“The film [Watchmen Motion Comic] is especially benefitted by a musical score from Lennie Moore...especially evocative in the breathtaking ‘Watchmaker’ episode, where it thrusts its dramatic, epic atmosphere beneath the narration as Jon, Dr. Manhattan, weaves his timeless and timeshifting tale. Moore gives the story much of its emotive vitality and expressiveness, aided by the voice performance and sound effects.” —Randall Larson's Soundtrax
- Private Lessons
- Tools, Techniques and Analysis
- Game Audio
- BM, Berklee College of Music
AWARDS AND DISTINCTIONS
- Best Soundtrack Album, G.A.N.G. Awards, 2011
- Best Interactive Score, G.A.N.G. Awards, 2011
- Best Audio — Other, G.A.N.G. Awards, 2008
What is your hometown?
Santa Rosa, CA
What is your favorite recording?
Igor Stravinsky, Columbia Symphony Orchestra, CBC Symphony Orchestra — “Stravinsky Conducts Stravinsky”
What are you passionate about outside of music?
Building computers, video games, and fermenting foods and beverages.
Who were your major teachers?
Michael Gibbs, David S. Mash, and William Kettering.
What is a favorite quote that you repeatedly tell students?
"Failure is an option."
What question do you wish students would ask sooner rather than later?
“Who am I as an artist?”
What was the defining moment when you decided to pursue music as a career?
As someone who wrote big band arrangements during study time in junior high school English, I never had to decide. I just knew this was what I wanted to do. I couldn't imagine doing anything else.
What was a turning point in your career?
My first video game score for “Outcast” in 1998. This is where I discovered one of my favorite forms of composing for media, along with the amazing people in that industry.
If you weren't a musician or teacher, what do you think you would be doing now?
What is your daily practice routine?
1. Cup of coffee
2. Sharpen pencils
3. Have eraser handy
4. Begin writing
5. Make lunch
6. Continue writing
7. Tend to livestock on farm
8. Have dinner
9. Continue writing
10. Sleep enough to recharge for tomorrow
If you could play only three composers for the rest of your life, who would they be?
Igor Stravinsky, Beethoven, and Don Grolnick.
From a music history perspective, what year and city are most important to you?
Paris, 1913 (premiere of Le Sacre du printemps)
What are your most important collaborations?
Working with Franck, Yann, and Yves on “Outcast”; the Halo Combat Evolved/Halo 2 Anniversary projects; and the music team of Star Wars: The Old Republic.
Who are three students you have had the privilege of teaching?
Kyle Randall, Costas Dafnis, and Jim (Sky) Schuyler.
What recordings can we hear you on?
Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary (Original Soundtrack), Sumthing Else Music Works
Halo 2 Anniversary (Original Soundtrack), Microsoft Corporation
Rising Storm Original Soundtrack, Tripwire Interactive
What is your unrealized project?
My big band album.