Thursday, December 28, 2017

2017 In Review: Highlights of Sound Design + Original Music


2017 saw a lot of growth here at Junior Birdman Audio-- we're fortunate to have some of the best collaborators anyone could hope for, and we're grateful for each opportunity that came our way. We forged new partnerships, strenghened extant relationships, broke some new ground, and gave a little to charity while we were at it. As we look forward to new challenges in 2018, here's a look back at some of what we helped make happen in the past year.

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AUDIO POST FOR TV SPOT: BLUE CROSS AND BLUE SHIELD "FEARLESS BY NATURE" CAMPAIGN



Recent work: all things post audio for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of MN's "Fearless By Nature" campaign. Voiceover engineering, sound edit, and mix all by Junior Birdman Audio.

More work by Junior Birdman Audio for TV spots

More work by Junior Birdman Audio for branding

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ORIGINAL MUSIC, VOICEOVER ENGINEERING, SOUND EDIT + MIX FOR MED-TECH EXPLAINER VIDEO: BURST DR

When St Jude Medical (now Abbott) unveiled their new Burst DR pain management technology in an explainer video, Rockne.Digital called on Junior Birdman Audio to provide all the sound services required-- from voiceover engineering to an original musical score to sound design and final mix. Here's the finished product:



Since I created both music and sound design, I was able to assemble a palette of effects cues that corresponded to the exact tempo and harmonic progression of the music. The result worked out well— a satisfying experience all around.

More work by Junior Birdman Audio for corporate video

More music for branding by Mike Hallenbeck/ Junior Birdman Audio

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ORIGINAL MUSIC, SOUND EDIT + MIX FOR ANIMATED SHORT: "OTHER FISH"



I contributed sound edit, mix, and an original musical score to "Other Fish", an animated film (not for kids) that was finally released in 2017 (view it in its entirety at the link above). Directed by Josh Stifter and Josh Roush, the film features voice work by the late Michael Parks (Kill Bill, Django Unchained) and Harley Quinn Smith (Clerks II, Supergirl). Ben Connelly played lap steel; Ben Glaros contributed electric guitar. Enjoy!

More sound + music by Mike Hallenbeck/ Junior Birdman Audio for animation

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MORE FILM WORK IN 2017



From drama to comedy to horror and experimental documentary, films featuring our original music and audio post work crisscrossed the festival circuit, screening to audiences around the world and winning awards along the way. More info here, here, and here.

More film sound by Mike Hallenbeck/ Junior Birdman Audio

More music for film by Mike Hallenbeck/ Junior Birdman Audio

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SOUND EDIT + MIX FOR TV AND WEB SPOTS: ROCHESTER MOTOR CARS



Some recent work for Rochester Motor Cars’ “Experience the Difference” campaign. We mixed several TV spots plus this online video (above).

More work by Junior Birdman Audio for TV spots

More work by Junior Birdman Audio for branding

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ORIGINAL MUSIC FOR MEDICAL ANIMATION: WATCHMAN DTR



Original music, some very subtle sound design and final mix on an implantation device product video for Boston Scientific Cardiology.

More work by Junior Birdman Audio for medical animation

More music for branding by Mike Hallenbeck/ Junior Birdman Audio

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FILM NORTH AUDIO BRANDING

An enjoyable collaboration with Crash + Sues, who created this bumper for IFP MN's rebranding as Film North. Junior Birdman Audio contributed original music, sound design and final mix. Thanks to everyone involved for the opportunity!

More work by Junior Birdman Audio for bumpers

More work by Junior Birdman Audio for branding

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"SIMPLE & PLAYFUL": PRODUCTION MUSIC LIBRARY ALBUM



"Simple & Playful: Quirky Electro Pop", the debut album of production library music composed by Junior Birdman Audio's Mike Hallenbeck, is now available from the Primary label. Recorded in Minneapolis, mixed in L.A. and mastered in London, the collection is distributed by APM Music in the U.S. and by EMI Play in the rest of the world.

Influences included Bruce Haack, Dick Hyman's synth work, Moog Cookbook, and The Feelies. Primary describes the tracks as "fun and quirky electronic pop tracks perfect for kid's, daytime and lifestyle programming and fun, family-friendly advertising."

