Featuring a special live performance from the score, followed by John Cage’s 4’33”. March 12, 5pm.
In Pursuit of Silence – a new documentary by Patrick Shen about our relationship with silence, sound, and the impact of noise – premieres at CPH:DOX (Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival). As an ode to the American maverick-composer, John Cage, who is a prominent figure in the film, the score heavily features my take on the prepared piano. Unique sounds were meticulously crafted by placing objects between and over the piano strings: rubber earplugs, chopsticks, foam brushes, metal wires, sponges, felt, screws, pvc pipes, ebows, guitar slides, wooden dowels, various whachamacallits, and my favorite sound from the project: an electric toothbrush vibrating against the strings! The film is bound to make its journey around the world this coming year, so be on the lookout. An album of the score is also in the works. Stay tuned!
Each summer, the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) selects 12 composers from over 300 international applicants to participate in a month-long film scoring workshop with Emmy Award winning composer and mentor Richard Bellis. The alumni roster of this workshop include some of the most successful composers working in film and TV today, so I was honored and extremely fortunate to be a part of its 26th year. Over the course of the month, the composers discussed the craft and business of writing music for film, TV, and video games with some of the industry’s leading figures including John Powell (How to Train Your Dragon, The Bourne Trilogy, Shrek), Dave Porter (Breaking Bad), Sean Callery (24, Homeland, Elementary), James S. Levine (Glee, American Horror Story, Nip/Tuck), and Garry Schyman (Bioshock Franchise, Dante’s Inferno), to list just a few! Each composer was assigned to score a scene from a popular film, culminating to a recording session at the historic 20th Century Fox Newman Scoring Stage with the Hollywood Studio Symphony. I was assigned this beautiful scene from “How To Train Your Dragon.” It was truly a career highlight. Thanks, ASCAP!