Flying Cube, LLC
Flying Cube, LLC

An intellectual property holding company. DBA Flying Cube Productions & Flying Cube Music.

NEW MUSIC!!

During 2022, Rafe released a new song every few weeks. Be sure to check them out at www.CubeTunes.com!

New music by Rafe Lyford!

MUSIC VIDEOS!!!

Check out the music video for the song "Give Me Knucks" directed by Charlie Krueger and Rafe Lyford.

Video of Give Me Knucks

Check out the music video for the song "Looking At Me" directed by Charlie Krueger and Rafe Lyford.

Video of Looking At Me

    Online Radio!!

  • Streaming music
  • Preset playlists
  • Multiple channels

CD's for sale!

    Misplaced Appliances, Things Quartet

  • Same basic group that is on Kind of Intrinsic, but Max Wendt, saxophonist, also contributed to the tunes
  • Listen now at CubeTunes and CubeTunes Club
  • Sheet music for Rafe's music on the CD is available! Buy Now!

CD's for sale!

    Evil Twin Cometh, Rafe Lyford

  • Rafe's exploration into the world of electronica music
  • All original and self-produced
  • Listen now at CubeTunes and CubeTunes Club

CD's for sale!

    Rafe Lyford plays his Pop Songs, Rafe Lyford

  • Listen to Rafe perform his first volume of self-authored pop songs
  • Hear songs about air particulates, idolizing SUV's, and eternal deadbeats
  • Listen now at CubeTunes and CubeTunes Club

About Us

Intellectual Property What?

  • Flying Cube, LLC is an intellectual holding company.
  • It owns recordings, videos, and sheet music created by Rafe Lyford.
  • It also administers and manages their usage in the form of licensing agreements.
  • To use any of Rafe's music or videos, you will work with Rafe and Flying Cube, LLC.

Flying Cube Productions

  • Flying Cube Productions is a sole proprietership or DBA (doing-business-as) that serves as a production company for Rafe Lyford's recordings and videos
  • It represents Rafe in the recording industry.
  • You will see this name associated with Rafe's self-produced CD's, mp3's, and videos.
  • Click here for more history
  • You can listen to any of Rafe's music streaming at CubeTunes online radio or individually for download at CubeTunes Club.
  • Find CD's available for purchase at Services & Stuff.
  • Flying Cube Music

    • Flying Cube Music is a sole proprietership that servers as a music publishing company for Rafe Lyford's unrecorded music such as sheet music.
    • It represents Rafe in the music publishing industry.
    • You will see this name on Rafe's sheet music and other situations where publisher representation is applicable.
    • You can listen to any of Rafe's music streaming at CubeTunes online radio or individually for download at CubeTunes Club.
    • Find CD's available for purchase at Services and Stuff.

    About Rafe

    Rafe Lyford has been involved with the arts from a young age. Raised in Des Moines, Iowa, he always had music and images going through his head with a desire to convey and express them. Whether it be recordings or the radio, music of various styles was played frequently in his household growing up. After receiving his first "ghetto blaster", he was an avid listener to the radio, which planted his twisted fascination with pop music and it's culture.

    His first instrument was the piano, however, lessons didn't last long. He quickly became frustrated because they focused on learning etudes and reading music rather than playing the music that was playing in his mind. He began playing trombone at the age of 10 and played in various jazz bands throughout high school where he was finally able to play his own music through improvisation.

    It was during this time that he discovered the Miles Davis tune "So What" and became forever hooked on jazz. He also became enchanted with the sound of the blues, namely the Chicago electric style that stemmed from the Mississippi Delta and musicians such as Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, and Howlin' Wolf, a personal favorite.

    He received his Bachelor of Music degree from Lawrence University majoring in performance with a jazz emphasis. It was at Lawrence that Rafe fully realized his interest in composing and arranging. This led him to the University of Rochester's Eastman School of Music where he completed graduate work towards a master's degree in jazz studies and contemporary media with an emphasis in composing and arranging. Both institutions allowed him opportunities to perform and study with many fine musicians.

    Rafe has studied with Ken Schaphorst, Fred Sturm, Nick Keelan, and Mark Kellogg. He has performed with Marlena Shaw, John Medeski, New York Voices, the Dave Brubeck Quartet, Moore by Four, Charlie Haden, Sam Palafian, Benny Golson, and Kenny Werner.

