“Wet Hot American Summer: 10 Years Later” premiers this Friday on Netflix. I had the pleasure of continuing to collaborate with my great friend, Craig Wedren, on the score for the new series. Being set in 1991 for the original camp counselors’ ten year reunion meant a ton of opportunities to pay homage to some of our favorite scores and songs of the era.
The bonkers-insane Camp Firewood story grows into an almost cinematic level of crazy epic-ness, and I absolutely loved returning to help score it.
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All 8 episodes will be available for binging. Enjoy!
In theaters this Friday!!
I had the pleasure of working with my friend and colleague Craig Wedren again by writing additional music along with orchestrating and conducting the score. This funny, sweet comedy, directed by Ken Marino, stars Eugenio Derbez, Salma Hayek, Rob Lowe, and Kristen Bell in the story of a man who finds himself dumped after 25 years of marriage – a man who made a career of seducing rich older women – and must move in with his estranged sister.
I’ve been doing a few interviews lately to talk about Childrens Hospital, How to Be a Latin Lover and other projects. Enjoy!
Find Your Inner Geek
I’m proud to present my new album of trailer music, “Spark of Rebellion” now available from Selectracks! Featuring ten tracks of massive epic orchestral hybrid music that range from dark and gritty, to drama, to heroic action. I love writing this stuff and experimenting with different ways of combining synths and other hybrid elements with orchestra.
The album is streaming on Soundcloud or direct download from Selectracks
, please contact them for licensing. Enjoy!
I’m excited to announce that “Filthy Preppy Teen$”, the new comedy series I scored, is now streaming on Fullsreen.com and the Fullscreen app! Originally done as an extra episode for the third season of NTSF:SD:SUV as a parody of shows like “Pretty Little Liars” and “Gossip Girl,” the new eight episode season picks up in the same vein by playing on the teen drama tropes while playing with parodies of even more genres.
Each episode is packed wall-to-wall with music with a number of licensed songs, our core score which is a blend of electro/pop/trap elements and orchestra, and a number of score parodies that were a lot of fun to do.
“Filthy Preppy Teen$” starring hannah Kasulka and Max Carver is produced by Paul Scheer, Jonathan Stern, Curtis Gwinn, Abominable Pictures and is now streaming on Fullscreen.
In this season’s behind-the-scenes episode, Falcon (Ken Marino) holds an Art Show showcasing his photography on the Childrens Hospital set.
I was brought on to this episode pretty early on during editing because we were having some difficulty figuring out what the style the score should be in. Previous “behind-the-scenes” episodes were each scored differently. The original “Newsreaders” had a 60-minutes type news score, “Behind the Scenes” was mostly dry with score for a couple dramatic scenes, and “My Friend Falcon” was scored like a documentary. For this episode, we decided to take a light drama, indie-film, small ensemble approach to add some life and energy to the scenes without adding TOO much dramatic weight while still being able to take dramatic shifts and accents when story called for it.
The episode is scored fairly wall-to-wall in this style, with one of the more dramatic moments arriving when it’s revealed that Rory Spindell (Rob Corddry) has an absorbed twin’s face growing out of his back. A slightly creepy, but still playful cue underscores this scene and takes a sad turn as Rory is shunned by his cast mates.
In this tribute to 70’s conspiracy-thrillers, Owen arrives to work to find that not only has the hospital run out of tongue depressors, but all the other doctors seem to be playing dumb and acting cagey when he brings it up. Even an internet search comes up blank. Refusing to use his finger as a makeshift depressor like Glenn, Owen digs more into the conspiracy only to be framed for murder.
Conspiracies, betrayals, a George Wendt cameo, and Lola’s a lawyer again, “By the Throat” is one of my personal favorite episodes in this final season of Childrens Hospital.
S7:E5 “The Show You Watch”
Did you know “Childrens Hospital” started as a sketch in a 50’s era variety show? No? Ok, neither did I, but this fluid take on time and reality is one of the reasons I love this show. The highlight of this episode started way back during shooting when I was asked to write a variety show song. I was given some old variety show references to study and lyrics by screenwriter Meghan Amram to write “A Real Pickle Lover.”
Performed by Ken Marino and Megan Mullaly, with choreography by Kathryn Burns and processed to sound “old-timey” by our sound mixer Brent Keiser.
The score itself required more of an era-specific pit orchestra, so I went with smaller strings samples, piano, winds, saxes, drum kit and an upright bass.
It’s the Doctor of the Year Awards! Blake, Glenn and Lola are all nominated this year so they hop in Chet’s ambulance to head to Vegas with Owen tagging along. This episode was scored in our “regular” score style but it gave me the opportunity to flush out longer variations of themes.
S7:E3 “Sy’s Tenure”
Owen’s a DJ, Chief is trapped, and Sy decides to spend his hospital tenure building a jetpack! From a score standpoint, this episode is pretty straightforward with variations on transitional cues I’ve written for the show over the years. However the finale, when Sy straps on his jetpack to search the hospital for the lost Chief needed a big action/adventure moment!
S7:E4 “Dr Beth”
A spiritual sequel to last season’s “Fan Fiction,” “Dr Beth” delves into Nurse Beth’s origin from living in the hospital’s nurses quarters, and subbasement hellhole, to briefly being promoted to a doctor after saving the life a famous child star (played by Samm Levine) and then subsequently demoted back down to nurse.