Mike Morasky

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Mike Morasky
Genres Orchestral, electronica, musique concrete, ambient, dark ambient, noise rock, hardcore punk
Occupation(s) Composer, Musician, Animator, VFX/Digital Artist, Director, Technical Director
Years active 1986—present

Mike Morasky is an American composer, animator/visual effects artist, director and programmer. He is best known for his work at Valve Corporation composing the scores for Portal, Portal 2, Team Fortress 2, and the Left 4 Dead series. He is also known for his groundbreaking visual effects work on The Lord of the Rings and The Matrix trilogies as well as founding the seminal underground art band Steel Pole Bath Tub.

Biography[edit]

For Valve, Morasky composed the music for Team Fortress 2, Left 4 Dead, Left 4 Dead 2 (including composing and playing the guitar, keyboard and bass for the fictional hard rock band "Midnight Riders"), Portal 2 and half of the music for the original Portal.[1]

He also worked as a visual effects supervisor on The Lord of the Rings and The Matrix film trilogies.

Morasky was part of the now defunct hardcore punk/noise rock band "Steel Pole Bath Tub", which he founded in 1986 with Dale Flattum. S.P.B.T. disbanded in 2002.

On Valve's official website, his function is described as follows: "Morasky's life and career looks a lot like one of the post-modern audio collages he is so fond of creating. Guitar player in a full-time bar band in Montana as a teen, award winning experimental composer in Tokyo, audio hardware programmer in Silicon Valley, underground art rocker touring the world, 3d animator and director for television, electronic audio collage artist in France and Japan, visual fx artist on the Lord of the Rings and Matrix Trilogies, AI animation instructor at an art college and currently he is applying some combination of all these things to games at Valve."[2]

Video games[edit]

Composer[edit]

Filmography[edit]

Visual Effects[edit]

Composer[edit]

  • Dopamine (2003) (guitar)
  • One Winter Story (2006)
  • I Die Daily: The Making of Matthew Barney's 'Cremaster Cycle' (2007)
  • Life in Flight (2008)

Awards[edit]

  • "Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition" - "Portal 2" - Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences - (2012)
  • "Best Audio" - "Portal 2" - Game Developers Choice Awards - (2012)
  • "Best Interactive Score" - "Portal 2" - Game Audio Network Guild - (2012)
  • "Best Dialog" - "Portal 2" - Game Audio Network Guild - (2012)
  • "Best Original Vocal Song - Pop" - "Portal 2" - Game Audio Network Guild - (2012)
  • "Best Game Music of 2011" - "Portal 2" - Kotaku - (2012)
  • "Best Soundtrack (Nomination)" - "Portal 2" - X-Play - (2011)
  • "Best Sound Design (Nomination)" - "Portal 2" - X-Play - (2011)
  • "Outstanding Creative Achievement / Interactive Entertainment Sound Production (Nomination)" - "Portal 2" - TEC Awards - (2012)
  • "Best Original Score (Nomination)" - "Portal 2" - Spike TV Video Game Awards - (2012)
  • "Audio of the Year (Nomination)" - "Portal 2" - Game Audio Network Guild - (2012)
  • "Sound Design of the Year (Nomination)" - "Portal 2" - Game Audio Network Guild - (2012)
  • "Best Cinematic / Cut Scene Sound (Nomination)" - "Left 4 Dead 2" - Game Audio Network Guild - (2010)
  • "Best Use of Multi-Channel Surround in a Game (Nomination)" - "Left 4 Dead 2" - Game Audio Network Guild - (2010)
  • "Best Use of Sound" - "Left 4 Dead" - What If Gaming - (2008)

Presentations and Papers[edit]

  • "Left 4 Dead" - Game Audio Network Guild Summer Summit (2010)
  • "Matrix Revolutions: Techniques and Methodologies With Large Scale Sentinel 'Swarm' Scenes" - Sillicon Valley ACM Siggraph (2004)
  • "Matrix Sequels: Animation and Pipeline Methodologies in Large CG Film Productions" - San Francisco ACM Siggraph Student Chapter (2004)
  • "Wiring Cracker: The Mechanics of a Non-Anthropomorphic, Real-Time, Performance Animation Puppet" - ACM Siggraph (1998)

Discography[edit]

Soundtracks[edit]

  • "The Orange Box" (Valve, 2007)
  • "Portal 2: Songs To Test By" (Valve, 2011)
  • "Portal 2: Songs To Test By [Collectors Edition]" (Ipecac, Valve, 2012)

Steel Pole Bath Tub[edit]

Albums[edit]

Eps and Singles[edit]

  • "I Dreamed I Dream" - Split 7'/10" With Melvins - (Boner/Tupelo, 1989)
  • "Arizona Garbage Truck / Voodoo Chile" (Sympathy for the Recording Industry, 1990)
  • "European Son / Venus in Furs" (The Communion Label, 1991)
  • "We Walk" - Split 7" with Jawbreaker - (Staple Gun Records, 1991)
  • "Your Choice Live" - Limited 7" - (Your Choice Records, 1991)
  • "Bozeman" (Boner/Tupelo, 1992)
  • "Some Cocktail Suggestions EP" (Boner/Tupelo, 1994)
  • "Tragedy Ecstasy Doom and So On EP" (Genius Records, 1995)
  • "Auf Wiedersehen / Surrender" (Man's Ruin Records, 1995)
  • "Twist / Surrender" (Slash Records, 1995)
  • "Hey Bo Diddley Live in Tokyo" - Split 7" with Unwound - (Honey Bear Records, 1996)
  • "Soul Cannon" - "Live at Emo's: Volume 2 - #2: This Place Sucks" - Split 7" with "Unsane" / "Gomez" - (No Lie Records, 1997)

