Hey everyone! Happy Hump Day!
I’m so excited to bring you all a different kind of tour post from me, I couldn’t help but freak out about this.
The Bookshelf Symphony Tour, where we get to talk about an album by a composer who has written songs about books, how freakin’ fantastic is that?!
The song I got was definitely Scifi so that made my little space heart happy, but, it was even more intriguing because I hadn’t read this book and well, now I definitely want to!
We got to pick three questions to ask the composer, but, before we get to my questions, we’re going to sail through the Album information, and after my information, we will take a look at our most glorious composer, woo!!!
HERE WE GOOOOOOOO
The Bookshelf Symphony Orchestra by Austin Farmer
Released: August 17, 2019
The Bookshelf Symphony Orchestra is an instrumental concept album created for readers and writers. Over the course of 2 years, Austin Farmer teamed up with brothers Addam and Heath Farmer to help produce, co- arrange, and mix/master the album, bringing over a decade of experience in the music industry to the project. Every song is titled after the novel it was inspired by and couldn’t have been created without those stories. Austin’s previous songs have been featured on Nickelodeon, CBS, Fox Sports, and a national Sprint TV campaign with indie rock bands Island Apollo and The Bolts. Musical influences on this album include songs from many of the instrumental playlists he’d listen to while writing fiction, including Two Steps From Hell, Bear McCreary, and Joe Hisaishi.
His short story “Beethoven’s Baton” is featured in Baker Street Irregulars, co-edited by Michael A. Ventrella and NYT Bestselling Author Jonathan Maberry.
About the Composer
Austin Farmer is a musician, writer, and filmmaker from Southern California. His music has been featured on Nickelodeon, Fox Sports, and a national Sprint commercial. His short story “Beethoven’s Baton” is featured in Baker Street Irregulars Volume 1 (co-edited by Michael A. Ventrella and NYT Bestselling Author Jonathan Maberry).
– I attended the Y’ALL (@Yallwest) West Writing Convention in 2018 a few years back and attended a
“WRITING MUSIC, WRITING ABOUT MUSIC” panel. I asked a few authors if putting music out like this would be a good idea, and they suggested to go for it and put it out. I think they said to let them know if I ever did. That panel helped me get the courage to put out this music. I always wanted to find a way to thank them or Yallwest for that.
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– A lot of these songs were inspired by novels that I discovered because of Mysterious Galaxy
Books (@Mystgalaxybooks) in San Diego. A lot of these authors had book signings, and I discovered a lot of these novels from those signings or different writing events, including the author of “Truthwitch” (Susan Dennard), “The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding” (Alex Bracken), “The Fold” (Peter Cines), and more (about 9 of them).
– Social Media helped me put out this music. I originally put the demos out on Twitter and tagged the authors, and their support helped give me the courage to put this out as an album, too.
– My uncle played with The Beach Boys for about 12 years as their live bassist.
– I am the singer of a Rush Tribute band.
– My Band Island Apollo reached 2 million plays for our single “Hold It Down” on Spotify.