Eduard's musical interests span a variety of musical genres, including, classical, world, ambient, electronica, and rock and blues. His venture "SchwanSongs" is where he writes and publishes his own musical compositions, usually classically-based music of sweet longing and hope... music meant to transcend language and cultural differences and stir the soul of the listener.
His musical influences come from a lifetime of classical, 60s-80s rock, electronica, and world/folk music from many countries (South America, Russia, Japan, Ireland, ...) A few influential names are: Pink Floyd, Tangerine Dream, Loreena McKennitt, Yamasaki Hako, Tears for Fears, Enigma, J.S. Bach, Beethoven, Haydn, Tchaikovsky, Berlioz, Sibelius, Stravinsky.
"Four Worlds", a surreal animated musical journey through 4 different worlds... running over 22 minutes, this NTSC-formatted DVD will stimulate your imagination. I wrote the music, created the computer animation, designed the DVD case artwork and DVD itself, and now it is time for you to enjoy it!
You can watch the trailer here, to get a taste of the music videos:
I would be delighted if you stopped by the web page here, where you can read more, and purchase your own copy of this DVD if you like.
Many of my videos can be found here on YouTube... in the mean time, here are a couple for your enjoyment:
Here's a video I shot while on vacation in Big Sur, California, where we got up-close and personal with at least 15 amazing California Condors!
Collaborations with Macjammers:
Several sets of collaborations with myself and other Macjams artists are listed here, as well as others who have performed my music:
Dulce Amor - RoxyVox, [Roxylee]: Roxylee took a little dulcimer strum I recorded, and added wonderful lyrics and singing, transforming it into a real song.
Drak's Bear Rag-LIVE!, [leemiguel2004]: I am not sure how, but the amazing Lee Axford was able to actually PLAY my "Lickety Split" rag live! Nobody told him that since I didn't play piano, I accidentally scored it so it could only be played with 11-fingers.
Am I Being Unfair?, [Daphna], [CJorgensen]: Run the text of this MacJams forum thread through my mythical 'i-Sing' auto-lyrics-generator program, add Daphna's awesome talent for catchy tunage and bouncy vocals, and out pops this! It's probably best to read the first page of that forum's posts first, then listen to the song, it'll make more (or less) sense.
Happy Birthday, Drakonis!, [roxylee and others]: OK, not a collaboration with me, but a collaboration FOR me... this was Roxylee's surprise birthday song for me... she asked a BUNCH of other Macjammers to help with this unforgettably sweet birthday present... thank you Roxylee and everybody!
"Ember" Open Collaboration Project (Join in the fun!):
My ambient "Ember" piece is available for you to update/alter/add to, if you are interested. Feel free to drop me a Macjams note and send me your e-mail address, and I can then send you the Mac GarageBand file, MIDI file, or AIFF/WAV file to work from. The more creative and unique you can make your version the better... speed it up, chop it up, change instruments, add singing or playing over it, change the genre, have fun! All I ask in return is that you post your version here on Macjams, let me know when you post it (so I can add it to this list on my page), that you add a link (and credit) to the original Ember, and that you have fun with it. Here is the original "Rekindled", followed by the growing list of amazing variations, created by other Macjammers here:
Tongues on Ember, [RSchletty] ** GONE? **: This is my Ember-Rekindled backdrop music, with Richard taking us on an amazingly creepy/humorous/twisted journey into a demented mind! Probably one of the most ingenious directions anyone has taken Ember so far. Best played on Halloween or in an old folks home.
Ember in Transition, [RSchletty] ** GONE? **: This is my Ember-Rekindled backdrop music, with Richard waxing philosophic about the transition state between dreaming and waking.
Electrified Ember, [Electric Lobster]: The Electric Lobster gives Ember a major thumping, sending it spinning off in his dizzyingly delightful directions... intriguing harmony, rhythm, and sound abound.
Cinder, [Obstructions]: The last atoms of Ember speed toward their final quantum decay, with some of Obstructions' signature gritty deconstructive surgery.
Luna Ember 29 w/Drakonis, [LunaTrick] ** GONE? **: Ember gets caressed by Daniel's Cello work, so deeply involved in playing this that a string snaps partway through and he plays on, even more soulfully.