Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions

Scoring for Film and Multimedia

Friday @ 1:00 Series - Presentations Revealing the Creative Process

Friday@1 Series: Film Scoring/Songwriting - 6th floor Conference area

Mitch Coodley: Composer/Guitarist
February 22, March 1, 8, 15, 2013

Composer/guitarist Mitch Coodley offered a presentation focused on Production Music - also called Licensed Music or Library Music. About sixty-five per cent of television music is comprised of licensed music. This music, spanning the broadcast mediums, represents significant revenue streams for composers who create these libraries. Furthermore, production tracks are composed and produced with much more form, formula, and style than one might be aware. 

Jimmy Bralower: Drum Programmer, Arranger, Writer, and Producer
February 15, 2013

Legendary drum programmer, arranger, writer, and producer Jimmy Bralower has worked with some of the most influential artists of our time: Nile Rodgers (w/Chic), Madonna (Like A Virgin), Duran Duran ("The Reflex," "Wild Boys"), Mick Jagger, and Peter Gabriel.

Elliot Scheiner: Engineer
December 14, 2012

Legendary pop engineer Elliot Scheiner has worked with Steely Dan, The Eagles, Chaka Khan, Faith Hill, B.B. King, and Aerosmith. He has received 23 GRAMMY® nominations, with six wins, three EMMY® nominations, with one win, and six TEC Award nominations, with three wins and induction into the TEC Hall of Fame.

Pete Ganbarg: Executive Vice President of Atlantic Records
December 7, 2012

Pete Ganbarg is Executive Vice President of Atlantic Records who has worked with artists such as Santana, Michael Jackson, and Celine Dion. Previously, as the founder of the A&R consulting company Pure Tone Music, his clients included Daughtry, Kelly Clarkson, David Cook, Train, Kenny G, Aaron Neville Donna Summer, and Chaka Khan.

Keith D’Arcy: Music Producer/Supervisor
November 30, 2012

With 18 years of professional experience as a music producer and supervisor for EMI Music Publishing, Universal Music Publishing, Sony BMG Music Entertainment and ad agency Bates Worldwide, Keith D'Arcy has placed hundreds of songs and master recordings in campaigns for global brands like Nike, Mercedes, BMW, Intel, Fidelity, American Express, Pepsi, Fisher Price, Northwest Airlines, Heineken, and Viagra. He’s also an avid vinyl collector and has produced, written liner notes, and overseen audio re-mastering for approximately 20 catalog reissue projects for third party companies like Sundazed, Rev-Ola, Finders Keepers, and The Numero Group.

Ralph Murphy: Songwriter
November 16, 2012

Murphy, a songwriter, has been successful for five decades. Consistently charting songs in an ever-changing musical environment makes him a member of that very small group of professionals who make a living ding what they love to do. Add to that the platinum records as a producer, the widely acclaimed "Murphy’s Laws of Songwriting" articles used as part of curriculum at colleges, universities, and by songwriter organizations, his success as the publisher and co-owner of the extremely successful Picalic Group of Companies and you see a pattern of achievement based on more than luck.

Marc Copely: Guitarist, Songwriter, and Producer
October 12, 2012

Guitarist, songwriter, and producer Marc Copely has appeared on VH1, MTV2, and features in publications from Billboard to GQ Magazine. He toured as a solo artist supporting Coldplay, Our Lady Peace, Vanessa Carlton, and many others. His second solo effort, Harp & Plow, released in 2009, was pre-nominated for a GRAMMY® Award in the Best Americana Album category, and chosen as an Editors' Pick in the June, 2010 Issue of Guitar Player magazine. Marc has co-written and produced such notable songs as "Midnight Run" (recorded by Willie Nelson and can be heard in the Weinstein Company film Lawless), "Breathe Into You" with Carole King, and “Little White Lies,” which is featured in the film Butter, starring Jennifer Garner and Hugh Jackman. His songs have been heard on numerous TV shows, including Late Night with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Brothers and Sisters, Grey's Anatomy, Pawn Stars, Cajun Pawn Stars, American Restoration, NY Ink, Psychic Kids, and others.

