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Leon Portelance
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  • Sonora, CA
  • United States
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The Music of Leon Portelance . . .


  • 1.
    The Autumn Mist
  • 2.
    The Harvest
  • 3.
    The Long Road Home
  • 4.
    The Refugees
  • 5.
    A Spring Rain
  • 6.
    March of the Noldor
  • 7.
    Farewell to the King
  • 8.
    Dance of the Elves
  • 9.
    The Dawn
  • 10.
    A Lost Love
  • 11.
    The Kiss
  • 12.
    An English Garden
  • 13.
    The Sailor's Dream
  • 14.
    The Resolution Credits
  • 15.
    The Resolution Rock
  • 16.
    The Resolution Finale/Credits
  • 17.
    Reggae Electronica
  • 18.
    Italian Cafe
  • 19.
    Paris Nights
  • 20.
  • 21.
    The Call to War
  • 22.
    The Hunt
  • 23.
    On the Bus
  • 24.
    The Journey
  • 25.
    A Christmas Waltz
  • 26.
    Until the Night is Gone
  • 27.
    Together Again
  • 28.
    The Back of My Heart
  • 29.
    Twenty Years Ago Today
  • 30.
    Stiff Upper Lip
  • 31.
    Made in China
  • 32.
    Bunker Blues
  • 33.
    Afraid of Loving You
  • 34.
    She Left in a Hurry
  • 35.
    Sing Me a Love Song
  • 36.
    Let Me Be! (Alone)
  • 37.
    Omega (This is the Night!)
  • 38.
    The Assassin
  • 39.
    Hotel Havana
  • 40.
    MAD Mad World
  • 41.
    Twenty Seconds to Midnight
  • 42.
    We Never Had a Chance
  • 43.
    Wreck Bay
  • 44.
    Doesn't Anybody Care?
  • 45.
    You Were the One

Profile Information

What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Choir, Orchestra, Small Ensemble, Big Ensemble, Songs, Contemporary Ensembles, film, web
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
Classical & Pop/Rock
Is music your main income source?
No - Not Yet
Where do you live?
Sonora, California, USA
About Me (Must include at least one paragraph of biographical information about you as a composer) - blank or minimal answers on this line will cause your request to be rejected. Include a link to your website if you have one.
55 year old classically trained songwriter, composer, arranger and orchestrator. Originally from Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. Graduated with Bachelor of Music in composition & Theory from the University of Victoria (1976). Worked as a recording engineer & producer. Currently scoring for film.

Equipment: DAW Logic Pro 7.2 on a Mac G4 dual 800 with Motu 2408 Mk 3 & MIDI Express XT; SLAVE Pentium 4 - 3 Ghz with Tascam PCI-822, VSTack; CONTROLLERS Yamaha P-140 & Evolution MK-425C; SAMPLES EWQLSO Platinum & Gold XP, Symphonic Choirs, RA, Colossus, StormDrum; Real Guitar 2; Project Sam Horns; GPO; Lyrical Distortion 1 & 2, Gunslinger; DIVA; Kontakt 2; Giga 3 Orchestra, GVI; MASTERING Izotope Ozone 3; CONSOLE Mackie 24x8; MONITORS Tannoy, JBL, Bose, Auratone.

Player 1 - Classical & Film Score Leon%20Portelance Quantcast

Player 2 - Rock & Pop Leon%20and%20The%20Mad Quantcast

Leon Portelance (53) is a songwriter, composer, arranger and producer. He has a well equipped home studio in Sonora, California. Leon plays keyboards, guitar and bass. Lately he has be working on tv and film cues using sampled orchestral libraies like East West Quantum Leap Symphony Orchestra and Vienna Symphony Library.

Leon grew up in Lake Cowichan on Vancouver Island, Canada. He parents started him on accordian when he was about 6, but he thought it was dorky. Then he played sax in elementary school band. When he was 9 he saw the first Beatles appearance on the Ed Sullivan show. He wanted a guitar!

