Award-winning music composer, sound designer, & audio nerd in Nashville, TN.
Portfolio - Latest Highlights
Here are a few of my recent projects!A description of each project and my respective contributions are beneath each title.
1st Place in Best Animation Original Score, 2nd Place in Best Animation Sound Design2023 - short film - classical / bluegrass score - sound design - sound mix
Responsible for all audio in the film, I worked with the Lipscomb class of '24 Animation students to bring Arco to life, the violin-playing mouse who discovers the magic of bluegrass music.
I composed the score, created parts for the live violin and harmonica players, hired the musicians, and recorded the music, in addition to handling all sound design, mixing, and mastering.
Arco was awarded Best Animation Film, Best Animation Screenplay, Audience Choice for Animation, Best Animation Original Score, and 2nd Place in Animation Sound Design at Lipscomb University's 5-Minute Film Festival.
(square)2022 - videogame - minimalist, hybrid electronic score - sound design - audio mix
Bringing the minimalist and understatedly chaotic world of (square) to life was a great challenge! Using a unique blend of acoustic instruments and synthesizers, I created the music score and the sound design, while also handling all mixing/mastering. Yet again, I managed to be a one-stop shop for audio, with incredible results!
"They've Been Waiting For You"
Awarded Best Composer (Honorable Mention)2022 - short film - orchestral score - orchestration - conducting
Collaborating with fellow composer Kaleb Clarke, we wrote, recorded, and mixed the film score.
Additionally, for the Film Score Concert, we revisited the piece's orchestration, created all sheet music, and assembled the audio session for the live concert-- additionally, I conducted a chunk of the orchestra rehearsals myself.
The film also won the Best Composer (Honorable Mention) and Best Fiction Short (Honorable Mention) awards in the American Golden Picture International Film Festival!
OST Composing Jam #4-- 2nd place in "composition," top 5% overall2022 - competition - epic orchestral - one-person choir
With a picture and theme word as inspiration for this competition, I wrote a lush, melodic piece that incorporates my own live-recorded tin whistles and vocals to tell a story. Pushing my orchestration and vocal skills to new heights, this project was incredibly fun!
Out of 196 entries, "Venture" ranked 2nd in the "composition" category and 8th overall (out of 196 entries), ranking in the top 5%!
3rd Place in Best Original Score, nominee for Best Sound Design2022 - short film - synth sci-fi score - sound design - dialogue edit - audio mix
I used the power of music and the magic of sound design to create a believable, engrossing atmosphere while simultaneously providing context and narrative motion.
In addition to creating the score and sound design, I also prepared the full audio mix for the film. I was able to utilize my skills to be a one-stop shop for audio!
"Lost"2022 - SATB choir piece
My first foray into concert composition, "Lost" is a piece for SATB choir with divisi, that "uses drifting, expressive melodies and evocative choral textures to capture the listlessness and detachment of feeling lost in life, but finds solace in the musical journey and resolution at its conclusion."
What I can help you with:
A professional score that gives your project emotion and impact.
Detailed sounds that help your world feel alive and believable.
Careful balancing that ensures immersion and quality.
Being a good composer is more than just making music.
Outstanding audio is impossible unless the composer intricately listens to your needs, communicates clearly, works efficiently, and finishes on time and under budget.
Along with always creating the best music and sound I can, providing you with a fantastic experience matters just as much!
In their words:
Caleb Muellerdirector - Collision Course
I'd never worked with a composer before, but I gave Brett the examples of the things I saw in my head, the things that inspired me, and he was able to take these aspects and translate them to music. It's been an experience that really elevates the films that I work on!
Hearing that score, hearing that sound design for myself, I realized, "Holy crap, we actually made a movie!"
Brennan Cottrellgame developer - (square)
Brett went above and beyond what I even asked-- a great example was when he added a sound effect for the bounce. I hadn't even though of that... and it added so much to the game!
The sounds give a lot of meaningful feedback, and the music captures the overall feel of the game very well. It has been great collaborating with Brett, and I hope to do it again!
Free Music Pack!
I'm all about helping game developers and filmmakers, however I can. Here's a free collection of 10 music tracks for you to use!
Note: by downloading, you'll also receive updates from me, and you'll be the first to receive new free content!
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