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Connor Helms is a young, award-winning contemporary Classical composer from Illinois who draws on an eclectic palette of musical influences. An aficionado of non-Western music, nearly all of his works have a tinge of various cultures without sounding cliched or gimmicky. Connor has a particular affinity for Japanese, Chinese, and other Eastern musical styles, which shows through in his more traditional-sounding ethnic pieces. He currently works as an orchestrator and composer of film and game music, and he also produces electronic tracks.


Connor Helms won the 2012 Jack Stone Award for New Music "Three Entities of Ether," as well as the same award in 2013 for "Archaeogenetix." His World music highlights include: "Percussion Quintet for Chinese Instruments," "Famine for Balinese Gamelan Kebyar," and "Mt. Fuji Serenades" -- a collection of works for various solo Japanese instruments. Able to write for chamber ensembles or extremely large orchestras, he can get either a typical cinematic style or more haunting and dissonant contemporary Classical style from either. A true master of timber and color!



Genres for This Artist

Total Tracks: 60

SoundPacks | Instrumental Tracks (55 Tracks) | Vocal Tracks (1) | Beats/Loops
Music Genres For Connor Helms
Action | African | Asian | Chinese | Classical | Dance | Dangerous | Drums | Electronic | Horror | Indie Rock | Japanese | Military | New Age | Science Fiction | World Fusion |

Instruments & Loops Genres For Connor Helms
Drums |



SoundPacks for This Artist See All Connor Helms's SoundPacks
PENSIVE TENSION - THE KILLER THAT GOT AWAY
Pensive Tension - the Killer That Got Away
YANGTZE FURY - CHINESE PERCUSSION PACK
Yangtze Fury - Chinese Percussion Pack
FUJI DAIKO EXPEDITION
Fuji Daiko Expedition




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PENSIVE TENSION - THE KILLER THAT GOT AWAY - (by Connor Helms)  Year: 2014
Contemporary Classical, chamber ensemble. Odd timbers and colors, striking harmonies and melodies, plenty of rests and breathing space. Easy to cut up due to long rests, so no need to worry over tempo syncing. Slow, unsettling. Great for murder, crime, biopics, thriller and suspense. Instrumental, Action, Impending Orchestral
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
SoundPack - Action, Impending Orchestral  
679269 238.1MB No Tempo   


YANGTZE FURY - CHINESE PERCUSSION PACK - (by Connor Helms)  Year: 2012
A dynamic and exotically exciting percussion ensemble. Authentic Peking and Lion Drumming rhythms. Intricately detailed, interlocking and intertwining, this is an explosive pack that will lend an authentic Chinese flavor to any video game, movie or game trailer, or film scenes of all kinds. Instrumental, Drums, Taiko Drums
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
SoundPack - Drums, Taiko Drums  
565304 55.2MB Mixed   


YANGQIN YING - (by Connor Helms)  Year: 2012
Connor Helms Authentic Chinese Yangqin solo piece. No cliched and gimmicky tackiness, just the Eastern harmonic tendencies taking the listener on an emotional journey. A meditative and serene intro segues to a more fast and furious section highly idiomatic of the heavily ornamented Yangqin style. Brooding outro, Instrumental, Chinese, Chinese Folk Solo
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track (full rendition) - Chinese, Chinese Folk Solo  
564935 2:39 Mixed   
Variation (no slow intro) - Chinese, Chinese Folk Solo  
564936 1:49 Fast 150   
60sec (just slow intro) - Chinese, Chinese Folk Solo  
564937 0:50 Slow 70   


YANGZTE FURY - DRAMATURGY - (by Connor Helms)  Year: 2012
Connor Helms An intense buildup. A huapengu with a score to settle is joined by a rather breakbeat Fangu. Intense and calculated rimshot exchange segues into a booming theme with omniscient bianzhong bell set. Luo gong crashes and Bo cymbal whips mark the dramatic passage of time til all fades to dying bianzhong, Instrumental, Drums, Taiko Drums
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Drums, Taiko Drums  
566630 1:33 Med Fast 140   
60sec A - Chinese, Chinese Folk Ensembles  
565283 0:59 Med Slow 100   
60sec B - Chinese, Chinese Folk Ensembles  
565288 1:02 Med Fast 140   
30sec A (30 sec buildup) - Chinese, Chinese Folk Ensembles  
565261 0:31 Med Slow 80   
30sec B - Chinese, Chinese Folk Ensembles  
565262 0:32 Very Fast 200   
Logo (Short blast of Chinese perc) - Drums, Taiko drums  
565122 0:03 No Tempo   