At 13, Leon's best friend Sean Vance asked him if he could learn bass because they were putting together a band and needed a bass player. Leon asked what a bass was. "It has only 4 strings," Sean told him. This started a musical partnership that spanned many bands and personnel changes.

Leon's songwriting over the past 35 years has explored a variety of genres from pop & rock to jazz and classical. Leon has a BA in music composition and theory from the University of Victoria and has worked as an engineer and producer at several recording studios. His first recording gig was as an assistant engineer at Mushroom Studios in Vancouver, Canada and he was later a part owner of Bullfrog Studios, also in Vancouver.

Leon's ultimate dream would be to win an Academy Award for Best Sountrack or Best Song, but a number 1 hit on Billboard wouldn't hurt either!


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Reorganized my music player list and added a couple of new tracks

Posted on June 21, 2008 at 3:22pm 0 Comments

I just reorganized my music player list on my profile and added a couple of new tracks: "The Autumn Mist" & "A Spring Rain."
My goal is to eventually turn this into a demo reel with about 10 tracks that I can put onto CDs.

As always, comments are welcome! A Spring Rain was especially challenging in the orchestration. I spent a lot of time on it and I'm not sure if I quite got it right yet.

Some New Material - would like some feedback.

Posted on February 20, 2008 at 6:00am 5 Comments

I've recently posted some new material.

A couple of shorts that I did for the MFTM course:

Raggae Electronica

They are both exactly 1 minute long and are meant to be looped.

And also 4 new installments in a series I am working on based loosely on Tolkien's the Silmirillion

The Dawn
The Long Road Home
Call to War
The Refugees

Any feedback would be appreciated!


Faith before Reason - The New America

Posted on January 13, 2008 at 5:59pm 2 Comments

My new book is hitting the shelves on 1/15/08 and is already available for pre-order from Amazon, Barnes and Noble and all major online bookstores. It can also be ordered from any brick and mortar bookstore. Getting it on the shelves is another thing, but I am working on it! The best deal is still on my website, where you can get an autographed copy for only $10.00.…


My second Novel is being published in December!

Posted on November 23, 2007 at 3:55pm 0 Comments

My 2nd novel will be released in December. I am quite excited about it. It is very political and will likely do better in the "blue" states than the "red" states. The book will have a suggested retail of $13.95 and will be distributed by Ingrams. It will be availble to order at all major bookstores (getting it on the shelves is another thing when you are trying to get established) and online at all major bookstores. I will be selling autographed copies on my website for $10 plus shipping at… Continue

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At 1:55am on March 23, 2009, marv cripps said…
You've done some really nice stuff, Leon
At 4:53am on January 24, 2009, David Naranjo said…
Beatiful tracks, soft and deep.
At 4:51am on July 4, 2008, Mike said…
Very great sounding compositions ... and sense of humor ... (mid-life crisis thing) downwards. ...
At 10:51pm on June 29, 2008, Leon Portelance said…
Naw. No mid-life crisis, my daughter caught me unawares out at a lake. I was getting ready to go on a tube, so I didn't want my cap to blow off. I lasted about 10 minutes and then my back and neck were killing me. Now that, is a mid-life crisis :)
At 5:59am on November 24, 2007, Matthew Moore said…
Hi Leon. Many thanks for your kind comments.

Hope all is going well.

Keep me posted.

Kind regards

At 1:27pm on November 15, 2007, pedro contreras said…
Hi !
I feel very happy to meet you.

At 2:36am on November 15, 2007, Matthew Moore said…
Hi Leon. Thanks for the add. My first.

Great tracks. Particularly like farewell to the king.


At 3:05am on November 13, 2007, Nishant said…
thanks for the feedback !

poizoned was on other webpage so i need to upload it again.
but what should i do with the interface song to fit it into a war game's interface?should i remove those pads and use something else
At 9:18am on November 6, 2007, Nishant said…
hi.italian cafe is a great composition i must say.theres so much to learn 4m u.i added 2 more songs to my profile..please tell me after hearing them.
At 5:52pm on October 22, 2007, Dave Klotz said…
Thanks for the add! I have yet to dig into this place, but I intend to.

Your outreach is greatly appreciated....

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