Composers Interview: Dynamic Music Partners (Batman: The Killing Joke) [VIDEO]

Lolita Ritmanis, Michael McCuistion, and Kristopher Carter are three Emmy award winning composers, collectively known as the Dynamic Music Partners. Together, they’ve been creating music for animated superheroes since the dawn of the 90’s, starting with Batman: The Animated Series, Superman: The Animated Series, and Batman Beyond. Since then, we’ve heard their music blast through shows like Teen Titans, Justice League, The Spectacular Spider-Man, Ben 10, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, New Teen Titans, Young Justice, and Avengers Assemble, among many other projects and non-superhero-centric entities. This year, they have score the highly anticipated DC Animated Movie adaptation of Batman: The Killing Joke, starring Kevin Conroy as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Mark Hamill as the Joker, Tara Strong as Barbara Gordon/Batgirl, and Ray Wise as Commissioner James Gordon. Below is their bio according to their official website:

“Emmy Award-winning composers Michael McCuistion, Lolita Ritmanis and Kristopher Carter, collectively known as Dynamic Music Partners, have created hundreds of hours of music for a variety of different genres, including TV series, independent films, video games and live performance events. They have collectively earned twenty-eight Emmy Award nominations and six Annie Award nominations as composers for Marvel’s Avengers Assemble,  Batman: The Brave And The Bold, Justice League, Teen Titans, Batman Beyond, The Zeta Project and The New Batman Superman Adventures. Original concert works and suites of their scores have been performed in festivals and special events; from New York’s Lincoln Center to The Hollywood Bowl, The Kennedy Center, The Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles,  Tenerife – Spain and beyond, their music has received critical acclaim. Their Prime-time Emmy Award nominated musical Batman: The Brave and the Bold: Mayhem of the Music Meister, starring Neil Patrick Harris was a historic first Batman musical to ever be composed.

They began their careers composing music for Batman: The Animated Series, Superman: The Animated Series and Batman Beyond, for which they each received the Emmy Award in Music Direction and Composition. As orchestrators they have worked with many of Hollywood’s A-list composers, including Michael Kamen, Basil Poledouris, Howard Shore, Carter Burwell, Elliot Goldenthal, Mark Snow and Shirley Walker. Kristopher, Michael and Lolita are currently working on the third season of Marvel’s Avengers Assemble. They recently completed scoring a feature length documentary An Act of Love, which received the silver award at the Mill Valley Film Festival, as well as composed 4 hours of original music for radio-play audio book Rain of the Ghosts. Their feature film Marvel Superhero Adventures: Frost Fight will premiere in December 2015. 

Kristopher, Michael and Lolita work both collectively and individually. Kristopher recently completed the score to the Webby-nominated short film The Birds Of Anger for G4TV and just returned from a series of lectures at the North Carolina School of the Arts. Michael recently scored the latest Griffith Observatory production Time’s Up which is now playing at the observatory in the Samuel Oschin Planetarium. Lolita has been very active in the concert music arena this past season, having had works performed at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C,  2 original musicals – receiving performances in Latvia throughout 2014-2015,  as well as the premiere of her symphonic work Overture to Light. This remarkable and very contemporary trio of composers and performers is an example of creative collaboration, business savvy, and artistic expression of the highest, most original level. They are currently working in today’s industry and are examples and role models for aspiring film composers everywhere.”

We speak to Lolita, Michael, and Kristopher about their many years of scoring animated superhero series, from their beginnings scoring Batman: The Animated Series with Shirley Walker, all the way up to scoring Batman: The Killing Joke, including a song performance by Mark Hamill. Check out our interview below, and make sure to subscribe to our Youtube Channel to keep up with our videos!

Interview with Dynamic Music Partners:

You can find out more about D.M.P. and hear some of their music on their official website and follow them on Twitter and Facebook.

Many thanks to LolitaMichael, and Kristopher, as well as Maike at White Bear PR for helping make this interview happen.

Written by: Meena Shamaly

Meena Shamaly is a composer, artist, multi-instrumentalist and performance poet based in Melbourne, Australia. His music covers a wide range of styles and sensibilities and often intersects with his poetry. He is part of international production house EON Sounds, working on various film, TV, video game, and production library projects.

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