    He performed regularly with a group comprised of musicians found on the CD's Kind of Intrinsic and Misplaced Appliances called the Things Quartet. Although this group has since been disbanded, he has continued to maintain his interest in composing and arranging by exploring genres outside of the jazz realm, such as electronica, soundtracks, and film scores.

    Since the advent of multi-media in the early '90's, Rafe has been interested in the relationship between music, visual arts, and technology. He originally moved to the Twin Cities, Minnesota in 1997 to pursue studies in graphics and soon landed a job as a web designer. Since then, Rafe has been working with the web in various capacities from web designer to web developer to webmaster for several large financial companies.

    Rafe currently resides in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota with his two beautiful girls, Madilynn and Katherine, and his wonderful wife, Julie, where he is Vice President - Cloud Application Operations Lead for for a bank.

    History

    In the beginning...

    The first recording project for Flying Cube, Rafe Lyford's Kind of Intrinsic, was released at the end of 2001. It is comprised of all original instrumental jazz tunes that are also published through Flying Cube Productions. The musicians on the recording were Rafe Lyford, trombone; Max Wendt, saxophones; Scott Van Domelen, saxophones; Matt Netter, upright bass; Jim Guckenberg, drums & percussion; and Bret Lobben, percussion.

    The music on the CD is available as sheet music. The recording is available for purchase online. It may also be listened to in it's entirety at CubeTunes.com and as individual tracks at CubeTunesClub.com.

    The second CD

    2003 saw the release of the CD Misplaced Appliances by the Things Quartet in conjunction with Favorite Nose Productions. This group was comprised of a subgroup from the musicians that played on Kind of Intrinsic: Rafe Lyford, trombone; Max Wendt, saxophones; Matt Netter, upright bass; Tom Lewis, upright bass; and Jim Guckenberg, drums. Again, all of the music on the CD are original instrumental jazz tunes, but this time by both Rafe and Max.

    Rafe's tunes are available as sheet music. The recording is available for purchase online. It may also be listened to in it's entirety at CubeTunes.com and as individual tracks at CubeTunesClub.com.

    Explorations in electronica

    In 2005, Rafe released a CD called Evil Twin Cometh. Produced entirely in Rafe's home project studio by himself, it is comprised of all original electronica music. The looping, repetitious nature of the music make it well suited for background and soundtrack music.

    The recording is available for purchase online. It may also be listened to in it's entirety at CubeTunes.com and as individual tracks at CubeTunesClub.com.

    CubeTunes.com

    Also in 2005, Flying Cube Productions launched it's own online radio station called CubeTunes.com. It allows you to stream to your computer and listen to all of the music mentioned here with preset playlists. Channels are available to listen to music from specific styles. You can also listen to a Variety channels that has a little of everything.

    Pop music

    From 2007-2008, Rafe recorded a series of pop songs that he wrote about various topics from a tribute to S.U.V.'s to a commentary about workplace meetings to bad air day alerts. He even sings a song with his daughters! Going for a simple and bare-bones approach, the songs are recordings of Rafe's singing and piano playing. Titles include Ode to the S.U.V., Comedy of Meetings, Bad Air Day, Running Around the Wall, Give Me Knucks, Just Because, and many others.

    These recordings may be heard in their entirety at CubeTunes.com and as individual tracks at CubeTunesClub.com.

    CubeTunesClub.com

    In 2009, Rafe started development of CubeTunesClub.com with the purpose of providing a place where he could quickly and easily put new music online and get it out to the world soon after it's done rather than waiting for a CD release. Upon registering, fans are allowed access to a comprehensive list of Rafe's music including the ability to listen to each tune, download tracks, read lyrics, view personel, instruments, and other information. After several years of working late nights and weekends, CubeTunes Club was launched in early 2012.

    Soundtrack Series

    In 2010-2011, Rafe composed music for a weekly online hunting show called Midwest Whitetail. Some of the music was never used, so Rafe packaged it up and created the Soundtrack Series. There are currently five titles: Life In Dusty Springs, Vol. 1, Streets of Briteway Beach, Vol. 1, Hot Nights In Cold Iron, Vol. 1, Sounds of Efar, Vol. 1, and Autumn Countryside, Vol. 1.

    These recordings may be listened to in their entirety at CubeTunes.com and as individual tracks at CubeTunesClub.com.

