With the Halloween and spooky season upon us, I took this fantasticly disturbing animation and tried to compose a creepy score that did it justice. The visuals were stunning on this animation, and it proved very difficult to score. This is the fourth of my attempts, and finally was able to get a reasonable melodic line that I was happy with. The first two attempts were very atmospheric and while I liked them, I wanted to do more. The third attempt pulled out some french horns, bassoons and oboes. But in the end, simplicity with two dueling pianos was where […]
Category Archives: Media Composing
Heavyocity has been supporting the community of composers with so many opportunities to score and write music for their trailers over the last few years. It’s really inspiring to write to such stunning visuals, and I really appreciate the opportunity to proverbally sharpen my pencils on new materials. Instruments Used: 8DIO – Hybrid NEO II Audio Imperia – Boy Soloists Cinesamples – Voices of War Ethera Gold – Sahara Voices Heavyocity – Gravity Natural Forces In Session Audio – Generate Inside Out Edition Kilohearts – Phase Plant Skybox Audio – Hammers + Waves Ether Spitfire Audio – Albion Tundra Spitfire […]
This is my entry in the @Spitfire Audio Bridgerton Scoring Competition. I had a great time working on this, and sorting out starting the project on my desktop, but finishing the project four weeks later on my laptop while on vacation, but I discovered my love of a new addition to my equipment, and how good the @Arturia Micro Freak is as a MIDI controller (especially for pizzicato strings and percussion). Thank you to @Spitfire Audio , Shondaland, @Kris Bowers and @Netflix for the opportunity to score this intro scene. #spitfireaudio #mybridgertonscore #scoringcompetition Instruments Used Aturia – Pigments Heavyocity – […]
Recently, Skybox Audio released a preset expansion to Hanmmers+Waves, their piano-based Kontakt instruments bundle. The Ether expansion contains 100 cinematic atomspheres and really brings some additional inspirational content to what is already a very complete collection. The folks at Skybox offered up a video and welcomed users to write their own score for it. I took them up on the opportunity and actually wrote two different versions of mine. One scored entirely with Ether and the other was a bit more melancholy and scored with a few other presets from Hammers+Waves.
Native Instruments, Galaxy Instruments and Metapapop sponsored the Produce This #152 Galaxy Scoring Challenge. This was a quick one for me, and the final video represents 36 minutes of production and composing time, as I sat down with that amount of time to compose, produce, export and upload due to a very heavy work schedule and a rather lengthy power outage on the day the score was due. Instruments used: Arturia MS-20 Arturia Modular V3 Westwood Lost Piano SA Recordings Hainbach Landfill Totems Lunacy Audio CUBE Threads expansion Spitfire LABS Cello Moods
Native Instruments, Metapop and Heavyocity sponsored this challenge with a rescore opportunity for “Damage 2″‘s trailer. This is what I came up with.
Spitfire Audio is running a competition to score an original composition for an artistic clip that celebrates one year of Darkstar’s sample library being available. This library has some great analog synth patches, and has a lot of great opportunities for automating change and introducing lots of motion and movement. Instruments Emergence Audio Violin Textures Spitfire Audio – Darkstar Haunted House Spitfire Audio – Aperture The Stack
This is my original music composition for “I Catch You” from Four of Wands for this year’s Score Relief 2022 competition and fundraiser. A big thank-you to the Cue Tube and all their partners for making this competition a possibility and having such great materials to work with! Score Relief 2022 is raising money to support the work of In Place of War. 100% profits from the campaign will be donated to In Place of War which is registered with the UK Charity Commission (No 1182594). They enable grassroots change-makers in music, theatre and across the arts to transform a […]
Spitfire Audio invited composers to create a festive song of 59 seconds or less as part of their celebration of the season. I found some inspiring video from Pexels.com and cut together a little video and then wrote this short Christmasy song. It’s the first time I’ve had Davinci Resovle open in 2021, and reminded me that my video editing skills need to be practiced continually. Instruments: 8DIO – Acoustic Grand Ensembles I & II Fracture Sounds – Sleighbells Spitfire Audio – Abbey Road Two Spitfrie Audio – Bernard Herrmann Composers Toolkit Spitfire Audio – Olafur Arnalds Composers Toolkit Spitfire […]
I recently submitted my entry into the Lost Piano Scoring Competition, sponsored by Westwood. I was inspired to create a more intimate score, which was a challenging and rewarding experience. My goal was to avoid accentuating the frustrations, but instead, imagined the protagonist having music in his mind while exploring his childhood home. When he finally discovers the piano, perhaps memories of childhood piano lessons come back, and we complete the film with his attempt to reconnect with that song from his childhood, and play it on the lost piano as the credits roll. I hope you enjoy my entry: […]