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Integrating Music, Sound & Story

Sunday, 2 May 2021
02:30 pm - 03:30 pm

Have you experienced a story so good the fantasy momentarily becomes reality? Isn’t that an experience we all aspire to create? While music and sound are only a part of the picture, they have the power to elevate or diminish your entire experience. This discussion centers on how to integrate music & sound into your early creative (even script-writing) process. We will discuss various forces of music & sound for your consideration, lessons from cinema, and how to let your story guide the very creation of your score.


Chris Thomas

Chris Thomas is a composer for film, theme parks, and a TED Speaker. He turned his passion for theme parks and haunted attractions into a thriving musical business. Chris has been the composer for Evermore Adventure Park, Knott’s Berry Farm, Dreamland (Margate, UK), Queen Mary Chill, Los Angeles Haunted Hayride, and THE VOID (Immersive VR experiences). He founded Music for Haunts in 2012, a company dedicated to creating bespoke soundtracks for haunted attractions. By 2014, the demand for music in the holiday, theme park, and immersive markets music grew quickly. The team expanded to create Adventure Soundtracks. Exclusively using Hollywood’s A-list studio musicians, and music production crew from Hans Zimmer’s studio, Chris is on a mission to bring cinema-grade music to the larger themed entertainment industry.

As a film composer, Chris’s scores have been nominated for a Film & TV Music Award, Best Soundtrack at SXSW Film Festival, and he has won a Hollywood Music In Media Award, Gold Medal Prize at the Park City Film Music Festival, and Best Film & TV Music award at eWorld Music Awards. Chris has written music for several Emmy-nominated films, and for Woman Rebel, which was shortlisted for an Academy Award. In television, he worked with shows such as Lost, House, Vice and CSI:NY.

In the concert world, Chris’s works have been performed from Carnegie Hall, to the Hollywood Bowl, to the Sydney Opera House, with recent premieres in Belgium, France, and Germany. His works are published by FJH Music, Wingert-Jones Publications, Carl Fischer and Walton Choral Music.