    Services

    For Producers

    • Make YOUR productions come to life with music from Rafe Lyford!
    • Click here to view a list of links to sample videos
    • Pre-recorded music ready for immediate download
    • Custom scores tailor-made for your production
    • Rafe's music will add the extra emotion to your imagery and will surely engage your audience just as you have envisioned!
    • Please contact Rafe using the Contact Us form.
    • LISTEN to any of Rafe's music streaming at CubeTunes online radio or individually for download at CubeTunes Club.

    For Photographers

    • Turn YOUR silent photo slideshows into enriching showcases for your work with music by Rafe Lyford!
    • Pre-recorded music ready for immediate download
    • Custom music tailor-made for your slideshows
    • Rafe's music will add a subtle professional polish to your photos that will leave a lasting, positive impression on your clients.
    • Please contact Rafe using the Contact Us form.
    • LISTEN to any of Rafe's music streaming at CubeTunes online radio or individually for download at CubeTunes Club.

    For Game Developers

    • Make sure that YOUR video game captivates gamers' imaginations by adding music from Rafe Lyford!
    • Pre-recorded music ready for immediate download
    • Custom scores tailor-made for your game
    • Rafe's music will integrate with your game to create an experience that will immerse gamers into your gaming world.
    • Please contact Rafe using the Contact Us form.
    • LISTEN to any of Rafe's music streaming at CubeTunes online radio or individually for download at CubeTunes Club.

    Online Video Soundtracks

    • Transform YOUR YouTube videos from home-made into professional productions with music by Rafe Lyford!
    • Pre-recorded music ready for immediate download
    • Custom scores tailor-made for your video
    • Rafe's music will ensure that your video energizes your viewers and turns it into a viral sensation.
    • Please contact Rafe using the Contact Us form.
    • LISTEN to any of Rafe's music streaming at CubeTunes online radio or individually for download at CubeTunes Club.

    TV Soundtracks

    • Make YOUR tv production jump from the small screen and grab your audience with music from Rafe Lyford!
    • Click here to view a list of links to sample videos
    • Pre-recorded music ready for immediate download
    • Custom music tailor-made for your tv production
    • Rafe's music will work with your conception and capture the attention of your viewers.
    • Please contact Rafe using the Contact Us form.
    • LISTEN to any of Rafe's music streaming at CubeTunes online radio or individually for download at CubeTunes Club.

    Movie Soundtracks

    • Make YOUR motion picture the grand cinematic exprerience it deserves to be with music from Rafe Lyford!
    • Click here to view a list of links to sample videos
    • Pre-recorded music ready for immediate download
    • Custom scores tailor-made for your production
    • Rafe's music will enhance the drama, excitement, and humor of your visual inspiration and engross your audience the minute they see it on the silver screen.
    • Please contact Rafe using the Contact Us form.
    • LISTEN to any of Rafe's music streaming at CubeTunes online radio or individually for download at CubeTunes Club.

    Soundtrack Series

    • Soundtrack music in search of movies!
    • A collection of pre-recorded, royalty-free music ready to use.
    • The music has been grouped into different themes from fictional worlds in which the music's would-be movies or tv shows are set.
    • Please contact Rafe using the Contact Us form.
    • LISTEN to any of Rafe's music streaming at CubeTunes online radio or individually for download at CubeTunes Club.

    Pop Music

    • Self-indulgent music that Rafe makes for the fun of it.
    • Even though Rafe studied and majored in music at a formal music conservatory, his pop music shows that Rafe just can't suppress the urge to get-down and rock-out!
    • Just like any of Rafe's soundtrack music, Rafe's pop music is available for hire as well.
    • Please contact Rafe using the Contact Us form.
    • LISTEN to any of Rafe's music streaming at CubeTunes online radio or individually for download at CubeTunes Club.

    Jazz Music

    • Again, self-indulgent music that Rafe makes for his enjoyment.
    • Jazz is one of Rafe's deep passions and he was incredibly fortunate to play regularly in a quartet/quintet with a group of friends.
    • All of this can be heard on two records: Kind of Intrinsic and Misplaced Appliances.
    • Just like any of Rafe's soundtrack music, Rafe's jazz music is available for hire as well.
    • Please contact Rafe using the Contact Us form.
    • LISTEN to any of Rafe's music streaming at CubeTunes online radio or individually for download at CubeTunes Club.

