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 11035
TIME FCUK - the soundtrack (pt. 3) Ambient Oct 2, 2009 4520
TIME FCUK - the soundtrack (pt. 2) Other Oct 1, 2009 7241
TIME FCUK - the soundtrack (pt. 1) Other Sep 30, 2009 9504
Fragments from Eternity no. 2 - "Blake" Other Jun 21, 2009 2608
Funereal Box Collab Other Jun 19, 2009 1230
Fragments from Eternity no. 1 - "Goethe" Other May 17, 2009 1426
Nocturne Other Dec 29, 2008 1795
Volcano King Collab Other Aug 17, 2008 3783
The Paradox Lovers Other Aug 15, 2008 1759
Mountains and Rivers Other Aug 1, 2008 1890
pale blue haiku Collab Other Jun 4, 2008 2677
Resistance is Futile Other May 24, 2008 2341
The FLOW Classical May 13, 2008 2166
DREAM of the ZOO Other Mar 25, 2008 1664
Lux Aeterna Collab Spiritual/Gospel Mar 13, 2008 9175
COIL - the soundtrack Other Feb 3, 2008 8895
The 7th Bestowal Collab Spiritual/Gospel Feb 1, 2008 2963
ZOO: Logical Warfare Other Jan 12, 2008 1956
20XX: A New Year Holiday Jan 1, 2008 1961
A Rose in Winter Classical Dec 16, 2007 1594
Sisyphus (un fragment) Classical Dec 14, 2007 3889
Sleeps in Heaven Other Dec 6, 2007 1554
Mothers Music Classical Dec 2, 2007 1630
Wistful Thinking Other Nov 15, 2007 1659
ZOO: Rhapsody in Black and White Ambient Nov 5, 2007 1749
MYSTERIUM Other Oct 26, 2007 1647
"TRIO FINALE" (Piano Sonata no.1 - 3rd Movement) Classical Sep 23, 2007 841
"DUO CAPRICE" (Piano Sonata no.1 - 2nd Movement) Classical Sep 22, 2007 944
"SOLO" (Piano Sonata No.1) Classical Sep 22, 2007 1209
BLUE FLASHING LIGHTS (ON A SATELLITE) Other Sep 5, 2007 2235
Ritual of the Dream King Other Aug 22, 2007 962
Gretchen at the Spinning Wheel Other Aug 19, 2007 6182
Raising the Dream King Other Aug 17, 2007 1399
No Shitake, Sherlock (Enchanted Dungeon: V) Other Aug 12, 2007 6004
Otyugh (Enchanted Dungeon: IV) Other Aug 8, 2007 1056
Selfish Shellfish (Enchanted Dungeon: III) Other Aug 8, 2007 2090
Under Crystal Glow (Enchanted Dungeon: II) Other Aug 5, 2007 945
Enter the Dungeon (Enchanted Dungeon: I) Other Aug 5, 2007 1239
Underwater March of the Zombies Other Jul 1, 2007 1796
Japanese March of Progress World Jun 24, 2007 1713
Hypertrance Electronica Jun 17, 2007 1273
He Lurks in the Night Classical Jun 17, 2007 1938
Bazaar of Wonder World Jun 9, 2007 1303
The Fool Other Jun 6, 2007 1223
ZOO: The Birth of Night Mares Other Jun 2, 2007 1109
Sarabande Synthesis Classical May 31, 2007 1352
THE WARZONE Other May 29, 2007 1439
Dead Roses (for organ) Other May 13, 2007 1462
A Theory of Distraction Ambient May 13, 2007 714
Dies Moyuba Spiritual/Gospel May 13, 2007 2787

Collaborations

Title Genre Released Plays
The Electronica Cadavre 6 Electronica Apr 6, 2008 2676
Bulgarian Mumblings Alternative Oct 29, 2007 4047
99 Bottles Collaboration Other Oct 8, 2007 12349

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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