My name is Noah Richardson Smith and I compose music for film/video games/promotional videos. My education and work range from the Masters in Music I earned from the Seattle Film Institute under Hummie Mann (photo in lower right) to short films and promotional videos I've composed music for companies like Planned Parenthood and Marlboro College.
I've also developed skills in other areas of audio production over the past couple years and now think of myself additionally as a synthestrator/ mock-up specialist, mixing engineer, sound designer, mastering engineer and much more. I've even done ADR work on an independent film before and had to somewhat pick up the skill on the fly using the resources available. I relish these types of challenges because they force me to the edge of my comfort zone and I pick up new skills that help me to stay current with trends in the industry.
I also have a unique experience on the stage as an actor in leading/supporting roles in musicals (Les Miserables as Jean Valjean, The Fantasticks as El Gallo, Cabaret as Herr Shultz, Into The Woods as Rapunzel's Prince). I currently sing as a Bass in the Pasadena Master Chorale and always look forward to my opportunities to perform with them. I further use my talents as a musician in teaching kids of all ages the fundamentals of music and an appreciation for the history of music literature as well as the evolution of popular music from generation to generation.
My taste in music is, well, eclectic. I can get behind the most recent pop craze, viral YouTube video or icon (provided they are, ya know. . . good), while also forever admiring my idols like Mozart, Mahler, James Horner, John Williams, Alan Silvestri, and Jerry Goldsmith. My hope is that someday I can write with the memorable quirkiness of a Danny Elfman, the simplicity and heart of an Alan Silvestri, The soundscape mastery of a James Horner and the chameleon-like variety of a Jerry Goldsmith. As I learn more about the current trends in film scoring, I'd like to add that I strive to mix with the masterful surgery that I hear in the final mixes of scores by guys like Michael Giacchino, Hans Zimmer & John Powell. This is just to give you an idea of my scoring idols and the sounds they've created that seems timeless through the generations. My top scoring idol though will always have to be my graduate school professor: Doctor Hummie Mann! He is truly the prime example of a film composer. He knows how to write in more styles than I can count and he does it with such ease. He is the composer I truly hope to be some day, and he is the voice in my head that guides much of what I write and how I refine my work to this day.