Compilations[edit]

  • "Bee Sting" - The Thing That Ate Floyd - (Lookout! Records, 1988)
  • "We Walk" - Surprise Your Pig - A Tribute to R.E.M. - (Staple Gun Records, 1992)
  • "Chemical Warfare" - Virus 100 - (Alternative Tentacles, 1992)
  • "Down All the Days" - The Mission District: 17 Reasons - 7" Box (Mission Merchants, 1992)
  • "Kung Fu Love" - Milk for Pussy - (Mad Queen Records, 1993)
  • "Froggie Would a Wooing Go" - Power Flush - as "Mud Bath" with Mudwimmin - (Broken Rekids, 1993)
  • "The Seventh Hour of the Seventh Day" - Smitten - A Love Song Compilation - (Karate Brand Records, 1994)
  • "A Washed Out Monkey Star Halo" - Dope-Guns-'N-Fucking In The Streets Volume Ten - (Amphetamine Reptile Records, 1994)
  • "The 500 Club" - CMJ New Music August - Volume 24 - (College Music Journal, 1995)
  • "Twist" - Introducing Vol. 2 - (Indigo, 1995)
  • "Twist" - London Records (London Records, 1995)
  • "The Charm" - Jabberjaw... Pure Sweet Hell - (Mammoth, 1996)
  • "The Ghost" - Twisted Willie - (Justice Records, 1996)
  • "A Washed Out Monkey Star Halo" - Dope-Guns-'N-Fucking In The Streets Volumes 8-11 - (Amphetamine Reptile Records, 1997)
  • "Soul Cannon" - Live at Emo's BOX SET - 7" Box (No Lie Music, 1997)
  • "I Dreamed I Dream" - Confuse Yr Idols (A Tribute To Sonic Youth) (Narnack Records, 2004)

Milk Cult[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • "Love God" (Boner Records / Tupelo Recording, 1993)
  • "Burn or Bury" (Priority Records, 1994)
  • "Bruce Lee Marvin Gaye" (ZK Records, 1994)
  • "Project M-13" (Zero to One Records, 2000)

Eps and Singles[edit]

  • "Mama Paranoia" - Split 7' With Dosed Bernie - (Box Dog, 1994)

Tumor Circus[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Tumor Circus (Alternative Tentacles, 1991)

Eps and Singles[edit]

  • "Take Me Back or I'll Drown Our Dog" - 7'/12" - (Alternative Tentacles, 1991)
  • "Meathook Up My Rectum" - 7' - (Alternative Tentacles, 1991)

Compilations[edit]

  • "Meathook Up My Rectum" - "The Bat is Back" - (Alternative Tentacles, 1992)

Duh[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Blowhard (Boner Records, 1991)
  • The Unholy Handjob (Alternative Tentacles, 1995)

Producer/Engineer[edit]

  • Jawbreaker - "Chesterfield King" EP (Communion/Tupelo, 1991)
  • Jawbreaker - Bivouac (Communion/Tupelo, 1991)
  • Warlock Pinchers - Circusized Peanuts (Boner Records, 1991)
  • Blister - Glitches (1992) (Executive Producer)
  • Tumor Circus - Tumor Circus (Alternative Tentacles, 1991)
  • Jello Biafra - I Blow Minds for a Living (Alternative Tentacles, 1991)

Guest Artist[edit]

  • "Dopamine Soundtrack" - guitar - (Zero to One Records, 2004)
  • "Unsane" - "Sick b/w No Soul 7" " - guitar - (Man's Ruin, 1996)

References[edit]

  1. ^ IMDb profile
  2. ^ Company People on Valve's official website
  • [1] - LastFM Biography + Track Listing
  • [2] - Giant Bomb Profile
  • [3] - Jawbreaker production credits
  • [4] - Warlock Pinchers
  • [5] - Warlock Pinchers
  • [6] - Various production credits
  • [7] - Tumor Circus
  • [8] - Credits
  • [9] - Billy Anderson interview
  • [10] - Tumor Circus Credits
  • [11] - Steel Pole Bath Tub albums discography
  • [12] - Steel Pole Bath Tub singles/ep discography
  • [13] - Steel Pole Bath Tub compilation discography
  • [14] Milk Cult discography
  • [15] Tumor Circus Discography
  • [16] Unsane "Sick" 7" review.
  • [17] Unsane "Sick" 7" Credits
  • [18] - AIAS Awards
  • [19] - AIAS Awards
  • [20] - Kotaku Best Soundtrack 2011
  • [21] - G4TV Nominations
  • [22] - Tec Awards Nominations
  • [23] - Spike VGA Nominations
  • [24] - Siggraph Paper
  • [25] - Siggraph Animation Sketch
  • [26] - Siggraph Abstract 1998
  • [27] - Work History
  • [28] - Sillicon Valley ACM Siggraph 2004
  • [29] - S.F. ACM Siggraph Student Chapter 2004
  • [30] - GANG Summer Summit 2010
  • [31] - Ameoba
  • [32] - GDC Awards
  • [33] - G.A.N.G. Awards 2012
  • [34] - G.A.N.G. Awards 2010
  • [35] - What If Gaming