Biography

Nothing nourishes the soul like music.
Music is the language of life.
Music connects and music transforms.
We are made whole by music.


RHYTHM = The pulse of HUMANITY
HARMONY = The speech of HEAVEN
MELODY = The song of the SPIRIT


The soul is made more intensely alive as it experiences the superb beauty of an infinite cosmos.

HELLO AND WELCOME to my little corner here at iCompositions.com!

I enjoy ORCHESTRAL AND CHAMBER MUSIC from many eras and have an ear which appreciates both classical and modern compositional techniques. I have surrounded myself with the music of Vivaldi, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, Alan Hovhaness, Alfred Schnittke, Luciano Berio, Philip Glass, Terry Riley, Harry Partch, Lou Harrison, Jon Leifs, Krzysztof Penderecki, Einojuhani Rautavaara, Kalevi Aho, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Iannis Xenakis, Toshiro Mayuzumi, and Takashi Yoshimatsu.

I also LOVE progressive rock, world music, and experimental jazz: Sun Ra, Don Cherry, Charles Mingus, Pink Floyd, Radiohead, Jethro Tull, The Doors, The Beatles, The Residents, Astor Piazzola's tangos and Laurie Anderson's special brand of performance art and song writing. I also have a soft spot for 80's music and Leonard Cohen.

This list above is by no means complete, but it is representative of my core musical interests and influences. Needless to say, I am very thankful for a long history of inspiring art and music on this planet. We must keep pushing the boundaries of sound and sense! I believe a theme or refrain can have any number of interesting variations, each of which is capable of expressing a different layer of meaning and/or emotional tone. I hope that the music you find here takes you on a journey to another place!

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I'm currently living in the deserts of Arizona where I spend most of my days composing music; writing stories, poems, and lyrics; engaging in prayerful meditation worship and contemplating the cosmos through the study of history, philosophy, and spirituality. I earned my Bachelor's degree in Creative Writing and Electronic Music from UC Santa Cruz, and I have recently composed music for video games and performance art shows--because everyone loves a good concert with music, costumes, and lights, right?

HAPPY LISTENING! smiley
~Justin Michael

Music rss

Title Genre Released Plays
TIME FCUK - the soundtrack (pt. 4) Ambient Oct 2, 2009 10822
TIME FCUK - the soundtrack (pt. 3) Ambient Oct 2, 2009 4460
TIME FCUK - the soundtrack (pt. 2) Other Oct 1, 2009 7160
TIME FCUK - the soundtrack (pt. 1) Other Sep 30, 2009 9362
Fragments from Eternity no. 2 - "Blake" Other Jun 21, 2009 2538
Funereal Box Collab Other Jun 19, 2009 1170
Fragments from Eternity no. 1 - "Goethe" Other May 17, 2009 1404
Nocturne Other Dec 29, 2008 1751
Volcano King Collab Other Aug 17, 2008 3691
The Paradox Lovers Other Aug 15, 2008 1710
Mountains and Rivers Other Aug 1, 2008 1818
pale blue haiku Collab Other Jun 4, 2008 2579
Resistance is Futile Other May 24, 2008 2291
The FLOW Classical May 13, 2008 2086
DREAM of the ZOO Other Mar 25, 2008 1611
Lux Aeterna Collab Spiritual/Gospel Mar 13, 2008 9005
COIL - the soundtrack Other Feb 3, 2008 8655
The 7th Bestowal Collab Spiritual/Gospel Feb 1, 2008 2858
ZOO: Logical Warfare Other Jan 12, 2008 1821
20XX: A New Year Holiday Jan 1, 2008 1886
A Rose in Winter Classical Dec 16, 2007 1537
Sisyphus (un fragment) Classical Dec 14, 2007 3814
Sleeps in Heaven Other Dec 6, 2007 1494
Mothers Music Classical Dec 2, 2007 1559
Wistful Thinking Other Nov 15, 2007 1611
ZOO: Rhapsody in Black and White Ambient Nov 5, 2007 1683
MYSTERIUM Other Oct 26, 2007 1590
"TRIO FINALE" (Piano Sonata no.1 - 3rd Movement) Classical Sep 23, 2007 814
"DUO CAPRICE" (Piano Sonata no.1 - 2nd Movement) Classical Sep 22, 2007 917
"SOLO" (Piano Sonata No.1) Classical Sep 22, 2007 1157
BLUE FLASHING LIGHTS (ON A SATELLITE) Other Sep 5, 2007 2177
Ritual of the Dream King Other Aug 22, 2007 933
Gretchen at the Spinning Wheel Other Aug 19, 2007 6018
Raising the Dream King Other Aug 17, 2007 1346
No Shitake, Sherlock (Enchanted Dungeon: V) Other Aug 12, 2007 5893
Otyugh (Enchanted Dungeon: IV) Other Aug 8, 2007 1032
Selfish Shellfish (Enchanted Dungeon: III) Other Aug 8, 2007 2046
Under Crystal Glow (Enchanted Dungeon: II) Other Aug 5, 2007 912
Enter the Dungeon (Enchanted Dungeon: I) Other Aug 5, 2007 1209
Underwater March of the Zombies Other Jul 1, 2007 1716
Japanese March of Progress World Jun 24, 2007 1665
Hypertrance Electronica Jun 17, 2007 1241
He Lurks in the Night Classical Jun 17, 2007 1899
Bazaar of Wonder World Jun 9, 2007 1275
The Fool Other Jun 6, 2007 1168
ZOO: The Birth of Night Mares Other Jun 2, 2007 1080
Sarabande Synthesis Classical May 31, 2007 1323
THE WARZONE Other May 29, 2007 1356
Dead Roses (for organ) Other May 13, 2007 1397
A Theory of Distraction Ambient May 13, 2007 679
Dies Moyuba Spiritual/Gospel May 13, 2007 2672

Collaborations

Title Genre Released Plays
The Electronica Cadavre 6 Electronica Apr 6, 2008 2603
Bulgarian Mumblings Alternative Oct 29, 2007 3906
99 Bottles Collaboration Other Oct 8, 2007 12049

Blog rss

Dream Lights (for dirigent) December 15, 2007
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a poem dedicated to Andreas (dirigent)
for all the inspiration he brings to this site...
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If I was a Photographer (instead of a Musician) December 9, 2007
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a poem
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I <3 CONCEPT ALBUMS December 9, 2007
a full-length experience
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AUTUMN ASYLUM November 2, 2007
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a poem
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REVELATIONS November 1, 2007
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HARMONY
IS THE SPEECH
OF HEAVEN
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