Chris Doucet is in the enviable position of working a real job doing what he loves. As a film composer, and co-owner of Strawberry Sound Studios in Salt Lake City, he has composed powerful scores for award-winning films, TV spots and commercials and worked as a session musician and arranger for artists from around the world. His unique partnership with sound engineer Jake Proctor enables them to work together creatively on films as a ‘package deal’, combining their talents to blur the lines between sound and music. Doucet is a passionate advocate of Video Slave, describing its elegance as an absolute must-have for anyone writing for media. We catch up with him to hear about his work and why Video Slave has made all the difference.
Keegan DeWitt didn’t set out in life to be a prodigious film composer, but since making his name at the South by Southwest Festival in the 2000s and establishing himself as a firm favourite at the Sundance Festival, he has scored for movies scooping an Academy Award, three Sundance Audience Awards, several New York Times awards and an Independent Spirit Award between them, not to mention working on top TV shows such as Divorce for HBO. His music has earned a reputation for its daring and varied character; no doubt testament to his background as an amateur musician trained originally in filmmaking, who fell into movie composition almost by accident. His down-to-earth attitude, pragmatic advice for surviving in the industry and love of all things technical is refreshing and infectious. We talk to him about his rise to fame, his approach to composition, and the part Non-Lethal Applications have played in his journey.
The mastermind behind the theme tunes for hit American TV shows including Frasier, Knots Landing, and Wings, Bruce Miller’s work will be familiar to many of us; but his resume extends far beyond TV hits. A composer, arranger, conductor and instrumentalist, in the course of a fascinating career Miller has cut his teeth in a military jazz band, conducted New York orchestras, arranged for top artists from The Temptations to Rod Stewart, composed for film as well as TV, and acted as musical director for the G8 Summit in Denver, Colorado. He talks to us about his unconventional use of modern technology, whilst still remaining a purist at heart; and how Video Slave is for him a complete “no-brainer”.