Welcome to shimmer song

shimmer song is the creation of San Francisco-based musician, composer and producer Peter Cole (thats me). I create many different types of music for film, web and multimedia. For my shimmer song project, I focus mostly on instrumental, piano-based music that moves between classical, Jazz, ambient soundscapes and World music - using both acoustic and electronica overtones; George Winston and Debussy meet Pink Floyd and Peter Gabriel!

I love to collaborate with other musicians, artists, technologists, filmmakers, students. I engineer and produce music, video and multimedia in my own studio and I play multiple instruments (not all at once) in many styles. So please contact me if you want to work on a project together; use any of my compositions in your project(s); or if you want me to help compose a soundtrack for your next film ;-)

shimmer news

New CD: Can You Hear the Ocean?

Yay! It’s that time of the year for a new CD release. ‘Can You Hear the Ocean?’ combines melodic piano with acoustic guitar and strings, to create a colorful mix of melodic and ambient soundscapes that move between uplifting passionate pieces, and softer romantic compositions. I wrote and recorded this CD while living on the beach in Southern California over the summer and winter of 2013. Mia, my 2-year-old daughter, created the art for the cover of the CD! Visit CDBaby to listen and download the music!

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New CD: We Watched the Water Fall

I’m excited to announce the release of a new CD, “We Watched the Water Fall.”

‘We Watched the Water Fall’ was recorded between December 2011 and December 2012 in San Francisco and in Huntington Beach, California. People have described the music on this album as a haunting, dreamy and romantic mix of neo classical piano, lush ambient soundscapes, and smooth, thoughtful grooves. Although piano-based, the album blends in classical guitar and strings, and has splashes of World music instrumentation and electronica. Check out full songs on the music page and buy songs or the full CD at CDBaby!

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New Shimmer Song CD! Release the Clouds

I’m excited to announce the release of a new CD, “Release the Clouds.”

‘Release the Clouds’ is a slight departure from the usual piano-focused Shimmer Song music. This CD combines soft piano with classical guitar to create a colorful mix of melodic and ambient soundscapes that blend classical, World music and electronica. I like to describe the music as earthy – not even sure what that means, but it sounds right! I wrote and recorded this over the summer and winter of 2011. Check out full songs on the music page and buy songs or the full CD at CDBaby!

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New CD Coming Soon

I’m trying hard to finish the next Shimmer Song CD by Xmas. This one combines piano and classical acoustic guitar with some soundscape-style textures; I really like it. It’s almost done – stay tuned!

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Shimmer Song on Facebook!

Shimmer Song on Facebook! Shimmer Song now has an official Facebook page: www.facebook.com/shimmersong. I’ll be posting new music, videos and other updates. Please come “friend me!”

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VibeDeck: Direct-To-Fan eCommerce Platform For Musicians

I’m always on the look-out for new, interesting music services – particularly those that support us independent folks! VibeDeck appears to be a good, web-based platform for musicians to sell their music, directly to fans, without having to pay a third party (other than Paypal.) It always surprises me when services like this charge nothing AND, do not serve up advertising either – how do they make any money? I guess they will figure that part out.

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Shimmer Song at SXSW

I’m getting ready to jump on the plane and head down to Austin for SXSW. Looking forward to another great event this year. If you’re going to be there, please let me know – maybe we can jam :-)


New Video for Starlight

Just created a new video for Starlight. It’s up on YouTube. I found some amazing video taken with a Super 8 camera – it seems to go really well with the music. Please check it out and let me know what you think.

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New Shimmer Song CD Released!

Shimmer Song: And the Moon Winked Back

It’s finally out: Shimmer Song’s sixth album, And the Moon Winked Back. The music on this album is an eclectic mix of melodic solo piano, ambient soundscapes and soft grooves that blend classical, jazz, Middle Eastern and electronica. There are some song samples available on the Music page, as well as on Jango Radio. The full CD is available for purchase at CD Baby. Check it out!

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Happy Holidays!

Sonia and I have been traveling in Northern California since Xmas day. Having just landed at an Internet Cafe in Guerneville, by the Russian River, I remembered that it’s time to wish everyone a happy holiday. Only a few more days left of 2010!

I’ve just finished recording and mixing a new Shimmer Song album. I still have a bit more mastering to complete and then it will be ready to go! Keep a look out for a CD release update in the next few days.


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