Today on Soundtrack Alley, I’ve got Jamie Christopherson who has collaborated with Director Alex Ranarivelo eight times. His most current project is American Wrestler: The Wizard. He’s done work on video games as well. Works such as Metal Gear Solid Rising: Revengence and Lord of the Rings: Battle for Middle Earth. Among other projects yet to be named. Today you’ll hear the interview along with some great music from film and video game alike. I hope you all enjoy it!
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Here is Jamie Christopherson’s Bio…
Whether it be writing evocative orchestral music, recording world instruments on location in exotic places or programming cutting-edge modern synths, multi-award-winning composer Jamie Christopherson has built a reputation for consistently delivering unique, fresh and unexpected scores. He constantly experiments with new ways to create music that gets to the heart of a project, while always infusing his signature style into the vision of the director and producers.
Known for his interest and expertise in multiple media and genres, Jamie’s music can be heard in feature films, video games, television shows, documentaries, theatrical trailers, commercial spots, webisodes and the occasional sideshow circus. His most notable works include feature films such as The Crow: Wicked Prayer, Ghost Image, Inside Out and interactive scores to best-selling video games such as The Lord of the Rings: Battle for Middle Earth series, Lost Planet 1 & 2, John Woo’s Stranglehold and Lineage II. He has also scored several documentaries such as Goal Keepers and provided additional music for TV shows, which include The Bachelor, The Ellen Degeneres Show and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.
The son of a rock ‘n’ roll hall-of-fame bass playing father and a free spirited accordion playing mother, Jamie grew up in Los Angeles surrounded by musicians, film makers and other artistic types. His mother hired teachers to give him piano lessons at an early age, but the rigidity of their approaches never stuck. Several years later, Jamie heard the score to Ennio Morricone’s The Mission soundtrack and was instantly hooked on film music. Approaching the piano again on his own terms, Jamie discovered that he could pick out melodies and harmonies by ear. Shortly after he began composing his own music. Jamie instinctively knew that he wanted to be a film composer.
In 1993, Jamie attended the liberal arts school, Vassar College, in New York. While there, he studied formal classical theory, counterpoint and music history. He excelled in the class work and won several school composition awards, but his real musical education came from playing at night in the local scene with jazz, funk and rock bands. Jamie also started scoring student films andtheatrical productions for fun.
After graduating college with honors in 1997, Jamie moved to Boston for a brief period. While there, he worked as a music engraver/copyist by day and assisted a prominent Boston composer, Sheldon Mirowitz, by night. As he watched another composer work, Jamie re-confirmed that this was exactly what he wanted to do as a living. He then decided to go back to school for more technical training in the art of film scoring. From 1998-2000 Jamie attended the University of Miami’s School of Music and earned a Masters in Music Composition with an emphasis on film music.
Returning back to Los Angeles in 2000, Jamie began working as a sound designer at The Hollywood Edge, a division of Soundelux. This work quickly led to designing sound effects for major feature films such as Blow (with Johnny Depp) and Windtalkers (with Nicolas Cage). He also started assisting game composers Bill Brown and Mikael Sandgren, doing “musical sound design” for their projects. This work eventually led to writing additional music for Brown’s video games. In his spare time Jamie continued scoring independent short films and low budget projects.
In 2004 Jamie concentrated his full efforts on music, officially starting up his company Broken Silence Productions, Inc. After working on several video games, Jamie was offered his first made-for-TV film for the Syfy channel called Maximum Velocity. This led to many made-for-TV projects where Jamie got to hone his skills in writing music on tight deadlines. Eventually Jamie scored The Crow: Wicked Prayer, which generated much critical acclaim for his music.
Recently Jamie scored the two-part film series El Dorado (starring Shane West and Luke Goss), blending South American instruments, live strings and hybrid percussion. He also completed the music for several AAA video games such as Capcom’s Lost Planet 2 (featuring a 100 piece orchestra recorded at the FOX studios in LA) and KOEI’s Warriors: Legends of Troy – due out in stores this winter. Jamie lives and plays in Hollywood, California with his vocalist wife, Evelina, daughter Coda and their operatic dog Aria.
So enjoy all that is in this episode!