Why Did You Kill Me?
After her daughter Crystal was killed in Riverside, California in 2006, Belinda Lane used the social networking site MySpace to investigate the gang she believed was responsible. She created a fake profile for Crystal that lead to unexpected intimacy with the suspects, a key break in the case, and a dark revenge plot. What does it mean to pretend on the internet, and who exactly is on the other side of the screen?
Why Did You Kill Me? shows the tragic effects of loss and victimhood, both in the families of the victims and those of the suspects. It also explores the interrelation between revenge, forgiveness, and the criminal justice system.
Matt's dark, slightly-retro, synth-driven score evokes the themes of violence, hurt, suspense, and the look and feel of early social media technology. Pixelated graphics and animated gifs are echoed by chiptune (early video game) synth tones and drum sounds. Matt also used his own sister Jezabel's cheap beginner keyboard from the 90's (a Yamaha PSR-48), and specifically the presets "#80 Crystal" and "#88 Crystal Block", to both supply primitive digital tones and also connect personally with the story, imagining how he'd feel if his own sister was murdered for no reason.
A feature-length documentary by Fredrick Munk
On Netflix worldwide April 14, 2021
45+ minutes of original music by Matt Morton (additional music by several others)
'Why Did You Kill Me?' Trailer (not Matt's music)
APOLLO 11: QUARANTINE
'APOLLO 11' took us straight to the heart of NASA’s most celebrated mission—the one that first put men on the moon, and forever made Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin into household names. As the world celebrated their historic achievement, the crew’s mission would not be complete until returning safely to earth and undergoing a three-week medical quarantine.
APOLLO 11: QUARANTINE (NEON, CNN Films, IMAX) celebrates this lesser known story of personal sacrifice and stoic resolve and while offering an enduring message of hope during these unprecedented times.
A short film by Todd Douglas Miller
IMAX January 29 (2021)
Available On Demand February 5
Music by Matt Morton (Film & Trailer)
'APOLLO !!: QUARANTINE' Trailer
'THE LAST STEPS'
On December 7, 1972, NASA launched Apollo 17, a lunar mission crewed by Eugene Cernan, Ronald Evans and Harrison Schmitt. It would be the last time humans traveled beyond low Earth orbit, the last time humans landed on another celestial body, and the last time humans went to the moon.
'The Last Steps' uses seldom-seen, newly-restored archival footage to recreate this record-setting, heart-pounding mission.
The 30-minute cut of this film premiered at the 2016 Hamptons International Film Festival, and won 'Best Short Documentary' at the 2017 Black Hills Film Festival. Matt scored both the film and the trailer.
'The Last Steps' 20-minute cut
Pikes Peak: On The Edge
(Three-part documentary series)
The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb takes place on a 12.42 mile (19.99 km) public toll road boasting 156 turns, while competitors climb 4,720 ft. (1,440 m.) from the 9,390 ft. (2,862 m.) Start Line at Mile 7 marker on the Pikes Peak Highway to the 14,115 ft. (4,300 m) Finish Line at the mountain’s summit.
You can stream all three episodes of this series on the MotorTrend App.
Matt contributed two tracks to these films.
Directed by J.F. Musial (TangentVector)
Pikes Peak: On The Edge Trailer (not Matt's music)
(documentary trailer cue)
'Electronic Voyager' Official Trailer (Matt's cue plays from 2:01 till the end)
Listen to the single now on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, or YouTube
'Electronic Voyager' trailer
'Electronic Voyager' is slated for release in 2020. Now in the final stages of post-production, the film is raising finishing funds via Indiegogo.
From Waveshaper Media, the Toronto-based production company behind the pivotal electronic music documentary 'I Dream Of Wires' (seen widely on Netflix) comes 'Electronic Voyager', a new feature-length documentary on electronic music pioneer Bob Moog. We follow his daughter, Michelle Moog-Koussa, on an emotional road trip across North America and Europe, retracing her father’s groundbreaking footsteps. Michelle’s voyage is an effort to reconcile the father she knew with the world-famous icon and inventor of the legendary Moog synthesizer, the late Dr. Robert Arthur Moog (1934 - 2005).
Matt was honored to be asked to compose the final 1:33 cue in the official trailer and to be an Executive Producer on the project. His track, "The Godfather of It All", comes in at 2:01 and plays until the end.
