Two time Emmy Award Nominee, James Wesley Stemple has had a prolific career composing music for film and television, applying his natural diversity of style and attitude to suit each project's inherent uniqueness.
While his studio represents the state-of-the-art in technology, James still prefers handcrafting his manuscripts on actual paper. "I prefer working on a surface that I can spill coffee on-safely," he smiles dryly.
James is comfortable working both domestically and internationally, and has crafted music for features, television, documentaries, animation, commercials and live performance. Sparked by the challenges of exploring new directions and diverse styles, the projects he pursues are usually ones he feels strongly about, despite box-office projections.
His most recent work, "BUKOWSKI: BORN INTO THIS," is a testimony to his deep commitment to a project he believes in. Please, take a few moments to sample some of the music from this rare and piercing look into the complex heart and soul of a literary iconoclast, whose work continues to resonate with each succeeding generation through its clarity and truth.
On The Scoring Process:
"Greatness doesn't come from asking for 'the same thing, only different.' Find someone whose aesthetic you admire and work with them to create something new and exciting."
"The task of composing music for a film is a complex one which requires a musical solution that can consider many different (and sometimes competing) elements and respond with an organizing thread that can be woven throughout. This musical thread may be called upon to take an aggressive role in the case of main titles and highly emotional moments, or may best serve the picture by merely supporting what is already being said on camera in a very subliminal and transparent manner. Sometimes the music may act as narrator (hopefully without editorializing). Sometimes its most powerful message is silence. The important fact is that it sets a tone for the film that acts as a unifying element."