Broadcast Music, Inc.® (BMI®) and White BearPR, invited Nuke The Fridge for a round of interviews at Wondercon with some of the most talented composers working in animation today. We had a chance to sit down and speak with composers Mark Rivers (Big Mouth), Ryan Elder (Rick and Morty), Tim Kiefer (Adventure Time) and Tome Howe (Early Man) on the creative process of composing for some of animations most popular movies and television shows. Check out the interviews below!
Ryan Elder (@RyanElderMusic)
Ryan Elder is a television and film composer known for his diverse, eclectic comedy and sci-fi scores. His music for Adult Swim’s Rick and Morty has been recognized for the strange and fantastical worlds it helps create. He also writes the music for Harmonquest (VRV) and Good Game (Youtube Red), and has contributed music to FOX’s The Simpsons and Disney’s Wizards of Waverly Place. Elder is currently working with co-composer Ben Bromfield on the upcoming Dreamworks animated series Boss Baby: Back in Business.
Tim Kiefer (@staypuftdj)
Tim Kiefer is a composer, DJ and event producer who resides in Los Angeles. His work has been featured in the film Spork, web series Bravest Warriors, and most notably, Cartoon Network’s Emmy-winning series Adventure Time.
Mark Rivers spent the late 80s and early 90s playing drums for the Boston-based band, The Cavedogs. For the past twenty years, he’s lived in Los Angeles pursuing dual careers as a music composer and comedy writer. His credits include Mr. Show with Bob and David, Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Kroll Show, and Parks and Recreation, just to name a few. He is currently composing music for the animated Netflix show, Big Mouth, which is in its second season.
Tom Howe (@howe_tom)
Tom Howe is an award-winning composer from the UK who has scored over 70 Emmy and BAFTA-winning dramas and documentaries, including recent films like Aardman’s animated feature Early Man, directed by Nick Park and Annapurna Pictures’ Professor Marston and the Wonder Women, starring Luke Evans and Rebecca Hall. Howe is the composer of all 8 seasons of the international sensation The Great British Bake Off, including the rousing Main Theme that builds the appetites of audiences everywhere. In addition to his film and TV projects, he has also been a songwriter behind several international Top 40 hits.