Theatrical Sound Designers and Composers Association

Composing & Arranging for Virtual Instruments with Kaveh Cohen & Michael Nielsen


2 hours

Composing and Arranging for Virtual Instruments with Kaveh Cohen and Michael Nielsen

Wednesday, Sept 8 – LA 12:00 PM  |  NY 3 PM  |  UK 8 PM


  • Mixing
  • Sounds and Samples
  • Tips and Tricks
  • Q and A

A rising force in the industry, versatile composer Kaveh Cohen has contributed his innovative and cutting-edge style of music to film, television, video games, trailers, commercials and popular music.In video games, Kaveh provided a unique rock score for the most recent installment of Microsoft’s billion dollar motorsport franchise, Forza Motorsport 7. His one of a kind score features a star-studded cast of legendary musicians such as Chris Chaney (Jane’s Addiction, Alanis Morissette), Victor Indrizzo (Queens of the Stone Age, Chris Cornell), Aaron Sterling (John Mayer, Lana Del Rey) and Gene Troutmann (Eagles of Death Metal, Queens of the Stone Age) among many others. His rousing hybrid orchestral and cutting edge electronic score for Forza Motorsport 6, recorded with a 90 piece orchestra, garnered international praise and several award nominations for best video game score. Kaveh has also provided scores for the last two installments of Ubisoft’s acclaimed Tom Clancy games, Splinter Cell Blacklist and Splinter Cell Conviction which was one of the highest grossing games of 2010 and featured over two hours of cinematic score recorded with the Hollywood Studio Symphony on the legendary Warner Bros. Eastwood Scoring Stage in Los Angeles. He has also provided scores for movie tie-ins Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters for Warner Bros. Interactive and Battleship for Activision. Kaveh collaborated with Riot Games to provide scores for Riot’s wildly popular League of Legends and to compose Road to the Cup, a custom piece written for the League of Legends World Championships – a sold out event held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, streamed to over 32 million people and with over 7.2 million views to date on YouTube. Kaveh’s theme for Splinter Cell Conviction was recorded by The London Philharmonic Orchestra for their best selling album The Greatest Video Game Music which reached #23 on the Billboard charts. Famed violinist Angèle Dubeau also recorded a new arrangement of the theme with her string ensemble La Pietà for her album Game Music. His theme for Forza Motorsport 6 received it’s world premiere on the concert stage by the Hradec Kralové Philharmonic as part of a video game music concert.In television, Kaveh co-scored Marvel’s hit animated series Wolverine and the X-Men and has composed scores for Emmy nominated and award winning shows and mini series such as Amazon’s Chasing Happiness, Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Adventures, The Crash of Flight 191, Biography: John Travolta, Red Flag, Above and Beyond, Probable Cause, The Chronicle and many others. Kaveh provided the theme for the History channel’s highest rated special aired to date, the epic 12 part series America: The Story of Us narrated by Liev Schreiber. He also provided the theme for The Last Huntsman for the Discovery Channel, produced by Skip Films. Kaveh has also scored numerous commercials for clients including Sony, SEGA, NBC, AT&T, Mattel and Six Flags.In film, Kaveh’s scores include Crawlspace for writer/director Josh Stolberg (Jigsaw, Sorority Row, Piranha 3D, The Last Airbender) and the award winning foreign film Generation P, a critically acclaimed feature adaptation of Viktor Pelevin’s iconic book, directed by celebrated director Victor Ginsburg. His haunting score for Lionsgate’s cult classic, H.P. Lovecraft’s Beyond The Wall of Sleep was met with critical acclaim.In trailers, Kaveh and Ninja Tracks partner Michael Nielsen have literally hundreds of motion picture, television and video game advertising campaigns for Hollywood’s biggest shows to their credit. Very recent credits include Tenet, Mulan, 1917, Call of the Wild, Ford v Ferrari, The Irishman, Little Fires Everywhere, X-Men Dark Phoenix, The Gentlemen, Servant, The Expanse and Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. Kaveh and Michael have also remixed and covered iconic songs such as The Beatles’ Come Together for Justice League, Cream’s Sunshine of Your Love for The Gentlemen, Greta Van Fleet’s Highway Song for Ford v Ferrari, Van Halen’s Jump for Ready Player One, Alanis Morissette’s You Oughta Know for Little Fires Everywhere and ZZ Top’s Sharp Dressed Man for The Kingsman 2. Kaveh received the Production Music Association’s prestigious Mark Award for his piece Interstellar and its use in The Revenant campaign.Passionate about all avenues of music, Kaveh also composed the score for an Audies Audiobook of the Year winner, The Bible Experience. A complete and fully dramatized recording featuring an all star cast of almost 400 performers including 3 Academy Award winners, 5 Golden Globe winners, 8 Emmy winners and 23 Grammy winners. Highlights include Denzel Washington, Forest Whitaker, Samuel Jackson, Angela Bassett, Blair Underwood, Cuba Gooding Jr., Robert Guillaume, Eartha Kitt and LL Cool J. The beautiful and dramatic orchestral score was recorded live in Prague. Kaveh’s music has also been used by one of England’s most successful Premiere League soccer teams, Arsenal FC as their stadium entry music.Kaveh serves on the Artistic Advisory Board of Orchestra Los Angeles and is a member of The Society of Composers & Lyricists, the Game Audio Network Guild and is affiliated with ASCAP.


