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Here are some of the fun and exciting things happening in my world lately. There are plenty more projects in the works, so check back often.

2013

  • 8/1/13: My talk on music mixing at the Casual Connect game conference went extremely well. They post video online a couple of months after the event, so I’ll add a link when it’s live. Other related news coming soon!
  • 7/26/13: Just completed music for a set of ads for Lifewise Health Plan. It’s a fun series of spots. Here’s a link to the 30-second versions.
  • 6/5/13: I’m thrilled to announce that I’ll be speaking at this year’s Casual Connect game conference in San Francico. My talk, entitled The Goals of Mixing, will be part of the audio track on July 30th at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square.
  • 5/19/13: Working on an interesting short film entitled Bawdy Language that is also slated for release as an online game and posibly a television series. More details as they become available!
  • 2/28/13: Created the theme music for Dinner Dialogues, a new web series featuring cool people talking about stuff you like.
  • 2/22/13: The one-hour cut of Walk Right In is available to stream online. I originally scored this film back in 2010, and it’s still one of my favorites.
  • 2012

    • 11/1/12: Wrote the theme for the New Disruptors podcast, featuring interviews with internet entrpreneurs. The theme features typwriters and other mechanical sounds alongside traditional instruments.
    • 10/28/12: Completed the rough score for the short Wyatt Steps Out, a kids film about a used-car-lot mascot striking out on his own. It’s a fun score and I should have the final completed soon.
    • 8/17/12: Finished the score for American Courtesans. The score is primarily raw rock inspired by Aerosmith and The Stones. Look for samples soon.
    • 5/7/12: Officially on-board as composer for the documentary American Courtesans. It was an online call for composers and I won the gig over hundreds of others, which is quite an honor. The film looks to be moving and thought-provoking and I’m excited to see it come together.
    • 5/3/12: Working on the trailer for the documentary Legalized, which follows Washington’s I-502 legislation which would legalize marijuana in the state of Washington. The film won’t be completed until December, but it’s already shaping up well.
    • 5/2/12: Completed a quick-turnaround project for Weber Shandwick Seattle celebrating the completion of the University Link light rail tunnel. The project was coordinated and beautifully shot by Basil Shadid. The final video is here.
    • 4/22/12: Hired to write music for the adventure game Wondrous. I’m a big fan of the adventure genre and I’m looking forward to the project.
    • 4/6/12: Attended The Sound of Silents performance last night, where the Seattle Jazz Composers Ensemble performed my score to the classic “Voyage dans la Lune”. It sounded amazing, and we’re planning to make a studio recording of the score soon.
    • 4/2/12: Working on music and sound for Faerie Solitaire II, the sequel to the Subsoap game Faeire Solitaire. It’s got a very different feel than the first game, and I’m excited to report that there will be a Collector’s edition of the game with downloadable versions of both Faerie Solitaire soundtracks.
    • 3/18/12: Symphonic Stories (above) was complete and utter success! Benaroya Hall was nearly full—unheard of for a concert featuring lesser-known composers, and I had many total strangers approach me afterwards telling me how moved and inspired they were by my piece. Stay tuned—we should have a recording very soon!
    • 3/5/12: Just had our first rehearsal for the Symphonic Stories concert. The orchestra sounds amazing! It’s an incredible feeling to have 50 outstanding musicians playing something you wrote....
    • 2/11/12: I was asked to write a score for the famed George Méliès silent film Le Voyage dans la Lune for a live performance co-sponsored by SIFF and the Moisture Festival. Very excited to interpret this classic film!
    • 1/6/12: I’ve begun orchestrating my piece for Symphonic Stories. It’s about a child who longs to be a superhero, and the piece has a wonderful blend of childlike music and heroic superhero/villain themes with a little bittersweet sadness thrown in for good measure.
    • 2011

