SHOWCASE :: MUSIC

Welcome to my site and thank you for stopping by. Much work has gone into both the creation of the music on this page and the website itself, which I am proud of.

Here are some of my favorite compositions from recent years, showcasing variety and a keen sense of melody and style, as well as a blend of electronic and traditional elements.

Use the 'J' dropdown menu to navigate to my Showreel, where you can watch my original music with picture.

You can also find all of my latest screen credits on my IMDB page.

ACTION ADVENTURE :: PLAYLIST

Action Adventure music.

This playlist features music from Nickleodeon's Chase Champion - a cool mini webseries that came out a few years ago - as well as a couple of other projects.

The first two tracks, 'Powers' and 'Teleport' are really cool as they combine orchestra with electronic retro sounds, that I personally love and would love to write for all the time.

'Enigma' and 'Valkyrie' are library tracks that were written with the action-trailer in mind. Both have found their place in music libraries over the years.

HORROR :: PLAYLIST

Horror music: this playlist contains music from a couple of different projects and what I love is the ability to really think big picture when writing horror music.

I had the privilege of scoring the movie 'Sudsy Slim Rides Again' recently, and there were specific scenes in the movie that required terrifying, chilling pieces of music, which i used low synths and soundscapes to bring out.

Another track, 'Specter', never made the cut for a movie I had scored, but it was a cool, Bernard Herrman-esque piece of music from a different time period.

DRAMA :: PLAYLIST

Dramatic underscore is such a stark contrast to Trailer music, yet they are but two sides of the same coin.

It contains sentimental and emotive music, and features the violin skills of Maureen Choi prominently.

'Somebody' was a film that I first scored when I moved out here, and it was significant to me in that it dealt with love and looking for it in all the wrong places, and looking for hope in a city like LA.

Another popular piece is 'It'll All Make Sense One Day'. Because, you know, it always does somehow.

HYBRID ELECTRONIC + ORCH :: PLAYLIST

Hybrid electronic + orchestra might come across as being a little cliche these days, but being one of my two signature styles, I've created my own distinctive sound for the genre.

I feature the electronic elements as its own instrument, and not so much as a pad, or a pulsating arpeggio bed.

In so doing, I basically write the rest of the score around the electronic element(s), keeping it front and center throughout.

One of my favorite standout pieces has to be 'The Death of Wally'.

Western - my other favorite style of music to write - conveys such an earthly, gritty texture and quality, and makes me feel I'm on the road or getting stuff done.

Once again the guitar is usually a feature element of the piece. I love using it both as a lead instrument and as an effect.

The Bleeding Fingers contest yielded a superb piece - 'Cowboys and Angels' - for my portfolio, and you can listen to it here.

Another distinctive track is the theme from 'Deadmen the Series', which I am very proud of.

WESTERN :: PLAYLIST

SPECIALITY :: PLAYLIST

A special playlist. Containing some very unique pieces I wrote in different genres, these are pieces of music written for music's sake and not to picture.

I wrote the 'Cello and Guitar Duet' for my favorite cellist, Linor Katz, who I got to know during my time in Boston.

She is a phenomenal musician and friend and this piece was written for two 'unlikely' instruments: Cello and Acoustic Guitar.

She did a beautiful job. To me it was a successful endeavor as the blending of the two unconventional textures yielded a very unique sound.

CREDITS

FILM MUSIC DEPARTMENT (Selection)

A Series of Unfortunate Events (2018) S2, Ep 1 and 2 - Additional Music, Music Prog.

Falling Water (2016) - Additional Music, Music Prog.

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot(2016) - Additional Music, Music Prog.

Highston (2015) - Music Prog.

Love the Coopers (2015) - Additional Music, Music Prog.

Paddington (2015) - Additional Music, Music Prog.

Focus (2015) - Music Prog.

King of The Nerds Seasons 2 and 3 (2014-2015)

Wake Up Call Season 1 (2015)

The Cobbler (2014)

ACOD (2013)

Dexter (2012-2013)

Steel Magnolias (2012)

Star Tours Tokyo (2012)

Ruby Sparks (2012)

Underworld: Evolution (2012)

ASSOCIATED ACTS, FRIENDS AND LINKS

Nick Urata/DeVotchKa

Beep Studios

Generosity.org (Formerly Gen Water)

Brian Wertheim: Photographer, Musician

Linor Katz: Cellist, Shuffle Concert

Momentum RLP: my first home

Berklee College of Music: my alma mater

FAVORITE GEAR

Steinberg Cubase

Neumann KH120s + Sub

RME Fireface UCX

Valhalla DSP: makers of my favorite Reverb

Anything from Gregory Scott at Kush Audio!

PRS Custom 24 + Eventide H9

 

BIOGRAPHY

A young and rising musician based in Los Angeles, Jon Ong is a multi-faceted Film Composer, Arranger and Session Guitarist, who combines cutting edge technology with his unique guitar sensibilities and sequencing chops.

Born and raised in Singapore, he was educated at Berklee College of Music and graduated at the top of his class, winning awards for his Film compositions and performing face-melting guitar solos at his school's graduation concert to a packed Agganis Arena (and to his proud family).

While working under the guidance of senior composers in Hollywood, he has accumulated credits on films such as Paddington (2015), Focus (2015) and Ruby Sparks (2012). He has also assisted on musical arrangements for Andrea Bocelli, Rod Stewart, Barbra Streisand and many more.

As a Film Composer, Ong has worked on many short films and features using his various musical gifts; some of his latest projects include scoring McDonald's USA Hamburglar Ad Campaign (2015), a Nickleodeon USA web series pilot and the Alaskan Feature Film Moose, created by Darin and Chad Carpenter of Tundra Comics fame.

In addition to that, Ong is an experienced performer and sight-reader on the Guitar (Electric and Acoustic), having performed with numerous artists such as JoJo, Anthony Evans Jr., Guy Sebastian, Michael McDonald, Terri Lyne Carrington, Jorge Drexler amongst many others.

When not busy working on his latest film score, he can usually be found cycling up some of LA's great mountain roads, caring for his ever-growing succulent collection, or spending time with his loved ones and friends.

Follow his latest adventures on Instagram or drop him a line using the links above.

Music & Website handcrafted by Jon Ong.
Photography by Brian Wertheim.
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