STOCKDALE SOUND CORPORATIONStockdaleSound Studios is the corporation name for the music of Gary Stockdale and for the studio where we record it. After working as a film and television composer for over 10 years, we formed this company to handle not only the music Gary composes, but also any other music-related projects and music publishing.
StockdaleSound Studios is a state-of-the-art, master-quality digital electronic music studio with facilities to record live instruments and/or vocals. The studio includes the Digital Performer© hard-disk recording system, as well as ample capabilities for sound design and video synchronization.
Gary Stockdale, has written music for film, television and theatre. He began his career as a musical theatre composer and music director for the Los Angeles Free Shakespeare Festival and the Inner City Cultural Center. Since then, he has worked successfully as a composer, arranger, and music director for television and film as well as a singer and songwriter.
Fresh out of college, Gary met Oscar-winning music composer Henry Mancini and under his mentorship learned the craft of film music composition. Through his association with Mr. Mancini, Gary was introduced to Mission Impossible composer Lalo Schifrin, when Mr. Schifrin was looking for an assistant familiar with synthesizers and electronic composition. Alongside Mr. Schifrin, Gary worked on such films as "Sudden Impact," "Dr. Detroit," "The Osterman Weekend" and "FX2."
Gary then scored two films for legendary producer Roger Corman, including one of Corman's first forays into art film, the off-kilter vampire story "Dance of the Damned" directed by Katt Shea ("Poison Ivy," "Carrie 2"). This film had its premiere at The Los Angeles Film Festival.
Shortly after, Gary secured his place in the cult/exploitation genre with scores for "Hard Ticket to Hawaii," "Savage Beach" and "Picasso Trigger," all of which were helmed by storied TV sports director turned jiggle-mogul, Andy Sidaris.
In 1990, Gary met Penn and Teller, the "Bad Boys of Magic,” and began what has become more than a decade-long association. He wrote and performed original music for their 1990 NBC television special Don't Try This At Home, then went on to compose music for their Broadway show Penn & Teller Rot In Hell. In addition, he scored their British Channel 4 series The Unpleasant World of Penn & Teller and Phobophilia, their ABC prime-time special Home Invasions, as well as for their current extended run in their own Penn & Teller Theatre in Las Vegas’s Rio Hotel and Casino. His latest project with the dynamic duo is the critically-acclaimed Penn & Teller: Bullshit, currently on Showtime, now entering it’s 3rd season.
Gary also received an Emmy nomination in 1999 for his work as composer, music-director and bandleader for the much-acclaimed television variety series Penn & Teller's Sin City Spectacular.
In the same year he was nominated, Gary was selected to be the Music Director and Conductor for the Creative Arts Emmy Awards.
Gary composed the Theme and Score for the hit TV series Sabrina, The Teenage Witch along with the movie Hayley Wagner Star for Showtime. He was also the composer for the 2002 version of the widely-syndicated game-show, To Tell the Truth.
On the pop music side, Gary played keyboards for The Brian Setzer Orchestra's debut CD (the album that jump-started the current "swing" craze) and has written songs for such diverse artists as Angela Bofill and Roberta Flack.
Gary is a member of one of Los
Angeles' longest-running and most popular rock bands
featuring actor/songwriter Bill
Mumy (of Lost In Space and Twilight Zone fame) and
Miguel Ferrer, one of
the stars of Steven Soderbergh’s Traffic and the hit NBC series
Gary just finished scoring the comedy hit on the Oxygen Network, Good Girls Don’t, created by Claudia Lonow, and is beginning his third season of scoring CMT’s hit series, COWBOY U.