HAPPY HALLOWEEN !!! I composed this waltz, originally a much longer work for solo piano, when I was 14 years old. This theme was to accompany a Halloween story (audio tape) I made about an evil, marauding scarecrow that, well … suffice to say the thing just wanted every part of itself to become human in the worst way! “If I only had a brain…” comes to mind, with a twist. I know, I know – dark right? But this was a time in my life when I considered Edgar Allan Poe’s Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket light reading.
This arrangement for Violin & Piano (preferably father & son!) features my son (13 years old) in his most recent live recital on piano accompanying the composer (dad, a few years older).
THE DARK Richard just finished scoring this indie horror feature film from Cow Town Film Productions. View trailer
Richard is shown here with T.V. co-host Amy Henry of “How Film Works” NCFC TV Channel 17 Sacramento.
MYSTS AT FOGGIE BRAE – a collection of musical / audio assets (themes, ambient trax, loops) to enhance a Dark Age/Celtic Video Game; music ranging from live and sampled Medieval instruments featured in intimate ensembles to large, sweeping string and full orchestral textures.
THIS NEW DAY – for an amazing website dedicated to uplifting terminal cancer patients, Jesus Loves Larry; this is music to underscore inspiring biblical verses; “This New Day Montage”/Prayerful Meditation, Reverence, Contemplation through Joy, This New Day ( votum theoricus, reverentia, intuitus per tripudium, is novus dies )
POE-ETIC REFLEXIONS – Live Piano Trio Performance (Violin, Cello & Piano) of musical impressions of five works by Edgar Allan Poe … nevermore!
THE SQUIRE’S QUEST – a beautiful Medieval slide show depicting the epic journey of a knight’s squire; features various themes from Richard’s Dark Age collection! Final scenes accompany his well-known and highly regarded Fairie’s Embrace with the lovely soprano voice of Dawn Simmons.
TRAILER MIX – a montage of various trailers, end or beginning credits to film and game projects featuring music scored by Richard. So sit back, turn off your cell phone, grab your hot-buttered popcorn, and enjoy…
TREKKING THE CLOUDS– a celebration of the beauty of cloud formations, and a photographic tribute to hang-gliding and the lofty enterprise’s 19th century’s scientific pioneer, Otto von Lilienthal.
WINTER FOR IVAN– in this montage, moments from the live concert version for cello & piano morph into Wolf Sebastian’s in-studio recording on cello with orchestra, electronics & male chorus prerecords. All with evocative visuals and stills.
OFF THE HOOK – Ringtones! Many genres from funny, quirky, horror, to pleasant and Celtic… can be customized, edited, volume boosted or lowered to taste… or commission your own individual sound!
Honors and Educational Experiences:
BITING PERSONALITIES – a short film Richard scored won 1st Prize in the So-Cal Cinema Slam Competition in Hollywood & screened at SUNDANCE.
ASCAP WORKSHOP– Richard was also chosen among 12 composers worldwide to participate in the prestigious ASCAP Film Composers’ Workshop, composing, arranging, conducting and recording with the Hollywood Studio Symphony at 20th C. Fox. Listen to his film cue In the Winners’ Circle!
UCLA Film Composers’ CertificateProgram (with Richard Bellis, past president of ASCAP). Listen to Richard’s film cues The Mustang Set Free and Jane’s Fury.