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02-22-2006, 11:59 PM
GPO Featured Young Artist: Jamison Baker, Composer


Jamison Baker is our first featured young artist. What is so unique about Jamison is that he is 13 years old and is producing some amazing music.

Here then is Jamison's newest work called "Day by Day the Penguins Steal My Sanity":

Day by Day the Penguins Steal My Sanity (http://www.garritan.com/mp3/Penguins_by_JamisonBaker.mp3)
(9 mb file - 6 1/2 minutes)

The inspiration for this work came while in an art store trying out a pen on a piece of paper. Jamison noticed that someone had written on it: 'day by day the penguins steal my sanity' and just cracked up. He immediately wrote a piano duet called "Day by Day the Penguins Steal My Sanity" in the fall of 2005. The piano duet was intended as the groundwork for a larger orchestral composition of the same name, completed January 30, 2006.

Jamison is a student at Renaissance Arts Academy in Southern California and has applied to Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. He has been seen in Guitar World Magazine, featured as a recording artist for Elephant Symphony Studios in Glendale, CA and noted in Mix magazine as a 'Modern-Day Amadeus'.

Jamison is a prolific composer who creates new and innovative harmonies that echo those of the great Impressionistic composers. His music is engaging and dynamic, with a unique and powerful style that often surprises the listener. He works with music conceptually and composes from a music theory viewpoint. His ideas come from his thinking about notes and chords most of the time; he would say the ideas come from him and not his emotions.

His first piece using GPO was "Orchestra in D", which helped him learn the program. The ending incorporates one of his earlier works entitled "EDF". "Orchestra in D" is a 7-minute composition completed when he was 12, before his 13th birthday in July of 2005.

His second major piece, "Air & Scissors", is his longest to date at over 11 minutes. It was completed July 30th, 2005, just after his 13th birthday, and was followed the very next day by a short piece for a quartet called simply "String Quartet". "Air & Scissors" is a Finalist in the International Songwriting Competition, making the top 1.4% of over 15,000 entrants from 80 countries. (see http://www.songwritingcompetition.com/finalists2005.htm and scroll down to the "Teen" category),

Jamison became an accomplished guitarist at an early age, has played violin, and currently plays viola in an orchestra and a chamber group. He is interested in all orchestral instruments, loves what the french horn can do in an orchestra, and hopes to improve his piano skills when he has more time this summer. Drawn to composers such as Maurice Ravel, Claude Debussy, Igor Stravinsky, Sergei Prokofiev, George Gershwin, he listens to their music and studies their scores Although he is not interested in copying another composer's music, he likes to study their orchestration to see how they compose. He composes by writing each note for each instrument on a computer or by hand on a score. When traveling, a pad of scoring paper is kept close at hand and in use during spare moments.

He recorded three original guitar compositions in the studio; "Mirage" composed at age 10, "Keeper of the Flame" composed at 12, and "Song" composed and recorded at age 12, and realized that his next piece required an orchestra. That is when he found Garritan Personal Orchestra, GPO, a computer product that gave him command of orchestral sounds with a notation program. He currently uses GPO and Overture 4 by GenieSoft for composing and is not yet using a sequencer. He works on a 3 MHz Intel based system with 2 GB RAM and 500 GB of hard drive space.

Jamison recently mentioned to his father: "You know, GPO is probably the best thing that ever came into my life." He rates the summer of 2005 as his best so far because he spent the summer composing with GPO, working long hours, creating two major works in about 3 weeks each and several minor pieces.

He aspires, first and foremost, to be a successful composer and hopes to conduct some of his works. He is also interested in writing music for films, plays, or anything else that music can be written for.

Thanks to Dan Kury who helped slightly but purposely avoided any extensive edtiing to preserve the integrity of Jamison's arrangement. And thanks to his father Jorj for being a strong supporter of Jamison.

It seemed a good way to start our featured artist program was to feature a young musician. It's just incredible and inspiring what young people are doing with these tools.

Gary Garritan

02-23-2006, 12:26 PM

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Jack Cannon

02-23-2006, 01:01 PM

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Jack CannonTry now. I got rid of the space in the link.

