David Lister
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Mar 24, 1972 (Age: 46)
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Seattle, Washington
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Computer Scientist

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David Lister

Composer, Male, 46, from Seattle, Washington

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Merry Christmas to me! I splurged on a 55" 4k TV to replace 2 monitors in my 3 monitor setup. Incredibly happy!! Details listed below. :D Jan 1, 2019

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Jan 2, 2019
    1. David Lister
      David Lister
      Merry Christmas to me! I splurged on a 55" 4k TV to replace 2 monitors in my 3 monitor setup. Incredibly happy!! Details listed below. :D
      1. David Lister
        David Lister
        TCL 55R617 55" ($600 purchase at Best Buy). Also bought a PNY GeForce GT1030 2GB ($120) to run 4k on the TV and HD on an Apple Cinema Display. Very happy with this setup. So much screen space!! Wahoo!!
        Jan 1, 2019
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      2. samkfj
        samkfj
        Merry Christmas indeed!
        Jan 1, 2019
    2. David Lister
      David Lister
      #TBT How many times can you use a 3 note theme in 60 secs? ;) A great exercise for composers.
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      3. MushroomCake28
        MushroomCake28
        Thanks! Yeah, my overusage of the ninth note is purely the fault of my romantic influences lol. For now what I have is just a draft of the second theme in a symphony (going for a traditional sonata form, so I'm still working on the first theme).
        Dec 29, 2018
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      4. David Lister
        David Lister
        You're definitely on task with the romantic influence there. We need more of that in our music today. (I'll resist the rant on modern film scores.) Reuse all day long! You're keeping it fresh as you modulate and pass the theme to different instruments. This skill is increasingly difficult to come by these days. So glad to see someone else doing it here.
        Dec 29, 2018
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      5. MushroomCake28
        MushroomCake28
        Thanks! Glad I found another composer with who I can discuss on a deeper level musically on this forum! I'll be looking forward to your future compositions!
        Dec 29, 2018
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    3. David Lister
      David Lister
      We often voice our so-called lack of motivation and/or laziness here. As a creative person, I get it. May I recommend a book that can help.
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      2. samkfj
        samkfj
        Hmm--interesting. Though, am not certain if such resources would be suited for me, but I am fond of books like this. I'll have to take a look!
        Dec 25, 2018
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      3. The Stranger
        The Stranger
        Sometimes, at least with me, other things influence our ability to get things done. Clinical depression, for example, is well known to sap a person of all motivation to perform even the most basic of tasks.
        Dec 25, 2018
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      4. David Lister
        David Lister
        @The Stranger As someone who's spent a ton on therapy due to debilitating depression, I certainly understand those seasons of day to day survival where performing simple tasks (and remaining 6 ft. about ground) represents progress. There are many things that stifle our progress toward our goals, and depression is no small thing. Finding meaning in a world of suffering is difficult, but possible.
        Dec 25, 2018
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    4. David Lister
      David Lister
      21 Years Ago. Salvaged from tape. When I had fast piano chops! Enjoy! :D
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    5. David Lister
      David Lister
      #AlgorithmFail? Music video on my IG blocked due to SONY copyright claim. Music, SFX created by me. Disputed claim and won. Try again... :p
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      2. samkfj
        samkfj
        Losers. They knew they done fouled up.
        Dec 23, 2018
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      3. David Lister
        David Lister
        Not sure how the post was flagged and blocked. I assume an algorithm, but it might have been another IG user. In any event, it was apparently blocked (presumed guilty) until I protested (and was proven innocent). Bass Ackwards, as they say. I wonder what happens to Brian Tyler's posts on IG when he posts HIS own copyrighted music! :p
        Dec 23, 2018
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      4. samkfj
        samkfj
        Nothing good I imagine.
        Dec 23, 2018
    6. David Lister
      David Lister
      I love writing for heartwarming stories. We need more of them. Enjoy...
      1. Finnuval
        Finnuval
        was still in a bit of a foul mood 'cause of well stuff... That's gone now! Wow, beautiful. Something very Disney about it towards the end.
        Dec 19, 2018
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      2. David Lister
        David Lister
        @Finnuval Thank you! Yeah, throwing in a little boys choir can suggest innocence or magic - like Disney. :D
        Dec 20, 2018
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    7. David Lister
      David Lister
      Finally! The bonus I didn't get last year came through this year. It accounts for 20-25% of my annual income. :D
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      2. Shaz
        Shaz
        wow, that's some bonus!
        Dec 16, 2018
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      3. Wavelength
        Wavelength
        Congrats! That's gotta feel good. :)
        Dec 16, 2018
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      4. Finnuval
        Finnuval
        That'll put a smile on your face!
        Dec 16, 2018
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    8. David Lister
      David Lister
      Wait for it... :D
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      2. Kwerty
        Kwerty
        nice pro sound David
        Dec 5, 2018
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      3. Finnuval
        Finnuval
        I think I just died a little, the good way. Geez this is good! Did you just get even better when I wasn't looking? Just.... Wow!
        Dec 5, 2018
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    9. David Lister
      David Lister
      Look ma, no strings!! My work "Nebula - for Concert Band" with images courtesy of NASA. :D
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      3. samkfj
        samkfj
        omg I love this. Not even kidding.
        Dec 1, 2018
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      4. David Lister
        David Lister
        @Finnuval Twilight Zone - yeah, that's about right. :) This work was inspired by the amazing Hubble Telescope image of the 30 Doradus Nebula... ...and a certain band director that challenged me to write a simple, Grade 2/3 piece that middle and high school kids could play.

