have worked very little for film and television and ask
The first commission that I had for t.v. was to compose for
a series on the talmud for the educational television in
Ramat Aviv. I was shown the pilot of the first two or three
episodes - I think eight were planned. I plotted out what
music was needed for the episodes and was booked a single
recording session to do some sketches for the pilot. I
borrowed a little keyboard from one of my kids and I had a
good analogue synthesizer for some effects. Maybe I played
some wind instruments. I quickly multi tracked the music...
first takes each time so that they could get an idea of what
the music would sound like. We had planned to orchestrate
the music when the series was approved.
A week went by and a second and maybe a third and I had no
answer from the producer so I called.
- It's finished? she asked
- What's finished?
They had recorded and mixed the entire series in those two
or three weeks USING MY DEMO TAPE.
I had pretty much decided then and there that I preferred to
work in a media where I had more control.
I did do music for a couple of low budget features, one in
Israel and one in Vienna. Perhaps best forgotten in the
murk of time.
One animated film that I composed for is however a gem.
"Lights, the story of Hanukka" is worth a look and a
is available on amazon.com under the name
Video > Lights: The Miracle of Chanukah
For some strange reason I do not receive royalties on my
music for this film even though it is sold on video and is
often broadcast on television during the holiday season. My
performing rights society had the producers in court many
years ago but nothing seems to help. But I still recommend
the film. The animation is wonderful.