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Composing for Film, TV, Games, Concerts, and more with Steve Horowitz- The Sound Business Podcast with Akash Thakkar

#35: Today, our guest is Steve Horowitz - a composer who has worked on quite literally hundreds of film, TV, concert, and video game projects throughout his career. In this interview, we talk about not niching down as a composer, why he chooses to compose for practically every type of media, what it's like to compose for litereally hundreds of  projects in radically different styles, and much more.

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Steve really brings in the vibes right in your face on these remastered quartets that are perfect for 2022.- by Zachary Nathanson | September 28, 2022 

Based on the eight symbols used in Taoist cosmology, ‘PA KUA’, jumps from one corner too another as the plucking strings make it sound like rain pouring down the sky, bending massive drops to turn into a hailstorm that awaits us.


Steve Horowitz, Prolific Composer of the Original Score to the Film “Super Size Me,” Reaches Major Milestone With the Release of His 30th Album- MuzikMan- July 26, 2022

Welcome to "Side Scroller” the 30th album by prolific composer Steve Horowitz. Get ready for a heart pounding journey into a hypnotic world of rhythmic exactitude. Written for the critically acclaimed Red Desert Ensemble, Side Scroller exposes the hidden musical secrets trapped inside every video game."


'I was supposed to write music and die poor': How SF musicians are turning to video games to make ends meet- Dan Gentile, SF Gate- May 11, 2022

Like any profession, working in the gaming industry requires specific training, and several Bay Area operations have popped up to help gigging musicians learn how to take their skills from the stage to “The Sims.” San Francisco State University’s program might be the most notable, as professor Steve Horowitz literally wrote the book on the industry and he also runs an online school called the Game Audio Institute.

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The Pandemic Dam Breaks for Prolific Bassist & Composer, Releases Two Albums of New Music!- Skylight Magazine- May 31, 2022

Composer of the original score to the Academy Award Nominated film “Super Size Me” Steve Horowitz releases “Old Monster Trio” and “Mr. E" A creator of odd but highly accessible sounds and a diverse and prolific musician, Steve Horowitz is perhaps best known for his original Score to the Academy Award Nominated film “Super Size Me.” 


Shire and Horowitz Ride Again!

March 06, 2019

San Francisco State University, Launches it's brand new music for visual media program by welcoming Oscar- and-Grammy-winning composer David Shire (left) to perform his music in a program that includes a piece by Steve Horowitz inspired by one of Shire’s movie scores. Steve Horowitz had just finished writing the score to “Super Size Me,” Morgan Spurlock’s sensational 2004 documentary about eating nothing but McDonald’s fare for a month, when he came across a CD of David Shire’s score to “The Taking of Pelham One Two Three” in a Manhattan record shop...- Jesse Hamlin, San Francisco Chronicle

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Game on: School of Music maestros create soundtracks for interactive media

February 15, 2018



New SF State classes focus on scoring and sound for video games- By Jamie Oppenheim 

Alexander String Quartet musicians play songs composed by students in the music for video games class created by Steve Horowitz

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Child of Amerika-Chamber Music CD Review by New Music Connoisseur
July 13, 2017

"These Three Pieces for ensemble are from the late 1980's. Scores are downloadable and worth a look. These are oddly original sound collages-eclectic, funny and smart."
-New Music Connoisseur, summer 2017

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The Musical Universe of Steve Horowitz-KPFA 94.1fm career restrospective interview- With Derk Richardson September 09, 2010

The Musical Universe of Steve Horowitz, click to listen to the KPFA 94.1fm career restrospective interview


The brilliantly eclectic (eclectically brilliant?) composer/musician Steve Horowitz talks with host Derk Richardson and shares examples of the "odd but highly accessible sounds" he has created over the past 15 years for experimental jazz ensembles, chamber groups, film, video games, and more.

