While watching a movie, anytime we laugh, are thrilled, scared, or yell “Holy F__!!!” we can thank Composer Chris Ridenhour for elevating our emotions. Music in movies is so critical when it comes to our reactions and The Asylum is very fortunate to have a composer like Chris. He’s very busy year round and thrives on the demanding schedules. I personally am very curious how Chris prepares and composes the music for all his movies.
When The Asylum brings you on for a film, what’s your process?
CHRIS: First thing I like to do is meet with the director to get his or her thoughts on the musical direction of the film and if possible, spot the film. Then I go right into sketch mode, which I love, working on the themes and ideas for the movie. Then I prepare my orchestral palate of sounds, and then I’m ready to just dive in and start rockin it.
Do you have a home studio or do you work at Asylum’s studio or somewhere else?
CHRIS: I work at my home studio exclusively.
When you’re not composing what are your favorite songs to play?
CHRIS: Playing or writing original songs with friends or teaching my daughter classic songs on guitar from my favorite bands, like The Beatles.
Who or what motivated you to become a composer?
CHRIS: For the most part, just a great love of film music and the idea of being able to write orchestral based music in a genre that will reach a large audience and be appreciated. And of course to actually get paid writing music!
How? How do you do it? You average a dozen films a year, do you have any free time?
CHRIS: I usually have a few days to a week off between Asylum movies, but I sometimes work on outside projects as well, so that pretty much keeps me busy round the clock all year.
But I thrive with these schedules because it’s fun and creatively inspiring to have the variety and challenges of a new film every month.
The next Asylum films we’ll hear Chris’s work in will be “Nazis at the Center of the Earth”, “The American Battleship”, and “Bigfoot”. For his long list of films go to his IMDB and for more information about Chris check out and like his Facebook page. Periodically check for his in progress website chrisridenhour.com