Tim Starnes: Film Music Editor
October 5, 2012

Tim Starnes is a film music editor and engineer who recently worked Howard Shore’s score for Hugo, A Dangerous Method, and Twilight: Eclipse. He also assisted Alexandre Desplat on the recording of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and edited the music for Barry Levinson’s The Bay.  He also supervised the music production on the Indian features Dekh Indian Circus, Aarakshan, and Raajneeti, and the Korean feature Poongsan (2011). He also edited the music for Marcelo Zarvos on the feature films The Beaver, Remember Me, and Sin Nombre.  In addition, he worked on Der Grosse Kater, The Informant!, Taking Woodstock, Soul Men, and Doubt.  He also worked as a music editor on DeNiro's The Good Shepherd, Martin Scorcese's The Departed and The Aviator, and on Peter Jackson’s King Kong and The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers and The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King feature films and DVDs.

Jonatha Brooke: Songwriter
Sept 28, 2012

Jonatha Brooke has been writing songs, making records and touring since her early days in Boston with her band The Story, which released two albums, Grace in Gravity and The Angel in the House, on Elektra Records. In 1995, Ms. Brooke released the first of two solo albums on MCA/Universal, Plumb, followed by Ten Cent Wings in 1997. In 1999 she started her own independent label, Bad Dog Records and has since released six more albums. Her latest, The Works, combines previously unheard, unpublished Woody Guthrie lyrics with her own music and arrangements. Ms. Brooke has written for three Disney films, has had songs included in many television shows and composed the theme song for Joss Whedon's television series Dollhouse. Currently she is working on two theatrical musical projects - Quadroon, with legendary contemporary jazz pianist Joe Sample; and My Mother Has Four Noses, a multi-media musical play that is an intimate account of her experience caring for her mother who endured dementia.

Sergi Casanelles: Concert and Film Composer|
September 7, 14, 21, 2012

Born in Barcelona in 1980, Sergi is a New York-based composer and orchestrator for concert and film music. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Film Music Composition at NYU with support from the NYU Steinhardt Doctoral Award. He holds a Masters Degree in Film Scoring (NYU, 2011), as a recipient of the “La Caixa” Fellowship Program (Fulbright equivalent). In Barcelona, he studied Piano, Theory, Composition and Computer Science.

He has written pieces for different ensembles and scored films as well as collaborated with other composers on feature films. He recently presented a paper at the Music and Moving Image (MaMI) conference (NYU 2012) exploring a redefinition of the concept of Film Diegesis. He is an Adjunct Professor at NYU, teaching Composition and Film Music. In addition, he regularly teaches music technology to film composers.

Mark Snow: Film and Television Composer
January 27, 2012

Mark Snow is one the most recognized television composers over the past three decades. Born in New York, he grew up in Brooklyn, graduating from the High School of Music and Art (1964) and, afterwards, the Juilliard School of Music. With fellow oboist Michael Kamen, he formed the New York Rock & Roll Ensemble. Among his most iconic compositions is the theme music for sci-fi television series The X-Files, which reached #2 in the UK Singles Chart. He also composed the score for the television movie Dirty Pictures, the series Smallville, Millenium and One Tree Hill.  In addition, Snow has composed music for video games such as Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror and Urban Assault.  

Snow has been nominated for 19 Emmy Awards and won 34 ASCAP awards. He was nominated for a Cesar Award for his work on the film Coeurs directed by French director, Alain Resnais. Snow has also worked on Resnais's film Les herbes folles. He is currently working on two television series: Blue Bloods and Ringer.

Mark has been part of the core faculty for the NYU/ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop in Memory of Buddy Baker for the last six years. For this afternoon, Mark described his experience in the business and shared his expertise through thoughtful critiques of our student's scores-in-progress.

John Doelp: Senior Vice President at Columbia Records
John Esposito: President and CEO of Warner Music Nashville
April 20, 2012

John Doelp has worked at all levels of the music industry as a performer, arranger, producer, and record company executive.  Currently, he is senior vice president of A&R and Marketing at Columbia Records, where he works with new and established artists, such as John Legend, Frankie J, and Ricky Martin, and is leading a joint venture with Cirque du Soleil.  Previously, Doelp was president of Crescent Moon Records, a joint venture with Sony Music Entertainment. While at Epic Records, he created marketing plans and launched such successful projects for recordings by Pearl Jam, the Spin Doctors, Michael Jackson, and Gloria Estefan, and the soundtracks from Sleepless in Seattle and Forrest Gump.

