My Trailer Music playlist contains some of my most exciting works. These pieces contain epic, sweeping melodies with climactic conclusions.
These are some of the most exciting pieces of music that I have ever written and I still get a kick out of listening to them to this day.
'Ride to Victory' is one of my favorites because it embodies one of my two signature styles, that being of a Western Slide Guitar infused into the larger cinematic score.
'Enigma' is a fun one too to get the blood pumping.
My Drama Music playlist is a stark contrast to that of the Trailer Music. It contains sentimental and emotive music, and features the violin skills of Maureen Choi prominently.
As I set out to capture the human condition through my music, I wanted it to feel and move as organically as possible. So alot of these are on a much smaller scale, and feature alot of push and pull.
Another piece that people like is 'It'll All Make Sense One Day'. It is a simple but sombre piece that I wrote about a time when you weren't sure if it was going to work out or not.
HYBRID ELECTRONIC + ORCH :: PLAYLIST
The Hybrid electronic + orchestra sound might come across as being a little cliche, but being my other signature style, 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 pieces around the electronic element(s).
One of my favorite pieces has to be 'The Death of Wally'. It is a unique piece like no other and it has been used to my advantage in instances where my music needed to stand apart from others.
My other favorite style of music to write, I love writing music for slide guitar as it conveys such an earthly, gritty texture and quality, and makes me feel I'm traveling somewhere or getting stuff done.
Once again the guitar is usually a feature element of the piece and sometimes I love using it as an effect, and pan it all over the place. Definitely a throwback to scores of old with a bit of a modern twist.
The Bleeding Fingers contest yielded a superb piece for my portfolio, and you can listen to 'Cowboys and Angels' here.
A special playlist. This one contains some very unique pieces of music I wrote in different genres. These are less 'film scoringy' pieces as much as they are just pure music written for music's sake.
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 of recording it and to me, it was a successful endeavor as the blending of the two unconventional textures yielded a very unique sound.
The 'Dilema Tango' was a Tango I wrote for a student film and it was so good that the director said she listened to it countless times after that. Sadly it only made it into the film in bits and pieces (as it usually does) so I had to create a full version. I love how it gives off so much tension and yet remains so beautiful and radiant. I don't get to write these too often so this one stands out!
'Another Day in Boston' brings out my jazz chops (which I spent years studying at school) and this was my final piece that I recorded at Berklee. I wanted to write a through and through jazz composition that featured soloists and tutti sections, and so this piece captured that as well as some of my (warmer) memories of Boston.
Jackrabbit 29 (2015) - Dir. Kyle Klubal
MOOSE (2015) - Dir. Logan Dellinger
Auxilio Trailer (2014) - Dir Leo Montiel
Nickleodeon Pilot (2014) - Dir. Michael Chaves
Itau - Opposites (2013-14) - Dir Ryan Maples
Nursery Rhyme (2014) - Dir. Ed Sanchez
Dinner With Ana (2013) - Dir. Jianna Maarten
Deadmen the Series (2012) - Dir. Royston Innes
Somebody (2012) - Dir. Doug Van Bebber
Reclamation (2012) - Dir. Dave Lehleitner
King of The Nerds Seasons 2 and 3 (2014-2015)
Wake Up Call Season 1 (2015)
The Cobbler (2014)
Alfred & Jakobine (2013)
Steel Magnolias (2012)
Star Tours Tokyo (2012)
Ruby Sparks (2012)
Underworld: Evolution (2012)
All Photos by Brian Wertheim © 2015.
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 shred guitar solos at his school's prestigious 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 (2014), Focus (2015), Ruby Sparks (2012) and has also assisted on musical arrangements for Andrea Bocelli, Rod Stewart and Barbra Streisand and many more.
Ong has worked on many short films and features using his various musical gifts; some of his own projects include a Nickleodeon USA web series pilot, and numerous short films with continued festival runs, such as Dinner With Ana (2014) and Somebody (2012).
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.
Thank you for stopping by. I hope you had a good time listening. It is always hard to choose your best tracks knowing that there is such a large body of work to draw from.
If you wish to hear a more extensive variety of music, please head over to my soundcloud page.
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