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 …

Turbulence

Dan Audio Projects, Graphic Design

Shirley Walker was the nicest lady I ever had the good fortune to meet in Hollywood.  She was always smiling, and reminded me of “grandmother” from the fairy tales – she looked like she could bake the best cookies, and was always so warm and kind to everyone she encountered.  But beneath her matronly demeanor was a darkness that would come out in her music.  She wrote the most ballsy, masculine, orchestral action music heard in Hollywood in the late …

Black Rain

Dan Audio Projects, Graphic Design

This week, La-La Land Records released a limited expanded edition of the soundtrack to Black Rain.  The 1989 film was directed by Ridley Scott, and marked Hans’ first action score.  As such, it was a thrill to work on it – but the project didn’t just land in our laps.  There are a few projects that require composer approval to explore releasing, and Black Rain was one of them. Thankfully, my years working in the film music industry (as well as the …