Created for a short silent film. A young woman fights with her emotions and loneliness. A plaintive opening between piano and cello (the solo cello on my keyboard sounds like it's in a jar!) resolves into a nervous anxiety created by a repetitive violin pattern over pizzicato. A car is seen driving through the snowy night; the love interest has arrived and the music transitions, once again, into their love theme.
Created for the opening of an animated short film set in the American West in a seemingly deserted, wind-swept saloon town. A feeling of loneliness. Shortly, as we pass by the saloon, the music changes to a very brief honkytonk piano and fades out.
I wrote this for a film trailer about a man on his death bed revisiting his life. It is fairly improvisational, melodic and nostalgic.
Written for a stop-action short. Deep in the forest, insects are chirping and buzzing (the whistle patch found on most drum machines, when looped and processed, sounds remarkably like crickets). In the distance, some other music begins and, as the music gets louder, a bug band is seen playing a little blues on instruments made of bark and twigs and banging on drums made of nuts and seed pods, while bugs of all kinds join in an improvised, raucous moon dance. Eventually, the forest resumes its more "normal" night music.
The plaintive, prayer-like vocal part that begins in the middle of Mr. Zimmer’s original mix inspired a story of spiritual awakening: the discovery of a force coming from within. The meditative beginning builds from a distant ‘calling out’ between two voices to the climactic final chord that initiates the eruption into the second, more rousing section. The strength of this second part is built on the rhythmic pulse of the string stem which I doubled with heavy guitar, bass and drums for a more powerful, primal sequence. To keep cohesion between the two sections, I decided to sing the melody in the second half, and on the final three-part chord, letting the female vocal stem provide some harmony; the open ending...
Piano, Cello, Bassoon, and Orchestra. This was written for an animated film about a little boy who is lifted up by some clouds and spends a fun part of his afternoon being tossed about. There are some angry rain clouds, but all ends well as he is placed gently back to earth in time for his mother to call him inside.
An old song from my old analog studio in good old California. I like the feel of this, plus it was so damn fun to sing!