My story.

I’ve been composing for picture for 15+ years. Never one to aspire to the big Hollywood orchestral scores, I found early inspiration in the work of stylistic outsiders such as Thomas Newman (American Beauty), Jon Brion (Magnolia), Mark Mothersbaugh (Rushmore), and Daniel Lanois (Sling Blade). Their unconventional instrumentation paired with insightful emotional support encouraged me to embrace my own instincts and find my own way of enhancing stories.

My first several years as a composer were spent in sunny Los Angeles, creating scores for ads, cable TV, and short films, as well as assisting and ghostwriting for TV, and studying composition and audio engineering at UCLA and LA City College. Eventually I moved up the road a bit to beautiful – and occasionally sunny – Portland, Oregon, where I have continued to create music for projects ranging from public television to luxury cars. I see each opportunity is its own creative challenge, and take great care in every case to deliver effective, uncluttered scores that enhance visual detail, improve narrative clarity, and keep viewers engaged.

I was brought up to value hard work, kindness, and respect. Those values inform my working relationships to this day. I can honestly say that the people I work with are easily as important to me as the work we create. Making new connections is a big part of that. If you have a project you’d like to discuss, give me a call. I’m always up to meet for a coffee or a drink. Until then, thanks for your interest in my work and best of luck with all your creative ventures.

– Brian

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Range of services.

Original ScorinG

  • Determining and understanding project goals, intended audience, musical/narrative direction.

  • Choosing a distinct and appropriate musical palette, relevant to the audience and high in production values.

  • Spotting for placement of music cues; conceptual planning of themes and motifs.

  • Creation of an effective, emotionally supportive score, following narrative arcs, shifts and transitions.

  • Screenings for feedback and collaboration, regular updates, reliable communication, and final file delivery.”


  • Wide range of original and customizable music licensing.

  • Songwriting, production and arranging.


  • Full service customization of outside library tracks.

  • Editing, compositional enhancement and detailing.

 Audio Post-Production and sound design

  • Mixing and balancing dialog, VO, music, sound design, location sound, ambience.

  • Equalizing, enhancing, and matching audio from various sources or locations.

  • Audio and music editing, enhancement, and customization.

  • Removing pops, smacks, breaths, artifacts and interference.

  • Creation and use of sound effects, foley, and ambiences.

  • Comprehensive sound design.