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Stream Spacey Soundtrack to Foo Fighters' 'Sonic Highways'
Bryan Lee Brown blends psychedelic guitars and ambient textures with score to acclaimed HBO project
This week we spoke with composer Bryan Lee Brown about his recent collaboration on HBO’s show SONIC HIGHWAYS.Read more
...Bryan Lee Brown; a longtime composer for television who scored every episode in a way intended not to be noticed. I counted his work as some of the best of last year,in part because he was able to create dynamic and evocative music without trying to call attention to his work. Brown believes that "[s]imilar to lighting or production design...It's not always necessary to the listener or viewer to realize that you've purposely created something for them to see or hear."Read more
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Leap of faith. Creative spark. Hearing that little voice that goes inside of your head and having the guts to follow it wherever it takes you. Much has been written about the power of intuition. Creators like composer/artist Bryan Lee Brown have to follow their creative spark, to tune into their intuition to open to the little voice within themselves. From the time he was six and started banging on drums, Brown’s mother saw his potential, both as a musician and as a creative being and enrolled Brown in both drum lessons and meditation/ESP classes to hone a craft and learn to listen to the voices within.
Brown followed the path that was laid out for him in his native Phoenix, AZ. Taking music lessons, being mentored by the likes of drummers Louie Bellson and Jeff Hamilton. He honed his musical chops, and would even earn a music scholarship to Northern Arizona University. But it was his intuition that would lead Brown to leave college after his freshman year, and on a whim to move to Los Angeles.
Finding himself quickly ensconced in the Los Angeles music scene of the early 1990s, Brown would become friends with many of its players, developing relationships that would help build a foundation for his career. Brown himself would play in a number of bands, including a stint as the drummer for guitar legend Dick Dale.
Brown co-founded the avant-alt-rock band, Bluebird and was a key architect of the band’s innovative release, “Black Presence”, which would become an industry favourite for licensing and would give Brown the push towards composing for film, television and music libraries. He later founded the drony, atmospheric, Dark Brown. The predominantly instrumental work fuses abstract minimalism with melodic psychedelia to create an expansive range of ambient soundscapes.
Brown has composed and recorded tracks for the films L7: PRETEND WE’RE DEAD, LOS PUNKS: WE ARE ALL WE HAVE, OPERATION ALLIE, NEVER SAY CAN’T: THE BRUCE COOK STORY, THE COLLECTION, BLACK MARIGOLDS, DIRTY, BONES BRIGADE, NO ROOM FOR ROCKSTARS, THE LIFE OF REILLY, STYLEMASTERS, AFTER PORN ENDS, TYSON UNLEASHED and DEATH BOWL TO DOWNTOWN. In addition, Brown’s compositions have been featured in the work of celebrated new media artist, Jennifer Steinkamp (their video installation collaboration, S.W.E.L.L., is in the permanent collection of Los Angeles’ Museum of Contemporary Art) and his TV scores can be heard on HBO’s SONIC HIGHWAYS, VICE, CSI MIAMI, MTV’s TEEN MOM, UNLOCKING THE TRUTH, 16 & PREGNANT, ABC FAMILY’S STARTUP U, SILICON VALLEY, UFC FIGHT NIGHT, NASCAR, and FOX SPORTS. Advertising works include Budweiser, Red Bull, Friskies, Sears, Dish Network, Kmart, Reynolds, CVS, Specialized Bicycles, and Vans.