FernandoMacias-Jimenez Film and video game composer, breeding music for visual media



Biography

Fernando Macias-Jimenez is a film and video game composer mostly sought after for his thematic underscores and exciting orchestrations. From a very early stage in his life, Fernando demonstrated deep passion for music; dancing in excitement around the house as a kid while listening to his fatherʼs Indiana Jones record. Born in Houston, TX, but raised in Puebla, Mexico, he was able to explore the musical culture of both nations, gaining lots of curiosity and interest in each countryʼs styles, instruments, and rhythms. As time went by, his curiosity grew more and decided to take piano lessons as a kid. Later on, he learned guitar and would eventually go on to learn other instruments such as drums, bass, and some trumpet, clarinet, flute, cello, and violin.

After finishing high school at the German school in Puebla, he went on to study Recording Arts at the California State University, Chico. As a student at CSU, Chico, he served as the studio manager for all of the recording studios at the university, which helped him familiarize himself with professional equipment, software, acoustics, techniques, and the overall dynamics that are involved in a recording. During his stay in college, he developed a major passion for composition for visual media, in particular film. Inspired by composers such as John Williams, Alan Silvestri and Danny Elfman, he embarked on a self-taught quest to become a film and video game composer with a strong orchestral style.

Through hard work and relentless effort, he has been able to collaborate on a number of video games, short films, audiobooks, documentaries, and even iPhone applications. His music and orchestrations have frequently been described as “epic”, “lush”, and “majestic”, attracting people in the industry such as Don McCokindale (BBC actor), Robert Pike Daniel (Film/TV actor), and Jane Ingalls (Opera singer for the Washington National Opera). He believes in a very representative approach to scoring, taking the time to truly get to know the characters, the plot, the mood, and the visuals, and then reflect these aspects in a musically and thematically representative way.