    • 12/15/11: Mixing and doing sound design for the feature film Mother Nature, directed by Johan Liedgren. Lots of camping, violence and strangeness, and there are some fun sonic challenges.
    • 11/21/11: Working on my piece for the March 18th Symphonic Stories concert. The piece is called Electron Boy. It’s based on a true story of a sick child who longed to be a super hero and his dream became one of the most elaborate scenarios that the Make-a-Wish Foundation has ever produced.
    • 11/18/11: Finished the score for Bobby Ellis Is Gonna Kick Your Ass. It takes place in 1983 and was a fun score to write. Lots of ’80s staples—effected guitars, digital reverb and the occasional synthesizer.
    • 11/16/11: Just launched my new blog on Film Scoring. Appropriately enough, it’s called FilmScoring.info.
    • 11/1/11: Created the theme for a series of children’s story apps called Dragon Embers. Listen to it here: Orchestral/Classical.
    • 10/19/11: Finished the score for Bobby Ellis Is Gonna Kick Your Ass. It’s a fun combo of film music and 80’s pop, and it’s sure to be a big hit.
    • 9/18/11: I’ve been hired to create the score and sound effects for a Halloween-themed game. I’m looking forward to writing some wonderfully creepy music.
    • 9/16/11: Began work on the short Bobby Ellis Is Gonna Kick Your Ass. The film takes place in 1983, so yes, lots of 80’s guitars and Flock of Seagulls references.
    • 8/31/11: I have the honor of composing a piece for the concert, Symphonic Stories, taking place at Benaroya Hall on March 18, 2012. This is my first work for live orchestra and I’m very excited!
    • 8/16/11: Started scoring a new short film, The Last Virgin. The climactic cue harkens back to Ennio Morricone’s score for Navajo Joe, complete with Native American singers.
    • 7/29/11: Finished music and sound design for a new iPhone game—Chimpanzee Catastrophe. It’s got a retro 8-bit sound and feel like a classic Nintendo game.
    • 5/24/11: Working on some pieces for a new iPhone/iPad game. They’ve got a Middle Eastern twist, which is a genre I haven’t gotten to explore yet.
    • 5/20/11: Mixing and mastering a CD for singer Jojie Natividad. I love mixing, and it’s a fun project to be working on. I’m planning to add a page with other mix work I’ve done. Stay tuned.
    • 5/13/11: Completed the hour-long mix of Walk Right In. Had to chop down some of the cues, but we were able to spend more time with the music on this version and it sounds fabulous.
    • 5/11/11: Added several new clips to the Film page, notably scenes from Modern Views and Scamp. Watch them here.
    • 4/19/11: Finished the score for a flash mob video illustrating the concept of superconductivity for the online exhibit Emergent Universe. It’s an intriguing combination of art and science. Watch the video here.
    • 4/9/11: After several months of work, I’ve completed the updates to my two GarageBand ebooks, Take Control of Making Music with GarageBand and Take Control of Recording with GarageBand. More info and purchasing information here.
    • 1/6/11: Working on some tracks for a new library site. These will be mostly upbeat electronic pieces. Stay tuned for more details.
    • 2010

    • 12/31/10: Scored the short film Scamp, the story of a father and son team of loveable criminals in Tacoma, WA. The score is a fun and exciting combination of acid jazz, industrial rock, and more traditional film music. Watch the intro here.
    • 12/3/10: Renovated my website. Most notably, I created separate pages for film, game and advertising music, and I switched to the SoundCloud player for streaming my audio. Now, the widget plays through each complete set of pieces for easier listening!
    • 11/1/10: Re-elected for a second term as president of the Seattle Composers Alliance. I’m very proud of what I’ve accomplished with the organization so far—bringing in more high-profile events and partnering with other Seattle organizations like SIFF to increase exposure for the SCA.
    • 10/4/10: Completed the score for Modern Views. I’ll post some clips very soon. More info about the film here.
    • 9/29/10: Scored a short viral video for Happy Candidates. It’s a cute score, featuring ukulele and marimba.
    • 6/7/10: I posted lots of samples, both audio and video, of my score for Walk Right In. Go check ’em out!
    • 4/20/10: Hard at work on the Modern Views score. It’s shaping up to be a beautiful score, with a minimalist aesthetic (think Philip Glass or Steve Reich). I’m very excited about this project!
    • 3/25/10: Finished the music for the first installment of the game Faerie Solitaire 2. Once the game is completed I’ll post a clip or two.
    • 1/25/10: The score for Walk Right In is officially DONE! I’m very pleased with how everything turned out. I think it’s some of my best work yet. Audio clips going up very soon!
    • 2009

    • 12/29/09: Beginning work on the film Life On Fire, a documentary about fire artists. The score uses songs by the band Cloud Face, which I’m editing, remixing, and extending.
    • 10/1/09: Slip Cadence is live! I scored this dance film about Alzheimer’s disease back in the spring. Watch the entire piece here.
    • 9/14/09: Completed the trailer for the documentary Modern Views. Watch it on the video page.
    • 7/12/09: Finished a couple of fun, cheezy, scores for some 30-second Bakon Vodka spots. Check them out on the video page!
    • 5/31/09: Faerie Solitaire ships. The score to this casual game is a cool combination of magical and moody.
    • 5/27/09: Recorded a beautiful slow jazz piece for the climactic scene of the documentary Walk Right In, about the Yale Summer High School in 1967-68. The film is currently in post-production and I should be writing more cues for it later this summer.
    • 5/25/09: Big-screen debut of Safe Passage at the Seattle International Film Festival, part of the 2009 Fly Filmmaking Challenge. I completed the score for this film-noir short on a very tight deadline and with stellar results. Watch the trailer here.
    • 4/22/09: Completed the score for the dance film Slip Cadence, about the effects of Alzheimer’s Disease. The film will be part of an online exhibit sponsored by the Institute for Complex Adaptive Matter, and it’s also part of the American Dance Festival’s Dancing for the Camera film festival. Watch an excerpt here.
    • 1/15/09: First day of the Sundance Film Festival. MovieMaker Magazine hired me to create intros and backgrounds for their daily Sundance podcast.

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