Alex Thomen

Session Keyboardist, Arranger

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Currently pursuing my Master's degree in Commercial Music Composition and Arranging with piano as my primary instrument.

I can provide (sheet music and/ or recording) professionally arranged piano and keyboard parts, professionally arranged instrumental and vocal parts, and transcribe audio or MIDI tracks. If you need audio editing done, I can provide that too.

Tell me about your project and how I can help, through the 'Contact' button above.

Interview with Alex Thomen

  1. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  2. A: Recording for Master's program audition. One song contained piano, drums, bass, saxophone, and vocals. I composed (music and lyrics), recorded, produced, and mixed the final product.

  3. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  4. A: Master's Thesis: a recording project of original music with supplementary thesis.

  5. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  6. A: Not yet! I'm just getting started here.

  7. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  8. A: At the moment, digital. I don't have enough space for analog...

  9. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  10. A: I promise to communicate with you to best bring forth your vision.

  11. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  12. A: Helping others with their creative projects.

  13. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  14. A: Can you write a beautiful, yet simple, piano part? Yes.

  15. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  16. A: A C9 chord does not equal a Cadd9 chord.

  17. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  18. A: What do YOU want from me? What kind of sound are you striving for?

  19. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  20. A: Provide some other music examples to give me the best idea of the sound you're looking for.

  21. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  22. A: Kurzweil SP4-8, microKORG, Condenser mic, a nice pair of Sennheiser headphones, and a survival guide..

  23. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  24. A: Undergraduate Degree: Music Composition from Kansas State University Master's Degree (In progress): Commercial Music Composition and Arranging from Belmont University

  25. Q: How would you describe your style?

  26. A: Pop/Rock meets Jazz/Funk

  27. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  28. A: Ben Folds-- he crafts arrangements that stay interesting upon multiple listens.

  29. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  30. A: Don't simply copy and paste vocal tracks to beef up the sound. Record new takes of the same section and layer them together!

  31. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  32. A: Rock, Funk, Jazz, Pop

  33. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  34. A: Keyboard writing, arranging, transcribing

  35. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  36. A: Professionally crafted keyboard parts, professionally composed arrangements. Whatever YOU need.

  37. Q: What's your typical work process?

  38. A: Depends on the project. Writing/Recording piano parts: Listen to the rough demo (or read the sheet music) and improvise different pianistic ideas over the top to figure out what the song needs. Arranging: Sit at keyboard and figure out how musical elements will fit together to achieve the best arrangement.

  39. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  40. A: Logic Pro X, Sibelius, Kurzweil SP4-7, M-Audio KeyRig 49, MicroKORG, Scarlett 2i4, VXL Condenser microphone, Shure SM57, M-Audio StudioPro 3 Monitors.

  41. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  42. A: Ben Folds, Stevie Wonder, Steely Dan

  43. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  44. A: Writing/Performing piano and keyboard tracks. Arranging, Transcribing, Composing.

Gear Highlights
  • Logic Pro X
  • Kurzweil SP4-8
  • microKORG
  • VXL condenser
  • Shure SM57
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