CHANCE THOMAS

Composer for Film, Video Games & Television

N E W S

ORIGINAL MUSIC SCORE FOR ANIMATED SERIES PILOT
April 21, 2014
 
Hollywood animation veterans Richard Bazley (Hercules, Iron Giant) and Matt Davis (Hotel Transylvania, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs) have invited Chance Thomas to score the pilot for their newest animated adventure, Lost Treasure Hunt.  Real life treasures of the past - edge of your seat adventures - bringing history to a new generation. The pilot program, based on the voyages of Christopher Columbus, is targeted for Columbus Day release October 13, 2014.


 

CHANCE UNDERSCORES NEW IMAGE SPOT FOR CODEX DIGITAL CINEMATOGRAPHY 
March 31, 2014
 
Film director Sheena Duggal has completed work with composer Chance Thomas on a stunningly beautiful and artistic image piece for Codex Digital Cinematography.  Duggal, most widely known for her VXF magic on films like The Hunger Games, Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World, has woven a mesmerizing tapestry of images.  Chance's music, all digitally rendered, underscores with a blend of ambient and classical.   


 

ORIGINAL SCORE FOR "MASTERPIECE" SHORT FILM
February 4, 2014
 
Chance scores a new short film, MASTERPIECE, for Kaleidoscope Pictures.  This beautiful film takes the viewer on an allegorical journey through several paintings which come to life before the painter's eyes.  "If life were a painting, and you were the artist, what would you paint?  What colors would you use?"  Features virtuoso performances by cellist Nicole Pinnell, violinist Meredith Campbell and Daron Bradford on clarinet.

 
CHANCE SCORES INSPIRING DOCUMENTARY
January 22, 2014
 
This documentary follows the story of Stone Kyambadde, a Ugandan soccer player who suffers a devastating injury.  With his athletic career finished, he decides to gather troubled young men off the street and coach them in soccer and life skills.  This incredibly motivating movie is produced by Franklin Covey with new original music by Chance Thomas.

 
MAGAZINE HIGLIGHTS MIGHT & MAGIC SCORING EXPERIENCE
January 18, 2014
 
Attendees at this year's Sundance Film Fesitval were treated to a six page story detailing the scoring and recording process for MIght & Magic: Forgotten Wars.  The article was featured in FilmUtah Magazine with thousands of copies distributed at the conference.

 

Read the whole article in JPG or PDF format HERE.


 
WARNER/CHAPPELL CONTRACTS NEW MOVIE TRAILER SCORES
January 20, 2014
 
Warner/Chappell Music has contracted several new movie trailer scores from composer Chance Thomas.  The new scores will be published in WC's Adventure IV Premier and Awards/Crescendo releases.


 

BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY HOSTS CHANCE THOMAS EVENT
January 9, 2014
 
Chance Thomas returned to BYU for a guest lecture and Master Class on Thursday January 9, 2014.  Topics included successful principles of music composition, new techniques in video game scoring, and tips for navigating a successful career as a professional composer.

Dr. Kory Katseanes, Director of BYU's School of Music said, "I loved your lecture...Very engaging and informative... just what we hope for in this series and even more!"

 

For more information on Chance's Master classes, seminars and guest lecturing, please visit our SPEAKING page.


 

THE REASON BEHIND CHRISTMAS


December 20, 2013
 
Wonderful short film for Christmas.  Features a grumpy old stage hand and a school Christmas play that takes an unexpected turn.  Music composed and produced by Chance Thomas. 

FULL SAIL UNIVERSITY HOSTS CHANCE THOMAS EVENT

October 16, 2013
 
Full Sail University hosted composer Chance Thomas today for a live studio and online broadcast event.  Chance spoke to the students, faculty and extended audience about opportunities in the video game industry and shared successful business, artistic and technical principles.  One enthusiastic attendee wrote, "Wow!!  Your entire presentation resonated incredibly with where I'm at in my career.  It truly was a "Socrates moment"!!!"

 

For more information on Chance's Master classes, seminars and guest lecturing, please visit our SPEAKING page.


 

MIGHT & MAGIC FORGOTTEN WARS RELEASED

 
September 26, 2013
 
Ubisoft Entertainment releases MIGHT & MAGIC: Forgotten Wars for their popular Duel of Champions platform today.  Composer Chance Thomas created the original music for the new title.  The score features a distinctive Middle-eastern flavor, including Bouzouki, Tandbur, Oud, and some spicy Middle-eastern fiddle playing.  The score was recorded at LA East Recording Studios with the Utah Film Orchestra and Salt Lake Choral Artists.  Engineered by Tanner Danielson, mixed by Mike Roskelley.  Special thanks to Ubisoft Quebec, especially Aurelien Baguerre and Stephane Jankowski. 
 

