K Is For Kids Netflix tune

Some work isn't.

Recently I answered a call from Andrew House over at Netflix. He was buzzing about a project which was "short for time but big on creativity." Netflix was making an instructional video for people who distribute content in their "kids profile". The piece would advise them about what was--and was not--allowed to show children.  Rather than make your typical content advisory spot, they wanted to build something much more interesting . Their plan? :: Puppets! They filmed puppets leading by awful example: Puppets cussing / Puppets smoking / Puppets talking about sex // Bad puppets showing precisely what type of content can't enter the kid's profile.

Im In!

My role was to create the theme song and to design sound.  I borrowed heavily from Sesame Street (as you'll hear) but aimed also to get much trippier during the outro (Sgt. Pepper's was a reference throughout). Unfortunately the full version is not public so I can't share the naughty puppets :(   but you can view the "intro" and "outro" below.

Huge props to Gabe Dominguez and Sonya Cotton for performing this song 8 separate times (!!), each as unique personas pulled from their minds.  Also deep hugs to Mike and Peter at West Channel Music House for compositional help and instrumentation  and of course big respect toward IV Animation studio for the stellar visuals. You can get a deep glimpse into their process for the piece here.


The Lords of Loam

Early this March I spent 2 days on gorgeous green mountains in Marin County. The Golden Gate Bridge winked from afar as my talented pal Elias Koch and I lugged gear up loamy hills, dodging cow patties step by step. Camelbak had brought us here to document the thrill of 2 young racers bounding gleefully on a track made custom for them. These hills are privately owned so the terrain was untouched and inviting, flush with soft earth to catch their tread. I hid mics against their chests and listened from nearby groves as they surged by rapturously. It was fun to be so intimately close to the action and to test the range of my wireless transmitters in wide open space. My only regret: The globs of cow shit that speckled my poor Sound Devices recorder :(


History Channel 'war and Peace' animation

This was weird fun. My pal Mike Jeter and I built this strange cartoon for History Channel. We've made some great stuff the past few years, but I'm extra happy with this one.  Mike illustrated and animated the whole damned thing himself and I brought all sound and music forward. The score is an arrangement of Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture, which was written to commemorate Russia's defeat of Napoleon's army. It was a pleasure to direct talented Voice actors and place them aurally into this world. Check it!