Louis Robert King

Louis Robert King

Music Composer

New York City, New York

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About Louis

When Louis Robert King is at work in his New York City home studio, trying to compose the perfect score to accompany a film, his typical method is as follows: First, he studies a single video sequence 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 same sequence 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 the marinating 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, full-bodied composition that connects directly to what’s taking place on screen.
“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.”
As a composer, he has scored several short films that have traveled festival circuit and created award-winning aural branding for major companies like Xbox, Google, and Geico. In 2018 his composition for a HP short branded film was nominated to be part of the AICP (Association of Independent Commercial Producers) permanent collection at MOMA. He also recently completed scoring the short film Abuelo, and is currently scoring the second season of the webseries sitcom Extra/Ordinary, which is in the middle of its festival run. He has also taken part in BMI’s Composing for the Screen workshop. As an orchestrator, he helped bring to final fruition the music you hear behind the Columbia Pictures logo, as well as scores for various Disney and Warner Bros films, and Broadway stage productions.
“From the time I was a teenager,” he says, “I knew music was what I needed to do.” That need eventually brought him to Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he tapped into his burgeoning interest in film scoring and learned the skills of the orchestrator’s trade, which he took to “like a fish to water.”
As the years have gone by, King has cast his net of influences ever wider. “The more music you’re familiar with,” he says, “the easier it is to find a unique emotional voice for every idea. It could come via Stravinsky, or it could come via Tom Waits. Because the answer for any given project is always different from the one before, you need as many different wells to draw from as possible.”
King’s compositional approach may change from day to day, but his principal goal never does: “My intention always is to give directors what they didn’t know they wanted.”
During the times he’s away from the composing studio, 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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Credits

  • Extra/Ordinary

    Extra/Ordinary (2018)
    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.

  • The Albatross

    The Albatross (2016)
    Film (Drama, Animation and Short) Composer In the center of a freezing, misty lake, a struggling writer's solitary fishing trip is disrupted by a strange creature from the bottom of a whiskey bottle.

  • Cookin' with Fire

    Cookin' with Fire (2014)
    Film (Comedy and Short) Composer Out on the stormy seas, a swashbuckling, grog-swilling pirate chef is determined to make his signature dish - at all costs.

  • Billy's Dad Is a Fudge-Packer!

    Billy's Dad Is a Fudge-Packer! (2004)
    Film (Comedy and Short) Music department 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

    The Little Mermaid 2: Return to the Sea (2000)
    Video (Animation, Drama, Family, Fantasy and 1 More) Music department After having found a magic locket which shows the kingdom of Atlantica, Melody decides to run away from home and find the truth behind it. Ariel eventually discovers that her daughter has run away after being told by Sebastian. Ariel must turn back into a mermaid to go into the sea once more to find her missing daughter. However, the crazy sister of Ursula, named Morgana intends to take control over the entire ocean. Ariel and her friends must stop Morgana from accomplishing the mission that Ursula failed and save Melody from her evil clutches. Written by Eric ggg

  • Annie

    Annie (1999)
    TV Movie (Family, Comedy and Musical) Music department Eleven-year-old Annie has been living in an orphanage her whole life run by cruel Miss Hannigan. After unsuccessful escape attempts, Grace Farrell comes to take the child home to live two weeks with billionaire Oliver Warbucks during Christmas. The plucky orphan worms her way into the hearts of the staff and Mr. Warbucks and even the president of the United States! Even though Mr. Warbucks wants to adopt her, she is still looking for her real parents who left a locket with her when they dropped her off at the orphanage. Miss Hannigan's brother and his sleazy girlfriend pose as Annie's parents to gather the reward that Warbucks has offered to Annie's real parents. Written by <ragheadchick@hotmail.com>

  • The Wonderful World of Disney

    The Wonderful World of Disney (1999)
    TV Series Music department

  • It Takes Two

    It Takes Two (1995)
    Film (Comedy, Family and Romance) Music department Alyssa (a rich girl) and Amanda (an orphan) are two little girls who are identical, but complete strangers, that accidentally meet one day. In an attempt to stop Alyssa's father from getting married to Clarice, a conceited know-it-all, the girls get him to meet Amanda's case worker and switch lives to stop the wedding once and for all. Though things don't go exactly as planned when Alyssa gets adopted and Clarice moves up the wedding... Written by Aaron Saltzer

Awards

  • Nominated for AICP Collection at MOMA - HP "The Show"
    (2018)

  • London International Award (Bronze) - Original Music Underscore: Xbox "Hard Times"
    (2012)

  • D&AD - Book - Best Use of Original Music: Xbox "Hard Times"
    (2012)

  • Clio Awards - Shortlist- Original Music: Xbox "Hard TImes"
    (2012)

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