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Dennis C. Brown

By Kevin Zimmerman

Dennis C. Brown
(Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Two and a Half Men and Mike and Molly)

Brown’s journey into composing for TV came about gradually. “I can’t point to one specific thing; it was really a process,” he says. “I started out as a
guitarist, eventually going into arranging and producing music for commercials, and that led to composing for TV.”

Most of the composer’s early work came in the world of children’s TV (Toxic Avengers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) before he was discovered by primetime series creator Chuck Lorre. “I’m still very pleased with all the music I provided for the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon series,” Brown says. “It was done with very few instruments, but really captured the feel of the show. I still see new postings on the Internet regarding that music, and I even have my very own Internet stalker who wants the soundtrack released commercially!”

His experiences with Lorre – which in addition to the above series include Grace Under Fire – have helped him adapt to a number of styles. “Keep your ears open to
all styles of music,” he advises. “Hone your ability to understand producers’ needs and remain flexible in your writing.” One of a successful composer’s chief abilities, he adds, is to “be able to read minds and jump through hoops.”

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