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ACEO Fruit with Sheet Music by Marcus Unlimited

Posted in 1 by marcusunlimited on September 20, 2009

Monday Night, September 14, 2009…

Posted in 1 by marcusunlimited on September 15, 2009

a day that will live in infamy? Nah, just kidding. Here’s the latest.

1. Had a mind blowing, A+ idea for AIWU (Alice in Wonderland UNLIMITED) marketing come to me. Well it didn’t actually come to me, I mean I worked for it with pen and paper, over and over again writing the words, AUDIENCE , STUDENTS and MARCUS. These words kept me on focus. I have to think about the audience first, and teach my new students artist to put the audience first. I can’t wait to test this new idea:)

2. A small movement from the first soprano aria from AIWU is mostly done. I want to put the prelim tracks up on youtube for students to practice with. Maybe I can get that in tonight before the eyelids fall.

3. I had a cool idea for the Caterpillar, who won’t actually be a caterpillar but instead will be a… (Shhh!)

4. Bunch of new stuff up at YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/marcusunlimited Happy Halloween.

5. I’ve been having fun with the Artist’s “Morning Pages” concept by Julia Cameron from her book the artists way:  (I was considering posting an Amazon affiliate link here but, I have to wait on something first.)

6. The original Time Machine by H G Wells is an amazing book. Such vivid Steampunk lore it is.

7. Recently found out that a young voice student won a 1st place, grand champion at a San Jose vocal competition. Nice!:)

8.  I’ve been thinking about letting students take a run at doing their own cut of my Harmonious Haiku albums: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/mjcu

9. I recently asked a question on Answers.yahoo.com about which 3 literary classics  pre-1900, would most parents desire for their kids to read prior to college. Some of the responses were obvious and wise, but I was quite surprised how only one book kept ending up in the top 3 must read; “Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice?” Not that its not a great read but I wouldn’t have thought it would have outscored Hamlet or Great Expectations, or…?

10. Newman’s own sesame ginger salad dressing is amazing on confetti coleslaw, wrapped in a heated corn tortilla!

🙂

`Night:)

The Time Machine UNLIMITED:”What Uncle Herbert Thought was Time was Actually…

Posted in 1 by marcusunlimited on August 29, 2009

The Time Machine UNLIMITED: “What Uncle Herbert Thought Was Time Was Actually…”
by Marcus J. C. UNLIMITED

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By now you probably have guessed that when I say Uncle Herbert I really mean my late, great, great, great Uncle Herbert. I figure there is little need to keep reminding you of his chronological place in our families history.
With that said, lets move on.
It had been a while since I had brought home the treasure chest from Uncle Herbert’s Estate Allotment. Everyone was easy to let me have it since it was filled with writings and musical notations and as a vocalist, teacher of voice and composer of works for the human voice, those were also the things I did.
By this time I had of course determined that Uncle Herbert had been in the process of losing his mind, or really had discovered some sort of exponential method of travel. Uncle Herbert was famous for his book on Time Travel that was largely thought to be fiction in those days and today. However after he had penned the famous story, the creative ideas he had first put together to sound feasible in the world of fiction, began to stand up stronger and stronger to various concepts on the possibility of exponential travel.
When I first read his composition books entitled “travels” I thought they were some form of unreleased fiction. The more I read and studied of his “travel’s” the more I began to realize that he really had thought he had been to these places. In fact he had made several written references to himself regarding, “…the importance of not letting anyone know that he has been making these travels.”
This meant that I was reading the ramblings of a mad man or, I had stumbled across one of the greatest discoveries in the history of mankind, or perhaps a bit of both. One things for sure, the documentation of his “travels” were thoroughly engaging and whether fact or fiction, well worth the read.
After wading through a series of scriblles and shorthand I finally deciphered some text that was found under the heading of “‘Tis not time I have travelled through but space?” Under which Uncle Herbert had in his own words explained that the travels he thought he had been taking towards the future, were actually travels across great, unfathomable distances of space.
This page was a mix of thoughts and scratchings that any onlooker passing by would have considered insanity. However, when combined with even a small amount of everything else that was popping up out of the treasure chest, they seemed like concepts of genius. Here is a sampling of some of the statements Uncle Herbert had scattered across that page:

Feelings are the fuel!
I went not into the future, but into another galaxy!
An image ignites your memories, a song reminds you of a moment from long ago.
How strong must the feelings be? It must be as those moments when music is so beautiful that it causes one to tear up.
There are three components to the fuel of exponential travel: Illustration, Storytelling and Music.