Hear tracks

More music for branding by Mike Hallenbeck/ Junior Birdman Audio

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"TIM THE TERRIBLE" ON EL REY



"Tim The Terrible: Birth of a Bender", the pilot to a prospective animated series by Flush Studios, aired on the El Rey network this year. The show featured original music, sound edit and mix by yours truly. I also appeared in a voiceover cameo as a cab driver who happened to be a griffin.

More sound + music for animation by Mike Hallenbeck/ Junior Birdman Audio

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POST AUDIO FOR TV SPOT: "WEST SIDE STORY", ORDWAY CENTER FOR PERFORMING ARTS



A TV spot promoting a production of "West Side Story" at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in St Paul. Junior Birdman Audio provided voiceover recording, sound and music edit, and final mix for the ad.

More work by Junior Birdman Audio for TV spots

More sound by Junior Birdman Audio for branding

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VOICEOVER ENGINEERING + PERFORMANCE: TRICAM MPX LADDER



Voiceover engineering and performance by Junior Birdman Audio's Mike Hallenbeck, for a video promoting Tricam Industries' MPX ladder on Home Depot's web site.

More voiceover engineering by Junior Birdman Audio

More sound by Junior Birdman Audio for branding

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BRANDING ONSLAUGHT: PILLOWS AND PENS!



2017 saw the emergence of swank Junior Birdman-branded swag. More info

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POST AUDIO FOR PSA: CHAINBREAKER PROMO

Another project in collaboration with Crash + Sues. Junior Birdman Audio engineered voiceover, edited FX, and mixed this video to kick off Chainbreaker 2017. A three-day celebration of cycling entertainment and volunteerism, Chainbreaker directs 100% of all rider-raised donations to cancer research at the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota.

More work by Junior Birdman Audio for corporate video

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GIVING BACK: CHARITBALE DONATIONS IN 2017

This year, we were happy to devote five per cent of a month's gross earnings to disaster relief in the aftermaths of hurricanes Harvey and Maria respectively. In these trying times, we challenge other business owners to give as they're able.

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Thanks again to everyone we've had the honor of working with this year. Here's to 2018!

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Film Update, December 2017


Recent screenings of films featuring my work!



Boomtown

A documentary by Robert Bryant and J.David LeCompte, Boomtown examines the lives of the Cassorla brothers, who run a fireworks shop in rural Nevada. I provided original music, sound edit and mix.

Recent screenings include San Jose International Short Film Festival, SF DocFest, Nevada City Film Festival, Reno Tahoe International Film Festival, and Santa Cruz Film Festival.



Control + Alt + Delete
d. Andrew Hunt
Sound edit + mix by Mike Hallenbeck

A hit man gets in over his head-- the less you know going in, the more you'll enjoy it.

Recently premiered at the 2017 Twin Cities Film Festival.



Twin Cities
d. David Ash
Sound edit by Mike Hallenbeck

A psychological drama starring a wide range of phenomenally talented Minnesota actors.

Recent screenings include Film Invasion Los Angeles (Audience Award, Best Feature Film), Twin Cities Film Festival, and IndieFest: Award of Excellence (Feature Film), Best Actress (Bethany Ford Binkley). The film rounded out 2017 by receiving distribution from Summer Hill Films.



Theater People, Season 4
d. Matthew Anderson
Original music by Mike Hallenbeck

A web series "about the drama behind the drama", currently streaming on Seeka.tv; I returned for another season as composer.

Recent screenings include a run at NYC web fest, where Paul LaNave was named Best Supporting Actor. The series will also screen in Italy at Caorle Film Festival near Venice, next April.

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Plus a couple of recent curated screenings...



Minnesota Electronic Theater 2017

This year's MET animation program featured two pieces I worked on: Lindsey Lux Stupiça's "Summer", and the new Film North logo animation (IFP re-branding). I contributed original music, sound edit and mix to both.

Cellular Cinema: Sonic Cinema

The experimental shorts "Monster Movie" (d. Kevin Obsatz; sound edit + mix by me) and "In A Purgatorial Twenty Eleven" (d. Trevor Adams, original score, sound edit + mix by me) recently screened at Cellular Cinema's "Sonic Cinema" showcase, which was a of course an honor.

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More film sound by Mike Hallenbeck/ Junior Birdman Audio

More music for film by Mike Hallenbeck/ Junior Birdman Audio

More original music by Mike Hallenbeck

More work by Junior Birdman Audio for bumpers

More work by Junior Birdman Audio for branding

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