About Scoring and Composition

Guest Blog: Christian Ruggiero on the Tascam 134 4-Track Cassette Recorder 05/ 10/16
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I’m always on the lookout for other engineers’ and composers’ writings, so when I stumbled upon Chris Ruggiero’s Preservation Sound, I was doubly excited: In addition to his work restoring and designing audio gear, he’s a busy composer with an eye towards integrating vintage analog audio gear into the modern studio environment (sound familiar?). I’m […]

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“Promise of Oregon” Fulfills its Promise 01/ 06/16
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The Promise of Oregon: Tillamook Natural Resources Program from Blue Chalk on Vimeo. Just a quick shout (oh wait, is this a self-shout? I suppose so….) for the Oregon School Board Association’s “Promise of Oregon” campaign, which I was fortunate enough to compose a few pieces for. On May 31, 2016, the National School Public […]

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An ABBY! An ABBA? An AIBBIE? What? 05/ 11/15
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Continuing the veritable awards sweep this season, Blue Chalk Media picked up a coveted AIB award for the film “Burned Girl,” a short feature chronicling the story of Ragini, an impoverished girl badly scarred in a household fire. I’m both proud and humbled by the attention this film has received thus far (1,500,000+ plays online as […]

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David Beats Goliath 21/ 10/15
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It’s safe to say that “award-winning” is not a descriptor that’s often been applied to me and my work. So I’m extra-pleased to have played a small part in Blue Chalk Media’s near-sweep of the Daveys, an annual award for the “Davids” (as opposed to the Goliaths) of the design, advertising and video worlds. As […]

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Benefits of Gusbandry is Go! 29/ 09/15
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Just a quick pitch for my friend Alicia J. Rose and her web series “The Benefits of Gusbandry,” which is currently in production having met its funding goals through Seed and Spark. I was so pleased to be asked to score and record the score for the trailer, as well as record and mix VO. […]

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Composing with Detachment 13/ 05/15
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Sounds counterintuitive, right? As composers, we’re supposed to tap into and heighten the emotional content of visual imagery. But both as an artist and as an interpreter of others’ direction and wishes, it’s vital that we identify and separate our own emotions from the mix when they’re a complicating factor, and instead use our powers […]

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Etsy: From DIY to IPO 23/ 04/15
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  It’s a total pleasure to get to work with Julie Sabatier over at the Rendered podcast; I contributed a couple of snippets of music for this episode. Rendered (formerly Destination DIY) asks what it means for a company at the heart of the maker movement to go public. You’ll hear from three Etsy sellers with different […]

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Getting Mechanical with Narrative Mechanics 19/ 03/15
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Just a quick blurblet about a fun little collaboration with the good folks at Sheepscot Creative, a boutique creative agency here in Portland, OR. Sheepscot’s alter ego is Narrative Mechanics, a project that explores the ways in which we use storytelling to make meaningful connections with the people and communities around us. Narrative Mechanics invited […]

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Blinded With Science! 07/ 02/15
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Sorry. To be truthful, I never loved that song. No offense, Thomas. Just a quick blurb today to crow about a lengthy–but utterly rewarding–project I’m enmeshed in with my creative partner and wife Julianna Bright (here operating under her kids’ music guise Cat Doorman). We’re using the skills we’ve honed over the last several years–writing […]

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