If you want a soundtrack that is more than those generic one-size-fits-all tracks you can get off a royalty free website, I'm your guy. From synth driven soundscapes to folk jingles to horror music, I've done it all. There's nothing more satisfying to me than watching the director when the music cues hit just right.
I'm a composer based in Nashville, TN. I've been composing music for over ten years. I started out composing for my high school string orchestra and have since moved to composing for artists and film. Film composing has a been a life-long dream of mine, and I'm so happy to have worked on the films that I have. I hope to help you fulfill your dreams by adding music that resonates with you and the audience, but also music that doesn't distract from the film, but rather feels like it was a part of it from the beginning. Thanks in advance for considering me!
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Interview with Gavin Geddes
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm working on a futuristic short film score that feels like it's in the same universe as "her" but it's got more menacing themes about it, and it explores a different side of humanity.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Depends on what you're talking about. I use digital consoles all the way. but I like my synths analog baby
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: It helps a lot if you have some sort of abstract idea of what you want. You don't need to know anything about music to direct it. Just saying "I want it sad here, and here I want a touch of bittersweet." works for me.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: I'd take my viola (that was the first instrument I ever learned) My Korg Minilogue My guitar Some sort of looper Idk probably a tuner
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I'm definitely better at composing synth/string driven tracks. Although I'm not afraid of woodwinds or brass. But I've been composing with strings for over ten years. And I play violin, viola, and cello so I'm very comfortable composing for them.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Well if it's early enough in the production, I like to read through the script to get a sense of the tone of the film. Then I like to compose a few samples of themes for certain characters or moments for the director to listen to before production even starts. Generally after I'm sent the picture locked edit, I'll compose a draft, send it over, then I like to discuss it in person/via Skype and go through each moment until the director is satisfied. That last part is my favorite. There's nothing like watching that smile of satisfaction when the music cues hit just right.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I've got pretty much every string instrument under the sun. Including an erhu. I have a simple studio set-up. I'm a big believer in old adage "It's not the equipment you have, it's what you do with it."
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I love the work of Hans Zimmer, James Newton Howard, and M83.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: It varies a lot. I like to write to the style of music each director wants. So sometimes it's a folky jingle. Sometimes its a synth driven sci-fi soundscape. Sometimes it's a jump scare horror soundtrack. I love doing it all!