Hunter Van Brocklin (b.1991) is a composer from Johnson City, TN currently living in Los Angeles, CA. He is a graduate of the USC Thornton School of Music with a Bachelor's of Music in Composition, and has been enjoying making music for over half his life, inspired originally by the scores to countless retro video games while growing up. He collaborates with fellow composer Kevin Green as jazzy, electronic duo Stereolith, and aspires to write music for video games professionally in the future.
His primary instruments are saxophone and piano, the former of which he excelled with in high school wind ensembles and the latter of which is his most trusted compositional tool. Though he enjoys the freedom of working with samples in a sequencer, he is equally at home fine-tuning scores in Finale, and had his music performed numerous times throughout his time at USC by ensembles small and large.
Stylistically, Hunter draws influence from dozens of video game composers, particularly Koji Kondo, Motoi Sakuraba, Nobuo Uematsu, Grant Kirkhope, Yasunori Mitsuda, and Shoji Meguro; minimalist and post-minimalist composers like Steve Reich, John Adams, and David Lang; "post-rock" groups Balmorhea, The Six Parts Seven, Arms and Sleepers, and The Album Leaf; a whole slew of jazz, especially Dave Brubeck and Tigran Hamasyan; and digital fusion crafters such as Dave Harris and Samuel Ascher-Weiss. He has spent considerable time in wind ensembles, jazz ensembles, and choirs as a performer.
Hunter is a huge nerd in his spare time (possibly the rest, too) and enjoys partaking in games of all forms, always has at least twenty types of tea on the shelf, and at times embarks on large Perler "bead sprite" projects with which to decorate his home, which is secretly governed by his cat, Jolyne.