Jess Hendricks Composer • Performer • Developer

Recently I’ve been playing with my new iPad Pro and a program called Procreate. With it I thought it would be fun to draw again, and it is! I’ve done a few Justice League digital artworks that I would like to share here

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Knowing that I need to get the word out on my film music skills, I whipped up a new site dedicated to samples of my scoring. Most of the demo reels on the site are a mix of music I created inspired by the DC superhero movies, with a bit of animation mixed in. I am currently working on a new score to a scene in the very unusual film called Elephants Dream.

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I haven't been adding to my blog on this site as much as I intended, so here we go. Here goes a pretty random collection of thoughts that I hope make for interesting reading...

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I finally dusted off this site for a much-needed update. I added a bunch of more fun tracks of music I have composed in a more film-music style than I usually do. They are all inspired by DC comic book characters and the "Justice League". Yes you may catch a few Hans Zimmer nods in a couple of these.

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I am proud to announce that I have been named as one of the winners of 2019 Bassoon Chamber Music Composition Competition. Dances with Quarks for bassoon and string trio was one of two works chosen to be performed on January 14, 2020 at Lynn Conservatory’s New Music Festival in Boca Raton, Florida. In addition to the performance, Dances with Quarks will be published by Imagine Music in the coming year, which will be my first non-self-published work!

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Great news, the latest album by Dr. Jefferson Campbell, Pocket Grooves - New Music for Bassoon, Piano and Percussion, is now available on iTunes and Spotify! My piece Concertino for Bassoon and Electronics is one of the tracks featured on this recording by my life-long friend. I am excited it is now available on these services and I hope everyone will go check it out and purchase it there... or at least stream it thousands of times.

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In the next couple weeks a new recording by Dr. Jefferson Campbell will be released that includes my Concertino for Bassoon and Electronics. In addition to my work "Pocket Grooves" contains music by Steven Moellering, Gene Koshinski, and Graeme Shields. It focuses on new music for bassoon. "Pocket Grooves" will be released by MSR Classics and when there is information available I will post it on this site.

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I'm getting lots of work done on this site along with a few new compositions in the pipeline. So far 2019 is turning out to be a productive composition year. Although I have no current upcoming performances, I have submitted works to several calls for scores. Hopefully I can get this composition thing rolling again, but its going to require a lot of work between family, a job, and freelance web work.

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In Part 3 of this series I would like to discuss my workflow when composing electroacoustic music using Logic Pro X. When I work in Logic, my compositional technique changes quite dramatically. In a way my technique is similar to putting together a collage. Instead of MIDI regions spanning the entire work, I keep individual phrases or seeds in their own smaller regions.

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A big part of evolving my own compositional process is letting it actually evolve and not forcing the issue. So I have discovered that seeing the page is also a useful and somewhat essential part of the process for me. In fact I can confirm that my brain seems to consider totally different things between composing in Logic Pro without any notation and composing in Sibelius notation software.

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