A melancholy theme that touches on the kind of love that grows from long shared experience and sacrifice. A quiet montage of small kindnesses on a journey much nearer the end than the beginning.
A mashup trailer for Bridgerton. Written as an entry in the Spitfire audio/Briderton scoring competition.
A man returns home to search for something he lost.
A school camping trip turns magical.
An ambulance drives down the road. Inside, a woman huddles over her partner in an ambulance as paramedics attempt to revive him. As the mechanical rhythm of the machinery fighting to keep him alive ticks away almost unnoticed in the background, she has a series of flashbacks of their life together, and the events that lead to this moment. Then the machinery starts to die down as his breathing slows.
A hero is desperately searching for someone important to him. After cresting a hill he spots an enemy who has abducted the one he cares about. He chases after, faces off with, and rescues the prisoner. As they flee to safety together time seems to slow as they gaze into each others eyes and realize the deep connection they have.
Children and crayons. Two completely wholesome things that when combined can wreak havoc. Mom thought it was safe to leave little Johnny alone to 'make his drawings'. While she was away he took it upon himself to redecorate in an awe-inspiring display of mischief combined with a wanton disregard for principles of interior design. As he was finishing his pièce de résistance she abruptly returned.
A woman sits alone in a room overlooking the city late at night. She is clearly troubled and on the precipice of a huge decision with massive moral implications. The light and dark impulses make their arguments as she considers. Will she finally give in to temptation or remember what once made her human? By the end of the scene we still don't know. Or do we?
We open on a view of an abandoned city street. It is eerily silent with clear signs of overgrowth and devastation. It seems that it has been some time since life as we know it existed here. as the camera pans up and we can see the whole city not a person can be found amongst the rubble. Far in the distance a single column of smoke lifts above the morning haze.
The setting is an idyllic mid spring morning. In a quiet park two people long estranged finally come to an understanding and begin to knit their broken lives and relationship together. as the music continues to swell to greater and greater heights the release of years of sadness, longing and finally forgiveness becomes overwhelming. They finally understand and are understood.
A set of travelers leave the atmosphere for the first time. They are headed toward a gigantic generation ship that will carry them out into the stars. As the shuttle slowly approaches this incredible feat of human ingenuity and wonder, it takes a tour around what will be their new home. Near the end of the piece the earth comes back into view and they realize that this might be the last time they ever see humanity's first home again.
Our crew has been on a journey in hibernation for hundreds of years. As they wake up they are greeted by a view of dancing stars and twinkling lights as the engine progresses them toward their destination. As they approach the massive event horizon they are overpowered by a mix of awe, dread, and wonder. Small pieces of debris fly around them almost playfully as they slowly descend through to what lies beyond.
The skies are dark and foreboding. In the far distance something is approaching. It is miles away but is clearly massive in both scale and power. As it approaches like the lead edge of a storm front the observers can see that what seemed to be a cohesive cloud is actually a cacophony of violence and chaos. Then the front edge hits.
Hello! I’m David and I create music. On this site you can see a selection of some of my work. I plan on continuing to update this site as I continue to search for and participate in new and interesting projects. There is something so fascinating to me about the process of building something out of nothing other than notes, rhythms, creativity, and imagination. I’ve spent half of my life now studying and trying to perfect the craft of that process, but I still find it awe-inspiring just how many possibilities and new ways of creating sound exist in the world. I feel like I’ve just scratched the surface of what’s possible.
Over the years I’ve had the chance to learn about music and the art of music composition with formal study at Southern Utah University, Western Washington University, and Stony Brook University where I had the privilege to study with composers whose music and knowledge I greatly admire including Hal Campbell, Keith Bradshaw, Leslie Sommer, Roger Briggs, Sheila Silver, and Perry Goldstein. Their lessons and the knowledge gained through studying great and obscure composers has helped shape my own musical voice.
My current skill set includes arranging, composition in any style, sound editing, virtual instrument mockups, conducting, vocal performance, and a little bit of piano. I have the ability and skill to create extremely high level professional music for media projects. I love to mix musical styles and find the challenge of fitting music to film or other media to be exhilarating and energizing. I love working with the technology of music production. Most of all I love to collaborate and learn about the perspectives of other creative people. I am in awe of the talents of filmmakers who conceive of and execute an artistic vision. I love good acting and interesting stories. It’s so rewarding to help enhance all of those elements with my own art. I am flexible, easy to work with, and generally a positive force in any endeavour.
I continue to seek out projects in the contemporary art music sphere where I can be a little bit more experimental and have an outlet for that part of my musical expression. I am currently working on projects in that realm and hope to continue always having an art music project that I’m working on. I am a board member and composer-in-residence for Opera Contempo, whose mission is to promote new works , new voices, and new interpretations of Opera for our times. I love writing new music for talented solo performers, small or large ensembles. I think having a foot in both musical worlds keeps my ideas fresh and my skills sharp. I often find myself borrowing from contemporary classical styles or injecting ideas that I encounter writing media music into my art music compositions. I take a great sense of professional pride in the quality of the music that I produce regardless of style.
Other than music I currently have a day job as a front end developer. I find many analogues to music composition in software development, and believe strongly that learning to code has helped improve my ability to write music as well as given me another outlet to design, create, and challenge myself. This site is one of my development projects! My hobbies include attending concerts, theatre, interesting art exhibits, painting, writing, sports of all kinds, weight-lifting, outdoors activities, and dancing the night away with friends. I currently live in Salt Lake City, UT, but love to travel.
Thanks for visiting. I hope that you will listen to some of the music and get in touch with me if you have questions or want to create something amazing together.
I'm always on the lookout for interesting and creative projects and people. If you have a film, opera, classical, theatre or just about any other project that needs artistically crafted music let's talk about the possibilities of working together. Just send me a quick message using the form above. I can't wait to hear about what you are working on.