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As a composer, my mission is to write unique music that adds a fourth dimension to the narrative experience by supporting story, enhancing visuals and communicating the unspoken. I enjoy finding themes, and sonic signatures that subconsciously connect a story to its audience.  However, most importantly, I strive to realize the vision of whomever I am working with through collaboration, and a free exchange of ideas.  With a combined twenty years of professional experience as a performer in Phantom Planet, a songwriter for EMI/SONYATV, and composer on projects from HBO series to Sundance features, I have a wide range of tools and colors from which to draw to tailor a special sound for each project.

CLIENTS

I have gotten the opportunity to work with a wide range of clients on a wide range of projects.  

 
 

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FEATURED WORKS

BAD REPUTATION

 Premiering at the Sundance Film Festival in 2018, this documentary film about legendary rock icon illuminates Joan Jett in a light rarely seen - resilient, innovator, feminist trailblazer, and animal rights activist. 

I used synth and affected guitar textures to create a base of support for Joan’s story simultaneously leaving room for her larger than life personality and rock anthems to speak for themselves. 

 

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SUITABLE

Winner of the Indie Fest Award of Excellence,, Suitable is a short drama about  a high school tom boy,  who comes to terms with her sexuality when she decides what she’ll wear to the prom. At its core, this film tackles issues of sexuality, gender and the realities young, black women face as they come-of-age in modern society.  Directed by acclaimed filmmaker, Thembi Banks, Suitable is set to premiere on HBO early 2019.

For this film, I wrote music that would have been consistent to the main character’s life. With a combination of hip-hop, synth-pop and throwback guitars, Brandy’s emotions are never far from the soundtrack in her soul. 

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REMITTANCE

An official selection of the HBO visionary competition, Remittance is a short drama that tells the story of a Filipino cruise worker who receives a call informing her that her son is in the hospital. Directed by, Maritte Lee Go, Remittance premiered on HBO in the Summer of 2018.

In order to convey the loneliness and droll repetition of working on a cruise away from her family, I composed using a palate of synth ambience and Solo Cello.

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THE DESERT

Directed by visual artist, Ben Bigelow, the Desert is a short psychological, absurdist drama about a mother’s attempt to find meaning in her marriage, homelife and within herself as she follows her son into a virtual reality machine. As a result, her seemingly perfect suburban world is invaded by The Desert.

Recorded with a forty-piece string orchestra, the music for the Desert is an homage to the psychologically driven scores of Bernhard Herrmann and the over the top orchestrations of Pino Donaggio.

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