Arranging for David Arkenstone – 28 shows with 8 orchestras

Three-time Grammy nominee David Arkenstone began his Winter Fantasy tour last night. This year he’s combining his unique folk-inspired sound with 8 orchestras in 28 shows throughout December, collaborating with Cirque de la Symphonie to bring Cirque de Soleil style performances to the concert hall. I had the honor of writing some of the orchestral arrangements for David, and it was real pleasure. Check out his album, and if you’re in any of these cities check out the live show.

Our show is playing with:
San Francisco Symphony, CA
Atlanta Symphony, GA
Phoenix Symphony, AZ
Portland Symphony, ME
Grand Rapids Symphony, MI
Hartford Symphony, CT
Milwaukee Symphony, WI
Midland Symphony, MI

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GameSoundCon video game sound and music conference

GameSoundCon is one of the premiere conferences and educational opportunities for those looking for highly specific education in the areas of video game sound design and scoring. Every year it’s a pleasure to attend and rub shoulders with my colleagues, since the vast majority of us work separately on different projects for most of the year.

Pictured here is Li Xiao’an, the head of East Coast Scoring in Boston, and Chance Thomas, a fantastic composer and fellow book author. Chance’s book Composing Music for Games is a fantastic companion to my book Guerrilla Film Scoring, and we will most likely collaborate in some educational events or seminars in the future.

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ASCAP publishes Guerrilla Film Scoring article

ASCAP published an article which I wrote today. It’s in their We Create Music publication titled Finding Work As A Composer. Based around some of the material from my book Guerrilla Film Scoring, it gives a few little nuggets of wisdom for surviving the industry.

There are no guarantees in any culture in the world that art is going to be sustainable and provide you a good living. As a composer you might become well-paid eventually, but you will never have a steady or predictable career path. (read more…)

Pierce Brosnan film

Pierce Brosnan stars in The King’s Daughter, a new film scored by composer Grant Kirkhope. It is based on the historical/sci-fi novel The Moon and the Sun by Vonda N. McIntyre, and Brosnan plays King Louis XIV. The film will be released later this year by Paramount. I orchestrated for Grant with the extraordinary Penka Kouneva.

Presenting at the ASCAP Expo

The ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO is the first and only national conference dedicated to songwriting and composing. Today I was on the “Composer’s Survival Kit” panel, moderated by the awesome Joel Douek. The panel was very much like my book Guerrilla Film Scoring, basically a survival guide about how to navigate our insane media music business. I was in great company with composers Joey Newman and Didier Rachou, and entertainment lawyer Brad Shenfeld.

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Guest lecture – Teaching at UCLA

Today I taught film scoring at UCLA, taking over professor Fletcher Beasley’s class for a day. The class is using my book Guerrilla Film Scoring as a required text, and the topic of the day was team building in an indie world. It was great to dig in deeply with them and show them portions of the 90 minute Guerrilla Film Scoring documentary.

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GameSoundCon is a yearly convention in Los Angeles about the art, technology, and business of video game music. I did not present this year, but there was a lot of buzz about Guerrilla Film Scoring anyway! The book is striking a nerve with the creative community, and hopefully I’ll present there next year. Primarily catering to game composers and sound designers, it is an intense 2-day long series of classes, seminars, and talks. It’s a fantastic time to connect with the creative community in the game world, and since many of the biggest names in the industry are there it’s an inspiring couple of days.

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Dream Country trailer released

The trailer for Dream Country, a feature film I which scored, was released today. Directed by Robert Rollins, Dream Country is a country where it is always turning late in the year. A country where the hills are fog and the rivers are mist… where noons go quickly, dusks and twilights linger and midnights stay. Remain as long as you like… or dare. The film will be released in 2016.