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October 2012 - Chris Schuette

The Thing In The Fog

October 31, 2012 | By | No Comments

Happy Halloween, Everybody!

I’m posting a quick piece of music with a John Carpenter-esque sound.  An edited version of this was recently used in “The Tale of Cuthbert,” a short film This is the full version of a piece I recently recorded for the short film “The Tale of Cuthbert,” which won 6 awards in the 50 Fifty Reel Challenge, including “Best Music.” It was a lot of fun to do, and it’s nice to be recognized for doing something I love.

I was deliberately going for a sound that is reminiscent of John Carpenter’s scores for films like “The Thing,” The Fog,” and maybe just a bit of “Halloween.” Therefore, I relied heavily on synth bass, harpsichord and some blaring french horns.

It’s called “The Thing in The Fog,” which seemed a much more clever title when I first thought of it.


October 23, 2012 | By | 2 Comments

pictured: Me in 1982

I’m posting a new piece of music today that’s a little out of my comfort zone. For a very brief time back in the early 1980s I experimented with clarinet. It was a different time and to be honest, everyone was doing it. Despite what you’ve heard I am not a very skilled clarinet player, so in this recording I am using a very nice “virtual soprano clarinet,” which is a piece of software designed to emulate the sound and characteristics of a real instrument. I think it sounds convincing enough for most of my work, but you be the judge. As with any instrument, I still need to practice more.

Anyway, this is a fun little piece and it’s my attempt at something with an upbeat Eastern European sound. It’s called “Klezmerizing” and at runs 1:35m.  And yes, I know this wouldn’t technically be categorized as “Klezmer” music, but I’m seriously hoping that very few of you readers are actually musicologists.

On The Red Carpet

October 16, 2012 | By | 2 Comments

Guess what I did last night. No, you’re WAY off! (And let’s watch the language.)

Patty and I attended the world premiere of “Finding Home” at the Twin Cities Film Fest.  “Finding Home” is a character-driven independent film about the challenges faced by a young couple while on a camping trip. As I have mentioned previously, it’s a wonderful film, and I am proud to have composed and recorded the soundtrack.

Patty and I have never been to a World Premiere and it was an awesome experience to be interviewed on the red carpet.  The best part for me was experiencing the film with an appreciative audience and chatting with some nice people at the event.

Again, congratulations to Chars Bonin of Orange Apple Productions, and I can’t wait to get to work on the next project.

Finding Home

October 12, 2012 | By | 2 Comments

Last year I had the good fortune to compose and record the soundtrack to a great feature-length film called “Finding Home.”  This is the biggest project I’ve been involved in to date and I will be attending the world premiere at the Twin Cities Film Fest on Monday, October 15 at 7pm. More information on the festival is available at

My involvement in the film actually started several years ago when I re-connected with the director, Chars Bonin of Orange Apple Productions. Chars and I attended Blaine High School together, and as we were catching up, I learned that he went into filmmaking, while I was involved in film/TV scoring. Shockingly, these two disciplines work together nicely and I started providing the music for several of his smaller projects. “Finding Home” is Chars’ most ambitious project yet, so he enlisted the help of Producer, Stein Rosburg (another talented Blaine alum,) plus an incredible cast and crew. I’m excited to experience the results with a full theater on Monday.

We’re all proud of the finished product.  If you can’t make it to the premiere, you can still learn more about the film and the amazing people involved at the Orange Apple Productions website or on the “Finding Home” Facebook page.