Scott Nickoley

 

Scott is a composer / music producer and founder of Pendulum Music, Inc. With over 20 years experience working in production and post-production on countless mainstream projects, Scott has positioned himself as one of the industry’s premier music and sound solutions.

 

After graduating from the UCLA School of music, Scott began his career as a music publisher with All Nations Music, Universal Music Publishing, and MasterSource Music Catalog. In his early career, he also held jobs at Geffen Records and Universal Distribution. While working as the VP Creative at MasterSource, Scott began writing and producing a majority of the music for the catalog. Today, Scott has over 2000 record quality songs, which appear daily on major television shows and feature films. Scott has also provided music for video games such as Guitar Hero (Activision), The Saboteur (EA Games) and Kinetica (SCE Studios), and provided music for over 100 commercial campaigns.

 

Scott has scored numerous television shows and feature films. He co-composed the score to over 100 episodes of the hit series South Park, and provided scores for other shows such as The Osbournes, Newlyweds, Clone High, and History’s Mysteries. Currently Scott is co-composing the score to the new hit series Trip Tank on Comedy Central, and just finished the score and sound design for the stop-motion animated feature film Hell & Back, starring Mila Kunis, Susan Sarandon, Danny McBride and Bob Odenkirk.

Ryan Franks

 

Composer/Producer Ryan Franks has been working in Film&Television in Los Angeles for the last 11 years. His colorful blend of lush underscore and aggressive electronica has defined the sound of Comedy Central's animated incubator series Trip Tank as well as this year's animated comedy Hell & Back. 

Partnering with Scott Nickoley of Pendulum Music in early 2005, Franks has created diverse scores for numerous feature films (Mama I Want to Sing, Stay Cool, White T) and TV shows (Crash & Bernstein, Trip Tank, Mighty Meds) as well as short films, trailers and commercials. In 2009, Ryan left his day-job as head of A&R at the indie music catalog Crucial Music to focus on composing and producing full-time. He became an in-house composer at the jingle giant Elias Arts before settling onto his current path of film and television scoring, and song producing.  

Ryan received his Bachelor of Music in Composition and Theory from the University of Colorado at Boulder, as well as a minor in sound engineering and electronic music. His training is rooted in western classical music ranging from 16th and 18th century counterpoint to 20th century post-tonal theory to jazz.   Studying guitar, saxophone and piano from the age of 10, Ryan has developed a wide variety of skills as a multi-instrumentalist, including clarinets, flutes, mandolin, dobro, and pitched percussion.

Ryan started out writing, performing and producing compositions for various feature films, including  “The Goldberg Variations: Aria Da Capo and Variation No. 1” on The Day The Earth Stood Still and “Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord No. 3 in E Major” for The Road. He has subsequently created over a thousand songs which continue to be licensed across a wide array of television shows and movies. 

REVIEWS:

"This is truly an amazing album, there is a certain overtone unlike any epica I have ever experienced. It is something almost beyond epic. From the battle-like cries of Fall of Empire to the expansive rhythms of Beneath the Ruins of Time this album is a mastery of suspense and epic ideals. "   -iTunes user review for Position Music: Orchestral Trailer Vol. III. 

"A perfectly constructed score that is perhaps one of the most diverse and high quality soundtracks in low-budget filmmaking. The accomplished composer has worked in elements from the Italian Giallo films of the 70's, synth-based tracks from the 80's slasher craze and overlaid it all with orchestral stabs, sparse piano elements and even some heavy metal. Sweet!" - Rue Morgue Magazine 

"A funkalicious soundtrack" ... "A great score [...] which is a mixture of Texas Chainsaw Massacre in some parts and 70s exploitation in others... all of which is good" - Horrortalk.