Kevin Kliesch

Dan Websites

Created a clean and simple website for Emmy-winning composer Kevin Kliesch.  I first met Kevin years ago when he was orchestrating on a film (probably for Christophe Beck) and it was a pleasure to work with him on the ThunderCats soundtrack album. With so much happening with his career charging forward as a composer, we felt he needed a website!  It was built out in WordPress with a custom theme.  Pretty straightforward, and easy for him to update.

The Peacemaker

Dan Audio Projects, Graphic Design

One of my favorite Hans Zimmer scores from the 1990s (aside from The Rock) is, without a doubt, The Peacemaker.  The adrenaline-fueled action, dramatic Russian-styled (ala Crimson Tide) choir and emotional melodies just resonated with me for some reason. So it was truly wonderful to be able to tackle the project as a new expanded limited edition.  Once we got the DATs from Paramount Pictures transferred, it was straightforward to put the album together.  There was only one alternate track available (a different vocal performance), so to fill out the …

Son of Batman

Dan Graphic Design

At this point, having worked on a few of these DC Universe Animated Movie soundtracks, there’s a template established which helps streamline the process of making the artwork.  DC has a style guide indicating the colors that are character-appropriate, and generally the font is (coincidental or not) Gotham. Unlike some of the other direct-to-video releases, where I had to pick frames from a timecode-stamped DVD, Son of Batman actually had plenty of imagery to pick from, which made the process of laying out the …

The Stepford Wives

Dan Audio Projects, Graphic Design

It’s hard to believe that David Arnold’s score to The Stepford Wives never saw the light of day as a soundtrack album.  Sure it wasn’t the hit film they wanted it to be, but in 2004, there were plenty of other films that under-performed at the box office and still had score albums. In any case, releasing the soundtrack was always on my list of titles at Paramount, and when it finally came up in the schedule, I was thrilled that it …

Favor

Dan Graphic Design

Although I didn’t create the artwork for the release of Jack Reacher, I did oversee it, and Joe Kraemer seemed happy enough with my other work that he asked me to do my first iTunes digital booklet for La-La Land Records, for the soundtrack to the independent film, Favor.  As I had learned a lot about iTunes digital booklet specifications while working on Legend of Hercules, it wasn’t as daunting as that first time.  Both Kraemer and director Paul Osbourn were directly involved getting …

The Unknown Known

Dan Graphic Design

I had never heard of The Unknown Known, but when I was assigned to do the artwork for the album, I was thrilled because it was yet another chance to work with Danny Elfman and his awesome team. In this unique case, the soundtrack was completely owned by Elfman, and so there was no studio to deal with.  A selection of high resolution art assets came my way, and after the usual back-and-forth with changes, it was good to go.  It wasn’t …

Lair

Dan Audio Projects, Graphic Design

John Debney’s score to Lair was one of those “wow” scores. First heard in a concert suite in Spain in 2007 and then officially released with the game later that year, the score was huge and epic, filled with large orchestral themes and choral music.  This new 2-disc album was sourced from 24-bit, 96kHz high resolution audio found in John Debney’s personal archive. Working with Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA), as well as Debney, it was definitely a challenge to pull together the album …

The Sum of All Fears

Dan Audio Projects, Graphic Design

One of the few Jerry Goldsmith scoring sessions I had the privilege of attending was for The Sum of All Fears, the fourth Jack Ryan movie (and in effect, a reboot of the series) directed by Phil Alden Robinson.  Years later, I would then have the opportunity to put together an expanded release of the soundtrack.  The highlight of the score is the opening title, an operatic and heart-wrenching aria sung by Shana Blake Hill, but it was a pleasure to rediscover …

The Matrix Revolutions

Dan Audio Projects, Graphic Design

Although we couldn’t announce it at the time, the truth of the matter is, we were working on The Matrix Revolutions immediately after completion (and prior to release!) on The Matrix Reloaded.  The source for this expanded soundtrack came, like the preceding title, from Don Davis’ own personal ProTools archive.  That yielded us the highest quality elements to use for the project.  And like with Reloaded, music editor Zig Gron was incredibly helpful in getting us any Juno Reactor sources that weren’t in Don’s archive, …

Escape From L.A.

Dan Audio Projects, Graphic Design

Back in college, I made a short film that parodied John Carpenter’s Escape From New York and Escape From L.A.  I had no composer to score the film, so I tracked in music from Shirley Walker and John Carpenter’s score to the second film.  Little did I know that, 16 years later, I would revisit the material, but in a more in-depth manner. It turns out that there was a lot of music that had gone unreleased from the original …