Music for Film
Play With Me
Performed by the Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Joel Neves
This composition served as my final project for my music composition class at Michigan Tech. I was tasked with choosing from a set of clips from studio movies and composing for a full orchestra. After working on several disturbing, horror based compositions, I chose to change things up a bit with Bruce Almighty, a comedy. I chose to compose a piece that would emphasize Bruce's euphoria and pigheadedness over his newly acquired divine powers. To do so I composed primarily a bombastic, jazzy score. I also designed a couple of cues to compliment the actions of the thugs.
Recorded and mixed by Noah Budd, 2017
A Panicky Picnic
In my music composition class at Michigan Tech, I was assigned to compose music for any video I wanted. I researched disturbing silent films, and came across Segundo de Chomón's surreal nightmare vision. With further research, I discovered that when I looked up "A Panicky Picnic" on youtube, there were little to no uploads that included music, and the few that included solo piano and sounded very monochromatic, bland and didn't compliment the visuals. The visuals are what struck me the most about the film. In addition to the impressive (for 1909) special effects, there were a lot of funny, over the top movements from the actors. I thought this film deserved better than the scores I had heard for it, thus I chose to compose one that was very cue based towards the visuals. I also composed to accentuate the differences between the idyllic and nightmarish events depicted in the film.
Programmed by Tyler Quinn, 2017
Devin Deal - Viola
Erin Mackenzie - Cello
Andrew Summers - Piano
In my music composition class at Michigan Tech, I was assigned to compose music for this time lapse video of the Northern Lights over a snowy landscape. The viola primarily plays the lead, and the rapidly played melody is composed to accentuate the serpentine movements of the lights. The cello is used as the bass because the high frequencies produced when the bow makes contact with the strings produces a rather cold sounding temperature. The piano is mostly used to flesh out the arrangement and keep the piece interesting.
Recorded and mixed by Mark Amber, 2017
Animated Films (2012 - 2016)