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Adrian Ellis's Discussions

Cold calling

Started this discussion. Last reply by Adrian Ellis Jan 13, 2009. 4 Replies

Synful - anyone using it?

Started this discussion. Last reply by John walter Jun 16, 2007. 5 Replies

The New Composer Paradigm...?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Herman Witkam Jun 10, 2007. 11 Replies


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What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
film, television, multimedia, Songs
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
Is music your main income source?
No - Not Yet
Where do you live?
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.
I've been pursuing music professionally for about 8 years, and have been working at breaking into film/tv composition for about 4 years. I've composed music for award winning films, tv pilots, and multimedia, and to date, have scored nearly 30 productions. As a recording artist, I have 3 independent releases, and another effort in the works. I work as a musician and producer to artists and appear on recordings as a guitarist, co-writer, and performer, most notably with Juno Award nominee Eternia.

Although born in Canada, I grew up in a family of professional classical musicians in Germany, where my father still plays French horn in the Wuppertal symphony orchestra. I studied classical guitar and music theory, and am self-taught in various other instruments.

I hold an honors diploma in Fine Art, and am a big fan of visual art and design. My passionate hobby is martial arts training - I've been studying Karate for over 6 years and hold a 2nd degree black belt in Shotokan Karate, and have recently discovered the joys of coaching.

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Adrian Ellis's Blog

The Composer as Filmmaker

Posted on February 6, 2009 at 10:00am 0 Comments

More than knowledge of music, talent, or ability on an instrument, very important is your ability to effectively communicate with the director, and your ability to analyze, understand, and translate their vision and story into musical ideas which work to picture.

Check out the full article at:…


1 clip - 3 versions of the score

Posted on January 28, 2009 at 5:04pm 3 Comments

Hello fellow Composerinos

I've begun a new blog "on music composition and production, filmmaking, and creativity"

Have a look and see what you think - much more content to come! The first post details, with audio examples, the always interesting journey of being a hired gun, balancing compromise and conviction, and trying to please everyone - 1 clip, 3 versions of the score!…


Sound for Theatre

Posted on September 11, 2008 at 12:23pm 4 Comments

After completing my mentorship last year, I started looking into ways to broaden the spectrum of the kinds of projects I was a part of. I began networking with people working in the video games industry, and also put some energy into seeing if I could become involved in doing sound/music for theater. The scene in Toronto is excellent, with a lot of bigger theaters like Tarragon and Soulpepper putting out excellent and challenging material every year. In January, I got hired to do sound design… Continue

Adrian featured in Uncharted Sounds Magazine!

Posted on May 2, 2008 at 8:47am 6 Comments

Hi All! Come and check out the
May 2008 issue of Uncharted Sounds Magazine, which features an interview with myself and three other Guild composers! Cheers!

Live Orchestral Session!

Posted on March 24, 2008 at 1:30pm 2 Comments

Last Wednesday, I had a cue recorded to picture at CBC studios, on the wonderful sounding Glenn Gould stage. It was captured by a number of hall and surround mics, as well as close mics, and it was multitracked through a NEVE 'VR' Legend Console to Protools. The ca. 25 piece orchestra was made up of the advanced students of the Royal Conservatory's Glenn Gould program, and they played beautifully. Seeing musicians expressively play through music they've only just seen for the first time 5… Continue

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At 1:18pm on April 4, 2011, Portia Graves said…
Just listened to your piece Starport Oberion Titles on the music player and thought it was amazing! Great composing and good use of instrumentals!
At 11:10am on May 15, 2009, Jim Hughes said…
You are very talented Adrian.
At 2:24pm on March 27, 2008, Adrian Peek said…
Thanks for your kind words about my cues, Adrian. I'm just trying to keep up with the rest you super-talented composers on this site!

At 3:38pm on March 25, 2008, Adrian Peek said…
Hey Adrian: the track sounds great!! It really sounds "film-ic"! This was done at CBC in Toronto, right? Did Scott Carpenter engineer the session? It must have been a huge rush to hear your music come alive. Did you do a synth mock-up? You saying these students sight-read your stuff down cold after 5 minutes will give the RMALA big headaches at the other end! Bravo!

At 3:17pm on February 13, 2008, Adrian Ellis said…
Ha ha ha - yea, that would be blushworthy.

Thanks, glad you enjoyed the new tracks. All the stuff - the orchestration/editing/mixing/mastering is me - I have to answer for all of it. :) A good engineer is something I am currently on the hunt for (along with a good entertainment lawyer) - I spend a lot of time editing midi, mixing, etc, which I could pass off in favor of spending more time composing. While I really enjoy those aspects, I do have a bit of a case of 'do-it-all-itis', plus a good second set of ears is invaluable.
At 7:58pm on June 14, 2007, Rui Martins said…
Funny guy.....I'm afraid those days are gone
At 11:03am on June 14, 2007, Rui Martins said…
Sorry to disappoint you...all samples.
There is talent in TO but I just can't afford it
At 8:15pm on June 13, 2007, Rui Martins said…
I know,when I go to my page I see the CA and always think the same,people are going to think i'm in California(not that there's anything wrong with that).By vocal production,you mean real singers?
At 5:26pm on June 13, 2007, Rui Martins said…
No problem Adrian
Yes,this is a cool place to be,great people so far
At 6:08pm on June 12, 2007, Rui Martins said…
Just heard Bollyhop...what a cool tune...perfect combination of Ethnic and modern sounds.
Very well done

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