Writing the Music for "Serial"

I've been writing the music for the hit podcast "Serial" and have received so many questions I thought I'd share some of the pieces I've written (see below). To be clear, the amazing theme song is by the great Nick Thorburn - I write the score that plays during the episode (Nick also contributed additional scoring music as well). 

I've been a long-time fan of Sarah Koenig's work - her story for This American Life called "Dr. Gilmer and Mr. Hyde" is one of my all-time favorite pieces of journalism. (If you haven't heard it but are a fan of Serial, check it out now!! ). So I knew "Serial" was going to be fantastic but - along with the rest of the world - I've been blown away by just how addictive, fascinating and awesome it is. 

They send me a rough cut of the episode each Tuesday and then it's a mad dash to write, record and edit the music, fine-tune the pacing of the episode, restore all the archival audio and mix everything by Thursday morning at 6:00am. Sarah's writing, the story itself, and all the interviews are so strong that it's already basically perfect without any music, so my job is to stay out of the way as much as possible and just help with the pacing. Check out the music but know that it is really only meant to be listened with Sarah's incredible story playing on top of it!

I'll post some more pieces and maybe even do a post that gets into all the the audio restoration when I get the chance  - stay tuned! 


"An Open Secret" to premiere at DOC NYC

Amy Berg's powerful documentary "An Open Secret" will premiere Nov. 14th at the SVA Theater for DOC NYC. I had the opportunity to write 5 pieces of music for the film, do some of the music editing, and do additional string scoring for much of the film's music. 

The film is a heart-breaking and alarming story about sex abuse in Hollywood against child actors and it has the thing that I absolutely love about a great documentary - while watching, you start thinking to yourself, "Why am I just learning about this now?? How come everyone isn't talking about this?? Why isn't this a bigger story?!?!" The film actually breaks news like a great piece of journalism and provides satisfying, undeniable evidence against the main villains. 

Definitely worth checking out if you have the opportunity! 

"Ballet 422" Premieres in Theaters Feb. 6th!

Magnolia Pictures will be releasing Ballet 422 in at least 20 theaters across the country this Feb! 

It's an amazing film and I was lucky enough to be its Sound Designer and Re-Recording Mixer. Directed by the super-talented Jody Lee Lipes (and produced by the equally talented Ellen Bar and Anna Rose Holmer), Ballet 422 is a vérité-style documentary about a wunderkind choreographer at the New York City Ballet named Justin Peck. But the film isn't really about ballet - it's about the creative process, work, collaboration, and the drive that runs through the veins of brilliant artists. OK, and it's about ballet too.

Definitely go see it!

2/6/2015
New York, NY: Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center
New York, NY: Sunshine Cinema 5

2/13/2015
Berkeley, CA: Shattuck Cinemas 10
San Francisco, CA: Opera Plaza Cinemas 4
West Los Angeles, CA: Nuart Theatre

2/20/2015
Coral Gables, FL: Coral Gables Art Cinema

2/27/2015
Cambridge, MA: Kendall Square Cinema 9
Palm Desert, CA: Cinemas Palme D'Or 7
Seattle, WA: Varsity Theatre

3/6/2015
Denver, CO: Chez Artiste
Philadelphia, PA: Ritz at the Bourse
Washington, DC: E Street Cinema

3/20/2015
Atlanta, GA: Midtown Art Cinemas 8
Minneapolis, MN: Lagoon Cinema

3/23/2015
Beverly Hills, CA: Music Hall
Claremont, CA: Claremont 5
Encino, CA: Town Center 5
Los Angeles, CA: Royal
North Hollywood, CA: Laemmle NoHo 7
Pasadena, CA: Playhouse 7 Cinemas