Saturday, December 24, 2011

Mr. Claus

A new holiday short from Moving Echo Films: "In these austere times, even Santa is feeling the pinch. Now he's taking back what's his..."

Writing "kling klang jingle jangle" music is hard. ;)

Monday, October 31, 2011

Gnome 2 Can Hear You Scream

Happy Halloween!

Here's a new horror movie that I had the pleasure of working on...

The score is somewhere in a John Carpenter / Elmer Bernstein / Bernard Herrmann axis.

please don't send an angry e-mail, that was meant to be humorous ;)

Friday, October 14, 2011

Thursday, October 06, 2011


Vocals by Christopher Foldi, Instruments by Mike Crooker

Lullaby by MikeCrooker

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Memoriam Part 2 Video

Here's a video I did for the remix of Memoriam Part 2

At first, it looks a bit like a satellite image of a distant planetary storm, then the faces start appearing ;)

Best watched full screen in HD

Full album available here:

David Talento - Cumbus DX27
Kent Williams - Guitar, strange mandolin-y thing, Sears Chord Organ
Melissa Williams - album art

Mike Crooker - Bass, E-Bow Guitar, circuit bent Casio SK-1, programming, video

Sunday, September 04, 2011

David Talento and Kent Williams "Memoriam" Remix

A remix of a new David Talento and Kent Williams track, veering off into (West) Germany circa 1975. As Kent said...
Mike Crooker took part 2 of our Memoriam session and did a fantastic remix. He took our loose jam and made it into the track it should be.

I added the drums, bass, e-bow guitar and circuit bent Casio SK-1.

You can A/B the tracks for yourself here (track 2 and 4 respectively) from their Bandcamp page -- also available for sale as a 320 mp3 or FLAC.


Wednesday, August 24, 2011

GeekDad remix album released!

Good news everybody!

I recently did a remix of John Anealio's song GeekDad and was lucky enough to be a winner in the contest!

Here's the remix album -- my entry is the first track called the "One Hand Clapping Remix" -- the idea was "Roy Thomas Baker producing the Cars circa 1981" ;)

Let me know what you think!

Friday, August 05, 2011

48HFP wrap-up

Here's the music written for last week's 48 Hour Film Project. The first eight tracks are from Cleveland, the rest are from the San Francisco 48HFP.

The Cleveland tracks were based on the drawing of the "period piece" genre (the team chose the 1930's), so I went with piano, choir, strings on the main themes for the tale of Dexter Taylor, Psychology Professor.

48HFP by MikeCrooker

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Saturday, June 18, 2011

48 Hours

Over eight minutes of new material, written over the course of last weekend for another project, conveniently located in one spot for your dining and dancing pleasure...

48 Hours by MikeCrooker

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Another Day, Another Remix.

This time it's a remix of a new track from my old friend Ray Carmen. He recorded a cover of the Bob Dylan / Manfred Mann chestnut "The Mighty Quinn" and I turned it into something that the Jesus & Mary Chain and/or My Bloody Valentine might have recorded if the 90s never ended. ;)

Ray Carmen - The Mighty Quinn (remix) by MikeCrooker

The track can also be found on Ray's brand new EP called "Lincoln St."

Saturday, June 04, 2011

Angry Robot Remix Album

The Angry Robot Remix Album was released on 31 May 2011 -- and I'm happy to report that a mix of mine made the cut! This was a great deal of fun to work on -- right in my wheelhouse. ;)

For my "Singularity Mix", I went with a Kraftwerk/Trio/Depeche Mode feel with an added theremin to harken back to classic science fiction films with robots. Robbie & Gort, I'm looking at you...

Here the track listing:

1. Dale Chase:
2. Denis Cherryman
3. David Ritter:
4. Mike Crooker:
5. Chooch Schubert:

Artwork by Patrick Hester.

Here's more background on the Geek of The Week page.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

New Remix: Sander van Doorn - Daisy (Chainsaw Mix)

Over at Talenthouse, I've uploaded a remix of Sander van Doorn's track "Daisy" for a contest. If you like it, please consider hitting the vote button.

Bonus points for living through the 1990s and recognizing the name of the mix in the title. ;)

Friday, March 04, 2011

What #winning sounds like...

From my friends at Power Salad, a proto-demented parody of Charlie Sheen (click on Charlie's ginormous brain to download)

Be quick -- the shelf life on this one is measured in half-days.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Two new pieces and one new video

The nice thing about vacation is I can finally finish up some music projects -- so here's what shipped.

"Birdsong" is a wistful, downtempo track inspired one spring day while sitting outside. I heard these notes as a call and response between two birds. The bass was inspired by another bird call. Mostly VST, but there are also some circuit bent Casio SK-1 sounds lurking in the background.

Shot on a Nikon D90 with an AF-S VR Zoom Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED lens during a recent snow storm.

The best way to describe "Kalimba" is 3 vs 4 -- in both meter and instrumentation.

Using a kalimba, electric piano and marimba vs. cello, viola, violin, cymbal

kalimba by MikeCrooker

Vujade is a longer piece -- features guitars (e-bow), percussion and loads of atmosphere. Perfect for your next overcranked/slo-mo action sequence set in a foreign land. ;)

vujade by MikeCrooker