MT FUJI DAIKO EXPEDITION - TAIKO AND GAKU-DAIKO - (by Connor Helms)  Year: 2012
Connor Helms Authentic Japanese Daiko Ensemble - This track features the abrasive and pervasive Gaku-daiko in a battle agaist the taiko. Fast, furious, primal, this track is perfect for action packed montages in films and swordfighting/gunplay scenes in video games. Instrumental, Drums, Taiko Drums
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Variation - Drums, Taiko Drums  
566366 1:33 Mixed 90   
Full Track A - Drums, Taiko Drums  
566503 4:23 Med Slow 80   
Full Track B - Drums, Taiko Drums  
566367 1:48 Fast 150   
Full Track C - Drums, Taiko Drums  
566363 1:27 Very Fast 180   
30sec - Drums, Taiko Drums  
566559 0:35 Mixed   
60sec - Drums, Taiko Drums  
566558 1:02 Mixed 80   
Variation - Drums, Taiko Drums  
566557 1:54 Med Slow 90   
Full Track - Drums, Taiko Drums  
566556 3:19 Med Slow 100   


SAIL AWAY FOR SOPRANO SAX AND ORCHESTRA - (by Connor Helms)  Year: 2014
Connor Helms The soprano sax is the perfect solo instrument to carry such a somber tune. The backing orchestra does not detract from this feeling but instead serves to introduce the bittersweet atmosphere and support it. A couple twists and turns such as a harp solo and sax/harp duet along with full tutti. Instrumental, Classical, 21st Century
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Classical, 21st Century  
640753 3:10 Slow 60   
Variation A (The first minute only) - Classical, 21st Century  
640755 1:02 Slow 60   
Variation B (The last minute) - Classical, 21st Century  
640756 0:57 Slow 60   
60sec (Slowed to 57) - Classical, 21st Century  
640757 1:01 Slow 60   


AN OMEN DARK - (by Connor Helms)  Year: 2014
Connor Helms Harp, vibes, and bowed marimba set the stage for a full large sized orchestra. Replete with variously muted brass instruments (bucket muted trombone glissandos included). Think an edgy quieter suspense cue from a Star Wars or Indiana Jones flick. Instrumental, Dangerous, Mysterious Music
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Dangerous, Mysterious Music  
640833 1:22 Medium 120   


LAKE SAIKO SHAKUHACHI - (by Connor Helms)  Year: 2012
Connor Helms An authentic Japanese shakuhachi piece. No cliches or gimmicks, this is a playable work that is unmistakeably Japanese. Slow and meditative, it soon builds into something a little more furious. A flurry of explosive staccato and idiomatic pitch bending bring about a unique atmosphere of Nipponia. Instrumental, Japanese, Min'yo
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Impact - Japanese, Min'yo  
564927 3:53 Very Slow 40   
Impact - Asian, Asian  
566635 3:53 Very Slow 40   
Variation (Skip the slow intro) - Japanese, Min'yo  
564928 2:35 Very Slow 40   
Full Track (Meditative intro) - Japanese, Min'yo  
564929 1:18 No Tempo 40   


THE FOREBODING - (by Connor Helms)  Year: 2014
Connor Helms Great way to produce a pensive, eerie feeling across any genre/medium. Large sized modern orchestra. Starts with alto flutes in unison playing a highly atonal descent, going into a somber english horn. Plenty of bass/contrabass clarinet add to muted brass. An atonal and loud tutti ending sequence. Instrumental, Dangerous, Mysterious Music
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Dangerous, Mysterious Music  
640953 1:09 Fast 150   


SINISTER TENDENCIES - (by Connor Helms)  Year: 2014
Connor Helms Very large modern orchestra that includes contrabass and bass trombone, cimbasso, 8 horns, 4 trumpets. Features 7 string distorted electric guitar, a Moog modular analog synth, and a couple of Omnisphere digital synths. All packed in a orchestral minimalism ostinato/techno action cue. Vocal Pads, Action, Intense Electro-Orch
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Action, Intense Electro-Orch  
642064 4:38 Med Fast 140   


LAMENT OF A MIDNIGHT BOG FOR FUTOZAO SHAMISEN - (by Connor Helms)  Year: 2012
Connor Helms Authentic Futozao Shamisen. A despaired intro forebodes a rapid arpeggiated run. Manic and neurotic, it flows like the misty fog of this swamp. A depraved pyscho chase scene is given exotic timber and driving rhythm. Great for video game cutscenes as well, Instrumental, Asian, Asian
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Asian, Asian  
566636 3:53 Very Fast   


ESCAPE UNDER A DARK MOON - (by Connor Helms)  Year: 2012
Connor Helms Authentic Hosozao Shamisen piece. After an ominous theme, a pulsating variation begins. Idiomatic staccato runs/interspersed melody notes take over. A break in the chaos comes 45 seconds in with a slightly faster take on things. This lasts about a minute (good for background) before chaos returns. Instrumental, Asian, Asian
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Asian, Asian  
566632 2:20 Mixed 83   


