“Modern Film Composing” at Creative Live

Earlier this summer, we had the opportunity to teach a film scoring workshop with the good folks at Creative Live in San Francisco. If you’re not familiar with CL, do yourself a favor and explore: https://www.creativelive.com

They produce and stream top-notch instructional workshops on pretty much anything in the creative world you might like to learn about: photography, music, filmmaking and beyond. We had a blast trying to organize what we do into something teachable. We scored a short film on the spot, in the studio, we met some amazing students and we didn’t really argue too much. Take a peak:

https://www.creativelive.com/courses/modern-film-composing

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Studio Mascot: Solo

More guitar/oboe Solo, and less a Star Wars reference, this guy has heard it all, every squeaky first take and false start. Thanks for your patience, pal.

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New Favorite Instrument: The BulBul Tarang

Introducing the bowed BulBul Tarang. Its Hindi translation, “Waves of Nightingales” seems appropriate. Apparently it evolved from the Japanese taishogoto and arrived in India in its current incarnation in the 1930’s. It’s the perfect blend of a dulcimer, fiddle and a typewriter. Thanks Dad, for the gift!

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A Modern Wolfman’s Take on Classic Country

In finishing up the score for Daniel Robbins’ modern werewolf tale, “UNCAGED”, we were asked to help with some source music; create an old-timey country tune playing through the car stereo, as the lead actors begin a moonlight, backwoods drive. A simple country shuffle and the right amount of twang was needed to suggest a rural, perhaps timeless locale. What a perfect opportunity to revisit “Full Moon”, the Unrequited Werewolf Love Song we wrote for Jeremy Saulnier’s Murder Party back in 2007. We brought in our good friend/frequent collaborator/gifted crooner Craig Hendrix to sing the lead in our Johnny Cash-inspired cover version. Thus, a new (old) country band, Larry and the Talbots, (fictitiously pictured below) was formed. Our lead single follows a lone wolfman cowboy in search of true love in lieu of his horrible curse. Have a listen:

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“BLUE RUIN” Score COMING SOON on VINYL!

We’re tickled that our new friends at UK-based Blackest Rainbow Records will be releasing our score to “BLUE RUIN” on vinyl later this year! The records themselves are 180 gram Blue Vinyl with a “Rust Haze” effect. No joke, they look like the car in the film which is rad. Pre-orders are available now, and records will ship late December. Each record comes with a digital download and some bonus cues. CLICK HERE to check out Blackest Rainbow Records, and stream the score and get your pre-order on.

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Perfect Time of Year for a HORROR SCORE!

We’re having a bloody good time digging into director Daniel Robbins’ “UNCAGED”, shot in upstate New York, featuring  Gene Jones ( No Country For Old Men), flanked by a small army of young talent.

After several nights of waking up in the woods, a troubled teen straps a camera to himself to document how he’s getting there, only to find some things are better left a mystery…

The score is leaning towards a hybrid of “classic horror” and “modern thriller”. “THE OMEN” meets ‘DRIVE”? Sounds ’bout right. See what Bloody Disgusting.com has to say here!

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A Cue A Day – August 2014 – COMPLETE!

Writing/Production Exercise: for the month of August, we challenged ourselves to sketch out a cue a day – “scoring” an experience, emotion or even just a boring chore from the day. Here were the basic rules, some of which were broken. Fun way to break in our new studio and keep the chops up! Check out the full playlist below:

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