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Stations of the Breath-Review in Sequenza 21- by Jay Batzner- February 18, 2010

When I first received this disc of Steve Horowitz’s music for Disklavier, my initial assumption was that the music would be thick and heavy, taking advantage of the complexity that human performers cannot readily achieve but a Disklavier can manage quite easily. Much to my surprise, the music on the disc is much more meditative, expansive, and considerably less dense than I assumed.  The end result is music that defies its mechanical creation. -Jay Batzner

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Steve Horowitz - Super Sized Score- By Erik Philbrook - June 01, 2004

Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock’s hit documentary, Super Size Me, is one of the most-talked about films of the year. A tongue-in-cheek look at the legal, financial and physical costs of America’s hunger for fast food, the film deals with a somewhat serious topic in a very comical way. Creating music for such a project would seem a challenge. How do you convey seriousness while also keeping the tone light and entertaining? Spurlock didn’t have to search far for the right composer for the job. His longtime collaborator, composer Steve Horowitz, was just a phone call away. -Erik Philbrook

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No Fear of the Disklavier: Steve Horowitz, Robot Pianos and “Breath”-by David Weiss, January 13, 2010

At turns engrossingly complex, subtly subtle, and harrowingly haunting, Breath is a musical journey where Horowitz – whose deep portfolio includes everything from video games to live sound-to-picture orchestrations to film soundtracks (Super-Size Me) – takes us along for an astounding ride.- David Weiss


ASCAP Audio Portrait: Steve Horowitz

September 16, 2007

Steve Horowitz is an innovative bassist and composer who has long been involved in experimental and concert music. After many solo recordings and projects with his group, The Code International, his latest recording is a series of bass and drum duets with nature sounds. Horowitz has a lush, intuitive touch on bass. His ensemble pieces are striking in their melodic clarity, minimalist sensibility and mood.

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Composers and Schools in Concert - Berkeley High School, with Steve Horowitz and Fred Frith- by Alison-Cecile-Johns- September 12, 2011

Click the image to listen to this fantastic piece by Alison-Cecile-Johns on KPFA, all about Steve's world premire concert of his piece "Massive Multiplayer Musical Offline Game" written for the Berkeley High Chamber Orchestra conducted by Karen Wells and featuring special guest soloist Fred Frith!

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California Report-New Monsters, Best of 2012 by Andy Gilbert- December 16, 2012

Inspired by rigorous but playful musical searchers like Sun Ra and Anthony Braxton, the dauntingly prolific East Bay saxophonist/composer Daniel Plonsey has a knack for writing tuneful, mercurial, and strangely affecting material. Bassist Steve Horowitz decided to reconfigure some of Plonsey’s music as post-bop jazz, resulting in “New Monsters,” a quintet session featuring Plonsey himself, ROVA saxophonist Steve Adams, pianist Scott Looney and drummer Jim Bove.

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STEVE HOROWITZ “NEW MONSTERS” -By Glenn Astarita, March 21, 2012

Simply stated “New Monsters” is an unanticipated surprise that should theoretically find its way on many best-of lists for 2012. Thankfully, Horowitz and associates tender a modern jazz refresh of sorts, providing a much needed contrast to the rolling waves of ho hum, kiddie bop. – Glenn Astarita

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Redcat venue attracts avant-garde- by David Mermelstein, November 16, 2009

Redcat delivers one of its most ambitious efforts in this deconstructivist genre, when Steve Horowitz and his Code Ensemble present “The Re-Taking of Pelham One Two Three,” a reimagining of David Shire’s great crime-jazz score from the 1974 movie.


The Re-Taking of Pelham One Two Three-Alex Cohen, January 29, 2010

 "A triple layer cake of music, sound and multi-media. Pelham re-contextualizes the concept of fear in a post-9/11 world"

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CHILD OF AMERIKA: A MUSICAL MANIFESTO on New Music Box Now!- by Steve Horowitz

March 10, 2010

Nobody really wants to talk about the American musician. Or the real American musical experience. It is messy, ugly, discouraging, filled with wrong sounds and bad writing. Warning: Contains references to sex and drugs and may be harmful to those who don’t own a copy of Burnt Weeny Sandwich.

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Improvisation and Danceability: Steve Horowitz' Mousetrap, 14 February, Paradox, Tilburg.

February 04, 2001

" Band leader Steve Horowitz met Amsterdam-based trombonist Joost Buis during a previous Dutch tour, Together they make clear what was so intriguing about the early records of the bandleader and composer Sun Ra. Horowitz gave a funky groove to the dense harmonies, extremely low tempos and other musical blow-ups. Mousetrap fully realizes a connection between danceability and free improvisation, without relying on traditionalism"- Remko Takken, deVolkskrant


Steve Horowitz Saves The Wonder Pets

August 03, 2007

New York, NY --Composer Steve Horowitz was recently a member of the team that snagged a Broadcast Design Award (BDA) Silver for its creation of the "Wonder Pets Save the Day" interactive game, producing all audio and sound effects for the online adventure -BY PROSOUNDNETWORK EDITORIAL STAFF

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