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December 2008
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Cue of the Week: “TV Breakdown”

This moody piece of music from the film Home Room features one of my favorite orchestral instruments, the bass flute. It’s a difficult instrument to play (and sometimes hard to find), but has a wonderfully dark and sensuous tone color. The instrument also requires a lot of breath in order to produce a tone, so it’s good idea to let the musician occasionally come up for air!

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TV Breakdown
 

28
November 2008
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Cue of the Week: “Happy Reunion”

Happy Thanksgiving to all my reader-listeners in the United States! My feeling is that the holiday calls for some music on the cheerful side. Here’s a warm and sentimental orchestral cue featuring wistful passages for winds, and a triumphant finale for the strings.


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Happy Reunion
 

14
November 2008
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Cue of the Week: “Work Montage”

Not every cue can have an interesting name! This optimistic orchestral interlude from the score for the film “The F Zone” was recorded at the now-defunct but highly-respected O’ Henry Studios in Burbank. (Whether it was named after the author or candy bar, I don’t know.)


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Work Montage
 

07
November 2008
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Cue of the Week: “For You”

This week’s cue is a song accompanying the titles for Cleve Nettles’ film, “Genie and the Shark”. This was a fun opportunity to write a song and derive a lot of the film’s underscore from the melody or related material.

I won’t give away any plot details, but the musical concept underlying both tune and underscore was, “Arabian nights meets Argentine tango”.

Vocal performance by the very talented Megan Briones. Lyrics by yours truly.


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For You
 

31
October 2008
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Cue of the Week: “Devil Kills Joey”

After a brief hiatus (for the production of one of my short musical theater projects), the Cue of the Week is back!

As it’s Halloween, it would be remiss of me to not post some spooky music. This horror/suspense cue includes shakuhatchi improvisation, a superball dragged down cello strings, and lots of bowed and scraped sounds. Enjoy!

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Devil Kills Joey
 

10
October 2008
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Cue of the Week: “Better Off Said”

To provide some perk to your Friday, here’s a bit of almost-ragtime featuring piano and five-string violin. This is the end title music for David Kiang’s dark comedy about a man afflicted with something halfway between divine inspiration and Tourette’s Syndrome.

(I say “almost-” because true ragtime has syncopated rather than swung rhythm.)


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Better Off Said
 

09
October 2008
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Recent project roundup

Recent episodic projects include Michael’s score for Hal Cantor’s web comedy series, Hold Please, and main theme for the EthnicityTV cultural series (www.ethnicitytv.com).

Michael’s music can be heard as the theme for MMO podcast Massively Speaking, part of the GameDaily web network.

This summer saw the premiere performance of Gideon and the Blundersnorp, a concert piece for orchestra and narrator based on an original fantasy story. Music from Michael’s musical The Charmed Life will be featured in the A Stage Kindly musical theater revue in London this October and November.

Michael’s ten-minute rock musical Climb The Smallest Mountain will run in the Actoberfest ten-minute play festival at the Miles Memorial Theater (Santa Monica, CA) from October 23-26.

03
October 2008
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Cue of the Week: “Leaving Dunsmir”

More fantasy-genre music this week, and by fantasy I mean bifurcating monsters with a halberd, rather than fine wine on a tropical island. A little bit heroic, a little bit nostalgic, a little bit militaristic. Enjoy!


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Leaving Dunsmir
 

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