HALCYON WONDERLAND - (by Connor Helms)  Year: 2012
Connor Helms Relaxing soundscape of nature and the drone of a choir. A flowing solo piano enlivens the upper stratosphere before an ethereal music box takes over; while the piano weaves a spell of mystic peace. It's joined by a playful bass guitar. Piano foreground is intersected by mysterious shakuhachi. Instrumental, New Age, Contemporary Instr
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - New Age, Contemporary Instr  
564926 3:42 Slow 60   


DARK FOREST DANCE FOR FUTOZAO SHAMISEN - (by Connor Helms)  Year: 2012
Connor Helms Authentic Futozao Shamisen. Traditional kokema swing gives a mocking groove quality to an otherwise haunting harmonic language. An odd yet regular pulse keeps things moving in an eerie style, and there is plenty of variation including short silences for added tension. Chromatic runs lead to a climax, Instrumental, Asian, Asian
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
60sec - Asian, Asian  
566631 1:02 Med Slow 100   


RUSH NIPPON - (by Connor Helms)  Year: 2012
Connor Helms Authentic Hosozao shamisen. After a 20 second foreboding, things turn sour. A fiery and rapid staccato passage that demonstrates hell hath no fury like a shamisen cranked to 11! Great for montage cutaways as it can easily be chopped. Instrumental, Asian, Asian
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
60sec - Asian, Asian  
566638 1:01 Mixed 117   


MT FUJI SERENADE FOR HOSOZAO SHAMISEN - (by Connor Helms)  Year: 2012
Connor Helms Authentic Hosozao Shamisen. Things escalate quickly and lead to a striking climax. The staccato strum is alternated with melody note in rapid bursts of unadultered Japanese fury. Great for video game cutscenes, film chase scenes, darkness of the night, general chaos. Also great in a comedic context, Instrumental, Asian, Asian
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Asian, Asian  
566637 1:42 Fast 160   


KYOTO KOTO RHAPSODY FOR 21 STRING KOTO - (by Connor Helms)  Year: 2012
Connor Helms The harmonic language is varied, lending to the ternary form. Ruminations of dark depression. Lots of space with 'ma' rests are slowly overtaken by more flowing lines; disparate. A contrasting episode of foreboding and neurotic worry gives way to the original theme work, before a gagaku anti-climax, Instrumental, Asian, Asian
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Asian, Asian  
566634 4:05 Mixed   


YANGTZE FURY - SYNCOPATED STORM - (by Connor Helms)  Year: 2012
Connor Helms Bianzhong bell set swiftly hammers out a driven and repetitive sixteenth note melody while a haupengu flowerpot drum pounds harshly on 2 and 4. The tangu drum plays a tribal rhythm with Bo cymbal crashes and Luo gong clashes to add to the syncopation. Instrumental, Chinese, Chinese Folk Ensembles
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Chinese, Chinese Folk Ensembles
775122 2:22 Med Fast 140   
60sec - Chinese, Chinese Folk Ensembles  
565263 1:13 Med Fast 140   


FUJI DAIKO EXPEDITION - (by Connor Helms)  Year: 2012
Authentic Daiko Ensemble. Includes lots of great backing tracks, the perfect underscore for film, game, and tv. Builds and escalations, premonitions and omens, explosive foreboding, lengthy quiet and repetitious - it's all here in one pack! Instrumental, Drums, Taiko Drums
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
SoundPack - Drums, Taiko Drums  
566570 146.4MB Mixed   


AMYGDALA HIJACK - (by Connor Helms)  Year: 2014
Connor Helms After some scurry and shuffle buildup, a trippy low pass filter-sweeping overdriven synth kicks in. Delirious and unsettling yet highly rhytmic with both simple and complex elements. Low pitch shifted grunted vocals in the second half add to the esoteric atmosphere. Very easy to cut up, single tempo, Instrumental, Science Fiction, Space Disco
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Science Fiction, Space Disco  
689548 6:45 Medium 120   


ANISOTROPIC MOOG AND JUNO DUEL - (by Connor Helms)  Year: 2014
Connor Helms A Mood Modular meets a Roland Juno. As the track fades in, you can hear the the motif based acid Moog melody, as it hops over the syncopated and percussive bassline of the backing Juno. Driving triumph is the main emotion, outlying a hero's journey to the final confrontation. Easy to cut up! Instrumental, Electronic, Electro-Industrial
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Electronic, Electro-Industrial  
689539 9:24 Med Fast 130   


ARCHAEOGENETIX - (by Connor Helms)  Year: 2014
Connor Helms A cascading and tumultuous marimba, a piercing and fluid oboe, and a powerful cello coalesce for an African rhythm inspired delirium. Its dizzying minimalist cells make for great psychotic and mental breakdowns of any genre, whether comedy or horror. Atonal and neo-tonal madness! Instrumental, Classical, 21st Century
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Classical, 21st Century  
689534 10:14 Mixed   