John Esposito is President and CEO of Warner Music Nashville, a division of Warner Music Group that comprises Warner Bros. Nashville, Atlantic Nashville, Elektra Nashville and Word Label Group.

Esposito joined WMG from The Island Def Jam Music Group (IDJ) where, as General Manager/Executive Vice President, he managed the company’s day-to-day operational activities. Esposito was one of the original architects of IDJ and helped lead it to become one of the industry’s leading record companies.

Esposito also serves on the Board of Directors for the Academy of Country Music (ACM), the Country Music Association (CMA) as well as serving on the Nashville Music Council.

Barry Eastmond: Songwriter/Producer
April 6, 2012

One of the most prolific R&B/Pop songwriter/producers, Barry Eastmond has over sixty gold, platinum, and multi-platinum albums by some of the most important contemporary artists, notching up cumulative sales of over 80 million copies. Barry has been responsible for hit records by: Anita Baker, Brandy, Britney Spears, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Tamia, Chaka Khan, Gladys Knight, Kenny Lattimore, Michael Bolton, Billy Ocean, Freddie Jackson, Al Jarreau, Will Downing, Vanessa Williams, Regina Belle, Barry White, and George Benson, to name just a few. He produced the certified-gold Anita Baker album My Everything for Blue Note Records, which included a collaboration with Babyface. He composed and co-produced the title song for Whitney Houston's Christmas album One Wish, as well as new 16-year-old prodigy Karina Pasian on Def Jam, who was nominated for a Grammy for Best Contemporary R&B album.

Robert Lamm: Keyboardist, Singer, and Songwriter (Chicago)
November 11, 2011

Robert William Lamm is an American keyboardist, singer and songwriter who came to fame as a founding member of the pop rock band Chicago. He wrote many of the band's biggest hits, including "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?," "Beginnings," "Saturday in the Park," "Dialogue," and "25 or 6 to 4."

Kurt Elling: Grammy-winning Jazz Vocalist
November 9, 2011

Kurt Elling is among the world’s foremost jazz vocalists. He has been named “Male Singer of the Year” by the Jazz Journalists Association numerous times over the past ten years, and has been the perennial winner of the DownBeat Critics Poll. He is a Grammy winner, and every record he has recorded has been Grammy nominated. Elling’s rich baritone spans four octaves and features both astonishing technical mastery and emotional depth. His command of rhythm, texture, phrasing, and dynamics is more like a virtuoso jazz instrumentalist than a vocalist. His repertoire includes original compositions and modern interpretations of standards, all of which are springboards for inspired improvisation, scatting, spoken word, and poetry. His conversation with Phil Galdston was enlightening in terms of Elling's focus on his creative process and in envisioning the developing of a career as a performer.

Richard Stumpf: President of Imagem Music USA
November 11, 2011

Richard Stumpf is currently the President of Imagem Music, US, a Dutch-owned company controlling publishing from renowned brands such as Rodgers & Hammerstein, Boosey & Hawkes, Zomba, Irving Berlin and Rondor. Richard oversees the growth and management of the Imagem Music US publishing division. Prior to Imagem, he served as Senior VP of Licensing for Cherry Lane Publishing, then the largest independent publishing company, overseeing such catalogues as Dreamworks and Elvis Presley. Stumpf has worked with a wide range of artists, now including Phil Collins and contemporary stars like Vampire Weekend and Temper Trap. He brought an experienced and focused sensibility to his critiques of our student's songs.

Irwin Robinson: Legendary Publisher, Board Member of ASCAP and Songwriters Hall of Fame
December 16, 2011

Irwin Z. Robinson was the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Famous Music Publishing, where his mandate was to grow the company domestically and internationally. Within eight years, Famous had moved solidly into the mainstream of contemporary music by streamlining and modernizing its operations, dramatically expanding its catalogue and activities and moving aggressively into the global arena. Robinson formerly served as Chairman of Paramount Allegra Music, the worldwide music publishing division of Viacom's Paramount Pictures. When Viacom sold Famous to Sony/ATV in 2007, it was ranked as one of the industry's top 10 companies.  Irwin has been an inspiring presence for faculty and students in Steinhardt's Music Business Program for a number of years, and for this week's conversation with Phil Galdston, he shared the breadth of his unique historical perspective of the industry with our graduate songwriters and film scoring majors.

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