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My Demos

Below listen to demos, scoring competition entries, as well as scores I've written for shorts and other various projects in a wide array of styles and genres. 

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GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES

This was a rescoring of a scene from Studio Ghibli’s 1988 film Grave of the Fireflies. The scene depicts a boy named Seita saving his younger sister, Setsuko, from the bombing of the port city of Kobe, Japan, during the final days of World War II. The carnage and destruction in this scene is somewhat graphic and sad. I tried to capture the mayhem of the bombing followed by an eerie bleakness as we see bodies under burning rubble and mothers trying to protect their children from the deadly smoke.

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FROM THE ASHES - FANTASIA 2000

This was a re-imagining I did of the “Firebird” scene from Fantasia 2000, originally scored by Igor Stravinsky. I wanted to capture a sense of rebirth and life burgeoning back into being. I got a chance to conduct this piece with the Ruse, Philharmonic in Ruse, Bulgaria and you can see that video on my Conducting page. I hope you enjoy my take on this timeless story.

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MARS SCIENCE LAB "CURIOSITY" VIDEO

This is a clip of CGI video footage of the launch and landing of the Mars “Curiosity” rover. I added original score to the video to demo my skills in scoring “spacey” sounding music/sci-fi and I submitted it  for consideration to JPL (Jet Propulsion Laboratory) and their artistic department.

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VOYAGE OF THE DREAMWEAVER

This was a piece for full orchestra that I wrote as my final project for graduate school at the Seattle Film Institute in 2012. Under the tutelage and guidance of Hummie Mann I produced a piece that paid homage to one of my favorite scores of all time: Back to the Future. See if you can spot some of the similarities in harmonic movement and other tropes.

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HEART OF THE HIGHLANDS

This was a piece I wrote some years ago now, but it still endures for me as a piece that speaks to my love of Scotland, magic, and the countryside. I hope you connect in some way to the story I am trying to tell through this music. Thank you for listening. 

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VOYAGE OF THE DREAMWEAVER

This piece showcases work I did within the structure and restrictions of a composing competition. More specifically, this was an open call put out by Hans Zimmer and Remote Control Studios. There were some fully fleshed out individual tracks including a singer and melody track that each composer was asked to incorporate in to their work. I’ll let you guess which elements are Hans Zimmer and which are me.

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EPIC & FANTASY BATTLE LOOPS

These were three loops I composed in graduate school that showcase epic war music, heroic battle music, and sorcerer battle music. These tracks are meant to be loop-able at the 1-minute mark and serve as action music in a video game in this style. 

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WENDIGO OST

This is a score I wrote to a film many years ago that has stuck as one of the better examples of tensions and horror writing I’ve done to date. Sadly, the film never got a full release, but the imagery of a Wendigo stalking two campers in the woods is almost not necessary when compared to the power of the imagination. Horror lives in our worst fears and the woods at night with a stalking cannibalistic creature rank pretty high on mine.

 
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DRAGON NEST (RESCORED) - VIDEO GAMEPLAY LOOPS

These are three loops I wrote to accompany the game “Dragon Nest.” I did this for a graduate school course in game scoring and they are obviously not the original music loops for the game, but I still think the they are fun and work well in the game. Take a look & listen!

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GLOBAL GAME JAM 2018

These are a set of game audio music loops I composed for the Global Game Jam 2018 at Mt. Sierra College in Monrovia, CA. I’m proud of the product I was able to arrive at with less than 48 hours to do so. These compositions were only part of my job at the game jam. In addition to writing music for four teams of game developers and creatives I also provided almost all sound fx used in each game ! Wow !

 

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"FROM NOW ON"

This was my first project at the Pacific NW Film Scoring Program and so it will always hold a special place in my heart. It is a simple melody that reminds me at times of one of the themes from the musical “Peter Pan.” The oboist who soloed for me was such a trooper even when I gave her almost no chances to breath (oopsy!).

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DON'S DILEMMA

This is a piece I wrote in response to an episode of Mad Men I saw where Don must grapple with the fact that his firing of Lane Pryce caused Lane to hang himself. Don is constantly dealing with seemingly “no-win” scenarios where his moral fiber is tested on the most fundamental level. This piece was an homage to all the Dilemmas he faces throughout the series.

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THE WOMAN IN BLACK

This was a play I scored called The Woman in Black, by Stephen Mallatratt. It is a “ghost play,” and the chilling story of a woman who’s grief over the loss of her son in a pony & trap accident across a fog-bound causeway slowly wastes her away and kindles inside her a fury only to be quelled and laid to rest when her terrible revenge is realized. Listen here to music accompanying the terrifying climax of the story. 

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DEAD MAN'S CELL PHONE

This was a play I scored called Dead Man’s Cellphone, by Sarah Ruhl. The story is set in the back-drop of a tragic, empty death and follows the lives of two people inexorably linked to it. In this excerpt we begin to see a budding romance between our two protagonists underneath a paper snowfall.