AUTUMNAL IMPRESSIONS - (by Connor Helms)  Year: 2014
Connor Helms Temperatures begin to chill, leaves begin to fall. Snow accumulates, and the atmosphere is set for the Holidays. Jazzy and impressionistic, a distinctly American style of orchestration through stacking and planing. A range of extended techniques make for dynamic textures, perfect for any Fall scenes, Instrumental, Classical, 21st Century
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Classical, 21st Century  
701202 5:47 No Tempo   


CHEE_ZEE AFRICAN DRUMMING PATTERN - (by Connor Helms)  Year: 2015
Connor Helms An original loop of African percussion and pitched percussion. Features a gyil and two kalimbas alongside a brekete, kidi, axatse, etc. Extremely complex and dense rhythmically, it remains easily danceable. The melodies are dark and brooding, a sort of unsettled premonition. Instrumental, African, African Contemporary
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
30sec - African, African Contemporary  
719625 0:31 Fast 160   


CLIMACTIC CLASH - (by Connor Helms)  Year: 2014
Connor Helms A brooding soundscape, followed by a drawn out passage of orchestral hits. Unrelenting, unforgiving, the hits just won't stop. Faster and faster, darker and darker, the chords growing more gruesome. Ends with a drawn out dissonant piano. Perfect for slasher flicks, stabbing scenes, gore scenes, Instrumental, Horror, Horror Action Intense
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Horror, Horror Action Intense  
679419 1:47 Building   


CONSENSUAL RIFF - (by Connor Helms)  Year: 2014
Connor Helms Heavy metal meets industrial techno. A heavy 7 string rhythm guitar with an overlayered robo-filtered 7 string guitar melody overhead. A metal drumkit and gritty punchy noisy sound. An edm bass drum overhauls the feel and worlds collide. Great rhythm and pulse, perfect for cutting action montages. Instrumental, Indie Rock, Industrial Rock
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Indie Rock, Industrial Rock  
689541 4:27 Medium 120   


DANSE MACABRE - (by Connor Helms)  Year: 2014
Connor Helms Floating but dense and weighted. Lively and spritely but dark and heavy. A contrast of dance rhythms with muddy quartal and extended tertian harmony for a chamber ensemble theme fit for a madman. Perfect for the evil manor overlords or elegant and refined demi-humans. Hits and wind down at the end. Instrumental, Classical, 21st Century
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Classical, 21st Century  
679443 1:18 Med Slow 100   


FLEETING NIRVANA - (by Connor Helms)  Year: 2014
Connor Helms Tribal African sounding drums pound out a steady, hard, fast rhythm. The track then turns to a dark reggae with minor chord offbeat synth backing over the drums. Next a brassy arpeggio synth chimes in to add a dark doom disco flavor. Mix of tribal, reggae, and disco. Easy to cut to, villain montage, Instrumental, Dance, Experimental
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Dance, Experimental  
689542 10:36 Med Fast 145   


MANDE JAM - (by Connor Helms)  Year: 2015
Connor Helms A balaphon, a kora, and an ngoni. Recurring rhythmic and harmonic motifs set the mood for this jam on an original African birimintingo. Light hearted, uptempo, upbeat, it's sure to add childlike playfulness through its complex simplicity. Beautiful melody, interesting danceable rhythm, good vibes. Instrumental, African, Mande
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - African, Mande  
719614 1:57 Fast 160   


MANJANI IMPROV - (by Connor Helms)  Year: 2015
Connor Helms A short improv by 2 djembe and 2 dun dun on the very familiar 'Manjani' percussion piece. Uptempo and upbeat, this 30 second drums-only track is sure to add speed and ethnic flavor to any use, particularly montage scenes, fight scenes, chase scenes, etc. A nice rounded climax at the end, Instrumental, African, African Drums
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
30sec - African, African Drums  
719624 0:32 Fast 160   


MOONLESS NIGHT - (by Connor Helms)  Year: 2014
Connor Helms Diabolic shadows float by. The nocturnal creatures are out, but the moon is not. A vigorous piano harmonics rhythm, bowed vibraphone screeches, conch shell tone flute, clarinet barrel pops, screechy bridge bowed contrabass, and animal cries by blowing glissandi through a removed bassoon. Instrumental, Classical, 21st Century
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
60sec - Classical, 21st Century  
679445 1:01 Very Slow 30   


PANOPTICONIC SOCIETY - (by Connor Helms)  Year: 2014
Connor Helms Gritty and acidic synth with low pass filter-sweeping. The closed hat and processed snare chime in with their industrial underpinning. A space age bass drum them fills the space out as the ensemble is joined by a disturbingly dark-cartoonish synth stab. The ever watchful computer-tone looms. Instrumental, Electronic, Dark Electro
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Electronic, Dark Electro  
689543 9:00 Med Fast 143   

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