    Stuff

    Sheet Music

    • Rafe's jazz and some pop music is available as sheet music.
    • Purchase online today via the catalog below.
    • PayPal and Credit Cards accepted.
    • Click here for shopping help.
    Shopping Cart Price Item
    $2.00 Vacant Soul, Lead sheet in C concert. (Other keys available upon request.)
    $2.00 Dance Like A Ninja, Lead sheet in C concert. (Other keys available upon request.)
    $2.00 Everybody's Shipping, Lead sheet in C concert. (Other keys available upon request.)
    $2.00 Give Me Knucks, Lead sheet in C concert. (Other keys available upon request.)
    $2.00 I'm Riding Shotgun, Lead sheet in C concert. (Other keys available upon request.)
    $2.00 Looking At Me, Lead sheet in C concert. (Other keys available upon request.
    $2.00 My Juicy Lucy, Lead sheet in C concert. (Other keys available upon request.)
    $12.00 Baru Brigade Stomp,
    Sheet music, 5 parts + score: AS, TS, Tbn, Bass, Drums
    Listen to this track at www.cubetunes.com!
    Go to track 2 on Misplaced Appliances.
    $10.00 Business Reply Mail, Sheet music, 4 parts + score: TS, Tbn, Bass, Drums
    Listen to this track at www.cubetunes.com!
    Go to track 8 on Kind of Intrinsic.
    $6.00 By the Case, Sheet music, 3 parts: TS, Tbn, Bass (Other keys available upon request.)
    Listen to this track at www.cubetunes.com!
    Go to track 2 on Kind of Intrinsic.
    $12.00 Chill Pill , Sheet music, 5 parts + score: AS, TS, Tbn, Bass, Drums
    Listen to this track at www.cubetunes.com!
    Go to track 4 on Misplaced Appliances.
    $10.00 Innocence of Autumn, Sheet music, 4 parts + score: SS, Tbn, Bass, Drums
    Listen to this track at www.cubetunes.com!
    Go to track 7 on Kind of Intrinsic.
    $12.00 Joteve, Sheet music, 5 parts + score: AS, TS, Tbn, Bass, Drums
    Listen to this track at www.cubetunes.com!
    Go to track 4 on Kind of Intrinsic.
    $4.00 Julie Dancing Eyes, Sheet music, 2 parts: Tbn & Bass (Other keys available upon request.)
    Listen to this track at www.cubetunes.com!
    Go to track 10 on Kind of Intrinsic.
    $2.00 Kind of Intrinsic, Sheet music, 1 part, lead sheet: Tbn (Other keys available upon request.)
    $12.00 Mogul, Listen to this track at www.cubetunes.com!
    Go to track 1 on Kind of Intrinsic.
    $12.00 Qué Pasa, Bossa?, Sheet music, 5 parts + score: AS, TS, Tbn, Bass, Drums
    Listen to this track at www.cubetunes.com!
    Go to track 6 on Kind of Intrinsic.
    $4.00 Twilight in Blue, Sheet music, 3 parts: TS, Tbn (Other keys available upon request.)
    Listen to this track at www.cubetunes.com!
    Go to track 9 on Kind of Intrinsic.
    $2.00 Weekend with Othello, Sheet music, score: TS, Tbn, Bass, Drums all read from score (Other keys available upon request.)
    Listen to this track at www.cubetunes.com!
    Go to track 3 on Kind of Intrinsic.

    Compact Discs

    • Some of Rafe's music is available on CD.
    • Purchase online today via the catalog below.
    • PayPal and Credit Cards accepted.
    • Click here for shopping help.
    Shopping Cart Price Item
    $13.50 Rafe Lyford's Kind of Intrinsic, FCP5737, Compact disc
    Listen to the entire CD at www.cubetunes.com!
    $13.50 Things Quartet Misplaced Appliances, FNFC0104, Compact disc
    Listen to the entire CD at www.cubetunes.com!
    $8.50 Rafe Lyford's Evil Twin Cometh, FCP0502, Compact disc
    Listen to the entire CD at www.cubetunes.com!
    $8.50 Rafe Lyford Plays His Pop Songs, FCP0109, Compact disc
    Listen to the entire CD at www.cubetunes.com!