Michael Nielsen is a composer and music producer for film, television, video games, records, and advertising. Michael has composed scores for some of the world’s most successful game franchises, including Forza Motorsport 7, Forza Motorsport 6, League of Legends, Splinter Cell: Blacklist, and Splinter Cell: Conviction. The latter was one of the highest-grossing video games of the year and included over two hours of cinematic score recorded with the Hollywood Studio Symphony at the Warner Bros Eastwood Scoring Stage.Michael also provided scores for Warner Bros Interactive’s video-game tie-in to Green Lantern, as well as Activision’s Battleship video game based on the summer blockbuster. Michael provided the original score for League of Legends: Spirit Guard Udyr, and Riot Games’ World Championship “Road to the Cup,” which debut in LA’s Staples Center to a sold-out crowd.Michael is an owner and principal composer for Ninja Tracks, a music production company that is the first choice for producers and directors looking to create cutting-edge scores across all genres. Credited with hundreds of advertising campaigns for Hollywood’s biggest blockbuster films, Ninja Tracks continues to thrill audiences on both the large and small screen. Recent credits include Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Geostorm, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Star Wars Battlefront 2, Black Panther, The Hunger Games, Jurassic World, Game of Thrones, and countless others. Ninja Tracks also has scored numerous commercials for clients, including AT&T, Sony, SEGA, NBC, Mattel, Activision, and Six Flags. Michael wrote and produced Selena Gomez single, “Tell Me Something I Don’t Know,” which has sold over a million copies. He also wrote and produced songs for Another Cinderella Story, American Pie III, Scooby Doo, and Blue Crush. Michael co-scored Marvelʼs hit animated series Wolverine and the X-Men, which garnered Nicktoons their highest ratings to date.Michael has collaborated with and produced music for iconic artists including James Brown, The Pussycat Dolls, Kenny Loggins, Barry Manilow, The Baha Men, John Sykes, and Lenny Kravitz. Michael produced blues/rock artist Philip Sayce’s “Peace Machine,” which was a best-seller in the blues charts. Sayce’s critically acclaimed latest release, “Influence,” features several songs producer by Michael.Michael received an RIAA Gold Record for Disneymania, which remained on the Top 20 over a year after its release. Michael also contributed to Disneymania 2, which remained in the Top 5 on Billboardʼs Children’s Chart for over 23 consecutive weeks, entering at #1 the week it was released. The song “Tell Me Something I Donʼt Know” reached #3 on Radio Disney and debuted at #7 on Billboard.Michael and Ninja Tracks are currently based in Ninja Tracks HQ, a studio that was featured as a standout in Mix Magazine’s “Class of 2014” studio feature.

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