Children of Fallen Patriots
(short fundraising videos)
The 2016 fundraising video
The Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation provides college scholarships and educational counseling to military children who have lost a parent in the line of duty. Twice a year at its fundraising events, it shows a short film highlighting the stories of a few families who have benefited from the foundation's outreach.
Matt scored two of these Todd Douglas Miller films every year from 2010-2020. He considered it an honor to get to help tell these families' stories, and to support this amazing organization.
Bon Secours Mercy Health is a regional healthcare system employing over 32,000 people at 400+ facilities throughout the midwest.
Matt composed the music for two of their recent TV ad campaigns, and apparently the collaboration went so well that people were calling the hospitals asking where they could buy the tracks!
They later extended the music licenses so that it could be used for additional commercials, in-house videos, public meetings, and hold music for the next five years.
(TV spots, music branding)
Matt created two related themes for Bon Secours Mercy Health
A 1-minute sample from the performance at 934 Gallery
934 Gallery (Columbus, OH) asked Matt to compose and perform a piece of music inspired by the art exhibition 'Was It a Cat I Saw: Paintings and Mixed Media by Saya Da Jung'.
His performance concept: "Many of the source images Saya Da Jung chooses for her paintings and digitally manipulated prints represent things she desires. With titles like "I Wish I Have; Sexy Legs," "Venus in the 21st Century," and "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," her work evokes a deep longing for something more, something different than what she already has, something that will finally complete her or bring her lasting happiness. Many of them look hazy, out of focus, incomplete, or abstracted. When I first saw her work, I felt like I was eavesdropping on her daydreams – the sort of dreams and wishes that all of us hold inside ourselves, journal about, and silently speak when we blow out our birthday candles or drop a coin into a wishing well. We don't speak them out loud for fear that they won't come true, or that we'll be judged or made fun of for them. But our silent desires and dreams shape our lives tremendously. My performance attempts to create a musical analog of Saya's work – a misty, dreamlike soundscape built up live, layer by layer using a guitar and various effects pedals (including a looping pedal). I invite the listener to take part by meditating upon his or her own unspoken dreams and desires. What do you wish you had? Who do you wish you were? Would you truly be happy if those dreams came true, or are you wishing for things that could never quench your thirst? What messages are your heart and mind trying to send you that you're too busy or too scared to tune into?"
Donations were accepted for the performance and were donated to the Make-A-Wish® Ohio, Kentucky, & Indiana Chapter.
The Full-length performance (with introduction)
Matt's song "Falling" is available on iTunes, Spotify, etc.
Lauren Adams (choreographer, director) produced this beautiful video (which is dedicated to her husband, one of Matt's lifelong best friends) featuring dancers Matt Luck and Ida Saki. After a conversation with Lauren about her concept for the piece, Matt remembered an unused song idea that he thought might work and sent it to her. It ended up fitting the vibe just right, so Matt set to work customizing it for length and format. The dancers performed the piece in one flowing, unbroken shot (filmed by Nathan Kim).
'Beauty of the Fight'
John Urbano (Justin Timberlake, Keith Urban, Garnier, Converse, American Eagle) discovered the Panama City neighborhoods of Barraza and El Chorrillo through a friend who suggested it as a good place for a photography expedition. As he met and photographed the residents, they told him about their struggle to survive in the face of crippling poverty, gang violence, and real estate developers eager to snatch up their increasingly valuable waterfront land. He quickly realized he needed to document this dying neighborhood before it was too late. 'Beauty of the Fight' played at 29 film festivals in 9 different countries, and also on TV in Panama. All proceeds from the film and photography book went directly to the Barraza community center.
A 3-minute sampler of Matt's score
"Times Square Live"
(for their flagship store launch)
This video was created for the launch of American Eagle's flagship store in Times Square. A specially-formatted version of it played on its 25-story multi-panel video screen, and a standard version played on TVs in all American Eagle stores. Matt had two days to complete it, and had to match the steadily-increasing tempo of the temp track beat for beat since there wasn't time to re-edit the cut.
"Endless Summer of Love"
(In-store and Online Video)
Created for the launch of their summer floorset, "Endless Summer of Love" played on American Eagle's Times Square video wall as well as on TVs in all its stores. Matt collaborated with rapper Eric Rollin of Mistar Anderson on this one.