The Appearing

The Appearing Released by Lionsgate

The Appearing (IMDB link) is a 2014 thriller/horror feature film released by Lionsgate Entertainment, and I was privileged to write the score for it as well as co-write and produce the end credits song with Rachael Yamagata. The film stars Dean Cain, Will Wallace, Don Swayze, and Emily Brooks.

Running at 91 minutes, the film is blanketed with music; I wrote approximate 85 minutes of music for it. It is a hybrid score, leaning on a lot of electronic elements superimposed over a string orchestra with violin solos. The writing process took about two months.

The end credits were the last element to write. After such a dark movie blanketed by instrumental music, and (predictable spoiler alert) a tragic end, I really wanted to give the end credits a haunting female voice, to personify elements of the plot. With the help of music supervisor Michael McCartney, I was able to collaborate with the amazing singer-songwriter Rachael Yamagata, who took a kernel of a song idea I had, and helped me write the end credits song, Disappear, which perfectly sums up the movie. I’m immensely proud of this song. It’s available for purchase and licensing in the Music Catalog section of this site.

Stream the entire soundtrack below on SoundCloud, or purchase it on iTunes or Amazon. The movie can be found on iTunes, Amazon, Wal-Mart, or Best Buy.

As a bonus feature on the DVD, there is a making-of featurette, during which I talk briefly about the composition of the score.

Here is one of the trailers for the movie:

New: The #AI lawsuit that's shaking up the music world. This new frontier of #GenerativeAI music is being pushed by #Suno and #Udio, but there are serious concerns. https://youtu.be/Hy8Or6af98c

ICYMI: 1 of my most popular #choral arrs ever is this SAB of Pierre Passereau's playful Il Est Bel Et Bon (16th century). Traditionally 4-part SATB, Perfect for emerging choirs to tackle vocal technique & part independence. #choir

New from me: what is going on with @Adobe, @Dropbox, and the future of online #privacy? It concerns every one of us:

I think it’s safe to say when Instagram tries to launch their nth new feature copied from another rival platform, their chances of success now become 1/n.

An interesting comment in light of the fact that the work of millions of human creators has been vacuumed up by OpenAI without consent or compensation.

Happy birthday to this dude (@aaronscottlazar) who is working on a project of a lifetime in the middle of a battle of a lifetime and is making everyone stronger for it. Thank you for being in my life bro and so glad we get to make some magical music together. @youralsnetwork

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