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Justin Marshall Elias is a composer known for his minimalist, alien, and atmospheric piano compositions for film and art.With a disciplined approach to music creation and wide-ranging artistic collaborations, he is best known for his scores to the feature “Circle” and short film “Teens Like Phil,” and writes premier music for film makers through Music Vine. He also has a growing following with his Instagram project “Music+Art”, composing music for numerous up-and-coming visual artists and harnessing the power of social media to promote new art across mediums. From Electronica/IDM to well-constructed soundtracks from composers like Jóhann Jóhannsson, Justin is fascinated by the interplay between sounds and the images they are attached to or conjure up. Strong influences include Electronica artists like Aphex Twin, Boards of Canada, Venetian Snares, and Autechre. He is also drawn to more experimental and ambient artists like Machienfabriek, Alaskan Tapes, Chihei Hatakeyama, Plaid, and Monolake for their atmospherically alien sounds and genre-breaking beats and textures. Born in California, Justin has spent most of his life amidst the quiet beauty of Idaho where he currently lives. A musicologist from an early age, music for Justin has often served as both creative outlet and as a way to process the challenges of depression, anxiety, and insomnia. He passed many sleepless hours experimenting with new sounds and compositions while studying Sound Design at Montana State University. To stand out amidst the competition of the Los Angeles music scene he would soon be in, Justin challenged himself to refine his creative process, quickly dissecting images and scenes into musical devices. Writing several songs per day, he would have over a thousand songs composed by the time he moved to southern California to pursue his music career. Before openly composing under his own name, his most common aliases were “Defending the Control,” “I Think We Should See Other Dimensions,” and “Secret Piano,” the last of which is credited with his SoundCloud experiment of composing an album for every letter in the alphabet. Having relocated back to Idaho, Justin’s primary canvas is the incredible variability of the piano, thanks to the infinite source of sounds via MIDI. He is inspired by the stark power of minimalism, and creates music that is ambient, electronic, and abstract. His music incorporates an experimental edge, playing with the intricate tile-laying of sounds, and he is fascinated by themes and motifs that are teased, revealed, and deconstructed in surprising ways. Justin values the initiative to create, which is what pleases him most about collaborating with fellow artists. He feels that music should be a conduit to the imagination, seeking his own inspiration from work that is honest, original, and daring. He is happiest when his music is incorporated with other art forms, especially dance, and when it inspires the listener to feel, imagine, and create.
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Seeing Sound: Ambient Music
"Seeing Sound" is a one of a kind comprehensive dive into the world of music. Whether you're wanting to compose a song, study theory, or just appreciate music in a next-level way... this virtual tour will undoubtedly pull back the curtain to a sonic landscape you've always wanted to explore. As a composer for film, and a sound designer, and the innovator of an entirely original Instagram project, Music + Art; I'll assist your approach to sound and music in a way you never knew existed.The adventure starts in a realm I'm most passionate about and proficient at Ambient Music. Where we go from there will inform, delight, and intrigue you. This isn't just an educational lesson concerning music; it's a story about how one can understand audio to a degree that enables you not just to hear, but to see sound. This is "Seeing Sound."
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