A Tribute to Jóhann Jóhannsson

There’s something about the projects Jóhann Jóhannsson has signed on to, the distinctive artworks that he selected for his album releases and of course his approach and methodology to work within the boundaries of music… or the lack thereof. All of these things resonated deeply with me and the sonic world I live in. He kind of became my favourite living composer out there. And then he died. I still remember the morning of February 11th… my birthday, when I woke up to the news of his untimely death. It was kind of devastating then and I still find it…

“The Meg” by Harry Gregson-Williams

Steve Alten’s MEG is one of the few books I’ve read multiple times. Not because I enjoy shallow entertainment (well I do!), but because I just freaking LOVE animal horror flicks. No matter how insanely bad this film might end up, I know for sure that I’m going to enjoy the hell out of myself sitting in my nearest IMAX theater watching a GIANT SHARK doing ridiculous things. Jurassic Shark The novel opens up with a great introductory scene involving a T-Rex and our prehistoric Jaws. Unfortunately, that’s just one of many, many scenes that didn’t make it into the…

“The Bad Batch” by Various Artists

This little collection has been in on-and-off-development for about a year. My original reason for it was the OMPS subtitle on the original cover (#1) – or more precisely – the chosen font type (“Block Pro Cond“). It was just a thorn in my side, especially next to a delicate logo treatment as the one for The Bad Batch. And so, just out of curiosity, I sat myself down to see what I would come up with. It’s safe to say that this custom covers set has no reason to exist whatsoever. My initial problem with the bulky font choice…

“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” by Michael Giacchino

These last couple of weeks I’ve come to see more and more covers of mine being posted on social media – and more importantly – by composers and producers themselves. I didn’t realize that until now. And I immediately thought of all those rants and perhaps unjustified criticism that I’ve posted over the years. Sometimes I forget that composers (and maybe even studios…..) are real people too and they pour their heart and soul into their work. And we, the fans, just can’t stop moaning and nagging about everything. So I want to take this opportunity to say sorry to…

“Jirga” by AJ True

Work for hire can be a lot of fun! You work on something that is exposed – officially! – to a much larger crowd than normal and you support other peoples’ art. In the process, you get to know them and their desires which is always fascinating, always surprising and always pushing your personal borders of experience. In July 2017 I was contacted by an Australian composer named AJ True, who requested my work for his debut feature film score. Jirga is a very personal story about a former Australian soldier who returns to Afghanistan to find the family of…