A Klingon Christmas Carol 2013 is nearing the end!

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Members of bomwI'pu' (the il Troubadore Klingon Music Project) with SQuja' at the Cincinnati Klingon Christmas Carol

Members of bomwI’pu’ (the il Troubadore Klingon Music Project) with SQuja’ at the Cincinnati Klingon Christmas Carol

I’ve made a couple of appearances at this year’s Cincinnati run of A Klingon Christmas Carol as a Klingon.  While most of you folks already know I do this–and have been doing this for some time now–it has been a pleasure to see the production by a different group of folks and company.

Though it is with some sadness that I’ve had to tell folks that the Cincinnati run is done (since last Sunday) and that the Chicago run has been sold out for the last week till closing night (this Sunday) it is with some honor that I can say that last year’s Chicago run is available on DVD–so win much honor now and get your own copy as this will be the only way to see the show until next year!  Of course, the musical score is written by me and recorded by my Klingon band, il Troubadore.

You can hear some snippets from the score here:

https://soundcloud.com/jon-silpyamanant/sets/klingon-music

Closing night was particularly fun as Joe Patti of Butts in the Seats actually drove a couple of hours to see the us and the show–read about his thoughts here.  On top of that, Drew McManus also gives a shout out to the me and the show.

j'onn with Joe Patti, director of the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts at Shawnee State University, and author of the "Butts In the Seats" blog.

j’onn with Joe Patti, director of the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts at Shawnee State University, and author of the “Butts In the Seats” blog.

And what can beat meeting the creator of the Klingon Langauge, Marc Okrand, during opening night of the Cincy production?

The Il Troubadore Klingon Music Project with the creator of the Klingon Language, Marc Okrand, after playing during the opening night of the Cincinnati Klingon Christmas Carol!

The Il Troubadore Klingon Music Project with the creator of the Klingon Language, Marc Okrand, after playing during the opening night of the Cincinnati Klingon Christmas Carol!

In other news, I finally got to see this clip of the video of our performance with the Wookiee Bellydancer as it aired on Channel 4 in the UK during the “50 Funniest Moments of 2012″–I’ve uploaded the clip to our youtube:

Strangely (or maybe appropriately?) enough, they’ve dubbed over our music with some Bollywood tune, but here, you can hear the song in the original Shyriiwook in the viral video from that performance in Chicago last year here:

I imagine this coming year will only be geekier than 2013, so don’t worry–I’m sure more photo and video documentation of the  strangeness that is my geeky musical life will continue to appear and if I have anything to say about it!

Kronos Wartet, Sci-Fi Music, and Defiance

Defiance is both a television series and video game set in the same post-apocalyptic world
Defiance is both a television series and video game set in the same post-apocalyptic world

Defiance is both a television series and video game set in the same post-apocalyptic world

It’s been a good time for Sci-Fi music. With so many blockbuster films, television series, and video games becoming practically mainstream there’s no lack of scores being written. Of most interest to me, however, is diegetic music – music that appears in the film/tv/video game universe rather than the music that appears as a score to the productions.

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A Klingon Christmas Carol

il Troubadore and Deserae at the Opening of A Klingon Christmas Carol
il Troubadore and Deserae at the Opening of A Klingon Christmas Carol

bomwI’pu’ (the il Troubadore Klingon Music Project) with Klingon Bellydancer, Deserae, perform at the opening night of Commedia Beauregard’s, “A Klingon Christmas Carol,” at the Raven Theatre in Chicago.  2012 December 1, photo by Mark Malnekoff

Friday night was officially the longest night and to celebrate my band, the il Troubadore Klingon Music Project (otherwise known as bomwI’pu’ on the planet Qo’noS), opened for Commedia Beauregard‘s Chicago production of a Klingon Christmas Carol (thlIngan ram nI’ tay bom).  Klingons obviously do not celebrate Christmas, but they do have a “Festival of the Longest Night,” ram nI’ tay.

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Which Came First, the Music or the Brand?

If you think your music is a difficult sell, try playing a piece of amplified sheet metal.  Jon Silpayamanant as Noiseman433 performing in St. Louis (9 May 2003) during the Rotten Piece 2003 Tour.  Photo by Carol Kelly.

If you think your music is a difficult sell, try playing a piece of amplified sheet metal. This is me, performing as Noiseman433, in St. Louis (9 May 2003) during the Rotten Piece 2003 Tour. Photo by Carol Kelly.

As I mentioned in a previous post, if you’ve Branded yourself well, then Marketing (to raise awareness about your music) and Selling (to get gigs) should be much easier to do.  Branding is the totality of your public image and having a good Brand is tantamount to making all other aspects of your business move more smoothly.  As Peter Montoya stated (I quoted him in the post above):

Branding happens before marketing or selling; it’s their source. Without a strong brand, marketing is generally ineffective and selling is like beating your head against a wall of sales resistance. A strong brand is the rock-solid foundation for all marketing, because every other aspect of a product’s identity–its logo, how its ads are written, who its spokesperson is–is based on that brand. Branding is the reason customers consider a product in the first place.

When you have a strong Personal Brand out in the world working for you, you’ll attract new business without even trying. Prospects will come to you after multiple exposures to your brand, and they’ll come 90 percent sold on you already. All you’ll need to do is close the sale. We’ve seen it time and time again. New business with no work. If that’s not cool, nothing is.

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