This one is pretty much what it sounds like -- fingernails run across a bass guitar with some randomly tapped minor chords and other odd sounds. This one is slightly unsettling, but don't worry -- it can't get too far under your skin! Features bass guitar, SFX, and a creepy reverberant vibe. This would sound great in a horror movie or on a video that needs a touch of grit and mold.
This strange little "rock" opus was one of the first things I did after moving to Seattle in 2005. Without a live studio, I had to make do with a tiny brush junk kit and an old synth filled with crude orchestra samples. I ended up with some sort of bizarre Philip Glass-Metroid hybrid, but something about it all makes me smile. The ambulance in the intro was actually caught in traffic while I was recording the drums, making me rather nervous!
This flowing, lyrical, sea-like minor string drama takes its inspiration from Philip Glass and especially his eerie symphonic soundtrack for The Hours. Oaken ships sail into dark, mysterious waters as this piece echoes from the deep.
Here's an adventurous little tune inspired by vintage John Williams. This daredevil ditty is actually an orphaned clip from a very special orchestral project we just completed, but I think it's colorful and boisterous enough to warrant a spot here. Up, up, and away...!
Here's my more lighthearted take on Regal Strings I (a sparse, noble-sounding symphonic piece). This revision includes bass pizzicato and bells, adding a little magic and dazzle. A violin duet at the end gives it an even more Disney-esque vibe.
I wrote this piece for a client looking to score an epic event. This warm, acoustic-electronic fantasy starts off with light, airy piano backed by some techy-string elements. After a symphonic buildup, a big inexplicable dubstep drop leads the way to a glorious finale.
Here's a nice soft-pop ditty for feel-good situations. This mild, Rhodes-heavy number is poppy and positive with just a hint of Man in the Mirror-style muscle. Light percussion and a guitar overlay help bring the track to a very subdued "arena rock" climax complete with amped guitar solo. I was going for a Michael Jackson vibe here, but this thing ended up in a goofy somewhere-else, didn't it?
Here's an epic, driving, airy orchestral number with a touch of Philip Glass intricacy. Clashing time signatures and trinkety gear-like percussion help push this one ever upward. An unabashedly uplifting tune, this was originally created for a client video about high-tech elevators. Top floor, please!
Here's a charming one I came up with on a visit to Arizona's Saguaro Forest some years ago. Tambourines, flutes, lutes, and calfskins create tension as more and more strange animals emerge from the woods to alarm neighborhood pets. Watch out! This elf-based piece features pizzicato cello, percussion, and recorders in a strange, dancing, skipping rhythm reminiscent of Fantasia or Rumpelstiltskin. Great choice for animation or general mischief.