March Update

Hey guys,

I have been a little MIA and wanted to shoot you a quick update.

The Flatwoods Monster documentary for Small Town Monsters is wrapped! It will be released on April 6th. It is now available for preorder! On that day, I will also be releasing five new cues from the score I completed for the film here on the website and also an audio commentary just like I did for our last film, Invasion on Chestnut Ridge. I’m really looking forward to sharing the music, talking about the process in creating the score, and in the actual release so that you all can see it. Initial reviews are coming in and all seems to be really positive.


In related STM news, our second box set, Volume 2: Appalachian Monsters is also now available for preorder which features the last three movies in the series: The Mothman of Point Pleasant, Invasion on Chestnut Ridge, and The Flatwoods Monster.


We’re a couple of weeks out from finishing the Current Music project I’ve been telling you about. I decided to have a mixer come in and do a final mix on the cues. His name is Rob Chitwood and I’m very much looking forward to hearing what he does with the mixes and learning from him. After the mixes come in, we’ll do the final administrative work, and then that project will be finished. More on that later as well.

I’ve been really busy recently - I was asked to do additional programming for the band Absolute Hero. I'm working on one of their songs now. I also recently wrote a cue with composer Robert Lee who is apart of the husband and wife team behind the successful CSLA, or Creative Studios Los Angeles. His music library wanted a “mysterious” cue for a TV show, so he and I spent a few hours working something out and it’s now been submitted to his publisher. We’ll see if it gets picked up, but either way, it came out really well and it was great working with him.


Also, over this last weekend, I visited San Francisco for the first time ever as the Director of the STM series was there attending an event where a couple of our movies were shown. I unfortunately wasn’t able to make the event (I had an orchestra recording session to attend), but I was able to drive up and see him for a couple of days and explore San Francisco. We hiked up into the Muir Woods and shot a bunch of wilderness B-roll for his upcoming “On the Trail Of...Bigfoot” series that he will be filming throughout 2018. It was an amazing time and I’m really happy I was able to spend some time with him again in person. We’ve now filmed from coast to coast and in six states together over the last 3-4 years. It’s been an awesome journey.


As far as what I’m up to next: I will be preparing to actually be on set helping to film the next STM documentary later this month. We will be shooting The Bray Road Beast, the seventh film I will be scoring for them, in Wisconsin. I’m very excited to be joining the crew again for a few days and helping out in anyway I can. It always helps me figure out what music is needed by actually going to the locations where these stories happened and in actually talking to the witnesses. After I get back from filming, I’ll begin preliminary work on figuring out what the score is going to be. I’m also going to begin working on the theme song for the aforementioned On the Trail Of series, which I’m really looking forward to.


There’s a lot of other things in the works right now. I’m feeling good. Talk to you soon!


P.S. The Press page has been made current with a long overdue update.



"Death of Innocence" Lyric Video

Hey everyone!

I wanted to let you know that I did programming for a band called Absolute Hero on their new single "Death of Innocence" which was released today! I was a part of the original band that wrote this song years ago, and the drummer for that band revitalized it for his new band. I did the strings, piano, electronic beats, ambiences, synths etc. in this a couple of years back and I'm happy to see it finally being used in this new version!

I would love to work with other bands in a similar way. If you or someone you know is interested, please don't hesitate to get in touch.


Final The Flatwoods Monster Trailer is Here!

Hey guys!

I have finished the rough draft of my score for the Small Town Monsters - "The Flatwoods Monster" documentary. We're on our way to finishing and it should be totally wrapped within the next couple of weeks. I'm really happy with how the score turned out - more on that soon.

In the meantime, I am finalizing the trailer cues for Current Music - all will be done by February 15th (a deadline fast approaching for sure!). In other news, the final trailer for The Flatwoods Monster has been released! Check it out:

Talk to you soon,


STM Kickstarter!


I have talked about it before here on the blog, but I wanted to give a final reminder to everyone that I'll be phoning in to be apart of the Facebook Live Q&A for the Kickstarter launch to fund the next three STM films that will be releasing over the course of 2018!

