“Home is the place where you stay in the night, where creatures with wings and claws come to bite…” Pursued by a mysterious and dangerous fog, four strangers converge on an empty cabin in the woods – a safe-haven to decipher the strange and deadly encounters they have witnessed. But how do they escape, and who, or what, is the real monster in this cerebral thriller? Directed by Jason Morris, Eric composed and produced music and sound effects for the upcoming feature-length film Collapse (2015).
“A secret hides within our society, within our bodies, our cells, our very DNA. At times, this secret reveals itself — the past, ancient times, prehistory — and those are days of hunger and terror. The human race trembles, then, its eyes ripped open, revealing humanity’s true place in the Universe. There are whispers of those times, stories told by descendants of the survivors, but they’re only fragments of the truth — only what we can hear without going mad out of self-preservation. We cannot handle the naked truth. Our claims to maturity, civility, and evolution ring for what they are in the face of the truth. With our machines and medicine and psychology, we think we’ve mastered the terrified monkey within, but when that thin shell of self-deceit tears away, when we face the truth, it shatters our mind. It always has. It always will.” – Edward Martin III, dir.
Eric contributed his sound design skills as well as mixing and mastering skills during the final preparation of the soundtrack. Check out more about the film here, and if you’re in the Portland area on April 25, 2015, check out the world premier!
From the director: ”I’ve had the pleasure of working with Eric on a number of short films, and this is the first feature of ours he’s worked on. I can already say with great confidence that I hope he will lend his skills to my future projects as well — he is simply fantastic. Thank you, Eric!”
Ancient Aliens: Severed Skies is the debut game title from ZeroPoint Studios! From the website: “Ancient Aliens promises to marry the familiar and the groundbreaking in an unforgettable action experience that keeps players on the edge of their seat. Do you have what it takes to save the Earth from the very aliens that helped build our ancient civilizations?”
Eric is co-composing the music with Catherine Grealish, a Los Angeles area composer and friend, and working closely with developers, sound designers, artists and team to launch the first iteration of the game for iPhone. Take a listen below to an early preview of some of the music Eric is working on.
Eric and seven other composers are thrilled that “Celebrate World Music” is one of The 13th Annual Independent Music Awards Vox Pop Winners announced in August of 2014! Eric composed “Africa Dances, Africa Dreams” for the March 2013 CD release that is a Vox Pop Winning Album in the Contemporary Classical category. Listen to clips and buy the CD at Amazon and CD Baby. You can also listen to a short excerpt of Eric’s piece “Africa Dances, Africa Dreams” below.
Emerald City ComicCon 2014 saw a new short teaser video for the up and coming America’s Fighting Dinosaur faux documentary by Steve Snoey. Eric wrote and produced the music in short order for an August 2nd screening at the Phoenix DinoCon 2014 in Arizona! Listen to the score here:
Back in April, 2014 Eric delivered the recording of his score to writer/director Chris Volckmann for the short film “Hannah & Otto,” which premiered in May as one of five films in the Fly Filmmaking Challenge at SIFF 2014. Eric wrote three cues, one for string orchestra, and two for solo piano which he later recorded with graciously donated time and equipment from his friends and colleagues. The premier of the film was well received, and future showings at film festivals are in the works. Listen to a sampling of two of the cues below:
This past March 2013 has marked the second time that Eric has premiered his orchestral music at Benaroya Hall. As one of eight pieces for the sold-out event, the premier of Eric’s composition “Africa Dances, Africa Dreams” featured Arturo Rodriguez on African percussion, the Northwest Synphonia chamber orchestra, and David Sabee as conductor. Eric and other composers have been featured in publications leading up to the performance, including My Ballard, and Seattle Times. ”Africa Dances” was also featured on KRCB during an interview with Arturo on the Percussion Discussion with Jim Laveroni.
Eric has been selected as the composer for the short faux-documentary called “America’s Fighting Dinosaur”, an upcoming short film by creator, writer, and director Steve Snoey. On the first of March, 2013, Eric sat on a panel with Steve, Lacey Levit, producer, and Nathan Miller, director of photography, in front of an enthusiastic crowd at the Emerald City Comic Convention to offer some insight into the upcoming short film that will feature a T-Rex called “Little” Sammy Vogel. During the panel, a special sneak-preview was shown with clips from the forthcoming film. Keep up with Sammy’s progress here at Steve’s blogspot page, and listen (below) to a sample of the music that was featured in the preview.:
The mind’s eye can reach deep into the imagination to conjure stunning details of dramatic settings, reveal new worlds to explore, and encounter breathtaking experiences. Written for full orchestra, “Of Sailing Ships and Sea Nymphs” explores the world within, examining the point at which rational motive is taken over by instinct, pulling us irresistibly into the depths of our innermost desires. Told in the setting of a sailing ship that unexpectedly encounters mysterious voices singing from afar, Eric weaves a colorful journey through the emotions of intrigue, temptation, and beyond.
This work has been released on CD and digital download at CD Baby!