CHANCE THOMAS JOINS WILLIAM SHATNER AND OTHERS AS SPEAKER AT SL COMIC CON

 
September 4, 2013
 
Chance Thomas has been invited to join a star-studded group of guest speakers for the SL Comic Con.  Chance will speak on a panel discussing the role and aesthetics of music, sound and art for video games.  He is joined on the panel by Video Games Live founder Tommy Tallarico and acclaimed visual artist Mark Jarman.
 


NEW SCORE FOR STORIED MIGHT & MAGIC FRANCHISE

 
August 24, 2013
 
Delivered!  The new live orchestral and choral score from composer Chance Thomas for MIGHT & MAGIC: DUEL OF CHAMPIONS.  Recorded with the Utah Film Orchestra and Salt Lake Choral Artists.  The score was recorded at LA East by engineer Tanner Danielson.  Mixing and mastering at The Pod by Mike Roskelley.  Aurelien Baguerre produced the score for Ubisoft Entertainment.
 

YOUTUBE HOSTS NEW HIGHLIGHT REEL
 
July 9, 2013
 
A brand new highlight reel is live on YouTube featuring some of Chance's best work.  Watch (and hear) video excerpts from animated films, video games, live action films and documentaries in a single montage.  Includes clips from The ChubbChubbs!, James Cameron's Avatar, Peter Jackson's King Kong, Lord of the Rings Online and many other terrific titles.  Watch it now:  HERE
 

ZONA FRANCA DE CADIZ VIDEO GETS AWARD WINNING MUSIC SCORE
 
June 1, 2013
 
A joint venture between Spanish communications firms iPoint Communicacion and Los Creativos de Hawkins resulted in selecting award-winning music from composer Chance Thomas to underscore a new film celebrating the history and achievements of Zona Franca de Cadiz.  Read an article discussing the project and watch the video from a website of the Spanish news publication, HoraSur:  HERE
 

CHANCE THOMAS SCORES "CLICK IT" CAMPAIGN FOR LHM AUTO GROUP

 
April 14, 2013
 
LHM AUTO, one of the Larry H. Miller group of companies (NBA's Utah Jazz being another one) has contracted composer Chance Thomas to create music for their new campaign, Click It!  Get It!  Drive It!  The music track builds on a rhythmic bed of mouse clicks, key jingles and car door closes, with contemporary beats and sounds overlaid.  You can listen to the track by selecting the ADS category of our online music player:  HERE
 

AUDIO GUILD HONORS CHANCE THOMAS
 
March 28, 2013
 
Composer Chance Thomas was honored tonight by the Game Audio Network Guild with its annual RECOGNITION AWARD.  This award commemorates Chance's leadership in bringing music from video games into the Grammy Awards.  Grammy nominated composers Austin Wintory and Christopher Tin (seen in the background) presented the award at the gala event in San Francisco.

 

ROHAN SNAGS GANG AWARD NOMINATION
 
February 21, 2013
 
The Game Audio Network Guild has announced that "The Eored" - an exciting choir and orchestra mounted combat track from the Riders of Rohan original score - is an official GANG Awards nominee in the category Best Original Vocal (Choral).  Watch the new YouTube Video of the song complete with screen shots, sheet music and session photos!

 

RIDERS OF ROHAN WINS TOP SCORE HONORS
 
February 20, 2013
 
Joystiq's MMO editor awarded the Riders of Rohan score Best New MMO Music of 2012.  Then, in a new article published yesterday, he also listed the LOTRO score in his top 5 MMO soundtracks of all time.  Thanks to the terrific orchestra, choir, soloists, engineers, studios, the HUGEsound music team, and everyone at Turbine and WB Interactive for making this possible.
 

OCU HOSTS DAY WITH CHANCE THOMAS

 
January 25, 2013

 

Oklahoma City University hosted composer Chance Thomas for a day of special events with their composition and performance major students.  Chance put on a Master Class, a mock recording session and concert performance. 
 

THEME FOR ROHAN - NEW MUSIC VIDEO
December 19, 2012

 

YouTube sensation Taylor Davis has released her new music video performing the THEME FOR ROHAN from the Riders of Rohan original soundtrack by Chance Thomas.  Watch the video HERE.
 

DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS SCORE HIGHLIGHTS
November 16, 2012 
 
Hiding in the shadows of Chance's higher profile ROHAN soundtrack is the excellent score for DUNGEONS & DRAGONS ONLINE.  Listen to a montage of highlights from this score on YouTube.
 

RIDERS OF ROHAN SOUNDTRACK AVAILABLE NOW
October 9, 2012

 

This has been a long time coming. Since 1998, composer Chance Thomas has been creating original music based on the fantasy writings of JRR Tolkien.  Yet not until today has a single note of this music been commercially available! 
 
Now, thanks to a four-way deal between Warner Brothers Interactive, Water Tower Records, Turbine Entertainment and iTunes, the first collection is finally being released. 
 

RIDERS OF ROHAN, Chance's original score for the new Lord of the Rings Online expansion, is available for immediate preview and purchase on:

 
 
 iTUNES and AMAZON
 

NEW SCORE FOR MIGHT & MAGIC
September 20, 2012
 
Chance Thomas has completed a new original music score for HEROES OF MIGHT & MAGIC: DUEL OF CHAMPIONS.  The game was released this week into open Beta by developer Ubisoft Quebec.  Players can experience the well known factions of the Might & Magic universe: Heaven, Inferno, Necropolis and Stronghold.
 

MISTWOOD ROLLS UP HUGE NUMBERS
August 7, 2012
 
Disney's GHOSTS OF MISTWOOD, featuring original music by composer Chance Thomas, attracted 1.5 million players last month, placing it among the Top-10 fastest growing games on Facebook worldwide. Congrats to producer Jenny Kropko and the entire MISTWOOD team!
 

BEHIND THE SCENES VIDEO - The Sound and Look of Rohan

July 5, 2012

 

How does one approach the task of creating music to underscore the writings of JRR Tolkien and bring that world to life?  What does a recording session to capture that music look like?  What is the role of the music score in an interactive game?  Composer Chance Thomas speaks about the process in this new "making of" video posted earlier today:  HERE
 


DISNEY'S GHOSTS OF MISTWOOD ANNOUNCED
June 13, 2012

Disney releases GHOSTS OF MISTWOOD with original music by Chance Thomas and sound by HUGEsound Network sound designer Kole Hicks.  Check it out, exclusively on Facebook.

 

December 13, 2011

We are pleased to announce the worldwide debut of RISE UP! - the music video.  This collaboration between director Masami Ikeda (Tokyo), composer Chance Thomas (Salt Lake City) and editing artist John Pratt (Honolulu) is dedicated to the resilient people of Tohoku, Japan and others impacted by the record shattering earthquake and tsunami of 2011.

 

Watch the RISE UP! music video now:

The Rise Up! music video, rich in symbolism, shows this beautiful and vibrant part of the world both BEFORE and AFTER the tsunami.  It shows everyday people coming together and rolling up their sleeves to help.  You will see warehouses of relief supplies pouring in, heavy equipment dispatched to aid, volunteers from both Japan and the West working together in rising up to rebuild.  Itís an inspiring view of the human race.


But as one famous American once quipped, ďIt ainít over till itís over.Ē  Many millions of dollars and thousands of volunteers are still needed. 

 

While awareness of the tsunami has receded into background noise for most of the world, thousands remain displaced from their homes still today. The scale of the devastation is difficult to fathom. Infrastructure is still smashed, entire neighborhoods remain in rubble and rebuilding will take years. Even basic clean-up is still ongoing.


One way to help is through the PLAY FOR JAPAN benefit album, created to raise awareness and funds for the relief effort.  This album includes Rise Up! and other great songs by top Japanese and Western composers working in videogames and film.  100% of all proceeds from the purchase of this music goes directly to the Red Cross of Japan, earmarked for tsunami relief and reconstruction.  You can preview and purchase the album through the STORE link on this website.


The ideal that one person can make a difference struggles for life in a world dominated by global corporations and powerful special interests.  But in our little corner of the artistic community, unpretentious individuals like you and I can still bypass greed siphons and pour our contribution directly into rebuilding neighborhoods, cleaning up toxic debris and restoring living conditions for our friends in Japan.  This rousing benefit album, PLAY FOR JAPAN, organized by Japanese composer Akira Yamaoka, is an untainted way to make a positive impact on humanity and get some great music in return.