The event will be happening at 7pm EST this Thursday night! You can listen in on 97.1 FM in Ohio or it will also be broadcast LIVE on the STM Facebook page. The live audience will be able to steer the direction of the show and ask questions relating to our upcoming films, past projects and... well, pretty much anything. Looking forward to hanging out with everyone!

Quick update on everything else - Current Music has approved the four trailer cues I'm working on and so now it's spending the next couple of weeks totally finalizing them and perfecting them before doing the final preparation (separating the stems etc.) and turning them in!

I have a good amount of The Flatwoods Monster score finished and I just sent over everything I had done over to the Director and he seemed to really like what I've been doing so far. So now it's just in executing the remaining part of the score well and finishing strong. 

It's bittersweet to be on wrapping up side of these two projects. They've been extremely rewarding. Once I'm finished with these, I'll be moving on to scoring a main theme for an upcoming web series.

I'll have more to update soon. Talk to you then!



Happy New Year!

I hope everyone had an amazing holiday season. I have just returned from a few days in my native Ohio, visiting with friends and family. It was a much needed reset and short break before returning to the rest of this very busy month!

I am hard at work on finishing The Flatwoods Monster documentary for Small Town Monsters. I met with Director Seth Breedlove while I was at home and he seemed very pleased with everything I had written so far, so now we’re off to the finish line over the next couple of weeks.


To help me create the “sound” of the monster, I have been working with, Eric “Rodent” Cheslak and his wife Bana, who created the monthly “Modular on the Spot” outdoor modular synth concerts here in Los Angeles. They have since inspired other groups in cities around the country to have their own Modular on the Spot events, which is awesome.


So far, our process has been typically that I’ll come over to their studio and just come up with some kind of a directive on the sound design I need and then we’ll tweak and shape the sounds and record as we go along. For example, it was described by the witnesses of The Flatwoods Monster that when their flashlight hit the thing, it emitted a sound like “frying bacon”. So that was one of the first sounds that Rodent and I worked on. Working with modular synths is really inspiring, and I’ve vowed to Rodent that someday, I’ll build a system of my own.


One final thing for Small Town Monsters: the Kickstarter to fund this year’s Small Town Monsters productions will launch on January 25th, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. I’m really excited about the projects we have this year - as we've been discussing, THE FLATWOODS MONSTER:


The Kickstarter will also fund post production for “On the Trail Of...Champ” which is a new mini-series about the Champ monster that will premiere this summer on VIDI Space. Note: I will not be scoring the entirety of this series, but I will be composing the main theme! More information to come soon.


And finally “The Bray Road Beast” about the dogman/werewolf type creature seen near Elkhorn, Wisconsin in the late 1980's and early 1990's will be our last traditional documentary of 2018. I am very much looking forward to working on "Bray" and have a surprise for all of you coming soon on something big for that one.


Just like last year, there will be a live online Q&A and Kickstarter Launch Party on January 25th, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. EST. I will hopefully (if technology works with us) be able to virtually be there for the launch, so tune in to the Small Town Monsters Facebook for the event!


Moving on to the album Trailer Scores 3 for Current Music. I have sent in the third cue demo and I'm now about to begin on the fourth and final cue. The goal is to have four cues approved, and then to go back and tweak them all into their final versions. I've enjoyed this project and am still humbled at the opportunity. I will be wrapping these up by mid-February 2018.


And finally - there is so much in the works for the remainder of 2018! More news soon. 2017 was a huge year of growth for me and one where I finally took that leap of faith. I'm really looking forward to 2018 and can't wait for what's to come.


Quick update!



I wanted to stop in and give a quick update. I am filled to the brim with work, which I'm loving! I am a few cue demos in on the four action movie trailer cues I was commissioned to do for the music library company Current Music. These cues will be licensed through an upcoming album of their's called "Ear Parade: 'Trailer Scores 3'". Having never done giant epic cues like these before, it's been quite challenging, but rewarding all the same.

Remember I mentioned last post about the documentary series I score, Small Town Monsters, signing with a new distributor? Well, the series is now on most online platforms, including iTunes, where it is currently sitting at #13 on the bestseller list, along with a 5 star review rating! This is awesome to see, considering this documentary came out back in June! If you haven't seen the documentary and want to check it out, click here.


