Five-time Emmy award winning composer Steven Bernstein is perhaps best known for his work on (in my opinion) some of the best Saturday morning cartoons of the late 1990s - including Taz-Mania, Animaniacs, Pinky and the Brain, Baby Looney Tunes and many others. Of course, animation isn't all he can do. Being classically trained and well-versed in a wide variety of genres has kept him plenty busy, whether it be on screen or in a concert hall.
Les Brockmann is a Los Angeles-based score mixer whose credits include work for motion pictures, television, theatrical venues, the record industry, and ad campaigns. With over 20 years' experience, Les Brockmann offers a full range of services, from pre-production and tracking to live mixing and digital editing. He has recorded sessions for top clients in the music industry.
Curtis Roush has been working as a music editor on many of the movies we see on TV and in theaters for over 30 years, some of his more recent notable projects include The Hunger Games, Alice in Wonderland and X-Men, just to name a few. He's also a graduate of the Berklee College of Music ('80) with a B.M. in Film Scoring.
A few years ago, Pakk Hui visited one of my film scoring classes at Berklee. Being an alumnus himself, our class got to hear about his experiences after his time at Berklee. When I moved to Los Angeles after graduating, Pakk was one of the first people I contacted (executing the "professional coffee meet-up" I had learned about at Berklee).
Pakk is a highly talented film composer and musician who has had the opportunity to work with such famed names as W.G. Snuffy Walden, Alf Clausen and Brian Tyler.
Norman Ludwin is a bassist, composer, orchestrator, publisher and teacher. He has been an instructor in the UCLA Film Scoring Program since 2001 and at the Musicians Union Local 47 since 2008. He holds a Doctorate in Composition from the Claremont Graduate University, a Masters in Music from the California State University at Northridge and a B.F.A. degree from The California Institute for the Arts in Valencia.
I first spoke to Norman this last summer when he was preparing to be a guest speaker at Ron Jones' Ravel Study group in LA and trying to make a trip up to our local Portland and Seattle Ravel Study groups. Norman's a great guy and obviously an incredible musician with a diverse skill-set, so I asked him a few questions about his career:
Happy Halloween! Last month I did a Friday the 13th themed 13 Hair-Raising Horror Film Scores and as I wrote it, I was thinking "how great would it be to actually talk to such an iconic horror composer as Friday the 13th's Harry Manfredini?" Well that thought soon turned to action! My Halloween treat to you - Q&A with Harry Manfredini:
Gina Zdanowicz is an award winning sound designer and composer for film and video games, and owner of Seriallab Studios in New York. Her work can be heard on such award winning AAA titles as Bioshock 2, XCOM, CrimeCraft, Motion Explosion and HyperSpace Madness, as well as casual games like ESPN Arcade games, Puzzle Sphere and Mahjong Vacation. Gina is also an instructor for Berklee College of Music's online Introduction to Game Audio course. I recently had the opportunity to interview Gina about her experiences in the video game industry:
Emmy® award winning composer, producer and conductor Joel McNeely is one of the few film composers today whose knowledge and skill in music composition I can say is truly inspiring. His diverse skill-set has allowed him to work in television, feature films, concert music, big band charts, pop music and more - his most recent projects including Seth MacFarlane's second solo album and feature film titled A Million Ways to Die in the West. I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Joel about his experiences and views on today's music industry (thanks Joel!):
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