The Wizard Returns

And so the Help Wizard returns to The Houston Museum of Natural Science – just in time to save Earth’s energy sources from the greedy little green monster from outer space, Blackout Bart.

The chase is projected onto a huge hemispherical screen. Viewers zoom by undersea oil wells, wind farms, coal mines, nuclear cooling towers, and the mighty Hoover Dam.

I was hired to write and produce an action-film score for the action-packed action. Along the way it seems I was able contribute something else besides music. Doesn’t Bart have the most charming voice?

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and here he is in person:

Bart’s theme:

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Kurt Larsen, Sharad Patel & the folks at sybilmedia did a marvelous job with the animation.  The distortion is the result of the projection onto a flat surface:

A small sample of the score:

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And finally the same sequence as a piano sketch, which I include because it was such fun to create and ended up sounding like two pianos/two hands for a silent movie.

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It’s a permanent exhibit, so if you’re in Houston’s Museum District, go see!