Catherine Yang

Film & Game Composer, Pianist

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Want to take your film, game, or creative brainchild to the next level? Pack a punch with zero dialogue? I'll write the perfect music for you. I've scored projects for brands like American Humane, MasterCard, and Soko Glam and countless films (short and feature). Achieving your musical goals is my top priority. Let's collab!

What I Offer

- 8+ years of experience composing for film and visual media.
- Full service music composition, production, mixing, mastering, and final delivery of all tracks via your preferred file-sharing platform.
- Quick turnarounds–I can complete drafts within a few days.
- Flexible communication hours
- BONUS: If you have a podcast in need of editing or cleanup, I'm the person for you! I have 4+ years experience in podcast production (check out AdTech Unfiltered if you're interested!).
- Gratitude and joy towards collaboration.

I know the last one is a little cheesy, but I wanted to reiterate that I am so thankful for each chance I have to work with incredible creatives. I care about your project and its success!

My Services

- Music Composition & Production
- Mixing & Mastering
- Piano Composition
- Orchestral Composition
- Instrumental Production
- Video Game Score
- Podcast Editing
- Audio Noise Removal/Reduction

My Musical Background

- 12+ years classical music training as a pianist
- 4 years conservatory training at the Manhattan School of Music Pre-College Program
- B.A. in Radio/TV/Film and Minor in Sound Design from Northwestern University

My Specialization

- Horror Scores
- Drama & Historical Drama
- Documentary Film
- Ambient Electronic
- Experimental Electronic

Hope to work with you soon!

I'd love to hear about your project. Click the 'Contact' button above to get in touch.

2 Reviews

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  1. Review by Sam Spahn
    by Sam Spahn

    If you feel like your film is never going to start sounding like a real movie, don't worry - you just haven't hired Catherine Yang. She is everything one could ask for in a composer and more; she brings a deep understanding of musical/cultural references, instrumental skill, and a genuine sense and excitement for collaboration to all her projects. She is intuitive, she is always timely, and her music simply sounds gorgeous. Catherine will make you sound better (and look better, too). If you're looking for a brilliant artist, you've found her.

  2. Review by Zach Lorkiewicz
    by Zach Lorkiewicz

    Catherine is my go-to composer. She is creative, fast, and incredibly talented. I've worked with her on over a dozen projects, she is versatile and can really get the job done. She's also a sweetheart!!! I highly recommend her, she brings great insight to every project.

Interview with Catherine Yang

  1. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  2. A: I scored the feature documentary "Escape from Extinction," which is about zoos and nature conservation. The entire project lasted about 6 or 7 months and was extremely fun! Helen Mirren narrates the documentary so it was incredibly exciting and surreal to hear music I wrote under her voice.

  3. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  4. A: Recently I've been really inspired by the recordings of pianist Vikingur Olafsson as well as the records of Stan Getz and Joao Gilberto. I've also been listening to Yutaka Yamada's soundtrack for the anime series "Vinland Saga" a lot, both of which are out of this world.

  5. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  6. A: I started composing music when I was around 16 or 17 in high school. I was just writing piano music for a friend who made short films or completing music composition assignments for the conservatory program I was in. Then I went to college and made the decision to study film, so I shifted my focus from classical music to the film and TV world. Around then, I started composing for film much more and became totally obsessed! I've had the joy of working on many memorable projects. It's been about 10 years since the very beginning!

  7. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  8. A: Keshi! He has such a sweet, emotional voice. I'd like to try matching it with some harsh industrial dance beats and screaming synths. I think the juxtaposition could be really cool.

  9. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  10. A: Hitting the nail on the head using only musical language makes me unbelievably happy!

  11. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  12. A: Headphones, laptop, two cats (my assistants), keyboard.

  13. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  14. A: If something isn't working in the moment, don't force it. Try to take a break, even if it's just for a few minutes, and then get back into problem-solving mode. Pushing yourself to the point where your body and mind suffer doesn't produce good work. Making music should be enjoyable!

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