SPOILER ALERT: The description below contains a potential spoiler for the film Better than Love (2017)—which is currently playing at the Arena Cinelounge in Hollywood. Tickets are still available!

Today’s featured cue is an example of how a sparse, or empty, texture can convey emotional emptiness and/or loss. The scene that the cue accompanies is an emotionally loaded one, in which the protagonist (Jon) reacts to the death of a close friend and mentor.

Here piano fragments play above an underlying pad that persists through the entire cue (sustaining a single pitch and tonality throughout). Harmonically, clusters of piano notes are used in several places, but they are gentle and mostly consonant. The goal is to convey disorder and internal character tension without the sense of menace or immediacy that a more dissonant presentation would imply.

The cue was deceptively difficult to compose—as is often the case when fewer notes must get the job done. If you write a thousand notes, there’s room in there for a few to be clunkers without destroying the music altogether. When you’re only writing a handful, they all have to be precise.


July 12, 2009


Congratulations to the cast and crew of Better than Love on tonight’s Hollywood premiere! The film, directed by Ted Carney and starring Andrew Lawrence and Alexandra Rodriguez, plays at the Arena Cinelounge through July 18.

July 6, 2019

Congratulations to the cast and crew of Debi Bradshaw’s Hot Cake, which has been accepted into the Burbank International Film Festival! The festival will take place September 4-8, at the AMC 16 Theaters in downtown Burbank.

July 1, 2019

Shadow Wolves, the new action show from writer/director McKay Daines, is available on DVD starting tomorrow from Amazon, Redbox, Best Buy, Target, and others.

June 27, 2019

Huge congratulations to Colin and Christie for winning The Amazing Race 31! The couple first appeared in Cycle 5 (!) of the show in 2004, where they were runners-up to winners Chip and Kim.

In feature film news: No Blood of Mine, the independent crime thriller by director Wesley Ellenwood, will be released tomorrow, June 28, in digital form on iTunes and other major platforms. Distribution is through Global Digital Releasing; more details and the latest trailer are here.

June 19, 2019

The two-hour finale of The Amazing Race 31 airs next Wednesday at 9/8c.

June 11, 2019

The application deadline to be a contestant on the new season of The Amazing Race Australia has been extended to Monday, June 17. More information is available here, including links to forms and guidelines for creating and submitting an application video.

June 10, 2019

Congratulations–again!—to The Amazing Race on winning the “Bad Ass Crew” Award at the 6th Annual Reality Television Awards!

Several other shows that feature my music also took home awards at Sunday night’s ceremony, which was streamed live online:

Top Chef Junior: “Best New Show”
My Cat from Hell: “Guilty Pleasure Show”
Pit Bulls and Parolees: “Best Overall Show”





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