Chris Field

Chris Field is a Los Angeles singer/songwriter, composer, and musician; he became recognized throughout the world for having started a new direction in cinematic music.   Field's piece "Acts of Courage" was released on the album, This Is Epic Music, Volume I, on Imperativa Records.  The album notes state that "Gothic Power", written by Field in 1999, started a new direction in cinematic music that came to be identified as epic music.  


"Gothic Power" became the main theme of The Lord of the Rings film trailer.  Gothic Power developed an international cult following and became so famous that it was later parodied as the trailer for Ben Stiller's fictional movie character in Tropic Thunder.  Another of Field's compositions "The Vision", became renowned for having been used in the film trailer for the 2007 film Atonement.  Chris Field's composition, "The Journey", is the end credit music for the film, The Secret.


In 2015, Chris Field released his first rock album.  About Personal Elegy, Chris Field says, "This album is a collection of songs I wrote and recorded over the past ten years.  Living in the Valley, close to Topanga Canyon and the Pacific Ocean, there's so much nature and history all in the same area.  I think influence wise, I was remembering some music that was going on around here back in the sixties and seventies.  But lyrically, I was just writing about things around me.  I really got into writing lyrics for this and was trying to find my own point of view.  The title track for the album, "Personal Elegy", is about things and people that have passed.  It is, for me, watching the Valley change.  Family and friends passing and also, movie stars have their time as well.  Heath Ledger had just passed away when I wrote this.  Really great actors make you feel that you know them and their passing feels immediate and personal. Definitely, in our family, the girls were all blasted out, there was a reaction against this sudden and unfair loss, the ultimate reminder of change.   This song seems to tie the album together in some way."  


Personal Elegy has an intimate, singer songwriter approach, influenced by the glorious rock and roll Golden Age, the 1970s.  The album is about the unfolding of anyone's life, through all its phases, its hope and joy, its bumps and bruises.  The album is original music of classic rock, vintage rock;  the album is a retrospective of the genre's various styles.


It is everyone's journey along the arc of time, beginning with death in "Personal Elegy" and through heaven in "A Safe Place to Hide".  The theme of sexual love in "Computer Girl", hopeful love in "Since You Were My Baby" and "Autumn Moon", develops into the never ending love of "You Make My Life Better".  Within this arc of experience comes the glittery world of the movies in "Autograph".  Regarding the fleeting nature of human endeavor, "Start Again" comes after a fall.  The ambiguous story of the sad abused girl "Nola" and "Had It Comin'" look directly into the ever present life dangers of abuse, and when called for, retribution.   "How Did We Get Here", "Live Another Day", "All I Do Is Think About You" are for the past experience, the wonderment of how and why things have unfolded as they did.  "New Tomorrow" and "Movin" promise that we've still got some time.  We still have the hope of a better tomorrow, but only by moving on from things that have changed.   But really, do things change?  In closing, the writer asks, was this "Just A Dream"?


Los Angeles and the Valley figure into Field's work, finding its way into the collection's autobiographcical points of view.  Regarding "Movin'", Chris says, "I grew up in Reseda, California. The Karate Kid apartments are on Tampa and Saticoy. I did a video, which I shot myself.  I found this kid, Keith Cargill, with the old VW Bug.  He reminded me of how the kids used to be back when I was a kid. Mimi Tillett, the girl, is a student who lives in Santa Rosa.  The northern California girl thing seemed to fit with meeting a guy here, and him rolling into a new life. Love is redemption and it can take you anywhere. Of course, where there's love, there's going to be some music playing!" 


"The Valley is everywhere in the "Movin" video and song is about escaping the urban mess and finding something new.  But the album as a whole, for me, is being in my 40's, reflecting back, and preparing to move forward.  It was really a more personal journey than the instrumental music I usually do.  On Personal Elegy, I'm singing, using my own voice.  In my 20's I was playing guitar, doing gigs, and getting into progressive rock/fusion. Then I did a 180 turn and got into composing for film trailers, which was a new thing around 1995.  Its grown into a big industry since."


Indeed, in addition to the above mentioned credits, Field is well known in Los Angeles as a musical composer for movie theatrical trailers includes Valerian, Alice in Wonderland, Tomorrowland, X-Men, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's StoneXXXAustin Powers in GoldmemberTerminator 3: Rise of the MachinesHotel RwandaKinseyPirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black PearlPirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, and The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. His first contribution to a film trailer was for the The Full Monty. His full credits and continuing work in this genre are referenced in part on an extensive Wikipedia page.


Chris says, "I like a lot of things and just explore them.  I don't want to be pegged to one thing, it's too limiting.  I did a New Age symphonic album called Sub-Conscious and I am surprised by how large the market for new age music became.  I guess people are stressed out!  I am very proud of that work."   Sub-Conscious, an award winning album, is an editor's pick and top seller in both Ambient and Neo-classical genres on cdbaby.  


Recorded in beautiful Seattle on the shores of Lake Washington, at Bastyr Chapel, Sub-Conscious features the Northwest Sinfonia, under the direction of master violinist and conductor, Simon James.  Sub-Conscious takes a classical and filmic approach to new age music.  Calm and soothing, with soaring strings and breathtaking melodies, Sub-Conscious was awarded Best New-Classical Album, 2006, by New Age Reporter.  Sub-Conscious is a top seller on cdbaby for ambient music.  It also became a top editors' pick in the neoclassical category.


The Sub-Conscious album has sold countess time and has been licensed for cutting edge radio shows, films, and all other media through Magnatune.  Personal Elegy is a new work, available on iTunes, cdbaby, and is also licensed for all media through Magnatune. 






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