Today, the feature film Knights of Badassdom finally hits Video On Demand after a limited theatrical run last month. Today also marks the release of my original score, brought to you by Sparks & Shadows. The album containing both my original score and songs is available digitally from iTunes, Amazon MP3 and is also available on CD. Feast thine ears on this ten-minute preview of my score!
My journey with Knights of Badassdom began almost exactly five years ago. My dear friend, and frequent collaborator, Joe Lynch put a script by Kevin Dreyfuss and Matt Wall in my hand. In the darkest hours of a cold winter night, I read a chronicle of adventurous LARPers, an evil curse, a disgruntled heavy metal singer, wizards, warriors and the Hell Lord Abominog. As I read, my musical imagination filled with soaring bagpipes, drop-tuned distorted guitars, double kick drums, blaring horns, dulcimers and ethereal vocals – everything I love about music in one epic score. Now, five years later, after a long and twisted creative journey, I am thrilled that the music I heard that night in my mind is finally unleashed upon the world, as the soundtrack to Knights of Badassdom. (more…)
[Spoiler-Free:] This weekend, audiences have the chance to experience my music on the big screen, with the theatrical release of “Europa Report.” My original score for this daring little science fiction film is available now from Sparks & Shadows, on iTunes, Amazon and other digital retailers. I’m also thrilled to announce that it is available on CD, the first such physical release for my label.
Ever since scientists began to speculate that there is a liquid water ocean beneath Europa’s icy crust, one of my life goals has become to simply live long enough to witness the moment when we finally drill through the ice and explore the murky, unknown waters. From the moment this film was announced, I followed it closely, hardly daring to hope that I’d have the chance to actually score it. When I initially saw the rough cut of “Europa Report,” I couldn’t believe what I was seeing: a realistic and detailed depiction of space travel, telling the moving story of the first manned mission to Jupiter’s icy moon, Europa. Unlike most speculative fiction, looking ahead to the future, this film plays so much like a documentary that it feels like it already happened. (more…)
I am proud (or should I be ashamed?) to announce that BuySoundtrax has just released my newest Zombie film score: Chillerama Presents… Zom-B-Movie. The CD is available now from the label’s website and the first hundred orders will receive copies autographed by myself, director Joe Lynch and Young Beautiful in a Hurry frontman Brendan McCreary. For those hoping to stuff their digital stockings this holiday, the album is now available on:
Zom-B-Movie is the “wrap-around” segment of the larger anthology film “Chillerama,” which has been experienced in exclusive drive-in screenings around the world this fall and debuts on BluRay / DVD on November 29th. I sat down with director Joe Lynch for a blog-exclusive chat about the blood, sweat, tears and various other bodily fluids that went into the creation of Zom-B-Movie and its recklessly ambitious score. (Be warned, this video blog is probably not safe for work!)
After focusing my entire life on writing music, I suddenly found myself in the proverbial director’s chair! My first music video, “I Don’t Want to Die a Virgin” for Young Beautiful in a Hurry, is now online for all to endure… I mean enjoy:
My video is featured in the end credits of the feature film Chillerama (I also scored the anthology film’s Zom-B-Movie segments). In fact, Chillerama is the reason I ended up directing it in the first place! The sordid saga of my sudden transition into music video director is chronicled below… (more…)
I will be scoring Titan Rain, a new anime film from the producers of Ghost in the Shell. The announcement of both the film itself and my involvement in it was made today at Animation Asia Conference 2009 in Singapore.
Battlestar Season 4.0 is finally released on DVD this week. I’m thrilled to announce officially what many of you have suspected since early reviews of the DVD leaked out: This DVD set includes my original documentary “Inside The Secrets Of The Behind The Making Of The Music Of Battlestar Galactica: Revealed.”
This is a film I produced with Matthew Gilna and Kristina Maniatis that premiered last April at our Los Angeles Battlestar concerts. If you missed our shows last spring, here’s your chance to catch up. And since you’re reading my blog, I’m assuming you’re already a fan and will be checking out the DVDs at some point anyway. 🙂
Many people came together to help make this film a reality, but there are several without whom it would never have existed:
I’m thrilled to announce my newest soundtrack CD, Rest Stop: Don’t Look Back, began shipping yesterday from La La Land Records. While technically a soundtrack, it’s really more of a rock concept album. These tracks represent my sick and twisted musical imagination unleashed. This is my third feature film score, and believe it or not, the third in my epic trilogy of “Horror Film Scores Performed by Bluegrass Band,” following Rest Stop: Dead Ahead and Wrong Turn 2. Autographed copies are still available from the label, but they’ll go pretty quickly.
The sequel to WB’s 2006 hit Rest Stop: Dead Ahead, Rest Stop:Don’t Look Back tells the terrifying tale of three teenagers who encounter unimaginable horror when… uh, when…
… let’s be honest here. This is another solid entry in a genre that’s been done a million times. You either love these kinds of movies, hate them, or ignore them. I’m certainly not about to sway any of your opinions on the cinematic merits of “Attractive Teenagers in Peril” films, nor would I want to.
Great news! Warner Bros. and La La Land Records have come together to release my soundtrack album for “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles – Season One.” This will include all the best musical moments from the first season, featuring all the metal-smashing-percussion and electric-string-quartet you can handle! The album release date has not yet been announced, but expect it before the end of the year.
SPOILER WARNING: I’m referencing the extended DVD version of Razor. I don’t really give anything away, but be warned nonetheless…
Battlestar Galactica: Razor was a very unusual project to work on. While it is being promoted as a TV movie, or “event,” it’s essentially a lost chapter from Season 2. So, I found myself returning to characters and storylines from many episodes past, with the experience and sensibilities I’d acquired throughout Season 3.
Thanks to everybody who showed up at the signing last week! Wrong Turn 2 has finally come out on DVD and has been getting incredible reviews. I’m fortunate enough to have gotten a CD release from La La Land Records, which is also now shipping. Autographed copies are available from the label’s website.
The movie is a lot more fun than it has any right to be, considering it’s a straight to DVD sequel. Director Joe Lynch threw blood by the bucket loads and let everyone in the film have fun with it. The music was no exception. Traditional horror score cliches were replaced by fiddles, banjos, accordions, washboards and jugs… the bluegrass band from hell.
Here’s me, kicking the unholy hell out of Joe’s ass at Guitar Hero II. I don’t mean to gloat. I’m really not very good. He just sucks at it, I guess.