IN THE STUDIO WITH JONATHAN RICHMOND
On this episode of In The Studio we talk with composer, producer and sound-designer Jonathan Richmond. We talk with Jon about how he got his start composing for film, how he developed his mentorship with composer George Gabriel, scoring the music to the Star Wars short animation "Palpatine: A Star Wars Micro Fan Film" and how he used Olympus Choir Elements to achieve an epic choir sound.
Jonathan Richmond has been writing and performing his own original music since he was old enough to reach the keys of his mother's piano. That early admiration of the piano quickly led to lessons and a subsequent a love of anything and everything that could create a tune. At a young age, Jonathan was a multi-instrumentalist spending every spare hour of his day perfecting the Piano, Guitar, Bass and Drums to form his own one man band. By High School, Jonathan had played in several Southern California bands, and had been recording his own songs; expanding his musical pallet and song writing chops, until an encounter and subsequent mentorship with Television Composer George Gabriel (Disney's Kim Possible, Dora the Explorer, Bay Watch) shifted his view of the music industry forever. Jonathan began studying musical composition and arrangement; began writing his own orchestral compositions and began his career as a film composer soon after. Jonathan now works out of his home studio, where he produces tracks for artists and composes the music for everything from National TV commercials to Indie Films and most recently he has scored the second season of Disney Channels hit show 'Parker Plays'. As well as writing for film and television, Jonathan is also co-lead sound designer and creative director at ZapZorn Composer Tools, a software instrument company founded by Jonathan's mentor George Gabriel where the two work on innovative and evocative virtual instruments for composers and music producers.