Multimedia, Film and Concert Music
BM University of Southern California
MA University of Southern California
DMus University of Natal, SA
Professor Emeritus, School of Music and Dance, San Jose State University
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A native of Los Angeles, Dan Wyman studied composition, music history, and film scoring at the University of Southern California. His principal instuctors include Fredrick Lesemann, Ingolf Dahl, and David Raksin. After graduate studies and work with electronic music pioneer, Paul Beaver, Dan began composing for movies by joining producer/director John Carpenter to create the music for Assault on Precinct 13, The Fog, and the original Halloween. As a co-founder of the electronic music recording studio, Sound Arts, Dan created numerous sound tracks as electronic orchestrator and sound designer. Included in these productions are National Geographic Specials, credits in Missing, Apocalypse Now, Close But Free, Delusion, Fade to Black, the Broadway musical Baby, and the Darkroom television series (ABC TV). He has written and produced music for the Ice Capades, commercials including Timex, The Boston Herald, Goodrich Tires, Toyota, Blue Cross, and many more over 40 years. He has credits for synthesizer programming on numerous hit recordings of the 70's and 80's including Earth Wind and Fire, Donna summers, Barbra Streisand, The Beach Boys, Diana Ross, Black Sabbath, Little Feat, Devo, Angel, and many more. Dan's feature film composition credits include The Return, Hellnight, Without Warning, Metamorphosis, and The Lawnmower Man. In association with David Shire, Dan created the electronic orchestration for several songs and segments in the Broadway Musical, Baby.
As a concert composer and professor, Dan has composed for various ensembles and electro-acoustic combinations, including chamber concertos for viola, 'cello, Saxophone, string quartet, and bassoon. He has had commissions from the Stuttgart Days for New Music, Musik der Jahrhundert Festivals, San Jose Dance Theatre, five commissions from the San Jose Chamber Orchestra, the Times Square Music Ensemble, and the Redwood Symphony (for the Marimba Lumina and orchestra). In co-production with saxophonist William Trimble, Dan Wyman released two CDs: Duo for Saxophone and Composer, and Explorations, available through Gnorble Music.
From 1982 through 2009, Dan was a professor of composition and coordinator of the Studio Arts program at San Jose State University, teaching courses in composition, orchestration, film scoring, and ethnomusicology. Dr. Wyman and his wife, Dr. Marilyn Wyman (professor, Art History, SJSU), pursued studies and projects focusing on the arts in South Africa. They worked with the University of Natal, Durban, the University of Durban, Westville, and the Trade Union Research Projects, as well as serving as visiting professors.
After retiring from San Jose State University, Dan has concentrated on creating software for music notation on the iPad with programmer Philip Lee: Symphony Pro. He works regularly on music composition, writing, and various creative related projects.
David Shire's Apocalypse Now, (original electronic orchestration and performance for film, and co-production of CD 2017, La-La Land Records LLLcd 1439.
Duo: Music for Saxophone and Composer, (William Trimble and Daniel Wyman). XDOT25 Distribution, now available through Gnorble music
Explorations for Saxophone and Composer (William Trimble and Daniel Wyman). XDOT Distribution, now available through Gnorble Music.
Giraffes in a Hurry, Matthew Brubeck and David Widelock Duo, B&W Music, London Really Matthew Brubeck and David Widelock Duo, Jazzpoint Recordings, New York. Produced by Dan Wyman
South African Praise Poetry, and Music for Liberation, Culture and Working Life Project, South Africa. Produced by Dan Wyman
Through the Reed, in Music from the Center for Research in Electro-Acoustic Music Volume 26, Centaur Records, CRC 2404 (1998).
Blackwaterside: Celtic Music on the Silver Flute. Craig CD 2501. Produced by Dan Wyman.
2016 The Jester's Menagerie, dance story for a young audience (original story, and composition for symphony orchestra)
2012 Redwood Symphony, Hearts Gate, a symphonic concerto for Marimba Lumina and Orchestra
2011 San Jose Chamber Orchestra and the Del Sol Quartet, Ibbur, for string quartet and orchestra
2008 San Jose Youth Orchestra and the San Jose Chamber Orchestra, Stepping Stones, chamber orchestra
2006 San Jose Chamber Orchestra, Remanance, cello and chamber orchestra.
1997 San Jose Chamber Orchestra, Soon, for Bassoon and Orchestra. First Performance, April 1999.
1996 Times Square Music Commission, Through the Reed for Viola d'amore and Digital recordings. First performance, 1996, available on CD.
1995 Musik der Jahrhunderte Series commission, Persistence of Memories for cello and performance artists. First performance, Stuttgart, 1996.
1994 San Jose Chamber Orchestra, Playing Fields, for Viola and Chamber Orchestra. First Performance March, 1995. (selected for Pulitzer Prize consideraton, 1996)
1994 Musik Der Jahrhundert series commission, Soaring Figure 3 for ensemble and computer, multiple Stuttgart performances, 1995-1998
1993 Tony Cirone Percussion Ensemble commission: Painted Notes for soprano saxophone and percussion ensemble. First performance San Jose, 1994, multiple performances 1995-1997.
1993 Voices of South Africa Series: Wena Wendlovu for quadraphonic tape broadcast on SABC radio Fall 1993.
The Lawnmower Man: Allied Vision/Newline Cinema
Without Warning: World Amusement
Hell Night: Compass Films
Yellow Wallpaper: A.F.I
Dead Pit: Sunseri/Cornerstone Productions
The Return: World Amusement
Time Frame: MCA/Xenon
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