As an orchestrator, Louis Robert King has created the musical colors you hear in the iconic Columbia Pictures Logo, as well as scores for Disney's “The Little Mermaid II,” and Rob Marshall's adaptation of the classic “Annie.”
He received a Best Original Score nomination from the Independent Series Awards for his music for “FabUless,” a sitcom about three struggling actors making ends meet as brand ambassadors. Other accomplishments as a composer include “The Albatross,” which was nominated for Best Animated Short at Australia’s Cinema and Television Awards, he also provided additional music for the Sundance Jury Award nominee “Billy’s Dad Is A...” His distinctive score for the sci-fi sitcom “Extra/Ordinary,” the story of three roommates, each with a superpower that is more of a burden, than a gift to humanity, can be heard on SeekaTV. King recently composed the music for the short films “Abuelo,” “Like Mother Like Daughter,” and “The Messenger.” These will be screening in various festivals throughout 2020.
He has also created award-winning musical branding for major companies like Xbox, Google, and Geico. His composition for the HP short branded film “The Show,” was nominated to be part of the AICP (Association of Independent Commercial Producers) permanent collection at MOMA.
Beyond the realm of media, King’s involvement in the music world includes creating arrangements for Janelle Monae’s performance at Ralph Lauren’s 2019 fashion event, Evan Rachel Wood’s appearance at the LACMA Art + Film Gala, and produced the string arrangements for the soul all-Star super-group “The Sentiments.” A project featuring members of Monophonics, Gene Washington & The Ironsides, Paul & The Tall Trees, His Extraordinaires Horns, and The Sha La Das.
When King is composing the score to accompany a film, his typical method is as follows: First, he studies the film intensely, absorbing and interpreting the emotion that it means to convey—in his own words, “finding its musical soul.” This may go on for several hours, as he views the film over and over and over again. Then, he looks for something completely different to do.
“I have to step away for a while and let the ideas marinate,” King explains. “At times like this, it’s good to unload the dishwasher, or go for a walk, or turn on Colbert.” Once this contemplation phase is through, the writing begins. It could start with anything—a melody, a rhythm, a chord progression, a particular combination of instruments—but in the end, it leads to an engaging, unique composition that connects directly to what’s taking place on screen. “My intention always is to give directors and show-runners what they didn’t know they wanted.”
“Something happens when a narrative is supported by music,” King says. “It takes both of those things—the narrative and the music—and increases their effect exponentially. That’s a kind of artistic partnership that doesn’t really have a parallel.”
During his time away from composing, King regularly indulges his passions for wine, food, and poker. “There’s an interesting parallel between poker and composing,” he notes. “They both keep your mind sharp by giving you problems to solve. And I love being a problem solver.”
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TV Serie (Adventure and Comedy) Composer A web series that tells the story of three ordinary roommates with extraordinary abilities. A struggling actress who can’t be lied to, a British barista who can read minds and a couch potato who knows the future aren’t bothered with saving the world, they just want to make it through the day. But when a mysterious young woman enters their lives, their friendship - and their abilities - comes under threat.
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Drama (Short) Composer
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Like Daughter, Like Mother
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Cookin' with Fire
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Billy's Dad Is a Fudge-Packer!
Film (Comedy and Short) Additional Music In her first non-acting effort, writer/director Jamie Donahue parodies the 1950s high school educational film.
The Little Mermaid 2: Return to the Sea
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Independent Series Awards - Nominated for Best Score - FabUless
Nominated for AICP Collection at MOMA - HP "The Show"
London International Award (Bronze) - Original Music Underscore: Xbox "Hard Times"
D&AD - Book - Best Use of Original Music: Xbox "Hard Times"
Clio Awards - Shortlist- Original Music: Xbox "Hard TImes"