with help from Mia Lobel.
This is a work in progress: Please suggest additions!
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I'm a freelance composer, audio post producer, multi-instrumentalist, sound designer and mixer. My first priority is that my clients walk away with a lasting impression. The goal is always that their piece is enhanced with the right feeling and completed ahead of schedule. I have composed, designed and mixed for The Guardian, ESPN, ascap, World Wide Fund for Nature, zipcar, edible, acast, Columbia University and numerous independent podcasts. I love accompanying a compelling story with great music and sound design, but more importantly, I know when and where a good piece needs space.
Self-taught pianist, music maker and verbophile. After having composed numerous scores for film and theater, Adaam James has produced two and a half albums (in a span of two years), of his own original songs. He is currently working on a third, while performing live his band, LOST AMSTERDAM. Slyly, his (at times dangerously addictive) music veers from the delicate to the explosive, and his lyrics from the fragile to the acerbic. But through it all - the albums, the texts, the clips - runs a single thread that tells the story of one, quirky, magically real world. Adaam James is a grad-student of History and Journalism and often writes for the Jerusalem Post and PoSham magazine. He's currently web-editor for Haaretz.com. Not an easy-going person at the best of times, he's notably zealous about coffee and irony.
Afi Scruggs started as a youngster, picking out tunes on her family’s piano. She’s matured into a dedicated musician who is an instrumentalist, a songwriter and a teacher.
Afi plays electric bass guitar, keyboards as well as mandolin, autoharp and balafon, the African ancestor of the xylophone. She plays contemporary and traditional gospel, blues, world music, jazz and R&B. But her talents go beyond performing. She’s written songs for WBEZ/Chicago Public Media. And she’s spent more than a decade as a teaching artist, using music to teach everything from financial planning to the Civil War.
15+ years project management experience
Highly organized and detail oriented; excellent analytical and interpersonal skills
Successful track record in keeping projects on schedule and working under deadline pressure
Extensive experience in using various types of audio equipment, both analog and digital
Aldon's unique vision for music has established him as a versatile composer. He embraces traditional styles and a fresh approach to composition. The end result; music and sound design that breathes life and new meaning into each product.
Alec Spiegelman is a Brooklyn-based singer, composer, arranger, & multi-instrumentalist specializing in woodwinds. He is a member of the band Cuddle Magic. As a sideman, on stage and in studio, he’s worked numerous creative songwriters such as Amanda Palmer and Anais Mitchell. He’s arranged and orchestrated wind instruments on countless recordings, among them three albums by The David Wax Museum and Kristin Andreassen’s Gondolier. Currently he’s producing a record for Jennifer Kimball (formerly of The Story). His musical-comedy duo (with Kelly Roberge), Ronald Reagan – Boston’s Premier 80s Pop Saxophone Duo, has shared comedy stages with Eugene Mirman, Kristin Schaal, and Reggie Watts. His early musical education included lots of improvising in the jazz tradition (broadly defined), formal studies with Steve Lacy and Ran Blake, and a thorough (informal) grounding in r&b saxophone best-practices (a la Junior Walker) directed by Doo Wop survivor Little Joe Cook.
Alek mostly creates sound for stories and storytelling, with a particular interest in the intersections of language/linguistics and music, and the applications of these concepts to theater and live performance. Current/recent projects include: The Mountaintop (original sound/music for the Northern Stage production of the play by Katori Hall), Lost Cities (original music and lyrics, song cycle), Resfeber (original music and direction, modern dance piece premiered at Access Theater in New York City), The Sweetest Land (original score, documentary film), and Atomism, a sound installation that explores the linguistic roots of early Indian philosophy through real-time sound transmutation. In addition to his music and sound endeavors, Alek has worked variously as an electrician, lighting designer, video designer, and fundraising professional. His lighting and video work has been seen at Carolina Performing Arts, Pittsburgh Public Theater, and the Huntington Theatre Company. He currently serves as Development Associate at Northern Stage in White River Junction, VT, where he lives with his fiancée Jess and their cat Eloise. Alek holds a degree in English with a focus in Poetry Writing from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In his free time, Alek enjoys reading, studying Ancient Greek, and making terrible puns.
Alexandra Kalinowski is a composer, pianist and vocalist living in Brooklyn, NY.
A bassist with a solid reputation, an award-winning composer and bandleader, and a renowned educator; Barcelona-born Alexis Cuadrado has become one of the most sought-after musicians in the New York jazz scene. Cuadrado’s compositions show a unique voice that combines improvised and through-composed music, while drawing influences from jazz, new music and flamenco.
