• I am a film composer and virtual orchestrator with a passion for crafting excellent music that moves the emotions and tells powerful stories.



    When you combine moving images with music the storytelling potential is massive. When your visual media project (film, TV, documentary, promotional, game, etc.) has a well-crafted, thoughtfully-placed score that is aligned to the heart and arc of your story, matched to its mood and aesthetic, and formed out of a trusting relationship defined by integrity and clear communication, the results can be remarkable.


    Results like these are my goal as a film composer. And to accomplish that goal, I believe three points of focus must be present. Just as a three-legged stool's stability depends on the integrity of its three legs, so a film score will fail to meet its potential if any of these elements are weak or absent.


    This is really what it's all about. Working with the director to get to the very essence of his vision for the project and discover both the heart and the arc of the story is paramount to me. If the soul of the story is missed nothing else matters.


    The music must not only fit the needs of the story, but be truly excellent and genuinely moving as well. To wield music is to wield emotions, and so high standards in composition, execution, and production are essential to me.




    Trust. Integrity. Respect. Clear communication. These things are vital in any strong and productive relationship, and film-making is no exception. I care about the people I work with.


    Death Star Construction Time Lapse

    (Fan Film) 2017

    This video is a personal project (fan film) created by myself and my FX-guru brother Isaac Botkin. He planned and crafted all the visuals in Lightwave 3D, and I composed the original score. The goal was to come up with an original melody, but keep it very much within the style and flavor of John William's iconic Star Wars scores.

    The Screenwriters

    (Feature Film) 2016

    The Screenwriters is a charming throw-back feature to Hollywood's golden-era of cinema. The music had to capture that classic hollywood sound and mix in elements reminiscent of Gershwin and big-band music, which made for a very fun scoring experience. Director: Peter Forbes

    Polycarp: Destroyer of Gods

    (Feature film) 2015

    Poycarp is a period drama based on the life of the 2nd century martyr and church father of the same name. The music needed to capture the weight and spirituality of the subject matter, as well as weave in ethnic musical elements authentic to the region (Ok, they weren't all authentic, but they needed to sound like it!). Director: Joe Henline

    Erwin Brothers Entertainment Logo

    (Studio Logo Theme) 2015

    This piece for Erwin Brothers Entertainment (Woodlawn, Mom's Night Out) needed to be composed in a classic, bombastic Hollywood style reminiscent of old studio themes. Visuals created by my brother Isaac Botkin.


    Virtual Orchestration (VO) is the art and craft of creating compelling and realistic orchestral arrangements and performances with virtual instruments. In this age of rapidly-advancing virtual instrument technology, the performances created using virtual orchestral instruments are becoming increasingly believable and musical.
    Many are finding that VO offers greater creative flexibility and a more cost-effective solution than hiring a live orchestra for some projects (especially those in an epic or cinematic style). However, the pros and cons of each should be considered on a project-by-project basis.
    One of the services that I offer is the creation of Virtual Orchestra Performances (VOPs). These can be based on a simple melody hummed into your phone (which I arrange and flesh out), or full-score orchestration (which I perform as literally as desired), or anything in-between.
    How good can VOPs sound? Well, you be the judge. Nearly all of the music on this site was created with 100% virtual instruments--including pieces created as official demos for leading Virtual Instrument developers.
    Below you can find samples of some varied projects that showcase my VOP work.


    (Composition + Arrangement + Virtual Orchestral Performances)

    This celtic/cinematic hybrid piece is a re-envisioning of the classic hymn "All Creatures of Our God and King," commissioned by and created in collaboration with accomplished pianist and instructor Greg Howlett. It was also my job to create the arrangement, orchestration, and craft the final performances with virtual instruments. We modified the original melody a bit, and I ended up writing a couple of new melodies as well.
    Mix and Master: Jurgen Beck
    Piano: Greg Howlett 

    The End of Myself

    (Composition + Arrangement + Virtual Orchestral Performances)

    The End of Myself is an original song co-written and arranged by myself and tenor Daniel Craig (no, not that Daniel Craig). The song is intended to capture the journey of humbling yourself under the mighty hand of God, and is featured in Daniel Craig's album of hymns by the same name. I created arrangements/virtual orchestrations of five other classic hymns for that album in addition to this one.

