Jay Woelfel played music in school bands before he started filmmaking. As others heard the music he did for his own films he began to compose for theirs, and has maintained a composing career alongside his other filmmaking adventures. As a composer he won an additional emmy for the music he did for his short HAWTHORNE film, THE BIRTHMARK. More recently he was nominated for best score for the film FRANKENSTEIN RISING by the BIG BEAR HORROR FILM FESTIVAL. The clips below include a number of tracks used frequently on the television series, LOST TAPES and PARANORMAL ACTIVITY. His publishing company is WOELFEL WOOD MUSIC (BMI)
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ROD STEELE IS HIS NAME song from ROD STEELE 0014. A homage/parody of John Barry's songs for many of the James Bond films. The film was so successful that a sequel was made as well. The song was used in both films.
MORE THAN LIFE song from TOMORROW BY MIDNIGHT. Music by Christopher Farrell, Lyrics by Jay Woelfel, sung by Kevin Carlberg. The lyrics were written first as a poem and the music composed to fit them. Kevin Carlberg's band Pseudopod went on to win ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE'S college band of the year.
This final cue in the film deals with the past and future of the Frankenstein Legacy. It underscores dialogue spoken by Oscar winner, Margaret O'Brien.
Unused cue from the film. This is the Priest's final instructions on Forgetting and fighting. The field drum used and approach is a reference to STRAW DOGS' final. Which was lost on everyone other than myself and star Tim Thomerson.
A Suite of cues for this episode about a person infected with an alien brought into an E.R. The detuned violins make a unique harmony/dissonance.
These cues demonstrate the danger of noodling/hand fishing in a river. The main theme is actually also the main title music from my film GHOST LAKE.
The ghost appears and says "Mark me Hamlet."
Two cues combined:
It's All I've got/ Kidnapping
Unused LOVE THEME for doomed lovers who meet and consummate their love in the "adult" section of the video store.
Hee Hah type Western Bar music tune demo for the Terence Hill series. The tune is actually that from a song called "Don't you ever fall in love."
This long form stand alone piece is in 4 parts to represent a journey through space with the final organ representing their destination. It got me the job of scoring the series, but none of this piece itself was used as part of it.
Music for the Ghosts who still ride the rides in the abandoned park.
The Priest's theme heard once in the film.
A group of girls meet Bear Lake's version of the Loch Ness Monster. Music ensues.
I think this one speaks for itself.
This Suite is done with a console organ and live guitar. A rare duo.
Our hero goes on the run as he realizes he'll be framed for another cops murder.
Jeff Leroy's Alien invasion tongue in cheek explosion fest. I actually act in the film, portraying a director I resemble. This music is from the opening of the film when the Alien's UFOs are first sighted and engaged.
This cue tracks an abduction and sacrificial ceremony.
Near the end of the film our heroes try to Kick the monster's ass. It doesn't work out too well for them.
A young couple is trapped in an abandoned fun house, and something else is in there...coming for them.
This episode of the series was the first to use my music. The title THE SENSITIVE, refers to a girl in a small town who may be psychic or possessed or schizophrenic. The theme for her was used in many episodes after this.
A group decides to fake a Dover Demon attack, but the Real Demon attacks them instead.
GHOST LAKE uses a song as a key part of the story. It appears various times with different lyrics each time. People as far away as Russia have asked for a copy of the song. So here it is. This version is the most complete and is longer than what's used in the film. Vocals by Elizabeth Danko who also sang my James Bond parody song.
This is a short film, made by Chris Chaffin, about gangsters and a not so friendly game of pool. The score allowed me to jazz it up in a way I don't usually get to.
Demonicus Main Title is for all those who love synth drones. And who doesn't? If you haven't heard this music with the film then you've never seen the director's cut which is the U.S. DVD.
Main Theme I did, with Steve Albanese on trumpet, for the Terence Hill TV series. We made it past several levels of approval before Maurice Jarre got the job. Yeah "that" Maurice Jarre.