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.