I musician I arranger I mixer I engineer I producer
History: Michael Jay began
his composing career with scores for theatre in New York.
As composer in residence for The Colonnades Theatre Lab, he pioneered
the use of multitrack playback to allow not only cinematic arrangements
but live remixing in order to follow the actors. Scores for "Moliere
In Spite of Himself" (including a production starring Richard
Kiley), and "The Ballroom in St. Patrick's Cathedral"
included Michael's elaborate surround sound designs featuring up
to 12 speaker locations. Other productions include
national tours of a recent staging of "Tallulah" starring
Kathleen Turner and "Cyrano" starring John Cullum, plus
productions at The Actor's Studio, etc.
orchestration at Julliard's extension school, Michael Jay
went on to compose music for PBS, CBS Sports, AT&T, Unisys,
Prudential, LL Bean, E Channel, for the feature film "Key Exchange,"
and the short film "Peacemaker."
Upon the urging
of synthesizer legend Wendy Carlos, Michael learned audio engineering
in order to further his self-produced electronic compositions. Michael
has gone on to engineer and produce projects for Neil Young, Yes,
Brian Eno, Howard Shore (scores for videodrome and after hours),
John Boswell, Melissa Ferrick, Gino D'Auri and others. He also mixed
the dance tracks "Last Night A Deejay Saved My Life" and
in engineering and editing for tv and film work increased when he
came to Los Angeles. As a Pro Tools music editor, Michael worked
on "Armageddon," "Stephen King's The Shining",
Michael Jackson, "Ghosts", "Uptown Girls," "Return
to Me", "Meet Joe Black", "Telling Lies in America",
and numerous others. Other post engineering projects range from
special venue audio for a Kodak theme park attraction to enhancement
of surveillance audio for the FBI.
studio experience has led composers to call on Michael for consultations
with their personal studios. He most recently consulted on the acoustics
of the studio for composer Trevor Rabin, and spent two years as
overall designer and project manager of the studio for composer
Don Davis, in which he composed and mixed the scores for "The
mixing work for television won him a "Monitor" award from
the Videotape Production Association, and his editing work on film
music has won him an "Emmy" award.
recently Michael composed a new signature theme for DTS for use
in upcoming trailers. Reviews on MJ music:
New York Magazine:
"Michael Jay's swirling background music is indispensable."
"Michael Jay has done a masterful job of integrating a powerful
music so appropriate that one is deeply affected by it."
"Michael Jay's music contributed mightily to conjuring up the
17th Century. All in all, splendid."
The New York Times:
"Extraordinary music accents the tension; a stroke of shining
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