“Genius” Theme

Lorne Balfe and Hans Zimmer arranged a little competition to come up with original versions of Zimmer’s “Genius” theme for the National Geographic series this year.

Since the original version features lots of percussion and strings, I thought it would be fun to strip things down and arrange the theme for the woodwind section of the orchestra – flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, and so forth. For this arrangement I used the Spitfire Symphonic Woodwinds library, with the original section reverbs.

You can check out my submission below, and if you enjoy it, please “Like” it – thanks!



Check out this music video featuring music by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, celebrating the unmanned spacecraft Juno reaching Jupiter.

I did a short piece of my own called Jupiter Singing that uses an audio clip of the strange sounds that are created by Jupiter’s magnetic atmosphere:


Hollywood Trip

I had a great time visiting Hollywood this week to see my good friend Jessica Pennington Quinn’s show, “The Boy from Oz” and attend the VIP screening of the “Score” film music documentary.

I arrived at the Roosevelt Hotel late Friday night; the hallway to my room reminded me a bit of the The Shining


but the view from my room of Hollywood Boulevard was amazing:


Here’s a shot of the front of the hotel the next day:


I love to swim, and the pool at the Roosevelt Hotel doesn’t disappoint:


Later that weekend there was a VIP pool party for the premiere of Tarzan next door:



I dropped by Meltdown Comics, where Nerdist shows are recorded:IMG_4802


The TCL Chinese Theater was right across the street from my hotel; you can see hand prints there from Hollywood legends, old and new:


as well as the world’s largest IMAX theater:


I had to at least walk by The Magic Castle, a private club for magicians:


The block of Hollywood Boulevard in front the Dolby Theater, home of the Oscars and next door to the Chinese Theater, was roped off so crews could set up for the Tarzan premiere.


Here’s director Matt Schrader introducing the “Score” documentary VIP screening:


Such a great little mini-holiday!

[P.S. I was also happy to get an autographed copy of Hans Zimmer’s Interstellar soundtrack]


Jupiter Singing


Having a bit of fun with an audio track from the Juno mission.

“Sneakers” Soundtrack | Film Scoring

Listen to what James Horner did with woodwinds and percussion/keyboard instruments in the main theme to the movie “Sneakers”, above. Brilliant orchestration.

There are also some great strings and vocal scoring in other tracks, like this one, as well as percussion. Note how he builds tension around 3:15 with tympani and wood blocks, then brings in piano more as percussion than melody:

A truly unique and instantly recognizable soundtrack, and one of my favorites.