California Composer Steve Barden has been writing orchestral music since the 1970s. His studies include composition, orchestration and arranging at Fullerton College, Cal State Long Beach and UCLA. Steve has scored for animated TV series, including Tic Tac Toons, Button Nose and Journey to the Heart of the World, and his cues appear on the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, and the award-winning animation short, The Baseball Card Shop (Nickelodeon). Steve's music appears on many popular afternoon TV talk shows.
Steve Barden's recent projects include scoring an online MMO video game as well as the pilot episode of a crime drama TV show being filmed in Taiwan. Earlier in his career, he also studied film composing with Don B. Ray, Gerald Fried, and Mark Watters; and studied orchestration with Steven Scott Smalley, and jazz arranging with Tom Kubis.
Steve is a very busy guy and in great demand everywhere. He has written music for television commercials, radio theme songs, and animated e-cards for the Internet. We are delighted to have this talented composer on our site!
A Happy-Go-Lively track from the 1950s/1960s featuring pizzicato strings, glockenspiel, woodwinds, harp and rhythm section. Lively and cute, this track works beautifully in commercials, corporate presentations and TV underscore. Beautiful romantic comedy, bubbly bright happy music, Instrumental, Dramatic, Happy Music
A 1950's throwback to the "Happy Go Lively" sound. Happy melodies with lots of pizzicato strings. Think "Leave It To Beaver." Period pieces, Romantic Comedy. Remember Ren & Stimpy made this style popular once again because of its quirkiness. Happy humorous innocent joyful sweet family kids, Instrumental, Dramatic, Whimsical Music
A sentimental piece that definitely "cues the tears". Heartfelt and tender. Solo piano followed by orchestra building to a dramatic climax featuring the french horns. Works great for breakup scenes, loss of innocence, and introspective settings. Instrumental, Dramatic, Tender music
Big orchestral "Hollywood" style theme or overture. Big and over-the-top entertainment show lead-in. You can't help but think about Hollywood in its golden years of filmmaking. Use on award shows and anything Hollywood related. Instrumental, Dramatic, Broadway
A great opening theme with a big fanfare and a touch of children's songs. Bigger than life brass opening followed by chaotic piano tinkling. Best use for children's programming and cartoons. Instrumental, Dramatic, Whimsical Music
A contemplative, reminiscing piece with emotional ebbs and flows. Begins with a simple piano followed by strings. Works well under dialog that is emotional and heartfelt. Breakup, coming to terms, saying goodbye, letting go. Instrumental, Dramatic, Contemplative Music
Cool trumpet (flugelhorn) with a jazz feel over a hip electronica bed of bass and drums. Fits in spy/crime situations where a montage of events are happening. Elegant, dark and edgy. Mysterious, moving, emotional. Romantic Drama, sorting the evidence, counting the bodies. Espionage tension suspense, Instrumental, Dangerous, Edgy Music
A sweet and heartfelt moment expressed first by piano, then by the entire orchestra. In a romantic comedy, the moment where the two lovers realize they are meant for each other. Tender and sentimental. Instrumental, Dramatic, Romantic Music
A jaunty little jazz piano piece. Very up-beat and exciting with brass accents. Has a big-band feel with the piano as the focal point. Perfect for a 30-second commercial spot. Instrumental, Dramatic, Energizing Music
Big and cheesy. Orchestral piece in the style of the 1950's "Happy Go Lively" sound. Humorous due to its retro style. Use in comical settings or even a game show. Instrumental, Dramatic, Whimsical Music
A lush and sweeping romantic orchestral piece in the style of John Barry, ala "Out of Africa". Can be used as serious love music or as over-the-top ironic settings such as parodies. Instrumental, Dramatic, Romantic Music
A fanfare featuring both strings and brass. The opening swirls with timpani, harp, and cymbals building to a climax of brass arpeggios. Short and sweet, perfect for any network news or other corporate logo. Instrumental, Dramatic, Regal Orchestral
Big orchestral, Broadway musical overture type piece. Also reminiscent of the 1950's "Happy Go Lively" style scores. Ren & Stimpy brought back this style in a very humorous way. Works in any retro setting and comical montage. Instrumental, Dramatic, Whimsical Music
European sounding 1960s guitar twang in the style of Italian composer Ennio Morrecone, king of the spaghetti western film scores. This track captures the essence of his style. Perfect for European (particularly Italian) settings of the period and parody comedies. Cafe, sunglasses, cigarettes. Instrumental, Dramatic, Contemplative Music
A theme for a news-type program. Begins with a brass fanfare and continues with swirling strings until it breaks into a rock beat with a soaring guitar solo. Exciting and energetic! Instrumental, Dramatic, Regal Orchestral
A minimalist piece in the style of Phillip Glass. Primarily piano with additional strings. Solitude Thinking Pondering Isolation Loneliness. Reflection or flashbacks. Melancholy, emotional and heartfelt. Medical mystery, pensive and a bit surreal. Going crazy, bittersweet breakup, farewell reunion, Instrumental, Dramatic, Calm Mellow Music
A quick transition ending with a "charge!" fanfare. Quirky and cartoon-like. Begins with woodwinds and strings and climaxes with a brass fanfare. Works great in any humorous setting such as sitcoms, cartoons and commercials. Instrumental, Dramatic, Whimsical Music
Starts slow then goes crazy fast! Remember plate spinning on the Ed Sullivan show? That's what this is. Wild and crazy, perfect for chaotic settings, slapstick, comedy, animal shows, funniest home videos. Romantic comedy, zany chase scene, dumb crooks, fairytale, fantasy, Disney, animation, Instrumental, Dramatic, Broadway
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