Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Monday, June 13, 2011

Almost there... Stay on target...

In 1996 I made an "album" entitled H.E.M.S.H. It was really bad. Flash forward to 2011. I think I can say without arrogance that this next album should be slightly better. It's in the mastering stage right now. My old friend Adam Lazlo from the Score-Off Challenge days will be mastering. I am tentatively announcing early July for an actual tangible CD release date. I't might be available for download earlier. We'll see.

You can listen to the two singles "Kristy McNichol" and "Rut" here.

Not final cover art.

Stay tuned!

Monday, November 8, 2010


Who doesn’t want their own theme song? Who would like to be the envy of their friends and proclaim, “Well, I have my own theme song, do you?” Who would like to walk down the street with the melodic confidence of an opening sequence sitcom character or park your car with the fanfare of an action star?

You would? Well, now’s your chance!

Starting Monday, November 8th through Wednesday, December 8th, with a purchase of $4.00 or more, you will be eligible in a random drawing. If your name is picked, I will write and record an actual theme song just for you to download and blast to the world! IT’S THAT EASY!

Just visit http://www.jamapes.com/ and purchase any number of track downloads from the catalog equaling $4.00 or greater. Heck, even if you don’t want the tracks, consider it a donation with the added bonus of personal theme song eligibility! The winner will be announced on Monday, December 13th 2010.

Make yourself stand out with your very own theme song! Great for office parties!

Visit http://www.jamapes.com/ and tell your friends who are in desperate need for their own theme song to become a fan on Facebook today!

(contest ends 11:59pm 12/8/2010)

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Turnidoff Studios is GO!

Now that I am settled in to the new house, I finally got the basement studio somewhat set up. I am hard at work on my collaboration with Chris Waffle and I also finished the score to Transylvania Television's Halloween Special Show which airs on the CW Network on October 22nd. 11:00pm locally.

So, the plate is kind of full, but I did have time to make this sorta "promo" for the studio...

...over and out.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Album For Sale!

John Mapes' first official EP The Sesame Street Covers is now for sale for $5.00 at bandcamp.com

It contains 5 songs from the glorious golden age of Sesame Street.

1. Ladybug Picnic
2. I'm So Blue
3. Exit (is the way out)
4. The Fox & The Crow
5. Lowercase "n"

Download yours at bandcamp.com TODAY!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Up To Speed

Not a whole heck of a lot going on. Just a few music things of note:

Still working with Jared & the guys on Possible Oscar stuff. We are finishing up an album for Convergence 2010 which will consist of songs we did for the FuMP and a few fillers. It's been 4 years since our last one so we decided to wrangle up all the loose songs we had out there, package them up in an album, put them behind us and start working on a NEW record with a lot more new original material.

I also have been working with Chris Waffle from Hot Waffles on a super secret project that is really exercising the creative songwriting muscles. Since he lives in California, we've been collaborating via email so things seem to take a bit longer to create, but hopefully in the end it will all be worth it.

I have been taking a lot of my old Score-Off Challenge songs and adding video to them. Mostly old exploitation trailers. I made a single web page with all of them just as a visual resume if I ever come across someone who would want to use me. I titled it, "John Mapes-Composer". Just so you know, the "Composer" is to be taken lightly. Once I figure out how to read and write notation and actually get PAID for anything I have done, then maybe I could use the word "composer".

It's amazing how tough it is for me to get any motivation to SELL anything I have recorded. I find it so much easier to just put it out there for people. If they like it, they can have it. I haven't really gotten to the point yet where I feel I need to charge for my music. Maybe once I pay for professional studio time I will consider it, but for now, I'd rather just keep making fun songs. It helps keep the gears greased and gets me more in tune with some of the recording software I use.

Here is my latest which was made up in an afternoon. I started with just a simple progression and kept adding layers. Sometimes that works out, sometimes not.

Also, I am STILL working on the Sesame Street Covers EP and the Gli Scassinatori Experiment EP. Hopefully I get those done sometime in 2010 AC(after Chilton).

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Sesame Street is 40 today!

Seriously, I cant imagine where I'd be without it.
Sonia Manzano's voice is as familiar as my own Mother's.

Rewatching the old ones again with my Son has further proved what an influence that show was to me, and hopefully to him.

Hearing some of those songs again really inspired me to try this EP. There were some that have been forever burned into my head.

Click here to listen to tracks from The Sesame Street Covers EP