I like to compose film scores that exactly capture the mood needed for each scene, but also exist as independent music. As you will hear below, I like to create rich, colorful musical textures, no matter the genre, and I generally assign themes to characters and other plot elements. My music can be powerful when needed, but also will take its proper place in the background when other more important elements need to be up front.
I am also a skilled songwriter, and can create songs as stand-alone pieces or to complement film scores. I have written pop, rock, house, and A/C songs. My song "Too Hard to See You" was a finalist in the 2009 Billboard World Song Contest (the first year I had ever entered).
If you're a filmmaker, your budget might allow for a studio full of live musicians, or you might need to keep costs down by going with digital samples. I'm fully capable of composing for either, and you can check the samples below to hear for yourself. Demos with vocals are not posted on this site, but are available by request.
Whether you’re looking for a film composer or songwriter, you’re just a film music lover, or even if you’re just browsing, I hope you enjoy them all.I have included some live orchestral pieces, film score and home studio samples, and also at the bottom is a Featured Video.
A boy has a dream about rescuing children from a mysterious fairy/bird. Or is it a dream?
The music concentrates on three recurring motifs: the opening high strings, celesta, and glockenspiel set the mood for the mysterious beginning; the "majestic" horn melody (at 0:55) portrays our hero, a 3-year old boy, as he wakes up in the night; and a last short motif (at 1:24) introduces the mystical sprite who may (or may not) also be a bird. We accompany the boy in his journey across the world (driving his toy car past the Eiffel Tower, Australia, the Pyramids, Antarctica, and the Great Wall of China). After a dramatic encounter with the bird (4:04), happiness is restored and the boy is safe in his room again.
"Transition Credits" (1:09, Family Drama) The main theme is presented under a second set of credits.
"Sleepwalking" (1:53, Enigmatic Dream) Hypnotic music for a character in a rueful reverie.
Aftermath (2:22, Intense Devastation) The desolation and ruins of a bombed-out city, seen by a lone survivor.
Tex-Mex Pastorale (0:52, Guitar Solo with Strings) The desert and its vast stretches.
Blanche's Theme (1:36, Pop Instrumental) A wistful portrait of Blanche, who fills her time collecting elephant statuettes.
A Superhero's Journey (1:38, Family Adventure) A teen superhero pieces together the mystery of his identity.
Tango for small emsemble (2:24, Small Ensemble) A colorful dance for instrumental septet.
Butterfly Chasing (for Baron) (2:50, Orchestral Portrait) The world's gentlest Springer Spaniel enjoys himself on a beautiful summer day.
Western Opening (1:49, Evocative Western Opening Music) Mood-setting piece to introduce the short film's quartet of bandits.
On the Riviera (1:24, Accordion and Orchestra) A reflection of the sunny French resort.
Meet Our (Anti)Hero (4:19, Dark Underscore for Voice-over) In this dark piece from a 2009 short film, we learn that our main character is not exactly sympathetic; he's a sociopath and a cannibal, to boot.
Bloody Dining (1:22, Suspense Horror) Touring a dark apartment, we finally see the horrifying results of the lead character's insanity.
Danielle's Theme (1:26, Family Drama) A portrait of a young farm girl and her pet calf.
Scherzetto (0:43, Orchestral Showpiece) A quick-as-lightning romp.
Nightworld of the Toys (4:14, Animated Fantasy) In a dark, closed toy store, the "merchandise" comes to life!
This director wanted a non-orchestral score. The mood for this scene needed to be wistful, conveying without words the despondence of Blanche's life. I used a small jazz-pop ensemble to create a mood of emptiness and depression, without going over the edge into complete desperation. I also wanted to use a full rhythm section to help keep the imagery moving, despite the fact that Blanche's life has temporarily come to a halt.
Imagine a scene like this with no music (you can turn your sound off to see how different it would be)! (this clip is lower video resolution to enable quicker downloading).