Ultimate Tutankhamun Decoded

*** July 2013 Update *****

The entire film is now available to watch online at PBS: http://www.pbs.org/wnet/secrets/episodes/ultimate-tut-watch-the-full-episode/1049/

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A terrific documentary that I scored last winter is airing in Canada and the U.S. next week: Secrets of the Dead: Ultimate Tut (U.S. title), also known as Tutankhamun Decoded (Canada). In composing the soundtrack, I enjoyed combining traditional Egyptian instruments, like Sonokinetic‘s Kemence, Sultan Strings and Desert Voice, with orchestral and electronic sounds, to underline the drama and the mystery of this story.

The documentary was produced by Handel Productions and Blink Films UK, and the host is Egyptologist Chris Naunton.

PBS: Secrets of the Dead: Ultimate Tut airs Wednesday, July 10 @ 8pm

History Channel Canada: Tutankhamun Decoded airs this Sunday, Jul 07 at 9pm, and Friday, Jul 12 @ 8pm

 
Chris Naunton

YTV’s In Real Life Soundtrack

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For the past few months, I’ve been composing the music for YTV’s new reality-tv competition series, In Real Life. The music is a mix of action orchestral and power-pop, and it’s been a fantastic challenge for me to keep ramping up the musical adrenaline! Produced by Montreal’s Apartment 11, the series features 12-14-year olds competing in various incredible challenges. I couldn’t have created this music without these amazing tools: Nine Volt Audio libraries, Stylus RMX, StormDrum 1 and 2, Tonehammer instruments. Keep a lookout for new YTV episodes on Wednesday nights, at 7 pm.

Here are some examples of the music I created for the show:

Running Out of Time


Watch Out For Teeth


Battling To The Finish


Hanging Out


Infected on Sci-Fi Channel

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Drummer CHRISTIAN OLSEN during recording session for Infected

I’ve just completed composing the soundtrack for the made-for-tv movie, Infected. As you may have guessed from the combination of the title and the network, it’s a sci-fi thriller/horror film, starring Isabelle Rosselini and Judd Nelson. You can read more about the film here.

It was my first time working with Muse Entertainment, and it was a real joy. The director, Adam Weissman, and I had agreed that the music should be very muscular, with an emphasis on percussion. I listened to a lot of music from 24‘s Sean Callery, and from John Powell, especially the Bourne Identity soundtracks. I guess what I learned the most was to leave room in my arrangements for strong dynamic shifts, and to leave melody for other genres!

This project gave me another opportunity to work with the very versatile, kick-ass drummer and friend Christian Olsen, who gladly accepted to make a junk percussion/metal/prepared drum kit. He and I had a blast shopping for tubes and metal objects at the hardware store, banging on copper and steel.You can hear some of Chris’ work in 2 of the excerpts that I’ve recently uploaded on ReverbNation.

Attack At City Hall:


Running Too Late:



You can also hear and see Christian playing live with Ghislain Poirier in this video.

Infected will premiere on the Sci-Fi Channel, Sunday, April 27th, at 9 pm.

S & M: Short and Male

Short and Male

I have recently finished composing the score for S & M: Short and Male. Like some of the more successful documentaries in the past few years, this movie is smart, punchy and never dull. Produced by Montreal’s Instinct Films for the CTV network, and directed by Howard Goldberg, Short and Male looks at the bias against short men in today’s society. The music is mostly hip and dynamic, and I had a blast closely collaborating with the director – you can read an interview with him about the film here. Here’s a quote from Instinct Films’ website:

Short and Male follows real characters engaged in the angst-ridden world of dating, and the highly competitive climb up the corporate ladder. How does the shorter man compensate for his disadvantage against his taller rivals? Will he get the girl, the job, and the promotion? How can enlightened women rationalize an irrational preference for height? Even though Napopleon was tall for his generation of European men, is the Napoleonic complex real? And if it real, can you blame short men for being aggressive in a world which so often looks right over them?

Infected

I’m currently composing the soundtrack for Adam Weissman’s horror/sci-fi television feature film, Infected (shows up as The Hatching on IMDB for now). It stars Isabella Rosellini, Judd Nelson and Gil Bellows (who some of you may remember from tv’s Ally McBeal). I’m really having a blast already, making terrifying music and soundscapes…