December 2008

Cue of the Week: “Unseen Landscapes”

This pretty – if I don’t say so myself – piece for string orchestra and English horn has a kind of warm holiday fuzziness to it. I therefore thought it would make a nice cue for today, as we head into season of end-of-year celebrations. (Perhaps a touch ironically, this was originally written to accompany a pharmaceuticals ad.)

Happy holidays!

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Unseen Landsacpes

December 2011

Cue of the Week: “Wizard Ops (Main Theme)”

Here’s the main theme from “Wizard Ops”, a newly-released sorcerous game for your iOS (or soon, Android) gadget of choice.

I was really jazzed when I saw the game’s concept art months ago, and the musical approach suggested itself almost immediately: a rollicking but quirky scherzo, a sort of hyperactive cousin to The Sorcerer’s Apprentice or the Uranus movement of Holst’s Planets. Supernaturally adventurous, but slightly disgruntled, like the game’s protagonist.

If you’d like to hear the music in context, then levitate on over to iOS app store and check it out!

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Wizard Ops (Main Theme)

July 2009

Cue of the Week: “A Nation of Kings”

As Independence Day is approaching for those of us in the USA, something patriotic seems to be in order. Rather than post a music cue with brassy oomph and snare drums (which I do frequently anyway), here’s something with a triumphant but more understated mood. This cue for strings and solo woodwinds – written when I was a swaddling composer of about twenty four – accompanies the final scene of the film The F-Zone. Given that the film concerns escape from tax abuse, its music seems appropriate for this particular holiday.

The music starts with a moody tone, then eventually flourishes into a more affirmative mood. Happy (impending) Fourth!

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A Nation of Kings

June 2011
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Michael scores iOS games “Wizard Ops” and “Strange Rain”

Wizard Ops

Michael is writing music for Phkyen Media’s forthcoming iOS game Wizard Ops, as well as the critically-acclaimed Strange Rain title from Opertoon.

Wizard Ops is a traditional running/shooter series title featuring a team of stylized wizards running a gauntlet of Renaissance-esque opponents. Michael’s music combines orchestral fantasy scoring with modernistic touches and an undercurrent of humor.

Opertoon’s top-selling iOS app (#1 on U.S. iPad entertainment charts) Strange Rain is an immersive experience featuring music against a changing backdrop of stormy weather and a nonlinear narrative story. Michael’s piano score, to be offered as an expansion to the app, features an impressionistic accompaniment that, like the visuals, slowly becomes “stranger” over time.

May 2013
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Cue of the Week: “Wizardly Winter”

Another music selection from Wizard Ops Tactics, this cue accompanies a winter-themed battleground. High-register strings and harp help reinforce the icy visuals, while the low brass stabs remind us that we’re not at a peace conference.

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Wizardly Winter
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