Known for his innovative soundscapes and impactful melodies, Daniel Farrell is a rising talent in the world of film and media music. Daniel grew up in the bright and percussive world of marching band and drum corps; leading drum and brass lines throughout his years in school. This had a resounding effect on his musical output as a composer – often meshing percussive textures with delicately crafted melodies. Daniel’s music has been heard in feature films, shorts, television, podcasts, and videogames. As an immigrant to the United States, Daniel is committed to telling stories infrequently shared or marginalized and believes that film holds an important social responsibility to elevate voices who are normally silenced. He recently completed the original score for the feature film Fade In: a film about two latinx and muslim women who fall in love and the social ramifications it has on their families. The short film A Happy Smile – selected as a Semi-Finalist at the 2019 LA International Film Festival and Best Picture Winner at the 2019 Phin Film Festival – has earned Daniel various accolades for his delicate and thoughtful approach to the musical depiction of mental health issues. Daniel was selected to the prestigious 2020 ASCAP/Columbia Workshop Composer Spotlight and the 2020 SCL Mentorship Program.
Daniel Farrell’s music for the concert stage has seen performances at festivals across the globe such as the Atlantic Music Festival, Cortona Sessions for New Music, Valencia International Performance Academy and Festival (VIPA), New Music on the Bayou, as well as performances in Michigan, Florida, New York, Alabama, Louisiana, Maine, Mexico, Italy, and Spain. Daniel is the recipient of several awards; most notably the Chamber Music OC’s 2018 Emerging Artist award – awarded to the best work from a composer under 25 and judged by Pulitzer-winner John Corigliano, John Dooley, and Vera Ivanova. Daniel was also a finalist for Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra’s 2018-2019 Call for Scores alongside distinguished Pulitzer-nominated composers such as Ted Hearne and Caroline Shaw.
His work for post-production sound (editing, design/foley, mixing) has led him to win praise for his technical skill on the short 5 Minutes – a short film exploring consent in homosexual male relationships – and MT Short’s Still Here – a musical exploring moving on from the grief of losing a partner. Daniel also works frequently in the world of podcasting and new media. He has composed the original themes for several podcast series including The Backlight Podcast and Things (Un)Said. His sound design and editing for Things (Un)Said has earned him a reputation for being attentive to the immersion required for narrative and audio drama podcast series. Daniel is also the host and producer for The Score Keepers – a podcast series discussing relevant social topics in music and the arts. It is available on all major podcasting platforms.
Daniel holds a Master of Music in Screen Scoring from New York University and a Bachelor of Music in Music Composition & Theory from Jacksonville University. Daniel currently works locally and remotely from his residence in New York, NY. Daniel works as Head of Audio & Audio Curator for the royalty-free library Motion Array (part of the Artlist family).