Sunday, October 28, 2007

Saturday, October 13, 2007

The Whisperer In Darkness

'The Whisperer In Darkness' teaser / trailer is now online!!!

I recently composed the music for this teaser and will be scoring the feature length film. 18 Members of the Bismarck-Mandan Symphony Orchestra performed the music for the teaser with Dr. Tom Porter conducting. Extra music was recorded that was not included on the teaser ( click here to listen )

I will also be the on-set recordist/sound design for the film in Los Angeles this fall/winter and other set locations in the spring. We’re working with an orchestra this time for the score – it will be a fantastic experience! ‘The Whisperer In Darkness’ is being created by the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society. HPLHS also brought to you the new silent-film sensation: ‘The Call of Cthulhu’ ( )’ which I also scored.

Keep up to date with developments at my website ( ) and my blog ( ).


Thursday, October 04, 2007

Bismarck-Mandan Symphony perform 'The Call of Cthulhu'

On Sept. 29, 2007 The Bismarck-Mandan Symphony Performed excerpts from the film score, 'The Call of Cthulhu' by Troy Sterling Nies. The concert was a great success, nearly selling out. Still-shots from the film, 'The Call of Cthulhu' were projected while the orchestra performed. A link to the performance will be posted soon.

Pictured: Dennis Gowen (conductor) and Troy enjoy the after-concert gathering.

In attendance were some very key people in the development of Troy's creative life. Pictured to the left: Composer and mentor Bill Tornow, Troy's Piano Teacher and mentor, Arlene Gray and Dr. Tom Porter - compositional mentor and instructor to Troy while he studied at Bismarck State University.

The 'Pre-concert chat' entitled, 'The Composer Emerges' was hosted by Brian Palacek. The chat was very well attended. Troy and Brian discussed the process of scoring to film and how to translate film score to performance hall. The audience even attempted a 'sing-along' to the dark themes from 'The Call of Cthulhu' with Troy on piano and Brian guiding the audience. It was spine-tingling indeed! Brian Palacek is also a long-time artistic mentor to Troy.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Diabolical Tales 3 - Teaser Trailer Audio

Diabolical Tales 2 & 3 will be screening very soon (October!) at "Shockerfest" Film Festival in Modesto, California and "It Came from Lake Michigan" Film Festival, Milwaukee, WI.

To whet your aural apetite - here is another snippet of score material by Troy Sterling Nies. This audio clip is from the Diabolical Tales 3 teaser trailer.

Diabolical Tales 3 Teaser Trailer Audio

Monday, September 17, 2007

Diabolical Tales 2 & 3 in Film Festivals!

"Diabolical Tales 2 & 3" in It Came From Lake Michigan Fest
(Troy Sterling Nies composed the film scores for the Diabolical Tales Trilogy)

Cosmic Control Productions' "Diabolical Tales: Part II" and "Part III" have been selected as official entries in the 2007 It Came From Lake Michigan Film Festival, to be held from October 26-28, 2007 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The films will be playing back-to-back starting at 6:00pm on Saturday October 27th in the "Poe Room" at the It Came From Lake Michigan! Film Festival. This marks the first public screening of "Diabolical Tales: Part III", which is the final entry in the trilogy. Troy will be in attendance with Brandon Kane (producer/director) and will be appearing on Q&A and panel sessions.

Diabolical Tales 2 is also playing at Shockerfest on Sat Oct 6th at 5pm at the Galaxy 12 Cinemas in Riverside (Modesto) CA. Oct 8th will commence the awards ceremony.

Monday, September 10, 2007

"The Call of Cthulhu' filmscore to be performed!

Excerpts from 'The Call of Cthulhu' filmscore by Troy Sterling Nies will be performed Saturday, September 29, 2007 7:30 p.m. Central Time at the Belle Mehus Auditorium, Bismarck, North Dakota. Link:

Tickets are available at: (701) 258-8345

Troy will be present for the 'pre-concert chat' session with Brian Palachek, M.C. and will also be available following the concert to answer any questions.

Your attendance supports the BMSO and Troy's compositions!

