What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
Is music your main income source?
Where do you live?
Hidden Hills, CA
About Me (Must include biographical information about you as a composer):
I was the youngest member of ASCAP in 1965, having written the score for three motion pictures by the age of 12. I then studied with Nadia Boulanger in Paris and completed my education in Vienna, Austria. Having written more than 2000 scores, for seven consecutive years I won the ASCAP award for “Most Performed Television Background Score”. I also composed more than twenty feature films, and my music has been performed by the London Symphony Orchestra. I created the world's first orchestral score for a video game, “Dragon's Lair,” which is preserved in the Smithsonian Institute.
In addition to my live orchestral scores, I have become a prominent figure in electronic orchestral score realization. I have done the sound design for “Battlestar Galactica,” “Big Wednesday,” “Logan's Run,” “Pete's Dragon,” “An American Tail” and “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”.
Thanks for the anecdote about Nadia Boulanger that you posted on my page. It is telling. Astor Piazzolla tells a humorous anecdote of studying with her, in which she looked through all of his music upon his first interview and found only examples of him imitating other famous 20th Century composers. She asked, "Where is Astor Piazzolla's voice?" Eventually, he begrudgingly admitted to playing tango, when she asked him how he had fun with music. Nadia Boulanger asked for a sample, and after hearing him play pronounced verdict, "Now that is Astor Piazzolla!" I suppose the rest is history.
Thank you for posting your music and developing DVZ Strings, a breakthrough in sampling technology. Searching the net for a demo of the solo violin, solo viola, and solo cello instruments from DVZ has turned up no results. Could you point me toward such a demo, if it exists? (Am I hearing one in your cello concerto Siddhartha? If so, I'm duly impressed. Brilliant work!)