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Circadia Sees the Moon (2006)

In 2005, Dave Hanagan asked me to make some music for his short Circadia Sees the Moon. In this beautiful little film, a young woman is kept from seeing the moon and, it seems, her adulthood. I tried to give childlike quality to the surface but rhythmic chaos underneath. I had just been seduced by the first three records by The Books, and had some of this in mind while building these sounds with Csound and my guitar. The Books taught me to trim the attack off of the note, which was extremely liberating. I began to find all these new ideas in sounds I already had. The film features a repeated shot of the moon, which I supported with this stretched high slide guitar sound you hear here, and later on this disc.

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The Emergency Pants Collection (2006)

The Emergency Pants Collection is a compendium of short films by my friend William Weiss. I had met him through my brother, and commiserated about so many things audio-related, that it seemed old familiar territory by the time we started wading through the audio of his dozen-or-so short films. I learned a lot in the process, and this collection stands out as one of the most musical of film projects I’ve been involved with.

I gave William a collection of tracks I was mixing for my Alkaline record right before leaving town for a few weeks, only to return to a beaming filmmakers who’d finished our soundtrack with my audio wanderings. This projects also kicked my ass as an audio editor – he really kept my nose to it as I edited the audio for most of the shorts in the colection. I edited, but he steered, and the result was super-educational.

The texture of these pieces brings me back to 1978 or so. I feel like I’m six years old watching these, and nostalgia is sometimes the highest compliment I can pay. These are my favortie excerpts from the collection featuring my music:

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Emergency Pants clip 1 – The Lightbulb Sequence

Emergency Pants clip 2 – Laying Bird to Rest

Vanilla Guerrilla (1996)

My brother Andy and I share a love for the blaxploitation genre. Shot in beautiful black and white film in Seattle’s grimy University District, Andy wrote this hilarious short and I scored it. We recorded it on my 24th birthday. By this time my recording studio had grown from a four-track cassette to a two-track digital (Mac 7600 AV) but we “booked a room” to record the main theme.

TAOS (2006)

Brandon Schmid’s beautifully shot Taos tells the story of an urban professional who accidentally gets his soul back after being stranded in Taos, New Mexico. Elliot Smith passed while I was working on the score and the music I wrote has a bedroom-pop feel in places as a result . In his review of Taos for The Warren Report, Warren Etheredge was nice enough to mention my score and his quote made the cover of the DVD!

First Aid For Choking (2004)

Ryan Dignan and I collaborated on the soundtrack for Megan Griffith’s first feature, a romance that takes place in a school of cosmetology in small town Idaho. Ryan and I split some of the work up at times and pitched in together on others. All recorded in one marathon session in a friend’s basement on a borrowed ADAT!

Urban Scarecrow (2004)

My brother’s second feature film was more serious and surreal than its predecessor with a more fleshed out story and stylized look. The heightened visual impact made scoring much easier, and we both became very passionate about which music should go where. Many scenes had more than one “solution” from a compositional sense. In the end some music written was set aside in favor of other pieces which fit better the action better. As a result, many “bonus tracks” from the Urban Scarecrow score exist.

This reviewer loved it.

Here’s some of the music I composed for Urban Scarecrow:
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Shag Carpet Sunset (2002)

Having cranked out a few beautiful little numbers for a film he had in mind, my brother Andy hit me with the script for his first feature film, Shag Carpet Sunset and asked me to score it. True adulthood was just beginning to appear on our horizons so the film’s references to our childhood which are strung throughout the plot devices killed me. Bravely made in Seattle as the city too was transitioning from its own sleepy, maritime adolescence.

This music would not exist with out the help of my good friend Neil Wilson. His awesome drumming can be heard throughout the soundtrack.

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Some I composed for the film:

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