A few years ago, I auditioned to score a film about sumo wrestlers who join a college football team with a lobster as their mascot. I composed a marching band ‘fight song’ for The Lobsters (listen for the sound of their claws clicking), as well as a taiko drumming theme for the sumo wrestlers. The track I submitted features: The Lobsters’ Fight Song, The Sumo Wrestlers’ Theme, The Sumo Wrestlers’ Theme with added drumline (signifying the conflict between the sumo wrestlers and the football players), and The Lobsters’ Fight Song with The Sumo Wrestlers’ Theme played simultaneously (signifying that they learned to work together).
P.S. I didn’t get the gig.
A while ago, I composed a theme for the Nerds That Geek website, as well as a theme for the Nerds That Speak podcast. They sound similar because the main rhythms I used are Morse code for the letters ‘NTG’ (-./-/–.) and ‘NTS’ (-./-/…). So far, you can hear the Nerds That Geek Theme used in interviews from Denver Pop Culture Con 2019 here (Interview with Dacia Arnold at DPCC 2019) and here (Interview with C.R. Richards at DPPC 2019). Stay tuned to the Nerds That Geek podcasts page for upcoming Nerds That Speak podcasts. In the meantime, you can listen to the two themes in the media player.
On Sunday, Nerds That Geek posted Episode 22 of the Movie Mumble podcast: ‘There Will Be Blood’. Listen as Joel, Scott, and I “dive into a story revolving around the life of an oil prospector in the midst of the oil boom, and his apparent love of milkshakes.” As a prelude, listen to the various themes in the media player.
On Sunday, Nerds That Geek posted Episode 21 of the Movie Mumble podcast: ‘Serenity’ (it’s old enough to drink legally!). Listen as Joel, Scott, and I “reflect upon a Joss Whedon film that divided its fan base by providing closure to some while breaking the hearts of others.”
Also, check out our special DPCC episode where we “take a few minutes out of [our] busy day at Denver Pop Culture Con 2019 to discuss the wonder of this magnificent convention!”
As a prelude, listen to the various themes in the media player.
On Sunday, Nerds That Geek posted Episode 20 of the Movie Mumble podcast: ‘Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb’. Listen as Joel, Scott, and I “reflect upon one of Stanley Kubrick’s earliest films.” As a prelude, listen to the various themes in the media player.
On Sunday, Nerds That Geek posted Episode 19 of the Movie Mumble podcast: ‘Metropolis’. Listen as Joel, Scott, and I “dive deep into the past to break down a true science fiction classic.” As a prelude, listen to the various themes in the media player.
Ten years ago, Emil Acevedo (Virgeo Studios) released the stop-motion animated short film, Apocalypse LEGO Episode 1: Frozen Terror using LEGO minifigures. Since then, it has had over a million views and over 4 thousand likes. In the years following, he released FT2: LEGO Submergence, FT3: LEGO Club Che Boom Boom, FT4: LEGO Block War, and most recently FT5: One Shot, Two Kills.
I met Emil at last year’s Denver Comic Con (now called Denver Pop Culture Con) when I was working for Nerds That Geek, and covered his panel on stop-motion animation. When I introduced myself and told him that I’d be writing an article about his panel (read it here), he offered to do an interview as well (watch it here). Somewhere along the line, Emil asked if I would be interested in composing music for his most recent work in progress, Frozen Terror 6. I jumped at the chance and began working with some ideas that he had come up with for guitar.
After sending him some of the samples I had put together for FT6, Emil told me about his plan to digitally remaster FT1 and release the updated version for the 10 year anniversary of the original. But there was an issue. In the original, he had used a clip of music from a popular video game, which meant that he was very limited in where he could show it (e.g., not in film festivals). He asked me to re-score it with my own music so that there wouldn’t be copyright issues. I took the core of the ideas that he had come up with for FT6, tried to match the overall mood of the original music, and shaped it around the preexisting sounds (explosion, alarm, etc.). He also asked me to score the rest of the film, which meant that I was able to be a little more creative because in the original, there is only music in the first few minutes (up to when the alarm goes off). The end result is: Frozen Terror 1: Apocalypse LEGO 10 Year Anniversary Remastered!
P.S. I didn’t write the elevator music.