Urban Drama

Night Traffic Flow in Seattle


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I love the search for the right sound and feeling for a particular environment. This is the opening music for an ABC 1-hour special on the LAPD. The challenge for the top of the program was to convey musically the sense of danger, fatigue and hope that pervades this part of Los Angeles.

Ticking Clock – Orchestral

Ben Decter conducting ABC's OFF THE MAP at The Bridge Recording


Composer Ben Decter conducts a session of ABC's OFF THE MAP

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More race against the clock havoc as our fearsome heroes attempt to save the lives of a dozen bus-crash victims. A lot of harrowing events went down in ABC’s OFF THE MAP. I was glad to provide the musical backdrop for the dramatic situations as they unfolded each week.

Lush Romance – Orchestral

millaa millaa falls


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Possibly the most moving recording session I’ve ever experienced was for this episode of ABC’s OFF THE MAP. 45-piece orchestra, excellent crew, and pecan pie. In this scene, lovely Sydney has finally decided to accept the life-saving donation of blood from her just-deceased fiance. (I did mention that this was a drama, right?!)

Upbeat – Americana

Presby Iris Garden

Montclair New Jersey's Presby Iris Garden


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While this NBC pilot was a no-go, it sure provided a chance to write some fun music. Picture a big family winding through a rural country road in their station wagon, en route to visit their grandparents. (Of curse, this is for the happy, promising moments, prior to the familial dysfunction that will ensue.)

Paley Jones – Pretty Face

Paley Jones

Another track from my collaboration with Jackie Sloan, as “Paley Jones.” This is music for one of those difficult days– hard to get out of bed, hard to know what you’re doing. The proverbial clouds before the sunshine breaks through.

Light Action

DC Night2


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This piece is from ABC’s INSIDE THE BOX– a great pilot that unfortunately never made it to air. In this scene, the news reporters are racing around, gathering details as they face an imminent deadline. The intrepid reporters are following their source to his house as the pressure’s mounting… and finally, the news breaks.

Wistful Guitar

Sun Sketch


Wooden Sun Sketch

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I love those times when a track comes together seemingly effortlessly. This track was one of those times. And it certainly helps tremendously when a guitarist like Chris Bruce is able to lend his talents.




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McDonald’s will always have a special place in my heart– not because of the fish filet (though that craving does hit occasionally)– but because it was the first commercial I ever scored. Here’s a playful, quirky vibe to accompany a Happy Meal.

Dramatic Suspense – Orchestral

cloudy moon FX


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The continuation of a devastating scene, in which a little girl fights through the pain of surgery without anesthesia. We are in a Peruvian jungle and it’s a very long way to the nearest hospital. This is from ABC’s medical drama, OFF THE MAP.


Beer Clogs

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A US commercial for a Dutch beer. I wanted it playful and fun– you know, music to drink by!

Drama – Opening



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While the ABC pilot for which this was composed never made it to air, I’ve always liked the mix of elements in this piece– processed cello, organic hangdrum, a little piano, some percussion and a dash of electronics. I tired to capture our heroine’s underlying darkness and energy as she navigates the big city.

Mysterious – Orchestral

Mys Cave


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Having the opportunity to record with an orchestra was incredible. “Arrive at Mine” is another piece from OFF THE MAP. In this scene, our hero is arriving at an old mine to rescue a man trapped deep below. Suffice it to say, all does not go well.

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