        It sort of threads the needle between mysterious and beautiful - both impressions I get from the birth place of stars. :D
        Dec 1, 2018
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      5. Finnuval
        Finnuval
        Well, I say you succeeded :D and I love it!
        Dec 1, 2018
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    10. David Lister
      David Lister
      Behind the scenes of modern composing. Enjoy!
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    11. David Lister
      David Lister
      Happy Thanksgiving. Be epic!
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    12. David Lister
      David Lister
      Sister got married in Tahoe and requested wedding music from big bro. :D
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      3. Finnuval
        Finnuval
        What an awesome experience for both you and you sis!
        Beautiful piece of music.
        Nov 18, 2018
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      4. Jesse - PVGames
        Jesse - PVGames
        Beautiful piece of music, and the story and sentiment behind it are equally beautiful. Thank you for sharing!
        Nov 18, 2018
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      5. samkfj
        samkfj
        I love it. Wish them all the love and luck in the world.
        Nov 18, 2018
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    13. David Lister
      David Lister
      #TBT #1994 Salvaged from a cassette tape. What's that!? :p
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      2. l8rose
        l8rose
        Very suspenseful!
        Nov 16, 2018
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      3. Finnuval
        Finnuval
        Wow the cassette...now I feel old lol
        Really nice piece though, takes me back to some good old games. Has a nostalgic feel to it and well written and performed.
        Nov 16, 2018
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    14. David Lister
      David Lister
      I sometimes make SFX, too! :D
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      3. David Lister
        David Lister
        Yeah, recording organic sound and manipulating and mixing it is a surefire way to work toward something more original. I have mucho respect for the guys who devote their entire careers to sound design. Ben Burtt (Star Wars, Wall-E, etc.) comes to mind...
        Nov 15, 2018
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      4. samkfj
        samkfj
        omg for real! I always wanted to do something like that. Did you know the iconic sound for the Tardis (Dr. Who) is just a key rubbing across a piano string? It's that kind of thinking out of the box that just gets me every time.
        Nov 15, 2018
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      5. samkfj
        samkfj
        But yeah man--mad respect for ya

        *fist bump*
        Nov 15, 2018
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    15. David Lister
      David Lister
      Go IGMC devs!! "To achieve great things, two things are needed; a plan, and not quite enough time." -- Leonard Bernstein ;)
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      2. Faye Valentine
        Faye Valentine
        thanks ;-; 15 days to go!
        Nov 15, 2018
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      3. OmnislashXX
        OmnislashXX
        Too bad none of those games submitted actually sparks my interest.
        Nov 15, 2018
    16. David Lister
      David Lister
      Wahoo!! Battle Music selections from "Another World". Enjoy!! :D
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      2. samkfj
        samkfj
        Man--I hope when I finish my battle song--it sounds half this good.
        Nov 14, 2018
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      3. David Lister
        David Lister
        Thanks Sam!! :D
        Nov 15, 2018
      4. Finnuval
        Finnuval
        Well my 7yo son jumped off the couch and came running to the pc to see what was going on the minute I pressed play so I'ld say you've got a winner here! Really well done
        Nov 15, 2018
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    17. David Lister
      David Lister
      Monday Music Remix! Enjoy...
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    18. David Lister
      David Lister
      A tender scene in "A Beautiful Apocalypse". :kaojoy:
    19. David Lister
      David Lister
      New characters, new adventures! :D
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    20. David Lister
      David Lister
      Happy music for a happy Friday!! :D
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      2. samkfj
        samkfj
        Happy, indeed. Dig it!
        Nov 10, 2018
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      3. Poryg
        Poryg
        It's Saturday! :(
        Nov 10, 2018
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      4. David Lister
        David Lister
        Ah, yes... ...for some people it must be Saturday. But here on the West Coast of the U.S. it's still Friday. In fact, it's almost time for the second "happy hour"! :D
        Nov 10, 2018
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    Gender:
    Male
    Birthday:
    Mar 24, 1972 (Age: 46)
    Home Page:
    http://www.davidlistercomposer.com
    Location:
    Seattle, Washington
    Occupation:
    Computer Scientist
    First Language:
    English
    Primarily Uses:
    N/A
    Interests:
    Symphonic Music, Metalcore, Writing, Psychology, Wine
    I'm a musician based out of Seattle, Washington and have been composing orchestral music for 25 years. I compose symphonic and electronic music and specialize in leitmotif composition. Strong thematic development and traditional orchestral colors characterize my style. I really enjoy working with creative people with great communication skills to make great art. I also mentor younger composers, so feel free to reach out if you're serious about composing for orchestra. You can find my work on YouTube, SoundCloud, Instagram, Twitter, Bandcamp and my web site.

    My background is in computer science and non-Newtonian physics with a resume in corporate American of nearly 30 years. (Gotta pay the bills...) Yes, that means I'm a bit older than most of the developers here, but I still love to play a great RPG once in awhile - usually while enjoying a relaxing train ride home each night after work. :LZYcool: I couldn't live without coffee, dark chocolate, popcorn, Mexican food and wine... ...especially wine. It's the little things... :LZYyum:

    If you're interested in collaborating on a project (or interested in having a mentor), send a PM or contact me via my web site at www.DavidListerComposer.com.

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    P.S. If you're a storyteller, but not familiar with the concept of leitmotif in music, you owe it to yourself to do a little research. It's a skill most composers lack (and is becoming increasingly absent in modern film and games), but it's the secret weapon of composers to tug at the heartstrings of the audience and to affect them in ways that make your story emotionally moving and memorable. It's what makes the scores to works like Star Wars, Total Recall, Final Fantasy, How to Train Your Dragon, etc. so compelling, classic and beloved. If your story demands it (and most RPG's do), take the time to find a composer that has the skill to tell your story musically using the power of structure and leitmotif. It's what moves us to tears at the end of E.T., The Empire Strikes Back and To The Moon. Thanks for listening...

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