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April 2021
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Cue of the Week: “The Hospital”

This week’s selection is another cue from the political thriller The F-Zone.

I’m fond of the often-underutilized low registers of mallet instruments. Here the vibraphone, normally something we might normally consider jazzy or relaxing, takes on a subtle ominous character. The harp, likewise played in the bottom of its range, makes for a nice (and creepy) accompaniment.

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March 2021
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Cue of the Week: Walking

This music introduces a short film called Dead Line, which I scored many years ago. Detuned piano, fiddle drones, and exotic bells create a disquieting atmosphere to accompany a lone figure walking through the Nevada desert at dusk.

“Detuned piano” usually implies a deliberate process, but here I was taking advantage of a piano that was already out of tune. 馃檪

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February 2021
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“Craving Greatness” festival screening

Craving Greatness, a fictionalized video essay about the creative process, will be featured in the Kapow Intergalactic Film Festival a week from Saturday. I had a very enjoyable time writing the solo piano score for this charming and expressive film. Click here for info or festival tickets!

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February 2021
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Cue of the Week: “Paris”

We’ve reached the denouement of the Lady Usher film score, a reprise of the opening theme for protagonist Morgan.

As always, it’s tough to describe what’s going on cinematically without spoilers. Suffice to say that the final musical twist suggests an appropriately Poe-like closing.

It’s been a pleasure sharing with you selections from this score, which picked up an award during the course of these posts. A final shoutout to the musicians who made the music come to life: Cosima Luther, Steven Huber, Daniel Adams (violins); Laurann Woods, Brandon Encinas (violas); Simone Vitucci (cello); Tom Strahle (guitars); Jennifer Lin (conductor). And thanks as always to filmmaker George Adams, with whom artistic collaboration is always a pleasure.

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