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Music from CROSSING the LINE

by Stephen Melillo

Released 1995
Released 1995
Film Score for CROSSING the LINE, a Motion Picture starring CALASANZ, an accomplished Martial Artist and Teacher. I was honoured when he asked me to score a film about his life and message.
17 - 21 years ago…

Ten years after his graduation, an old high school student called and began, "You know how you do something in high school and you think it's cool… but then 10 years goes by, and you realize… man, that really wasn't so cool?"

I braced myself for the oncoming wallop. "Well, Mr. Mel… what we did in high school… that... was really cool."

Whew! And that is the setup for this CD, the function of which was simply to supply a film score for one of the greatest Martial Artists I have ever known.

As I write this note to you, Derek Davodowich is taking a 9-hour drive to finally reconnect and to lay down some guitar tracks for the new Stormworks Project, Chapter 21: WON WAY. I haven't seen Derek since we recorded this Music from CROSSING The LINE, so I decided to listen to the recording again.

Listening, I am torn. "Man, I should resurrect this stuff… at least resurrect it using the new virtual orchestras!" The other voice says, "No… this was a snapshot in Time when all we had access to were $50 dollar synth modules and some good Musicians."

Because it is a "Film Score," it can span many genres. In this one Score, you will find everything from Fugue to Funk! So "the stuff making the Music" aside… the Music itself is a tour de force "historic" document, from that Time… 17 years ago.

Using meager equipment, I wrote the Music for this film starring Calasanz as a gift to him… but I also studied with him, acted in his movie, did stunt-work in his movie, built some props… and wound up doing all of the sound, from ambience to punches. So with me on keyboards, Derek on Guitar, Brian Kornfeld on Drums, and for the song, Sarah Brooks, and with recording engineers, John Mozzi and Keith Chirgwin, this "historic" document is up to share.

I hope you'll listen to it that way. As a "recording" of that Time. And that opening song? I can still hear that being a part of just the right film even today. Any heroic filmmakers out there? Also on the CD you'll find Music that was written in the late 80s, and some from 1990, 21 years ago.

Enjoy & Godspeed! Steve

In 2016, Stephen’s 4th Symphony was nominated for the Pulitzer and Nemmers Prize in Music. Winner of three 2009 Telly & Ava Awards for his 2005 Visualized Concert: THAT WE MIGHT LIVE, Stephen’s concert-version was also nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in Music. His 15 feature film scores include the Oscar-nominated 12:01PM, and most recently, The UNWILLING. An ASCAP Concert Awards recipient each year since 1992, Stephen's more than 1140 works include 4 symphonies, several concerti and over 33-hours of Music for Ensembles of the 3rd Millennium™. With 28 CDs and 6 books on iTunes, and simply by word-of-mouth, Stephen’s pioneering, self-publishing entity known as STORMWORKS has gone from 0 to many thousands of worldwide renderings since 1992.

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