Interview with Dynamic Music Partners

Interview by Oscar Flores on 2012-06-04

Dynamic Music Partners talk about their work on Batman: The Animated Series, Superman, Justice League, their recent shows including Ben10: Ultimate Alien, Young Justice, and much more.

Produced by: Oscar Flores for Film Music Site.

In the early 90's, a new wave of animated television series reinvigorated the public's interest in cartoons. At the forefront of this revolution was Warner Brothers: the studio that had acquired the rights to the DC Comics' catalog and that had decided to create a new Batman animated series. Music duties for Batman: The Animated Series were given to renowned composer, Shirley Walker, who had assembled a team of young composers to help with the various episodes. Amongst those composers chosen by Walker were Lolita Ritmanis, Michael McCuistion and Kristopher Carter, all of whom demonstrated tremendous talent and continued working under her supervision on other shows including Superman: The Animated Series and Batman Beyond. Throughout the 90's and early 2000's, all three composers (eventually adopting the name Dynamic Music Partners) scored numerous TV shows, including Teen Titans, The Zeta Project and Legion of Super Heroes. Later they worked on Batman: The Brave and The Bold, Tower Prep and Ben10: Alien Force.

Undoubtedly, the most unique team of composers working in Hollywood, Dynamic Music Partners continues to provide music for some of the most successful animated shows on TV. In March, the animated movie Ben 10: Destroy All Aliens premiered on Cartoon Network. The movie featured music by all three composers. Currently, they are scoring the second season of the popular show Young Justice.

Earlier this year, La La Land Records released the limited edition soundtrack to the dramatic/ thriller 'Broke Sky,' scored by Michael, Lolita, and Kristopher. In April, Kristopher Carter had the honor of being guest lecturer at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Last month, Lolita Ritmanis attended the All-Latvia Youth Honor Choir Festival in Saldus, Latvia to hear the performance of her song 'Mana Sirdi' (lyrics by poet Mara Zalite). On May 29th, the Griffith Park Observatory in Los Angeles presented their new show, 'Time's Up,' featuring music by Michael McCuistion. This is a full production shown in the Samuel Oschin Planetarium.

Dynamic Music Partners will also take part in the first edition of PlayFest Úbeda, the Festival of Music, Animation, and Video Games to be held in Úbeda, Spain from July 23rd through the 29th. Not only will they perform their music, but they will also take part in the workshops and panel discussions.

Our very own Editor-In-Chief, Oscar Flores, said that the opportunity to do a video interview with his favorite composers was a remarkable and very unique experience. He wants to thank Lolita, Michael, and Kris for their time, patience, and help. Finally, a very special thank you goes to the very talented director and editor of this video, Brandon Perna.

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Video Clips courtesy of The Cartoon Network and Warner Bros. Pictures courtesy of Lolita Ritmanis, Kristopher Carter, Michael McCuistion and Dan Goldwasser (