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Joel Goodman
film composer

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meet Joel Goodman

Working in both New York and Los Angeles, award-winning composer Joel has been scoring music for pictures for over ten years. His credits include feature films, television and documentaries for Disney, Good Machine Productions, Maysles Films, PBS, Working Pictures, and Cypress Films.

A native New Yorker, Joel began studying music at the famed High School of Music and Art. He continued his formal training at the Berklee College of Music in Boston before returning to New York to embark on his musical career. With a strong focus on scoring for film and television, Joel has composed music for nearly every genre and style, while at the same time, has given each film a unique voice.

With a clear commitment to an artist’s vision, Joel works closely with filmmakers to develop a score that both compliments the narrative and editing, and expresses what picture alone cannot. Recent feature film credits include Cherry, Origin of the Species, and What About Me?. Joel’s music can also be heard regularly on TV, in shows such as NBC’s Mad About You and Saturday Night Live.

Additionally, Joel has contributed a significant amount of music to the documentary community and has had the privilege of working with many talented and respected filmmakers. Joel’s work for documentary film includes Sundance Film selections Green Chimneys and My Knees Were Jumping, HBO’s SuperChief and The Children of Chabannes, as well as the critically acclaimed Concert of Wills: Building the Getty Center, by Susan Froemke, Bob Eisenhardt, and Albert Maysles.

An active producer, Joel’s latest releases are Livingston Taylor’s Ink, and Carla Lother’s Ephemera for Chesky Records. He has also recently produced albums for the Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum of Art, and the J. Paul Getty Museum.

We present here short excerpts from three of Joel's films & television programs.



The Performances

tech note: each piece of music is offered in RealAudio and MP3 formats. RealAudio plays right away, but is lower quality than MP3. You probably already have the RealPlayer to play RealAudio files, but if you don't, it's free and can be downloaded quickly and easily from the RealAudio website.

Concert of Wills:
Building The Getty Center

Meier's Studio
Red Line realaudio mp3 (787 kb)
At The Site realaudio mp3 (1 mb)

This amazing documentary by Susan Froemke, Bob Eisenhardt, and Albert Maysles followed the design and construction of the Getty Center for the Arts and Humanities in Los Angeles through it's entire fifteen year saga. The three main characters, the head of the Getty organization, the director of the museum, and the architect, Richard Meier, are surprisingly candid and the conflict of their personalities is the heart of the story. Joel's music evokes the ethereal aesthetic of Meier's architecture while underscoring the tension which builds throughout the film, leading to the eventual triumph of the building's completion.

Talk To Me

Greg Montage realaudio mp3 (797 kb)
This film by Danny Elias & David Houts is a gripping real life drama following the exploits of the New York City Police Department Hostage Negotiation Team, where specially trained detectives save lives with words, not guns. The film culminates in a twelve-hour siege where a man is holding his nephew hostage at gunpoint, and the child's life hangs on the words of the negotiators.

My Knees Were Jumping

Melissa Hacker's documentary tells the story of the months just prior to World War II when nearly 10,000 children were sent, without their parents, to England from Nazi Germany, Austria and Czechoslovakia. The filmmaker's mother, Ruth Morley, was among these child refugees.
for more information about Joel Goodman, visit his studio's website at http://www.hifiproductions.com.


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