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When I saw the word storytelling I was taken aback for a moment. ‘What does he mean?’ I thought. Was he saying there is no real travel, just what you make up in a story? What thrill is there in that. Through these weekend discoveries know that while I dig through the treasure chest, I am holding and half reading his writings. One discovery of text is quickly supported or estranged by a finding of an odd illustration or musical notation.

TO BE CONTINUED…

Alice in Wonderland UNLIMITED “Alice Was Beginning…” song

Posted in 1 by marcusunlimited on August 15, 2009



Alice in Wonderland UNLIMITED "Alice Was Beginning…" song

Originally uploaded by marcus_utilis_amicus

A scene near the beginning of a work in progress. We have no idea how far this project will go. It could just end up an excerpt of music based on certain texts from the National Council of Teachers of English required college reading list, or maybe it will grow.

One things for sure as I explore this idea, Lewis Carroll is more amazing than you would ever guess.

Funny how an Oxford Math teacher ends up writing the quintessential, female heroine childrens’ book of all time?

In the meantime here is our current discography:

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All the best, may your life be a wonderful Wonderland UNLIMITED!!!

~Marcus:)

SONG COMPOSITION: Bed In Summer Collaboration Marcus Unlimited w/R L Stevenson Lyrics

Posted in 1 by marcusunlimited on August 5, 2009


SONG: Bed In Summer Collaboration Marcus Unlimited w/R L Stevenson Lyrics

Originally uploaded by marcus_utilis_amicus

An art song I created based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Bed In Summer” from the Children’s Garden of Verses.

(Which was recently performed (as a debut solo) with excellence by our young voice student S.S. at the Summer Recital!

Marcus Unlimited Musicland 0720-2009

Posted in 1 by marcusunlimited on July 21, 2009



Marcus Unlimited Musicland 0720-2009

Originally uploaded by marcus_utilis_amicus

New music art from Marcus Unlimited.

Monday July 27, 2009 Thoughts and Feelings:

Posted in 1 by marcusunlimited on July 21, 2009

1. Okay so a few students have signed up for the Student Artist program and we are already working on their/my next album. It is quite challenging but fun to write songs that must work from every age and gender. (Try it you’ll be surprised how challenging that is.)

2. I’m testing, planning, sketching etc’ing, different ideas on how to present the multi-launch albums through youtube. Of course my new best friend Twitter will be involved (please follow if friendly:  http://www.twitter.com/marcusunlimited )

3.  This past week was the big Modesto heat surge that magically drops during our famous street concert X-Fest. I didn’t go this year, to hot and so close to the studio anyways.  So loud, so many people, more trendy artists than serious musicians most of the time, that’s ok just not my scene.

4.  All of my new followers on Twitter seem really cool but some of them are very very extra cool. Saying positive’s about our music, and the Marcus Unlimited YouTube channel ( http://www.youtube.com/user/marcusunlimited ) I think I like twitter over other social networking tools because it doesn’t interfere with my work as a Neo-Operattist.  Twitter is more about announcing, and presenting, and even sharing than tweeking the profile. Twitter is more like: do something great, then tweet it!:) Simple, smart, cool!

5.  I’ve thought about how fun it would be to get a sizable advance to compose, arrange and produce my ultimate singing composer album of pop, classical crossover tunes.  Many of the great works in history have had some sort of commision or advance behind them. I mean come on, think about it, imagine George Lucas trying to pull of Star Wars with no budget, piecing together ideas and throwing out scene after scene to deal with “what’s on hand.” One must be able to make use of what one has, but,  we must also be realistic about what will result out of something carved from mud, and something carved from the finest polished marble.

6.  I think the heat has been having a tiring effect on me.  I must have napped 2 or 3 times on Saturday. I did notation for a while which is normally mentally tiring but afterwords I sat in a chair and woke up like an hour later going… “Duuuuuuuuuhhhhh.” Then I thought; “Hey, why not go for a brisk walk to wake myself up?”  …so I opened the door and took one step outside into the 105 degree heat and had another thought: “Hey, why don’t I NOT go for a walk, instead I’ll drink a gallon of ice water and sit back down in the chair.  I woke up an hour later…again???

