Bryce Jacobs

Bryce Jacobs

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I work a vast array of styles and genres through my music to achieve the right artistic and emotional outcomes for whatever I' am endeavoring to convey. With many soundtrack elements and a guitar I designed with piano capabilities I try to create a unique yet engaging sound through my work.

Biography

Bryce Jacobs is a unique and eclectic musician who writes and performs his own brand of hybrid soundtrack music, which lies somewhere between pop, electronic and orchestral genres in a very film orientated setting. Heavily influenced by bands and artists such as The Police, U2, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Tool, Peter Gabriel, The Beatles, Nine Inch Nails, Muse, The Killers, among others. Bryce has cultivated his own unique blend of hybrid genre calling upon more external influences to color his musical imagery. Artists such as Debussy, Wagner, Beethoven, Stravinski, Rachmaninov and Gorecki in the classical stream, and Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, John McLaughlin, George Benson and Charlie Christian in jazz circles, all swim in and out of the sound world Bryce produces.

After completing a Bachelor of Music in Performance at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Bryce returned 18 months later to undertake a Masters in Composition (completed in March of 2008). It was during this time of study that Bryce realized that his long love and infatuation of film music was to now be his focus in all his musical output from this point on.

In his dedication to writing from such an eclectic base, came the development of a guitar of his own design based on the range and capabilities of a piano. Facilitating the transcription of piano music faithfully onto a guitar, this instrument is a new and exciting platform to write and perform any style of music. The writing and arranging of new material for this instrument compliments the area of hybrid film orientated music Bryce is continually developing.

Bryce also performs with his band everything from new wave infused progressive pop tunes, to full scale band/orchestral works with pre-programmed samples. Performances at times are enhanced by sympathetic visuals that are projected behind the performing band, providing a reverse soundtrack experience. With rich harmonic journeys through the many colors and shapes of such a myriad of styles, Bryce and his band provide their audience with a completely engaging and exciting entertainment environment for the audience to be submerged into. A forty minute set can morph unified through a vast array of shapes and colors, yet the music as a whole is largely constructed by smaller more pop/rock orientated songs.

While working as a musician for Josh Pyke and Genevieve Maynard as well as international artist such as Sophie B. Hawkins, Bryce has been continually writing, orchestrating, performing and producing his own music. With his solid focus on working in film, Bryce has worked on many soundtracks including such features as Gabriel, Jumper, Bitter & Twisted, Happy Feet, and P.S. I Love You, among others in varying musical roles, from writing and orchestration to performance and production. Bryce's musical output provides a soundscape that features lush vocal harmonies, layered guitars, guitar synthesizer textures, tightly grooving bass lines and a powerhouse of electro/acoustic drumming and percussion. Whatever the vision or situation requires, Bryce moulds the music to suit the present need. As can be seen by the vast range of influences above, Bryce enjoys versatile sounds and commits himself to creating an alternate path to follow as a result of the culmination of these influences and all others he constantly encounters in everyday life (musical or otherwise). Bryce’s music creates a synergy of sound that, whether written to vision or in isolation, expresses emotion and purpose beautifully and uniquely in any given context.

Lyrics

Regarding That

Written By: Bryce Jacobs

What's left when the magic's gone?
That kept you young inside and always drawn.
No matter where your life has brought you here from,
You're gonna need some...

It all depends on the one perspective,
Do your thoughts tend to sway too and fro and then another way?
In your mind what brings you to your own elective,
And if it's wrong can you find another train?
Careful now you know your frame of mind has ended,
Every shade you hoped was lit in the special way.

What's left when the magic's gone?
That kept you young inside and always drawn.
No matter where your life has brought you here from,
You're gonna need someone.
(You're -------------someone).

I don't care any more.
I'm through with always keeping score.
Let the night take me back.
Let the sadness knock me flat.

Did you get the magic wrong?
Were you young inside and too head strong?

Before you realize what you want you'll end it.
And edit all the color that shapes who you are today.
(And edit all the colour out of you).

What's left when the magic's gone.
That kept you young inside and always drawn?!!

Golden Sunset

Written By: Bryce Jacobs

Well for so long,
I've been waiting,
For this moment not to pass me by,
But on thin ice,
I was skating,
When you came and now it is in black and white.

I'll be right by your side.
I will be right by your side.

It was not long,
'Til I realised,
Just how much you meant to me inside,
And for so long,
You were so strong,
Now I want you to know it will be just fine.

I'll be right by your side.
I will be right by your side,
If we get lost just remember this one line,
I will be right by your side.

Caught in your eyes when we met,
Framed in a golden sunset,
I knew my heart could only shine,
For you.

I'll be right by your side.
I will be right by your side,
If we get lost just remember this one line,
I will be right by your side.

Is it So

Written By: Bryce Jacobs

Open window into my mind what will I find without you there.
To find something is wilting and perspective changing.
Now the glass is dry and bare.

Is it so?
So it is.
It is so!

Ever sink so slowly yet still floating on the waves of sound in your air.

In Peace (Ode to Johnny)

Written By: Bryce Jacobs

In Peace (Ode to Johnny)

Another day passes me by,
And still do I want to cry,
It’s another day without you.

A fathers helping hand,
To let me understand,
Life and the question of who.

I really am,
What kind of man,
Will I be now that you have left me.

Still just a child,
And will be for a while,
It’s up to me.

Since you’ve gone away,
I’ve tried to stay,
Away from things that’d disappoint you.

Alas I regret to say,
It hasn’t gone that way,
But now I guess I’m kind of proud of who…

I really am,
I found it in the sand,
And even though you’ve gone I know you’ve helped me.

I’ve felt your strength at times,
Helping me cut the wires,
I’ve felt you in me.

Once in a life will I find someone like you,
Now I must look into my eyes and somewhere find you.

And so I spend each crying day,
In the same old fashioned way,
Wondering if you are proud of who…

I’ve come to be,
Well I found it in the sea,
All my life and chosen destiny.

I really am,
Someone who can,
Be proud of who they are ‘cause you’re apart of me.

And though I’m not the same as,
Everybody else believe me,
It causes no pain.

Once in a life will I find someone like you,
I smile on the day at the end of my time again I’ll see you.

On My Way

Written By: Bryce Jacobs

On My Way

I'm trying,
To find my way,
Through this,
Hurt I've made.

Step into,
What was yes(terday)...
today I feel,
All to blame.

I'm on my way,
I've got it made,
I'm everything,
Today.

It's such a shame,
And I can't say,
It any,
Other way.

I'm on my way,
I've got it made,
I'm everything,
Today.

I've got it made,
I'm on my way,
I'm everything,
Today.

Discography

"A Print in Blue" 2006
"Regarding That" ... tracks from both can be heard at www.myspace.com/brycekjacobs or purchased via www.brycejacobs.com .

Set List

Enclave (4mins)
It's Only Now (4mins)
On My Way (5mins)
Is it So (5mins)
Beyond the Horizon (20mins)

... This is our usual 40 minute type set. Sometimes we make it more pop (ie no 20 minute epics)... we usually cater to the situation and/or audience.