PENDULUM MUSIC & AUDIO ARTISTRY

David Steele - Creative Director/ Composer

David has been a mainstay of the Chicago music session scene for 35 years. He was born into this business. His father, Ron Steele, and grandfather were first-call studio players. He attended and observed literally hundreds of commercial music sessions growing up in the 70's and 80's. He watched the best composers and session cats implement the art of commercial music production on a weekly basis as a child and teen. That has given him invaluable insight into what works and how to achieve it.

For the last 20 years, David has composed music and designed sound for national TV and radio commercials. Credits include: McDonald's, Sears, Nintendo, Disney, Verizon, Honda, Alberto Culver, Proctor and Gamble, Kellogg's, General Mills, Kentucky Fried Chicken, General Motors, Hyundai, Anheuser Bush, Kraft, Walmart, and many more.

Recent TV Credits include music for: Honda, Toyota, Yoplait, American Pickers, Sprint, The Nate Berkus Show, Flipping Out, Auction Kings, NBC's Biggest Loser, Extreme Cribs, Carson Daly, and many others. In 2011 alone, his tracks have placed on over 100 episodes across several shows and this grows daily. During the fall of 2011, David has received several front end license fees from Oprah's OWN Network, Honda, Toyota , and several Corporate Videos. His music is published World Wide in a few catalogues and placements of his tracks have landed everywhere from Mexico to Japan and Romania in between.
 
email: david@pendulumarts.com
 

Mordion Gall - Sound Designer/ Audio Engineer

Mordion plays a pivotal role at Pendulum as Sound Designer, Music Recording Engineer, and Production Engineer for voice over sessions. She has designed sound for radio spots and corporate videos such as Family Dollar, McDonalds, Red Lobster, Proctor and Gamble, Comed, Baxter, US Food Service, ALLSTATE, and Verizon. Mordion understands the importance of meeting deadlines while delivering superb quality for complex audio projects. She has engineered and edited thousands of voice over sessions for advertising agencies, books on CD, podcasts, educational publishers, games, and foreign language projects. Over the years she has recorded music projects for Chicago based underground artists like La Armada and Al-Thawra. Her calm and relaxed demeanor during sessions makes recording easy and non-stressful. She has recorded live performances by bands like The Siderunners and Scarborough Faith, as well as classical music recitals. She has extensive experience mixing live sound for music and theater. Mordion earned her Bachelor of Science in Sound Recording Technology from S.U.N.Y. Fredonia. She has been an assistant engineer at Chicago Trax and ARS Studios. When not in the studio you can find Mordion flamenco dancing, renovating her 1908 house with her husband, and volunteering as a dog handler for ARFhouse Chicago.
 

Sean Johnson - Sound Designer/ Music Supervisor

Having turned his back on the gigantic SC Johnson fortune, Sean set out to make his own way in the world separate from the realm of mega-brand management and useful household products. Following graduation from Columbia College Chicago, Sean was brought on to instruct students on sound design for film, and manage the film sound studio. While there He was afforded open access to the state of the art facility to collaborate on many student productions as well as independent projects from the likes of such notable directors as Gary Sherman (Deathline, Poltergeist 3) and Terry Kinney (Oz). Following a migrating co-worker, Sean found himself working with Static Studios inc. on several TV spots for such brands as Kellogs, Nintendo, Disney, and Brita, as well as the Bader bros. Tribeca F.F. success “Street Thief”. When not making the world a better sounding place Sean can be found skating at Wilson, riding his bike, or teaching his dogs and plants to communicate better, and yes his initials are SC Johnson, and no he has no cleaning tips or coupons or you.
 

Eric Maltz - Composer

Eric began playing piano at the age of 6. Both his grandfather and great-grandfather were accomplished musicians, and hearing them play inspired Eric to follow in their footsteps. He began writing music at 15, and by 17 had purchased a 4track, drum machine, sampler, and keyboard. He then enrolled into the Conservatory of Music at S.U.N.Y Purchase, where he majored in Studio Composition. It was during this time he met fellow classmate Steve Williams, and Peculiar Gentlemen was born. After spending his 4 years taking classes and working with the likes of Regina Spektor, Dan Deacon, and Langhorne Slim, Eric moved to Williamsburg, Brooklyn. In the past few years Eric has been regularly called on to score music for blue chip clients like KLM, GMC, Crocs, Land Rover and the Las Vegas Tourism Bureau. In addition to his commercial work, heís also been collaborating with well known artists Pamelia Kirsten, Levon Vincent, and She Keeps Bees. His own band, Peculiar Gentlemen, is releasing their second album this summer on Doin Fine Records, and Eric has several singles scheduled for release this year on the Complex Collective and Novel Sound labels.
 

Mark Henderson - Composer

Mark Henderson is an innovative composer and an accomplished keyboard artist who has created music for such diverse worlds as film, television, animation, musical theatre, video, CD-ROMs and international trade conventions. He has composed for a comprehensive clientele, running the gamut from Steven Spielberg, Kenny Loggins and NBC News, to Reebok, Honda, Coca Cola and the Smithsonian to name a few. Markís song “When You Smile At Me” was featured on the television series Santa Barbara, and several other compositions have been included on The Sentinel series. For over a decade, Mark has been resident composer for the nationally acclaimed, award-winning Santa Barbara Access Theatre. He has composed eleven musical productions, which have been staged at such prestigious venues as Los Angeles' James A. Doolittle Theatre and The Kennedy Center. He has composed the music for the Santa Barbara International Film Festival from 2003 to 2007. He is currently working on a new kids show called “Thatís Funny” and a new DVD from The Idea Bank called False Alarms.
 

James Felz - Composer

James began immersing himself in music at a very young age. His journey as a musician began at the age of six when he began playing the violin. The classical training he received greatly influenced his technique and discipline as a musician, while exposing him to the joy of creating music. It wasnít until several years later, at the age of 13, that he traded in the violin for the electric bass and the Suzuki Method books for a collection of rock ní roll records. Since then he has enrolled at Berklee College of Music where he is set to graduate in 2010 with a degree in Contemporary Writing and Production. Through the years, James has earned experience in the writing and performance of a vast range of musical styles including jazz, funk, pop, latin, rock, electronic, and classical. His broad range of experience was especially helpful when he first teamed with Pendulum in the summer of 2009 as an intern. Currently, he is working on music for his Boston-based hard rock group Friday Crimes, while welcoming any other musical opportunities that come his way.