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about tiven

I have been composing music for over six years and recently completed a BA in Music at the University of California at Santa Cruz, where I graduated with honors. During that time, I worked in the electronic music studio for three years, learning composition and production techniques. I gained proficiency in Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase, Cakewalk, Kyma, Max, and other music software. While at UCSC, I enjoyed a very successful recital of my original compositions. In 2002, I won Sound Horizons - a competition sponsored by New Music Works Santa Cruz - for my composition Nigun for the Victims of Terror (listen).

Most recently I composed additional music for the documentary film Chocolate: Pathway to the Gods. The film follows the history of chocolate from its origins over 3,000 years ago in Mesoamerica to the experimental chocolate makers of today. I really enjoyed getting to work on some of the period music in this production. Last year I scored Quiche Lorraine, a short horror film which won third prize at the Salem Horror Film Festival. It was also shown at the New York City Horror Film Festival, the Eerie Horror Film Festival, and the LA Independent Horror Film Festival. For the last year, I have also held internships with composers John Swihart (Napoleon Dynamite) and Greg Conway in which I edited and produced music for film and television.

Currently, I am looking for more projects to write music for.


  • Second Shift Podcast - composer, a radio drama series delivered as podcasts by Blue Sky Red Design
  • Chocolate: Pathway to the Gods - additional music, a documentary film by ArcheoProductions
  • Quiche Lorraine - composer, a short horror film by William Cicchino
  • The Visit - composer, a short dramatic film by Anthony Samu and Michelle Lee
  • Grace - composer, a feature film by Morgan Boardman
  • Maverick Media - theme composer, an independent news show