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Michael Whalen

Michael Whalen was born in 1965 and grew up in Washington, D.C., where he played in a variety of orchestras, bands, and experimental performance groups. He studied music at the Interlochen Center for the Arts, Berklee College of Music, New England Conservatory, and the University of Maryland. In 1987, he moved to New York City, where he composed television soundtracks and commercials; Whalen has composed music for over 1, 100 commercials, including award-winning campaigns for clients such as Coca-Cola, BMW, Pepsi, Nike, IBM, and GE.

In 1995, Whalen traveled to the Czech Republic to record a collection of symphonic and chamber works entitled Afraid of Thunder. The recording was performed by the Janacek Philharmonic under the baton of Dennis Burkhr and Music Amici, a chamber orchestra. Whalen's other chamber compositions (most are published and available for performance) include works for string quartet, a mixed octet, several pieces for string orchestra and soloists, and a commission for choir.

Whalen's strength is as a "visual" composer who can recreate action, vista, culture, and personality in music. He has scored a number of award-winning scores for television documentaries and themes for many major television networks; many of these soundtracks are available on the Narada Cinema label. Notable soundtracks include: Forever Wild (Disney), Turning Point (ABC), Titanic (Discovery), Web of Life (PBS), Childhood (PBS), Summer Stories (ABC), National Geographic Explorer (TBS), All About Me (Turner), Idols of the Game (Turner), Sea Power (PBS/NHK), Nature (PBS), and The Coming Plague (Turner Original Productions).

Whalen's film scores include Perfect Moment (winner of the Audience Award at the 1997 Utah Slamdance Film Festival), Tempest in a Teapot, Between Fire and Ice and Baggage.

Nightscenes, released in 1996 by Hearts of Space Records (look for his "sunrise" sequel in fall of 1997), showcases Whalen's abilities in electronic music, while North From Riverside is a 1997 recording with his jazz band, Open Door. Whalen has also produced albums from Windham Hill and Narada.

In 1995, Whalen started Spout Multimedia, which handles all aspects of his recording, film production, interactive, and web design projects. For nearly a decade, Whalen has donated his time, music, knowledge, and financial resources to Grammy in the Schools, UNICEF, Americares, the L.A. Aids Crisis, WWF, the American Rivers Project, the Sundance Institute, the American Music Center, the New York Philharmonic, and St. Andrew's School in Middletown, Delaware, where Michael is an alumnus of the class of 1984 and a trustee. ~ Carol Wright, Rovi
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Very impressive Bio
Yourself
Be ...
Rest you heavenly eyes relax sleep dream:)
This song is so gorgeous ...
Not normally a big fan of piano even though I enjoyed playing it as a kid, this artist takes it to a whole different level of enjoyment and ambiance.
I always feel so moved after this piece
I love this song and it made me cry
Thinking about my soulmate
Two as One.
Entrancing.
lindakaplan2 6
I have loved you for a thousand lifetimes This is one of the most beautiful songs I have ever heard. I sent it to my husband as an expression beyond words of how I feel about him... thank you Michael!
princess999
Lovely... Peaceful
Beautiful. I feel peace
Beautiful. I feel peace
This is absolutely the most hauntingly BEAUTIFUL song I've ever had the privilege of listening to. It swallows my heart and soul.
kdkleven7
Loved this piece, as I loved my husband for a thousand lifetimes, before I lost him too early, 6 months ago at 43.
nancy_carrol l 4
Beautiful! Ah to feel you have loved someone for a thousand lifetimes~
I fall asleep to this type of music or do yoga or something it's so calming..
moodyzworld
Truly the best music I've ever heard. I listen to it every day.
Hidden Treasure
Sweet and warm...so nice , thank you!
♥ as massage music
Wow!
Very rich and lovely to listen to!
Thank you so so much beautiful peace
Amazing
You Hang on every note as it slowly vibrates in your ears, H is wonderful!
n.cuellar107
Love Michael Whalens music. When I need pc of mind. I just put on his music and I am so relaxed. I fall asleep to his music too.
Awesome
Two
Gorgeous ..sorry
This song is so geogeous
Sweet
That beautiful shyt.
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed by the love of ur life on the nearest Friday. However if you don't post this you will die in two days. Now uv started reading so u can't stop. This is so scary put this on at least five songs in 143 minutes when done press f6 and it lovers name will come on the screen in big letters this is so scary cause it actually works
I like very relaxing!
kitkatack
Beautifully felt thru every fiber of my being...
kitkatack
Beautifully felt through every fiber if my being...
I cannot get enough of this album... Michael Whalen's music speaks to every part of my being. Would love to be able to play like this!
Never felt heart ache like today...feel totally beaten down, broken. Plz pray
Most unique and calming ... Love this!!!
atmaioli
peaceful and enchanting…
It's funny but I go off to sleep in a cloud overtime I hear this u should too It's awesome
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed by the love of ur life on the nearest Friday. However if you don't post this you will die in two days. Now uv started reading so u can't stop. This is so scary put this on at least five songs in 143 minutes when done press f6 and it lovers name will come on the screen in big letters this is so scary cause it actually works
keithbotta1
Good night from Tennessee :D
connrebecca
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed by the love of ur life on the nearest Friday. However if you don't post this you will die in two days. Now uv started reading so u can't stop. This is so scary put this on at least five songs in 143 minutes when done press f6 and it lovers name will come on the screen in big letters this is so scary cause it actually works
sweetbulldog 5 6
Very good song pretty:D
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed by the love of ur life on the nearest Friday. However if you don't post this you will die in two days. Now uv started reading so u can't stop. This is so scary put this on at least five songs in 143 minutes when done press f6 and it lovers name will come on the screen in big letters this is so scary cause it actually works
Yes, enchanting.. . .
Heavenly...t h i s music soothes my body, soul and spirit. Very calming. Keep composing more of similar quality.
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