071 The Amelia Project – Fredrik Baden – Theme from The Amelia Project

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The piece of music featured in this episode is called The Amelia Project Theme. It’s a fun and eccentric piece which I wrote for the dark comedy podcast The Amelia Project, which tells the story of a mysterious agency which helps its clients fake their deaths. This week we’ll look at some of the insights into why and how it was made. My name is Fredrik Baden. I’m a composer from Oslo, Norway, and this is How I Make Music.

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01:18 I still choke up when I think about my high school graduation composition. Take a listen. 

02:10 The Amelia Project, which tells the story of a mysterious agency which helps its clients fake their deaths. → Check it out “071 The Amelia Project – Fredrik Baden – Theme from The Amelia Project”

070 What’s The Frequency – Kurt Nelson – After The Darkling Thrush

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The piece of music featured in this episode is called After The Darkling Thrush. It’s a chamber piece which I wrote for a performance in New York City in 2015. The piece was later adapted to the psychedelic noir audio drama What’s The Frequency, which tells the story of Walter “Troubles” Mix and his partner Whitney as they search for a missing writer and navigate through a city quickly falling into madness. This week we’ll look at some of the insights into why and how it was made. My name is Kurt Nelson. I’m a composer from New York, and this is How I Make Music.

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01:04 About What’s The Frequency and the backstory of how I got involved. → Check it out “070 What’s The Frequency – Kurt Nelson – After The Darkling Thrush”

069 The Fugue from The Big Loop by Daniel Birch

The piece of music featured in this episode is called The Fugue. It’s an atmospheric piece which I wrote for the sci fi season finale of the audio drama The Big Loop, which follows a ship’s peace officer sent to investigate strange visions haunting the crew. This week we’ll look at some of the insights into why and how it was made. My name is Daniel Birch. I’m a composer from Somerset in England, and this is How I Make Music.

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01:59 For this episode of The Big Loop show creator Paul Bae wanted a mix of ambient drones and haunting sci fi horror themes.  

02:33 Influences include the score for Ex Machina by Ben Salisbury & Geoff Barrow. → Check it out “069 The Fugue from The Big Loop by Daniel Birch”

068 Three-Months Forevers from ‘The Orphans’ by James Barbarossa

The piece of music featured in this episode is called Three-Months Forevers. It’s a slow and steady post-rock influenced piece which I wrote for the sci-fi audio drama The Orphans, which follows a group of survivors who crash land on an alien planet. The soundtrack aims to convey a yearning feel as the characters feel the loss of one of their own. This week we’ll look at some of the insights into why and how it was made. My name is James Barbarossa. I’m a composer from England, and this is How I Make Music.

 IN THIS EPISODE

01:37 The piece was influenced by the Dr Who theme. The bass and drums captured the emotion I was trying to convey. → Check it out “068 Three-Months Forevers from ‘The Orphans’ by James Barbarossa”

067 Confessional – David R. Simpson – Theme from Confessional

 

The piece of music featured in this episode is called Confessional. It’s a menacing and grisly piece which I wrote for the historical audio drama Confessional, which tells the story of a 15th century French sadist called Gilles de Rais. The soundtrack aims to convey a dark and viscerally evil feel. This week we’ll look at some of the insights into why and how it was made. My name is David R Simpson. I’m a composer from Scotland, and this is How I Make Music.

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02:37 Inspirations for the piece included the drone-based music written by Mark De Gli Antoni for Werner Herzog’s documentaries ‘Into The Abyss’ and ‘On Death Row’. → Check it out “067 Confessional – David R. Simpson – Theme from Confessional”

066 Palimpsest – Ian Ridenhour – Anneliese

The piece of music featured in this episode is called Anneliese. It’s an off kilter piece which I wrote as the character theme for the psychological fantasy/horror audio drama Palimpsest. The soundtrack conveys a quiet and contemplative feel. This week we’ll look at some of the insights into why and how it was made. My name is Ian Ridenhour. I’m a composer from Asheville, NC, and this is How I Make Music.

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01:56 I was influenced by Gregorian chant music. Gregorian sheet music was written without barlines, and I wanted the feeling of flowing seamlessly without a fixed rhythm.

02:54 The first electronic artist I listened to was Deadmau5. I’ve cited him as an influence because of the idea that Anneliese should use a palette of purely electronic sounds. → Check it out “066 Palimpsest – Ian Ridenhour – Anneliese”

065 We Fix Space Junk – Hedley Knights – Theme from We Fix Space Junk

The piece of music featured in this episode is called Theme from We Fix Space Junk. It’s a playful and futuristic piece. I wrote it as the opening tune for the comedy sci-fi audio drama We Fix Space Junk, a story about two female repairmen who travel space fixing things (and trying not to get killed in the process.) The soundtrack conveys fun, adventure and an overall positivity, and this week we’ll look at some of the insights into why and how it was made. My name is Hedley Knights. I’m a composer from London, and this is How I Make Music.

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01:53 Influences for the piece came from Tim Souster’s theme for the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy TV show and from historical 70s depictions of the future. → Check it out “065 We Fix Space Junk – Hedley Knights – Theme from We Fix Space Junk”

064 Darkroom – Ryan McGowan – The Interrogation of Carol Shaw

The piece of music featured in this episode is called The Interrogation of Carol Shaw. It’s a dark and menacing horror-influenced soundtrack that I wrote for the psychological thriller audio drama The Darkroom Podcast, a weird fiction story about an amateur photographer and the mysterious photographs he discovers on old rolls of film. The soundtrack was conceived with a cobwebby basement in mind, and created live on a Korg MS20. My name is Ryan McGowan. I’m a composer from Steep Falls, Maine, and this is How I Make Music.

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00:00 At the point in the story where this track plays, the audience is beginning to realize that some of the creepy, supernatural deductions made from viewing the antique photos might be true. → Check it out “064 Darkroom – Ryan McGowan – The Interrogation of Carol Shaw”

063 Heroics – Erik Jourgensen – Halftone Comics

The piece of music featured in this episode is called Halftone Comics. It’s a light and cheerful comedy soundtrack that I wrote for the superhero audio drama Heroics, a story about a group of superheroes who decide to pivot and go evil. It contains a lot of live woodwind instrumentation and serves as a leitmotif for the story’s comic shop. My name is Erik Jourgensen. I’m a composer from Los Angeles, and this is How I Make Music.

IN THIS EPISODE

01:13 Influences included Ennio Morricone’s score for Once Upon A Time In America and Jon Brion’s score for Lady Bird.

02:20 On Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, there’s a comic shop called The Nerdist. I used to go there to watch comedy. → Check it out “063 Heroics – Erik Jourgensen – Halftone Comics”

062 The Culling – Randy Greer – Rupture

The piece of music featured in this episode is called Rupture. It’s a heavy and dissonant horror-inspired action soundtrack that I wrote for the choose-your-own-adventure audio drama The Culling, a story about a research intern who discovers some disturbing experiments happening at a remote space colony. My name is Randy Greer. I’m an audio drama writer and composer and this is How I Make Music.

IN THIS EPISODE

01:12 I played in a metal band for years, and I’m pretty sure I lost some hearing. My influences include cinematic horror, specifically Night on Bald Mountain by Modest Mussorgsky (1867), The Deadspace 2 soundtrack by Jason Graves and Joseph Bishara’s soundtrack for Insidious.

02:35 Rupture is a soundtrack for the audio drama The Culling. → Check it out “062 The Culling – Randy Greer – Rupture”