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February 2020
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Cue of the Week: “A Lost Brother”

Written for a cemetery scene in the film The F-Zone, this cue is somber but has some lyrical qualities as well. In the middle section I harmonize a solo flute with four basses, rather than the more conventional approach of using all the low strings. It’s an interesting sound, almost medieval, and distinctly funereal.

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February 2020
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Cue of the Week: “Down the Rabbit Hole”

This week’s music comes with a happy launch announcement: Down the Rabbit Hole, a game whose score I composed last year, has posted its trailer video in anticipation of a March release.

The game is billed as a prequel to Alice in Wonderland, and involves an adventurous girl (not Alice) navigating through Lewis Carroll’s imaginative world in search of a lost pet. It’s a virtual reality game, so you’ll need a device like an Oculus or Viveport for the full experience.

Anyway, onto what you all care about most, which is music. Today you can hear the trailer score, which reflects the game’s impish fairly tale aesthetic. Or better yet check out the trailer video to hear it in context!

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February 2020
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“Down the Rabbit Hole” announced

I’m honored to have written the music for Down the Rabbit Hole, a delightful VR game based on Alice and Wonderland mythology, and which was announced today by Cortopia Studios.

This project was my second VR game in collaboration with the genius developers over at Moon Mode. The orchestral score is a blend of classical, Baroque, and contemporary fantasy music influences, all marinated with a healthy dose of humor.

If you’re lucky enough to have an Oculus or other major VR system, check the game out!

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January 2020
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Cue of the Week: “The Story of Leo”

That’s not a cello you hear, but a contrabass played lyrically, courtesy of bassist Maggie Hasspacher. From the score of the film Emerald, Texas, this is the theme for Leo, a gentle soul who just wants to wear a blonde wig and avoid fights. Since he’s the film’s analog of the Cowardly Lion, this instrument seemed perfect — but I wrote for its upper register, to reflect the character’s softer side.

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January 2020
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Cue of the Week: “Pour One, and Out”

This week’s selection from the film Emerald, Texas accompanies a triumphant moment where the travelers face down a bigot in a bar and make a speedy escape via pickup truck. Guitar performances come courtesy of Kyle Johnson; violin solo performed by Adrianne Pope.

Morituri Te Salutant // Michael Gordon Shapiro - Highlights
  1. Morituri Te Salutant // Michael Gordon Shapiro - Highlights
  2. Emerald, Texas // Highlights
  3. Mythic Battle // Highlights
  4. The Yard Sale // Michael Gordon Shapiro - Highlights
  5. Investigations // Highlights
  6. Home Room // Highlights
  7. Sands of Arabia // Highlights
  8. Spider Cult // Highlights
  9. Poker Night // Highlights