A meditative composition that explores the interpretation of winter weather as a depressive event through the sonification of snowfall data recorded in the Keweenaw county of the upper peninsula of Michigan. Daniel was awarded Best Use of Sound for this composition at the International Conference on Auditory Display.
Daniel composed an energetic, yet relaxing score and sound design for a student-made mobile game at Michigan Tech's Husky Game Development enterprise. Working closely with his peers, Daniel composed a dynamic score and designed and recorded all of the sound effects within the game.
Film Board Silence Phone Video
A simple courtesy call for theater patrons to prepare for the movie. Daniel created a short video (including all visuals) using familiar graphic design conventions and a dramatic, attention-grabbing 5.1 surround audio track to remind Michigan Tech's Film Board movie audiences to turn off their mobile devices.
The Dust Settled
As part of the curriculum for a documentary course at Michigan Technological University, Daniel (in addition to assisting with conceptualizing, shooting, and editing) composed the score for a student documentary about the university library. The score highlighted the contrast between old and new within the library: the dusty hardcovers that lined the shelves with the whisper of each page turn, and the computers, projectors, and other technology with their mechanical rhythms.
In this modern take on the Sophoclean drama performed at Michigan Technological University, Daniel created an enveloping ambient sound design that drew in and surrounded the audience, dropping them into the twisted world of Greek politics. The included sample is one of many sounds that made up the ambient landscape of the play.
Based on the story of the same name by Ursula K Le Guin, this radiodrama adaptation featured a original score by Daniel. Folk instruments like dulcimer and guitar meld with strings and synths to result in a sound that was mystical but full of life.
Safecrackers is a game whose objective is named on the tin: get in, crack the safes, and get out without getting captured. It featured a top-down gameplay using retro "8-bit" style graphics, and Daniel's audio work served to immerse the player in that world. To accomplish this, he composed chiptune music and other low-resolution sound samples that, while simple in their design, perfectly described the actions they accompanied.
Antigone wishes to bury the body of her brother Polynices, but an edict from her father Creon forbids it with the punishment of death for those who choose to disobey. Daniel's period-appropriate compositions captured the drama between these conflicting characters.
Mad Max: Fury Road Trailer Redesign
Daniel created a complete sound redesign and composition for the trailer to Mad Max: Fury Road. This involved stripping the trailer of all of its sound and adding in his own design. Everything from ambiences to gunshots to the bombastic score. What resulted was an explosive experience from start to finish, a sound that gives the potential movie audience a taste of the hard action to come.
The Royal Hunt of the Sun
Daniel created an award-winning unrealized sound design for this play by Peter Shaffer. As a period-sensitive work, this design concept captured the essence of the tension between the main characters of Pizarro and Atahuallpa during the Spanish conquest of the Incas. The provided sample captures the essence of Daniel's design, showcasing the samples provided to adjudicators.
Futurism, Absurdism, and a Spanish civil war. In this collection of short plays, Daniel composed music running through the twisted path of the avant garde. To create a sonic experience as baffling as the onstage action, he pulled from an eclectic array of sources such as a famous movie director and the lead singer of a well-known '80s UK pop duo.
Love, hate, anger, fear. These feelings can survive through anything, even the veil of death. Daniel created an award-winning semi-realized sound design for this play and presented it at the United States Institute for Theatre Technology's annual conference.
Ruby and the Śmierć
As part of a first-year final project at Michigan Technological University, Daniel collaborated to create a radiodrama adaptation of Helen Eustis's Mr. Death and the Redheaded Woman. In addition to assisting with the adaptation development, recording, and mixing, he created an original score that was concurrently whimsical and dramatic.
The Ghost Library
An adaptation of a children's book by David Melling, The Ghost Library is a short-form radiodrama for which Daniel both composed original music and assisted with sound design. Produced the span of two nights, the audiodrama captures the playful essence of Melling's original story.