I am forever trying to reconnect with that electricity and possibility of pure inspiration. For me, a connection can happen through watching a film (old favorite or new), collaboration with a filmmaker or another musician, creating a new piece of music or by just saying "Yes". From my studio in Seattle, Washington I have connected and collaborated with creative folks in the US and abroad. Duct Tape Then Beer, Juniper Media and Let Media are some of the awesome people I've worked with recently alongside brands like REI, Outdoor Research, Subaru and National Geographic. Award winning films and lots of friends have come from these collaborations. Oh yeah, and I've been known to play a little bit of rock. It's a pretty good life.
My name is Andrew Ingkavet and I created this site as a resource for my fellow creatives. Way back when I was an Art Director at Digitas and later Creative Director at FCB (now DRAFT/FCB), I was always looking for great music for my work. I was shocked to find few online resources for quality production music. Being a trained composer/producer, I started creating music for myself, then my teams and soon agency-wide. An idea formed and since 2004, we’ve been serving the world great visual music that’s royalty free!
Andrew Shenkman is a writer, director and composer from Toronto, Ontario. His creative work draws from his professional experience in many different disciplines. Whether it's in his striking short fiction or quirky video art, Andrew's imagination and personality always shine through.
Bart Warshaw is a Composer, Songwriter and Audio Producer from London who is now based in New York. His songs are often written under the name Nix Nought Nothing and have been featured on the BBC and published by Imagem PM. In addition to being an accomplished songwriter and performer, Bart writes music for for a diverse range of media including films, radio and exhibitions. Bart also produces the "Talk to Paulie" show on BBox Radio which is hosted by Paul Lazar and has featured guests such as Nellie Mckay, Athol Fugard and Lili Taylor.
from the Montreal band Country "does great, catchy 80s synth stuff"
Since I was a young boy I used to play music. Eventually I started producing and composing for others and myself. After graduating from the Sonic Arts Center at City College I discovered different avenues that allowed me to work in the audio world. Post-production audio for film was a big one. As a sound editor I’ve worked on various documentaries, T.V. shows, feature films and shorts.
But I never really strayed from music. I’ve composed music for plays (IamI, presented at Cal Arts and Hollywood Fringe) and produced various songs and projects for a music collective called Budo Kiba. Listening to music, Djing and making mixes out of the tracks I play are also things I enjoy doing and am passionate about. As far as production goes, I can go all over the place, from subtlety and ambiance to hard hitting trap beats (and everything in between)…it just depends on the project and what needs doing.
I’m a radio producer, editor, composer, sound designer, and audio engineer based out of Brooklyn, NY. I’m a producer for the Radiotopia podcast, Love + Radio, and collaborate on numerous other projects on a freelance basis.
Singer/ Songwriter and Producer in New York City. I make whatever sounds good to me.
bwn music is a full-service music and sound company with offices in minneapolis and los angeles. we specialize in original music composition, sound design and mixing, music licensing, and audio branding for television, radio, and interactive media.
Casey Holford was raised on a diet of folk music and comic books in Massachusetts. He started playing piano at 12, picked up his mother's guitar at 14, and was performing regularly by 18. He has recorded four solo albums, 3 EPs, and a 7 inch, and toured the east and west coasts as well as Europe. Casey is also a prolific producer for NYC bands and songwriters from his studio in Brooklyn.
Composer based in New York, NY
COLüRER is a “one-man” Indie/Alternative project written & recorded by Chris Elsasser, in Philadelphia. 10 years after I stopped making music I’m now in a place where I’ve been able to write and reflect on some very grinding years. COLüRER has organically become a home for these ideas, so I am doing my very best to take the time these songs are requiring, while I brush up on recording techniques and work to refine my sound. I have a DIY approach to life (and sometimes I post the tutorials) which has drawn out the recording process over the last year, but being challenged is extremely important to me and I hope it will be evident in my sound.
Daniel Bindschedler is a professional cellist based in Portland, Oregon. He performs solo and as the musical partner of singer-songwriter Robin Bacior. Together, Bacior and Bindschedler have released a full length album, Rest Our Wings, an EP titled I left You, Still in Love and will be releasing a new concept album, Water Dreams, in January 2015. Bindschedler is known for his unique style of cello playing that combines classical, Jazz and weird improvisation, in addition to lush abstract sounds created by a variety of effects pedals. Oh, and his cello's name is Gloria.
Daniel Hart, a performer and composer from Dallas, Texas, composed the S-Town theme. He has toured and recorded with St. Vincent, the Polyphonic Spree, Broken Social Scene, Other Lives, and many more. For the past five years, Daniel has been composing music for film and TV, including Disney’s Pete’s Dragon and the documentary Eating Animals. Daniel and his band, Dark Rooms, are currently finishing their second album.