02-23-2006, 01:35 PM
Impressive. Best wishes to keep the talent (I know about baby geniouses changing frequently carrear becoming adults).

He seems very motivated.:)

02-23-2006, 01:56 PM
Excellent work, Jamison!


Outstanding coloristic use of the orchestra, and a fascinating composition.

I am looking forward to much, much more. I do hope you will become a regular contributor, here!

With admiration,


Post Scriptum:
I, too, have problems with penguinous sanity theft.

02-23-2006, 04:16 PM
Good work, Jamison.

You are a gifted teenager and I hope you have all of the opportunities to advance and develop your musical talent. Hopefully, that Los Angeles School for the Arts will really help you.

We look forward to hearing more of your works.

Excellent mixing, Dan.

Jack Cannon

02-23-2006, 04:50 PM
Well, Congratulations on a well constructed musical piece. I really enjoyed listening to it and certainly hope to hear more. BRAVO!

02-23-2006, 05:11 PM
I was so impressed when Gary informed me that the MP3 he had previously sent was written by a thirteen year old. He asked if I would create a mix from Jamison's midi file "of course" I said. :)

I have to say especially with orchestral music, I constantly find myself trying to make every single note of every instrument distinguishable in the mix. As most of us here already know, that is not what orchestral music is about, but more blending the instruments to create a color of sound, by the combination of those instruments.

I was blown away when I saw the intricate detail in the midi track of just how these instruments work together. I would prefer to not have any comments about me or the mix, but only to Jamison and his Penguins. :D

Thank you Jack! :)
Thank you Gary for the opportunity,
and thank you Jamison for the cool music.


Craig Reeves
02-23-2006, 05:40 PM
This piece is great! I really enjoyed it!

Are you sure this guy is 13? lol! This is good even for somebody who's older than that!

02-23-2006, 06:22 PM
Wow, lol. That's impressive. He's not that far from my age either.

02-23-2006, 06:24 PM

Very impressive piece. I will certainly look forward to other works of yours that arrive on the forum.

Congratulations on your work and being featured here.

David Mauney

C J Pro
02-23-2006, 06:45 PM
Good work Jamison! Hope to hear more of your compositions soon. Seems like a mischievious kind of style, portrays Penguins actually causing insanity (I thought that penguins helped keep people sane, then again I'm a Linux user...).

Seemed like I've heard the name somewhere before. But now I remember that graffitied under the bridge intown are the worlds "The ducks rob me of my sanity day by day." So not exactly the same, but rather close.

02-23-2006, 07:12 PM
Very interesting orchestration! :) It's awesome that aspiring composers can have the power of GPO... the possibilities are unlimited.

02-23-2006, 09:30 PM
I'm giving up composing for orchestra officially now: the lad has done me in, shattered my illusions!

(Oh, but to be introduced to GPO at the age of 12!)

- m

Houston Haynes
02-23-2006, 10:31 PM
This is awesome - I can't imagine having the attention span to develop a piece like that at *that* age. Bravo!

02-24-2006, 04:43 PM
Now I remember why I don't write much orchestral music! I sound like a 5 year old!

Good work, Jamison!


02-27-2006, 12:14 AM
what?! 13?!

style, personality, and skills way beyond your average 13 year old...excellent music here...i see much success in your future...


03-18-2006, 12:47 AM
*** deserving bump *** :)

05-04-2006, 08:43 PM
Man, that is awesome... I mean, Kid that is awesome!
Very nice work Jamison. It sounds so perfect for an animated movie, maybe one with the same title.

05-06-2006, 10:50 AM
I can't believe I missed this thread on its first round. This is amazingly mature writing. I predict very big things for you, Jamison. Please don't ever stop writing!

07-13-2006, 11:29 AM
You know, words of positive reception like "awesome", "impressive", "unbelievable" and more really don't depict how well this work is. And, at the age of 13 have accomplished so much, those words are even less meaningful for me to rephrase.
In other words after listening to this work several times I found myself _________________________________!

Five stars, two thumbs and big toes up!

10-22-2006, 08:21 AM
Hey guys This is my first ever post. just wondering though how i can hear the music that jamison wrote. Is there a link somwhere? thanks guys.:hp: