Meet the Composer
Jason Young graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor’s
degree in Music Education in 1992. During this time Jason gained
valuable experience writing music for choral groups (4 – 100
members), small instrumental groups, full orchestral forces and
an understanding of the midi music studio. He also developed skills
in programming, spotting and audio/video editing. After graduation,
he went on to complete degrees in Audio Technology and Commercial
Music Composition/Arranging. It was during this time that Jason
developed skills in studio technology, recording, mixing, and mastering.
After college, Jason founded Midnight Oil Music Productions- a music
production facility that provided music for everything from short
films to national commercials to theatrical venues. Specializing
in Midi music production, Jason’s skills also extend to writing,
orchestrating and conducting music for everything from small ensembles
to major orchestral forces.
A multi-instrumentalist, Jason has played guitar for 21 years and
piano for 18. In fact, Jason bagged that rarest of all musical beasts:
the consistent gig. For 7 years he was the club pianist at the Brazos
Club - a five-star, tuxedo-wearing, flaming-dessert, members-only
little dive in Waco, Texas.
For the past 13 years, Jason has written and directed over 130 individual
acts for Baylor University’s All University Sing, provided
audio and music for film festival entries, written music for local,
regional, and national advertising campaigns, mastered music for
Word Music's Word Choral
Club, and provided transcription services for some of the industry’s
biggest names. Jason is as comfortable in front of a computer screen
as he is directing a 90 person orchestra or 130 voice choir.
Invisible Strings Music and Audio was started when Jason moved to
Austin Texas—the live music capitol of the world—in
late 2000. Since then, Invisible Strings has been providing music
and audio services in the local game, film and television scene.
He looks forward to more great music and sound experiences.
Q: Why did you get involved in the music and sound industry?
I’ve always loved music and have been involved in it ever
since I was 4 or 5 years old. So it was only natural that I would
pursue a music degree in college. However, after spending my last
semester there as a student teacher, I came to the conclusion pretty
quickly that I would rather spend my time making music than managing
a classroom. After college, I started a business writing music for
commercials and providing just about any other musical services
I could get hired to do. This gradually developed into what I do
today. I love the teamwork and collaboration that you get on a project.
I love seeing a vague concept slowly being hammered into a finished
product, and I love the satisfaction that comes from knowing you’ve
done excellent work. I can honestly say that I wouldn’t want
to be in any other career (well, maybe an astronaut).
Q: Who are your influences?
Some people collect beer cans or stamps or Star Wars toys, I collect
movie scores. I have hundreds of them and it seems like there’s
always one playing in the background. My traditional influences
are the expected ones: John Williams, David Arnold, Hans Zimmer,
Alan Silvestri. I also love the music of Randy Newman and the choral
work of Robert Young. I think David Wilcox is one of the best lyricists
alive today and Frank Wildhorn has done some great work in the theater.
Q: Could you describe your dream job?
The work I do now is just about the most fulfilling thing I can
think of. I get to work with creative people, laugh a lot while
we hammer out concepts, and see people experience and enjoy our
work. I’m one of those lucky people who can say that they’ve
found something that’s very, very fulfiling personally and
professionally. There are very few days when I don’t look
forward to getting to work. I carry this attitude and enthusiasm
over to everything I do.
Q: What has been your biggest professional accomplishment?
Well, writing most of the music for Baylor’s All-University
Sing for more than a decade has been an experience I could never
replace. Thousands of participants, hundreds of thousands of audience
members, and invaluable experience gained. I’ll always be
proud of my contribution to the show. It’s exciting to hear
your music in a national ad, but somehow a show like Sing is more
personally fulfilling. I have people come up to me and thank me
for work I did 12 years ago. That’s pretty satisfying.
Q: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Hopefully doing what I’ve been doing for the last 10. Producing
creative music and audio for clients and living a great life. Oh
- and there’s that little space on my bookshelf reserved for
Strengths: Highly educated, extremely professional, experienced,
knowledgeable, great people skills, creative, disciplined, enthusiastic.
Not your typical “musician” mentality. Jason is
a businessman who understands timelines, budgets, and schedules.
With Invisible Strings, you won’t be left wondering what “the
music guy” is doing.