Jason Todd Shannon is an American musician, composer and orchestrator from Atlanta, Georgia. He specializes in original music for film, television, games and digital media. He graduated from the Berklee College of Music with a Master Certificate in Arranging and Orchestration. He also studied at the Ali Akbar College of Music under five-time Grammy Award®-nominated composer and MacArthur Fellowship and National Heritage Fellowship recipient Ustad Ali Akbar Khan. He currently studies musical performance under virtuoso Evan J. Marshall. Jason is a General Partner and Owner of Tunewelder Music Group (www.tunewelders.com), a boutique audio and music production company that specializes in commercial music production.
The first single (and video) from the forthcoming album The Worn Out Air is called Life on Earth. It is a massive composition that features analog and digital synthesizers, mellotron, mandolin, sitar, celesta, harp, organ, tabla, drums, bass, string quintet, taiko drums, timpani, full orchestral string and brass ensembles and a soprano choir. Nearly 100 individual instruments were used in its production. The video for Life on Earth was created by Prix Ars Electronica®-winning video artist Glenn Marshall, who’s original work inspired the music. Jason says, “Glenn created the accompanying generative art in this video using only mathematics and code using something called Processing language. When I first saw his work I was immediately struck by how wonderfully organic it was both in terms of its stunning visual texture and fluid motion. I wanted to take a similar generative approach to the music, which is why I used modular sequences that grow and expand and serve as the foundation of all of the other instrumentation. I really was striving for a juxtaposition of the synthesized and organic elements in a way that was musical and interesting.”