Growing up a stone’s throw from the musical force of Detroit, MI, I spent my early years making and manipulating sound with everything I could find—old tape recorders and stereo equipment, and eventually computers—culminating with a degree in music theory and composition from Wayne State University.
While studying classical and electronic music during the day I spent my nights fashioning recording studios in a variety of Detroit buildings—a defunct school, warehouses, photography studios—to record bands and make house and ambient music. Along the way I held a (mostly vinyl) DJ residency for two years at Temple Bar Detroit. My productions, and remixes have been released in the US and abroad on Rocksteady Disco, DADO Records, Yore Records, Shadeleaf, Stillmusic, Fat Finger Cosmic, and Soundhitectures.
Combining my love of classical and contemporary music I set my sights on composing and producing music for media. To date my music has been featured in over a hundred commercials, TV shows, and films.
My score for Main Street (dir. Joshua Woodcock) won best score at the 2021 Lonely Wolf International Film Festival and the 2021 LA Cinematography Awards. Other recent festival appearances include the Indie Shorts Awards Cannes, Venice Shorts, Tokyo International, Paris, and Nashville film festivals.
My music has been used in advertisements for Audi, BMW, Coca-Cola, Chase, ESPN, Porsche, Meta, Samsung, Volkswagen, and many more. My work in advertising has landed six Cannes Lions and a Vimeo staff pick, and KISS cover I produced for a campaign with White Horse Music has been streamed over a million times.
I’m now based in the countryside outside of New York City, surrounded by synthesizers.
Please get in touch to work together — contact @ topherhorn.com