Composer for
Film & TV & Games

Need some music written? I'll be happy to help!

Contact me now at steven@steven-obrien.net.


Credits

Web Videos

Films

  • Stuck (Feature Film, Coming 2015)
  • Preconceived Notions (Short Film, Coming 2015)
  • Ring of Death (Short Film, 2014)
  • Worlds Apart (Short Film, 2014)
  • Where Is My Friend (Short Film, 2014)
  • The Chadlot (Short Film, 2013)
  • A Quick Look Inside the ATS (Short Documentary Film, 2013)
  • Kite Falling (Short Film, 2012)
  • The Trickster (Short Film, 2010)

Games

  • & (Indie Game, Coming 2015)
  • The Rune Stones (Indie Game, Coming 2015)
  • The Mechanist (Indie Game, Coming 2015)
  • Only If (Indie Game, 2014)
  • Hub Sweet Hub (Indie Game, 2013)
  • Dave Diamonds (Mobile Game, 2013)
  • Firefly Village (Mobile Game, 2013)

FAQ

Will you make music for my film/game/video/etc.?

Yes! I'd be honored to! Send me an email and we can discuss your project.

Can you write music for me in X or Y style?

Yes.

Wait, really?

Yes.

Am I allowed to use your music in my film/video/game/etc.?

Yes. The majority of my music is released under a Creative Commons Attribution license, which means you can freely download and use my music in your project (whether it's commercial or non-profit). You must, however, provide credit, and a link to the SoundCloud page of track which you used. If you do not follow this simple guideline, you risk having your project taken down by my army of angry lawyers!!! >:(

How exactly do you want me to credit you?

The bare minimum you have to do is display my name "Steven O'Brien" either in the credits or an accompanying description, however, I would ask that you make an effort to also include SoundCloud links to the tracks you used in the credits or an accompanying description too. This not only helps me by attracting new listeners, but it also allows your viewers to easily find my music if they wish to explore it further.

So I don't have to pay you anything at all if I use your CC music?!

Exactly. My Creative Commons music is 100% free and will always remain that way. However, if you do find my music useful, or if you simply enjoy it, I would ask that you consider donating to me via flattr, or sending some money to paypal@steven-obrien.net. Thanks. :)

Even if my project is commercial?

Yes, you can still use my music for free even if your project is commercial, but again, I would ask again that you consider donating to me. If you're making money off of something that benefits from my music, please be fair.

Do I have to ask you for permission if I want to use your music?

Not at all. Simply choose a track you like and use it in your project, no questions asked. While not necessary, if you do end up using my music in your project, I would love to hear from you about how it went. You can email me at steven@steven-obrien.net.

What if I want to use one of your tracks in a situation where it's impossible to give credit?

Send me an email and we can discuss it.

Despite you explaining everything with immaculate clarity, I'm still not sure if I have permission to use your music, maybe I should email you asking if I...

Please, please, don't. :( I appreciate the concern over doing things correctly, but seriously, I get about five or six emails a week asking whether or not it's okay to use my music in X or Y scenario. I have never once said "no" to someone. As long as you're able to provide credit in the manner which I outlined above, you can use my music in any way that you please.

But I still don't know what to do. :(

Jesus Christ. :(
If you can do any of the things which has a green tick beside it, either in the credits or an accompanying description (everywhere that you post it), you can use my music.

If people can ask "what song is this?" and other people can respond "Darude - Sandstorm", you either haven't attributed correctly, or the accompanying description isn't accessible/prominent enough.

How do I know if the specific track I want to use is Creative Commons?

How do I download your tracks?


I'd like to remix one of your tracks. Is this okay?

As long as you provide credit, it's fine. If your remix is really heavily based on my work and is not just using some small segment as a sample, if possible I'd appreciate it if you'd reference the track(s) in the title.

I'd like to use one of your tracks, but I'd like it to be performed on another instrument/in another key. Can this be done?

It depends. Send me an email and we can discuss whether or not your request is viable. I may charge a fee depending on how extensive the work required is.

Can I get a .wav/.mp3/.midi etc. of X track instead of what SoundCloud gave me?

If you've gotten an .mp3 and you want a .flac or a .wav, contact me and I'll send you a lossless version. If you've gotten a .wav/.flac and want an .mp3, you can easily convert it yourself using a tool like Audacity. If you want a MIDI, go sit in the corner and rethink your life contact me.

I'm a fellow composer. Can I send you my piece and get feedback from you on it?

Sure. Send me an email and I'll try to get back to you as soon as possible. If you're a classical composer, I'd also recommend that you post your music over at the TalkClassical forums.

Doesn't giving your music away for free devalue you/lose you money?

I'm not giving my music away for nothing in return. A prominent attribution is more valuable to me than money alone because it attracts new listeners, and it attracts developers/filmmakers/videomakers/etc. who enjoy my music and seek me out to write original music for their game/film/project. The music is more valuable to everyone if it's free and available. In any case, I trust people to donate to me/buy an album (they usually do) if they like my music or find it useful.

What sample libraries do you use?
  • - 8dio Adagio/Agitato for strings

  • - Orchestral Tools Symphonic Sphere for some supplemental string articulations (this library is great for getting all of those airy articulations like harmonics, sul ponticello etc.

  • - Orchestral Tools Berlin Woodwinds (including all three expansions) for woodwinds.

  • - 8dio Claire series for soloistic woodwinds

  • - Cinebrass Core/Pro for brass (I'd just say that I'm not 100% happy with the programming in this, but it's the best library currently available. I'm waiting for a replacement (or an update) to come along, really.)

  • - Embertone Chapman solo trumpet

  • - Orchestral Tools The Timpani for timpani

  • - Truestrike 1 and 2 for general percussion
  • - Heavyocity Damage for more cinematic percussion

  • - Cinesamples Voxos, 8dio Requiem for choir

  • - Symphobia 1 for "glue"

  • - Omnisphere for synths

I have many many piano libraries, but the ones I find myself using most commonly recently are:

  • - Spitfire Felt Piano
  • - Art Vista Steinway B
  • - Soundiron Emotional Piano
  • - Acousticsamples Old Black Grand

This list is incomplete, of course, but that's 95% of it. Some libraries I put through a plugin called VirtualSoundStage2 to position them, then either a B2, RC48 or Altiverb reverb on the master bus, sometimes a bit of compression using The Glue, sometimes a bit of EQing, and that's about it.