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Behind the Title: Composer Peter Brown

NAME: Peter Brown

COMPANY: Proctor, Vermont-based Trakhause

CAN YOU DESCRIBE YOUR COMPANY?
It’s an original instrumental music library for videos, film and multimedia.

WHAT’S YOUR JOB TITLE?
Instrumentalist/Composer

WHAT DOES THAT ENTAIL?
Composition, instrumental performances, recording/mixing and engineering of every detail of the music and its project production. It also entails market research, keeping a website current and developing new creative ideas for all things visual. I provide my clients and fans with a steady stream of new material to listen to and enjoy as well as new projects for film and video to managers, post techs, artists and craftsmen.

WHAT WOULD SURPRISE PEOPLE THE MOST ABOUT WHAT FALLS UNDER THAT TITLE?
That my music isn’t just for film, video and games anymore. Analytics show a huge increase in individual downloads, meaning my music stands alone. People are listening to my music while driving, walking, working out, cooking and a lot of other things people do alone and with others. My music doesn’t occupy any one specific genre. In a multifaceted, global cultural environment, I think a writer needs to reflect that environment weather it’s music, art, film, literature or craft of any degree of complexity.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE PART OF THE JOB?
Watching someone smile, laugh or cry when listening to my music with a great set of headphones.

WHAT’S YOUR LEAST FAVORITE?
I don’t think I have a least favorite except when I’m reminded to take time out from a project to do something mundane like eat or drive to the store for coffee or bread or something like that.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE TIME OF THE DAY?
Well, it took me several years to get to bed early at night and experience the morning like a lot of normal people do. But over the past 5-10 years, I find getting up early gives me more of the day.

My creatives come to me at any time of day, but I’m usually only capable of forging new ideas and concepts when I’m fresh in the morning. Projects might take me into the wee hours of the evening and into the morning, however. Then, I usually sleep until after noon the next day. I don’t have a problem with that anymore.

IF YOU DIDN’T HAVE THIS JOB, WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING INSTEAD?
The other passion I have is photography. So, I might have invested in photo equipment or found myself traveling from continent to continent photographing all the wonders of the world. Or, I might have taken up writing novels or journalism. It would definitely have roots in the arts and communications.

HOW EARLY ON DID YOU KNOW THIS WOULD BE YOUR PATH?
Tough question. My whole family was musical ever since I can remember. I suppose that if my dad was a Formula One driver or raced in NASCAR or the Winston Cup, music might not be so important to me.

Sometimes we have no control over the path we’re on. If you learned a life of violence and crime as a child instead of touching people’s souls and heart as an artist or musician, you might find security in that. There’s certainty there. But if you asked me to choose a different path early on in my life, I probably wouldn’t.

CAN YOU NAME SOME RECENT SONGS YOU’VE WRITTEN? 
“Girl From County Mayo,” “Holiday Amman” and “Goes Around” are three of my latest projects. They’re uploaded on SoundCloud and can be downloaded either there or from my site, trakhause.net.

The one in the oven now is titled “The Cost Of Freedom.” It’s a straIght-forward contemporary, medium funk jazz instrumental with a killer bass and drum track. Jazz guitar and a Hammond organ paint some pastels into the mix.

WHAT IS THE PROJECT THAT YOU ARE MOST PROUD OF?
Always, the next one.

NAME THREE PIECES OF TECHNOLOGY YOU CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT.
My life support system happens to be Steinberg’s Cubase, Halion 5 and Groove Agent 4.

WHAT SOCIAL MEDIA CHANNELS DO YOU FOLLOW?
Well, I quit Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn because they were taking up too much of my time. At first, many years ago, I thought they were important to me as I thought they would bring people closer to my music. But I found that most every social network out there has not proven to be an asset in any real social, political, financial or cultural way. Quite the contrary for me. They’re mostly time-consuming liabilities. But that’s just my opinion.

WHAT DO YOU DO TO DE-STRESS FROM IT ALL?
I don’t do stress. The tensions in my life are self imposed for specific reasons and have everything to do with my art and craft of composing music. It’s not that everything in my life runs smoothly or that I have no personal, family or economic issues to deal with. However, I’m fortunate enough to have these issues in perspective so I can handle them comfortably on a day-to-day basis. I don’t think I can mention exactly what I do to relax here. Some things in my life need to be kept secret…..


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