Also, a new book on the Mothman has just been released by our friend, the leading cryptozoologist Loren Coleman called "Mothman: Evil Incarnate". In it, he devotes a chapter to documentaries on the Mothman legend, and gives a generous amount of space to our documentary! My name is also mentioned while he's talking about the score. You can pick up a copy of this new book by clicking here.


We are also working on "The Flatwoods Monster" which is the sixth documentary in the Small Town Monsters series. Post production is coming along smoothly (the film is looking awesome so far) and I will be focusing heavily on finishing up this score in January 2018. I am loving working in the 1950's scifi genre and the challenging part has been in making it sound unique and my own while harkening back to that great music.



Other than that, there has been some really exciting news happening that I can't wait to share for upcoming projects in 2018. Until then, thank you for your continued support and talk soon!


Happy Thanksgiving!


Happy Thanksgiving!

A quick update - Small Town Monsters is now being distributed through Terror films which means the films are now being distributed in new places such as iTunes, Google Play, Vudu, and the PlayStation and Xbox stores. So check that out if you haven’t seen them yet!

I have updated the Press section of this website with some new pieces, including an interview on a radio show called Beyond the Edge I did with some of the team from STM, which was a lot of fun.

As far as what I’m working on goes, I’m currently scoring the new Small Town Monsters film, “The Flatwoods Monster” which is due out in April 2018. The Director has asked me to go very 1950’s science fiction with the score, so I’m having a lot of fun researching old Herrmann scores and using instruments like the theremin. I’ve also been commissioned by the music library company Current Music to write four cues for action movie trailers that will be featured on an album and on their website for content creators to license for use in their own projects. Very excited to be working with them.

And finally, I wanted to share a new playlist I put together entitled “Walking Around Los Angeles at Night”. I often find myself out on walks around the city at the end of the day, to clear my head and to get some exercise after a long day in the studio. It’s also one of the few times during my day I get to be alone and to listen to music. I spent a lot of time crafting this playlist; it feels melancholic, dark, ambient, sad, hopeful...all the feelings one has when walking at night through the city alone. There’s something magical about Los Angeles that’s hard to explain; a very unique feeling when you travel through it at night. I tried to encapsulate that feeling in this playlist. If you’re interested in hearing it, check it out below or search for its title on Spotify.  


Thanks again for the support and see you soon!

CaseFiles: Season 1


Hey guys! 

Today is the release day for the inaugural episode of the new web series from Small Town Monsters called "CaseFiles". This series will expand upon stories briefly covered in prior Small Town Monsters movies and will feature some of my cues from those films. 

Episode one, titled "Cold", is now available and features an eye-opening interview with the daughter of Woodrow Derenberger; the eyewitness who met Indrid Cold prior to the Mothman case of 1966. You can watch all of the episodes as they're released on the Small Town Monsters YouTube channel here. You can also hear some of my cues that are used in this series here

Happy (late) Halloween!


Invasion On Chestnut Ridge is released today!

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The new Small Town Monsters documentary that I scored, Invasion on Chestnut Ridge, comes out today!

Rent or buy the film on Amazon here and let us know what you think! You can hear full songs from the soundtrack here.

I thought I could do something special for this one and recorded a voiceover commentary on the creation of the soundtrack for those who might be interested. In it, I talk about my writing process and tell some behind the scenes stories on the making of. Check it out below. 

Hope you enjoy the film!


Welcome to My New Website!

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Hi there!

The new website has been born. My pal Joe McKay designed the website, and I’m so glad that he did, not only because he did a good job on it, but also because IT’S ABOUT TIME that I get a website going to document my work in film music.

My aim with the website is to keep it updated with all of the fun stuff that I’ve worked on or am working on, but also to share behind the scenes photos, videos, and commentary on sets or in the studio as I work on each new project. I’ll also occasionally update on music networking events and shows that I’m a part of as well so that you can see what I’m up to here in Los Angeles. Stay tuned for new content!

If you’re interested in hiring me or working with me on a project, or you’re a fan of the music, or anything in between, don’t hesitate to send me an email through the “Contact” section and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.



P.S. Check out Joe McKay’s artwork and information at