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Stranger’s Theme

At Denver Pop Culture Con 2019 I was doing media coverage for Nerds That Geek, and on Sunday evening I attended the panel hosted by Sebastian Jones of Stranger Comics (here is the article), and then bought a bunch of their paperbacks . Once the dust settled from DPCC, I had a chance to read ‘The Untamed’ volumes 1 and 2 and ‘Niobe,’ and I loved them!

What was especially exciting was seeing that there was a ‘Stranger’s Theme’ melody (written by Jens Engelbrecht & Sebastian A. Jones) written out at the beginning of ‘The Untamed: A Sinner’s Prayer’ (volume 1) . I was inspired to write a few arrangements of the theme, and I sent them to Stranger Comics (unsolicited, which is super annoying, I know, but I figured I’d take a chance). My best-case scenario is that they don’t have a composer for the ‘World of Asunda’ HBO show, and they love my work and pick me. Or maybe Sebastian gets a kick out of them and listens to them for inspiration while he’s writing. Or maybe the email never gets opened. Either way, I’m glad I followed my inspiration and have some music to show for it. Speaking of which…

I wanted to be able to share these pieces, but since I didn’t write the melody, I don’t want to make it look like I’m trying to take credit for something that isn’t mine. In the versions that I’ve posted, instead of the actual ‘Stranger’s Theme’ melody, I’ve reduced the melody to just an ascending and descending scale, so that I can still use the chord progressions that I composed (they were not included with the melody in the comic) as well as my orchestrations. I think what’s left is different enough from the source material to be considered “inspired by.”

There are scenes from the comics that I drew inspiration from when I was writing the different sections, but the music doesn’t necessarily follow the story chronologically. The titles I’ve chosen are vague descriptions of the scenes that I had in mind.

Denver Pop Culture Con 2019 Coverage for Nerds That Geek

In addition to being one of the voices of the Movie Mumble podcast, I also write articles for Nerds That Geek, mostly about Denver Pop Culture Con. While I’m attending, my main focus is usually panels, but I also check out venders, artists, other creators, and this year, Movie Mumble recorded a special ‘live’ episode. If you’re interested in checking out any of my coverage, you can read my nerdy checklist written in anticipation of DPCC, listen to our special episode of the  Movie Mumble podcast, check out the list of my Top 10 Vendor Booths, and read the reviews of the three panels I attended: From Script to Screen: How to Make MoviesPitch Perfect: Crafting the Best Book Proposal, and Take an Idea from Concept to Creation – HBO’s Asunda. Oh, and I also met Dan Fogler.