7. I’ve had visions of starting an academy. Something about Applied Vocal Arts, relative to Modern or new use of the classic Italian operatic method I’ve been taught. Where the students also learn how to make money as artists, similar to the Marcus Unlimited Student Artist program I just launched but on a bigger level. I’ll keep letting it swirl around in my mind.

8. Recently fallen in love with Philip Glass’s music of Koyannisqatsi. I didn’t get his must when I was a kid, but now I not only get it I am amazed by it.

9. Also, John Adams “Nixon in China” neo-opera is amazing. Love the minimalist driving progressions and funny text placement such as; “so smo oo oo oo oo oo oo oo oo oth!” only those who have heard or seen that scene from it will get that last line. They have parts of it on YouTube and it is absolutely amazing. { http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Tv3hrZmcEk }

10.  Enjoying the artwork in Spectrum 15 collection as well.

Did I mention us on Twitter?

http://twitter.com/marcusunlimited

See you there:)

Hope you have a great week, try to stay cool. I wonder what its like in the Arctic this time of year?

~Marcus:)

Alice in Wonderland “At The Riverbank”

Posted in 1 by marcusunlimited on July 19, 2009



Alice in Wonderland "At The Riverbank"

Originally uploaded by marcus_utilis_amicus

Alice in Wonderland “At The Riverbank”

Hi friends,

I’m not sure what will become of this but here is a minimalist arrangement of the opening scene to Alice in Wonderland.

In the meantime:

Us at YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/marcusunlimited (Please look listen and subscribe.)

Us at Twitter: twitter.com/marcusunlimited

and our current discography. Your purchases of our music help me to buy groceries and eat food:)

Thank you,
~Marcus:)

Uploaded by marcus_utilis_amicus on 18 Jul 09, 9.23PM PDT.

Haiku ~ I Can See The Grail…

Posted in 1 by marcusunlimited on July 17, 2009

I can see the grail, the true reason for our quest, now I ask for strength.

the Marcus UNLIMITED Discography

Posted in 1, Blogging by marcusunlimited on July 17, 2009

(as of Summer 2009)

All of the following highly acclaimed albums and or singles were composed, performed and produced by Marcus Unlimited. These albums share a worldwide fan base of a million plus very satisfied listeners and several thousand (and growing:) very satisfied purchasers. Why, because Marcus always puts the audience first. I hereby invite you to become a V.I.P. member of our awesome audience.

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New Releases:
Marcus Unlimited New Releases at iTunes.

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Harmonious Haiku (Neo-Classical New Age Jazz / Possible comparisons; Brian Stokes Mitchell, Josh Groban, Luther Vandross, Bryn Terfel, David Sylvian (w/Ryuichi Sakamoto) and more.)

Your one of a kind vocal and sound design album wherein advanced classical voice training all the way through to soft vocal jazz tones are used to place the listener in a fantastic audible world of wonder.

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/mjcu

http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?playListId=128841992

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CHROMATICUS Album One “Introducticus” (Your original relaxation music. Soothing and elegant sound design, fits comfortably alongside your favorite Enya, Vangelis, Eno, and Jarre albums.)

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/chromaticus2

iTunes:  http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?playListId=252364549

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CHROMATICUS Album Two “Geologicus”

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/chromaticus4

iTunes:  http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?playListId=252364941

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CHROMATICUS Album Three “Hydroicus”

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/chromaticus3

iTunes: http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?playListId=252364628

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The P.E.P., Positive Energy Power+Up

Your acclaimed, super hi-powered continuous mix of some of the most upbeat exercise and energy boosting music you’ve ever heard.

http://cdbaby.com/cd/pepowerup

iTunes: http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?playListId=252425655

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YMU, Yoga Music Unlimited

Your Yoga Music! One of a kind Yoga Music. Every note and sound on this album was designed from the ground up per specifications set forth by many Yoga professionals worldwide.

http://cdbaby.com/cd/ymu

iTunes:  http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?playListId=252464370

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I ask that I get the chance to provide you with an ever expanding, life enriching compliment of musical works over the many years to come:)

To all of the wonderful fans, and to those fans who have purchased and continue to purchase our music and inspire me with so many wonderful comments of praise and thanks for these works I say, THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU:)

All the best, because YOU are the best,

~Marcus UNLIMITED:)