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

'Diabolical' Ring-tones

Hello everyone -

As post-production wraps up on the 'Diabolical Tales' Trilogy - we're happy to make available to you, TOTALLY FREE, Diabolical Tales Ring-tones for your cell phone!


Diabolical Tales 2 will be receiving it's premiere screening October 6th at the 6th Annual Shockerfest 2007 Film Festival. Also, DT2 will be screening at the 'It Came From Lake Michigan Film Festival' October 26-28.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Diabolical Tales 3 score samples!

As post-production for 'Diabolical Tales 3' wraps up, I've been given the green-light to go ahead and realease some 'teaser' samples of the Diabolical Tales 3 score. Listed below are 4 excerpts for your aural-sampling pleasure:

"The New Protégés" (

"Zerrath's Plan" ( )

"The Hologram of Zorak" ( )

"The Ultimate Battle" ( )

Make sure you visit for everything Diabolical! For more information on what I'm up to or to listen to other music examples - make sure you visit

Thank you for listening!

best regards,

Troy Sterling Nies

Monday, August 13, 2007

Diabolical Tales 3 Completed!

It's a wrap! I have officially completed the score to the Diabolical Tales 3 - Betrayal of the Men from Within the Earth.

With the completion of episode 3, I have composed over 2 hours of music for the Diabolical Tales Trilogy. The Trilogy will be screening as several film festivals this summer/fall. Details will be posted here as they become available.

The Diabolical Tales Trilogy scores are available for purchase at:

Monday, August 06, 2007

Diabolical Tales 3 score nears completion...

Well, the Diabolical Tales series is nearing completion. I'm currently over one-half of the way completed with the score. When this episode is completed, I will have composed nearly 2 1/2 hours of music for the series! The scores to episode 1 and 2 are available for purchase at (

To whet your audio apetite, here's a score excerpt to the upcoming 'Diabolical Tales III: Betrayal of the Men From Within the Earth'

Diabolical Tales 3 score in progress excerpt

Monday, July 30, 2007

Purchasing music?

I've had a few requests as to where my music can be purchased:

You can either order the physical CD (signed) using the links on the left side or by purchasing downloadable mp3 files for your ipod through the Snocap store to the right.

Troy Sterling Nies - official website ordering page

Events, commissions and other music-tidbits

I received a very exciting email a short while back from my long-time and much loved piano teacher, Arlene Gray. It appears that the N.D. Music Teachers Association has selected and commissioned me to compose an original work for their June 2008 conference. The work will be performed at the Bismarck State College, June 2008. Corinne Nustad, NDMTA President contacted me and confirmed their selection. It will be a great honor to compose a work for the NDMTA and be able to share some new music with a good number of my music mentors as so many are still in the Bismarck/BSC community.

In addition to the NDMTA commission, I am currently working on a new work for 'The Apollo Trio' The composition will be for oboe, clarinet and bassoon. The premiere will be held at their October concert. Dates and times TBA.

I recently completed the reorchestrations of selections of 'The Call of Cthulhu' filmscore I composed in the Fall of 2005. The Bismarck-Mandan Symphony Orchestra will be performing selections from the score at the Belle Mehus Auditorium, Sept. 29, 2007, Bismarck, N.D. This concert is the 2007 season opener, 'Cinema Series Concert' other works performed will be selections from 'Maginificent Seven', 'James Bond', 'Star Trek' and others. Reserve your tickets by calling 701-258-8345.

Newfangled Ways...

So, I finally gave in to this whole blog thing. Don't get me wrong, I love technology - my Dad ingrained the sense and desire of enjoying the latest toys in my subconscious. My 'Wired' subscription doesn't do a bad job fueling that desire to explore new technologies each month too.

So, here it is - a blog for 'Troy Sterling Nies, film music composer' - as I was told - I'm to define the purpose of this BLOG. This blog will function as a link to all my friends, family, fans(?) who are interested in my coming and goings and what it is exactly I am doing in regards to all things music/art/creation.

Right now, I'm figuring out the interface for this - and as soon as I do that I'll cross-link to my official website . I hope your inner voyeur finds this blog useful and perhaps even a little interesting.


Troy Sterling Nies