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.
At the end of last year, I scored Emil Acevedo’s (Virgeo Studios) LEGO stop-motion short film Captain America Vs Trump: A Bernie Sanders Tribute. Originally, I created my own temp score using a mashup of Imperial March and Hail to the Chief, as well as The Avengers Theme and Captain America’s Theme. I then changed and simplified the themes so that they are technically different, but still recognizable as the original themes. I also included the stand-alone score in the media player in case you want to listen to that by itself.
On Sunday, Nerds That Geek posted Episode 28 of the Movie Mumble podcast: Rocky. Listen as Zeke, Joel, Scott, and I “settle in to watch a true sports classic, one revolving around a down and out amateur boxer, who gets the chance to fight for the heavyweight title.” As a prelude, listen to the all-new “Movie Mumble: Rocky” theme in the media player.
On Sunday, Nerds That Geek posted a Special Holiday Episode of the Movie Mumble podcast: The Santa Clause. Listen as Zeke, Joel, Scott, and I unleash our “holiday cheer upon the world by taking a moment to examine a Christmas themed movie that just so happens to be Zeke’s favorite.” To get in the spirit, listen to the “Movie Mumble: Christmas” theme in the media player.
On Sunday, Nerds That Geek posted Episode 27 of the Movie Mumble podcast: mother!. Listen as Zeke, Joel, Scott, and I “dive into a unique motion picture revolving around a couple who find their love pushed to the test when strangers arrive in their home.” As a prelude, listen to the various themes in the media player.
On Sunday, Nerds That Geek posted Episode 26 of the Movie Mumble podcast: Drive. Listen as Zeke, Joel, Scott, and I “dive into a motion picture revolving around an unnamed Hollywood stuntman who leads a second life as a getaway driver.” As a prelude, listen to the various themes in the media player.
On Sunday, Nerds That Geek posted Episode 25 of the Movie Mumble podcast: Eyes Without a Face. In this episode, we are joined by our new, permanent co-host, Zeke (who brought us Bad Times at the El Royale back in February as a guest for a special episode). Listen as Zeke, Joel, Scott, and I “break own a classic foreign horror film about a surgeon who will do anything to preserve his daughter’s beauty when she’s badly disfigured in a car crash.” As a prelude, listen to the various themes in the media player.