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Music Overview

"Writing songs has been an interest of mine since I first began playing the guitar as a kid. Through the years, I've written many songs, music and lyrics, in a variety of styles; particularly, alternative rock, pop rock, and progressive rock. The bands featured here represent performing groups in which I contributed prominently in different capacities to the overall creative output." ~V.J.

Clear Blue

"This playlist contains works from my first band, Clear Blue, active from the late 90s with a final album released in 2013. Clear Blue released 6 full-length albums, as well as several EPs, and singles. Most of Clear Blue's early music was in a lighter, pop style, while later works were more progressive; notably on the albums the ill-made night (2005) and the night made ill (2006). Works primarily feature me as a composer/lyricist, guitarist, singer, studio keyboardist, and producer/engineer." ~V.J.

Fatal Fire

"Fatal Fire is somewhat of an extension of the Clear Blue albums the ill-made night and the night made ill with some aspects of straight guitar rock. Fatal Fire began in 2013 as solo studio project in which I compose and perform all of the music, and became a fictional band represented in an upcoming (2018) musical audiobook story I began writing at about the same time. " ~V.J.

Tone Poem

"This playlist contains works from the band Tone Poem, active thru the late 2000s. Tone Poem originally called Afterglow featured my brother Dan on drums and my, now, wife Raquel, on bass. In the mid-2000s, Clear Blue and Tone Poem used to headline shows together including a show at CBGB's right before it shut down. Works feature me as a songwriter and producer/engineer." ~V.J.

Second Contact

"Second Contact is a cover-music project that recreates progressive rock and metal from the 70s and 80s in the most authentic manner possible. Formed in 2010, Second Contact a blend of live performance, and technology, getting every synth to sound just right, and then figuring out how we can perform all the instrumental and vocal parts live...just like the album. In Second Contact, I sing, play keyboard (and keytar! ) and guitars, and help with the sound programming and technical issues. Our Xanadu is spot on! :)" ~V.J.

Cryptic Bay

"Cryptic Bay was a one-off side-project between me and drummer Bob Fontana (formerly of the Ropes, Shamra) in 2009. It was a pseudo-spoof, though we had fun doing it. The music material came primarily from remixed Clear Blue repertoire. During their only live performance, Cryptic Bay performed with one guitar, one microphone, one drumset, and a pedal that triggered samples and video from one computer. Cryptic Bay's only album, Live from Cryptic Bay, album was recorded live at this concert." ~V.J.

Featured Music

Composition highlights from various music projects

Electronic Music

Algorithmic compositions, electro-acoustic works, and interactive music

Theatre & Film

All works for musical theatre, film, and other dramatic arts

Video Games & Multimedia

Compositions and sound design for video games & multimedia

Rock & Pop

Rock, pop, alternative rock, and progressive rock works written for bands and other popular music ensembles.

Complete Composed

All composed recorded works