Bruce Faulconer is a composer and the primary author of the music featured in the FUNimation Dub of Dragon Ball Z. He is the owner and founder of Faulconer Productions and the CakeMix Recording studio.
Bruce Faulconer received advanced musical training in composition at the University of Texas with composers Hunter Johnson, Karl Korte, Joseph Schwantner, and Eugene Kurtz. While studying at the University of Texas at Austin, he was awarded a Bachelor of Music Degree with High Honors in Theory and Composition, a Master of Music Degree in Composition, and a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Composition. He has also received two Presidential Postdoctoral Fellowships from the Ohio State University as a composer in residence.
Work with Dragon Ball ZEdit
Faulconer's music was introduced in Dragon Ball Z season 3 in 1999, and continued on until the end of the series in 2003. The 9 album soundtracks that Bruce Faulconer created featuring his Dragon Ball Z television musical work were all recorded and mastered at his CakeMix Recording studio. He also created music for the movie Dragon Ball Z: Lord Slug.
Awards and acknowledgementsEdit
Bruce Faulconer's music has been acknowledged by numerous national and international performances and first prizes from competitions sponsored by organizations including the Elkhart Symphony Orchestra, the Fort Worth Symphony, the World Saxophone Congress (second prize), as well as recognition from the International Gaudeamus Music Week, the Concorso Internazionale Luigi Russolo, and the Texas Manuscript Archives. Faulconer has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ohio Arts Council, Midwestern Composers Alliance, McLean-Paris Foundation, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, violist David Lowe, Bethany College, Texas Composers Forum, Texas Sesquicentennial Commission, North Texas City Faire Arts Project, the MacDowell Colony, and BMI. Faulconer has also received commissions from the Voices of Change, Bethany College, Marygrove College, and the University of Texas Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
Other commissioned works composed by Faulconer include film scores (Scenes in the Dark, Lebensborn), PBS National Television Documentaries (Tornado Alert, Fiesta in the Sky, Fire! What You Need to Know, Locked Out of the American Dream, The Writing Coach), and commercial music production for television and radio. One of his many commissions, "Washington-on-the-Brazos, a Symphonic Poem", received a premiere by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. The San Antonio Symphony Orchestra also performed "Washington-on-the-Brazos" on tour in Texas and performed it for the National League of Cities Mayoral National Conference. Faulconer also has guest conducted the Mesquite Symphony in performances of "Washington-on-the-Brazos". The music for the feature film Scenes in the Dark, a musical play within a movie, was scored and music-produced by Faulconer and won a prestigious Gold Award in the Houston International Film Festival. His music has also been accredited for being in several Hollywood blockbusters with the recent adaptation of the 1980s hit cartoon TRANSFORMERS.
Dragon Ball Z soundtracksEdit
Main article: Dragon Ball Z American Soundtrack Series These are the music albums released by Bruce Faulconer for Dragon Ball Z:
- Best of Dragon Ball Z: Volume 1
- Best of Dragon Ball Z: Volume 2
- Best of Dragon Ball Z: Volume 3
- Best of Dragon Ball Z: Volume 4
- Best of Dragon Ball Z: Volume 5
- Best of Dragon Ball Z: Volume 6
- The Majin Sagas
- Trunks Compendium I
- Android 18: The Androids Saga