ORIGINAL MUSIC FOR ANIMATION (NARRATIVE)
ORIGINAL MUSIC FOR ANIMATION: "COFFEE CRUSH", CRASH + SUES
Above: Made in collaboration with the animation studio Crash + Sues, this brief animation tells the story of a saucer-flying alien who falls in love with a cup of coffee. I created a whimsical musical score, and helmed all other audio duties, to achieve a whimsical sensibility. The piece was featured on the C+S blog for Valentine's Day, and screened as part of the local SIGGRAPH's Minnesota Electronic Theater showcase later in the year.
ORIGINAL MUSIC FOR ANIMATION: "MAKE YOUR MARK", SHELBY PEARSON
Above: Shelby Pearson created a wistful, painterly, Gobelins-style animation about inspiration lost and found. Thinking sound effects weren't necessary, I scored some piano jazz tinged with accordion musette.
Originally commissioned as a part of "Art/ Road/ Movie", a screening organized to premiere Kevin Obsatz's 's film "Crazy Horse", this piece also showed a few months later as part of the Minnanimate festival.
ORIGINAL MUSICAL SCORE: "OH DEER" HOLIDAY CARD, COLLABORATION W/ ROCKNE.DIGITAL
Above: A collaboration between my studio Junior Birdman Audio and the animation/ design house Rockne Digital, this comedic animated short premiered at the 2016 showcase of SIGGRAPH's Minnesota Electronic Theater. The idea germinated as a brief 4 or 5 second holiday greeting that we could send out in the winter, but rapidly mutated into an ambitious tale of inept adventure reminiscent of "Wallace and Gromit". I provided all things audio, from an original musical score to sound edit and final mix.
Copy of ORIGINAL MUSIC FOR THE ANIMATED SERIES "WHIRL"
Above: A reel of original music for this Sparkhouse series aimed at grades K-5. "Whirl" offered a fast-paced, colorful spectacle to keep kids' attention. While this reel features the custom work I created as composer, I also served as FX editor and re-recording mixer on the series. For these musical cues I explored genres spanning pop/ rock, Carl Stalling-esque classic cartoon "mirroring", old school hip hop, orchestral arrangements, and quite a bit of scoring that defies easy classification.
ORIGINAL MUSIC FOR ANIMATED SHORT: "OTHER FISH"
Above: "Other Fish" is an animated short directed by Josh Roush and Josh Stifter. I created an original score for the film, for which I also served as sound editor and re-recording mixer. “Other Fish” features voice acting from Michael Parks ("Argo", "Django Unchained"), Harley Quinn Smith ("Tusk", "Clerks II"), and Jacqui Duncan ("Old School", "White Lines").
In the film, a recently divorced mother seeks to prove her independence by swimming a channel of shark-infested water. It's a strange and hard-to-classify film, which makes sense when you know it's based on a dream Roush's wife recounted.
To create the musical score for such a dreamlike piece, I called on a couple of friends for help: Ben Connelly contributed lap steel guitar, audible at the very top of the trailer. And Ben Glaros shredded some power chords on guitar for the Black Sabbath-inspired passage at about :28, as well as during the coda.