About

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Composer, producer, songwriter, and sound designer with over 18 years of combined writing and studio experience. I hold a degree in Music Performance and have composed music and sound effects for films, advertisements, video games, audiobooks, podcasts, and more.

    Services

  • Music Production
  • Songwriting
  • Commercial Jingles
  • Video Game Soundtracks
  • Sound FX/Foley
  • Film Scores
  • Audio Editing
  • Audio Mixing/Mastering
  • Podcast Production
  • Music Engraving / Transcription
  • Voice-over

    Other Services

  • Web Development/Design
  • WordPress Theme Edits
  • Graphic Artwork

I enjoy other types of creative work as well. I’ve been programming for over 8 years and have designed web sites, video games, and other interactive media applications. I have proficiency in HTML, CSS, Javascript, jQuery, and PHP. You may view my web development portfolio here: jimkulakowski.com/web-design


Location: Syracuse, NY

My Story

I have had interests in music since I can I remember. As a child, I recall waking up on Saturday mornings to the boomy, walking bass lines of old jazz recordings, coming from my father’s homemade speakers.

When I was eight years old, I began taking piano lessons. After a year, or so, my teacher retired and I opted not to find a new instructor. Rather, I set out on my own quest to discover the intricacies of the instrument. I also experimented with other instruments, such as the trombone and drum set. At fourteen, I wrote my first piece — a solo piano work entitled “Dracula,” based on the novel by Bram Stoker, which I was reading for my eighth grade english class at the time. It featured a descending bass line and extensively long trills. Around this time, I also played drum set in a three-piece classic rock cover band, named “The Soul.” We played garageband-style renditions of classics from Cream, Led Zeppelin, and The Who, among others.

In high school, I began to write pop songs prolifically. Additionally, I studied music theory, played percussion in the marching band, and sang in the Cicero-North Syracuse High School Select Vocal Jazz group. After the breakup of “The Soul,” the bassist and I became key members in a band named “The Businessmen.” We gained popularity among our peers and had considerable success, releasing our own album and gigging regularly.

I continued my music studies at Onondaga Community College, majoring in music performance with a focus in classical guitar. I played in guitar quartets, accompanied students majoring in voice, and had several live performances each semester. After two years of intense study, I started to gain interest in electronic music production. I already had some studio experience from my involvement in the studio recording and production of The Businessmen’s debut release. I had a sudden, strong desire to lead a project, designing and mixing drum sounds, piano, guitar, bass, synths, and various samples together.

My undeniable interest prompted my concentrated research into beat production. I researched sampling techniques, production styles, and quickly learned how to create my own tracks. I read books and articles relating to the use of equalizers, compressors, and limiters and discovered new ways to audibly enhance my recordings. Eventually, I began to market my productions by placing them in various online retail libraries.

I now work on various music and audio related projects throughout the world. I have produced and licensed music for films, advertisements, video games, audio books, podcasts, and more. I have also produced podcasts and have worked as a voice-over artist as well. I continue to hone my craft, writing everyday, growing with each new project, and learning from clients, friends, and colleagues.


Do you have a song idea, need a jingle, or need music for your game, short film, audiobook, or other production? Please, contact me to discuss ideas and to obtain a quote. I can’t wait to get started!