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Houston Composer Jeff Walton on Scoring Indie Film and TV

Jeff Walton has composed music for more than 40 film and television productions, such as Curse of the Puppet Master (1998), The Brotherhood (2001), and Super Shark (2011). While he may not be a household name like John Williams, Hans Zimmer, or Howard Shore, that’s probably for one of two reasons: many of his compositions […]


Jeff Walton has composed music for more than 40 film and television productions, such as Curse of the Puppet Master (1998), The Brotherhood (2001), and Super Shark (2011).

While he may not be a household name like John Williams, Hans Zimmer, or Howard Shore, that's probably for one of two reasons: many of his compositions are for low-budget and indie films you might not have seen — and he does his work right here in Houston, far from the Hollywood studio machine.

As he tells Music from the Movies host Brad Sayles, Walton really wouldn't have it any other way, but that doesn't mean composing films for a living from Houston is easy.

Walton also composed Soundtrack for the City, written in 2014 for the city of Houston and performed by the Houston Symphony.

You can hear Brad Sayles’ full interview with Jeff Walton on Music from the Movies, Saturday night at 7, and again Sunday at 5 on Classical 91.7.

MORE:
What Should the Soundtrack for Houston Sound Like? (Houston Matters, March 25, 2014)
Composer Jeff Walton Has Forged a Music Career Without Leaving Home (Houston Chronicle, Aug. 1, 2014)

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Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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