    Vocalist: Daniel Craig

    An American Victory: A New Musical

    (Virtual Orchestral Performances) - 2016

    With America's first Barbary war set as the backdrop, An American Victory is a period musical in the style of Les Miserables and The Phantom of the Opera created by Louis R. Bucalo, which features a dazzling collection of Broadway stars, including Ashley Brown, Adam Jacobs, Jeremy Hays, Samantha Hill, Ramin Karimloo, Hugh Panaro, Aaron Tveit, John Owen-Jones, and many others. I worked on a few of the songs to create virtual orchestral performances based off of existing orchestrations.

    The Look

    (Arrangement + Virtual Orchestral Performances)

    This arrangement I created for vocalist Niah Merrill needed to be cinematic, intense, and epic.
    Vocalist: Niah Merrill


    (visit my Legacy site to see archived blog content)

    This has been a long time coming, but after many years of intending to update I finally have a...
    This video is a personal project (fan film) created by myself and my FX-guru brother Isaac Botkin...
    I recently had the pleasure of creating an official demo for Embertone's fantastic library ...


    Death Star Construction Time Lapse (2017 - Star Wars Short Fan Film)

    The Screenwriters (2016 - Feature Film)

    The Heritage Foundation video (2016 - Documentary)

    Polycarp: Destroyer of Gods (2015 - Feature Film)

    Erwin Brothers Motion Pictures Logo Theme (2015)

    The Worldview in 5 Minutes Show Theme (2015)

    Building the Machine (2014 - Documentary)

    Ace Wonder: Message from a Dead Man (2014 - Feature Film)

    Navigating History: Egypt (2011 - TV Travel Series)

    The Promise of Sheboygan County (2011 - Promotional Video)

    The Mysterious Islands (2009 - Documentary co-composed with Paul Mills)

    Wanted (2009 - Short Film)

    Homeschool Dropouts (2009 - Documentary)
    The Return of the Daughters (2007 - Documentary)

    Jamestown: Ancient Landmark, Modern Battleground (2007 - Documentary)

    Men O' War (Short Film)

    The League of Grateful Sons (2005 - Documentary)








    Be Still My Soul (2018 - Arrangement/Virtual Orchestration featuring pianist Greg Howlett)

    I Believe - (2018 - Virtual Orchestra Performances)

    Masterbuilder (2017 - Arrangement/Virtual Orchestration featuring pianist Greg Howlett)

    Adventurer (2017 - Instrumental Album)

    An American Victory (2016 Broadway Musical - Virtual Orchestral Performances)

    The Screenwriters (2016 - Original Soundtrack)

    Polycarp: Destroyer of Gods (2015 - Official Soundtrack)

    The Look (2015 - Arrangement/Virtual Orchestration featuring vocalist Niah Merril)

    The End of Myself (2015 Album - Arrangements and Virtual Orchestrations featuring vocalist Daniel Craig)

    The End of Myself (2013 - Single, Co-composed with Daniel Craig)

    Saga (2012 - Instrumental Album)
    Navigating History: Egypt (2011 - Original Soundtrack)

    The Mysterious Islands (2009 - Original Soundtrack co-composed with Paul Mills)
    The Return of the Daughters (2007 - Original Soundtrack)






    Berlin Strings (Orchestral Tools)

    Berlin Brass (Orchestral Tools)

    Berlin Brass (Orchestral Tools)
    Berlin Woodwinds (Orchestral Tools)
    Berlin Woodwinds Revive (Orchestral Tools)
    Berlin Woodwinds Expansion B (Orchestral Tools)

    Metropolis Ark I (Orchestral Tools)

    Metropolis Ark II (Orchestral Tools)

    Nocturne Violin (Orchestral Tools)

    Nocturne Cello (Orchestral Tools)

    Joshua Bell Violin (Embertone)

    Jubal Flute (Embertone)

    Ivory Winds (Embertone)

    Soaring Strings (Musical Sampling)

    Adventure Brass (Musical Sampling)

    Adventure Strings (Musical Sampling)

    Miroslav Philharmonik 2 (IK Multimedia)



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