midi one voice at a time using a mouse and little else. Then I render each track of the midi into wav using a soundfont program, and then mix down the track in cakewalk to produce the final mp3.