years ago, I would have said that
I only want to do movies. I think
now I've come
to the conclusion that I just want to do "good
projects" and work with good people for the rest
of my career. I
think that is the most important thing...and whether it be in games or
movies or TV, it's all still writing music."
Tracksounds speaks with
composer CHRISTOPHER LENNERTZ after the announcement of his Emmy
nomination for his score to the pilot episode of the hit television
series, SUPERNATURAL, and just a few weeks before his wedding!
The composer shares about his experience on the show, his upcoming
score for the 3D-animated film SHARK BAIT, upcoming release of his
score for the video game GUN and two upcoming projects for two SONY
PLAYSTATION 3 titles!
CC: It's been about 3 years since we've
talked and you've been keeping quite
busy with, among other things, the
MEDAL OF HONOR games series, but
more recently, your Emmy Nomination
for hit television show,
Lennterz: Absolutely. I sure have.
CC: Did the nomination come as a surprise to you?
LENNTERZ: It was
absolutely a complete surprise to
me. I knew, of course, that the show
had been submitted, but shows on
networks like the WB don't
necessarily get a lot of
nominations, so it was a bit of a
shock to me. I was just thrilled
that they recognized the hard work.
CC: Where and when did you find out
about the nomination?
LENNTERZ: Well, it
was early in the morning and a
friend had seen it on the internet
before anyone had...before I even
knew about it. I was just coming
home from the gym and the friend
called and said, "Congratulations!"
I said, "No. No. I'm not married
yet." (laughs). And he said, "That's
not what I'm talking about...I'm
talking about the Emmy!" I really
didn't know what she was talking
about at the time. Then, about five
minutes later, Eric Kripke, the
creator of SUPERNATURAL, called me.
I then figured out how it all went
CC: You've done quite a few things
for television already. How does
your work for SUPERNATURAL compare?
LENNTERZ: It's been
extremely different for me, because
this has been one of those dream
situations where you get to work
with someone who you admire, but also
have a relationship with already.
Eric Kripke and I have been
friends, next-door-neighbors, both
before and after college. I have
scored a lot of his short films and
other projects. We have worked
together for some 8 to 10 years
since we got out of USC together. We
just know each other so well and to
start up a brand new series together
has been a dream. We have been able to
dispense with a lot of the
formalities that a part of starting a dialogue
about music. When it came to the
music for SUPERNATURAL, we were
already on the same page without
even talking about it! So it's
been great working with Eric, but
also, the rest of the team has been
CC: Now there is another composer
who works on SUPERNATURAL as well.
LENNTERZ: Yes, there
is another composer who does every
other episode. Jay Gruska, is really
close with the show's other
producer, Robert Singer. He, of
course, worked on LOIS AND CLARK.
Jay and I have gotten along
fabulously and we've really had a
great time doing the show.
CC: How much "note sharing" between
you two is there?
myself, Eric, Jay and Bob all sat
down from the very get-go and
devised the palette of the show,
devised how we wanted to treat all
of the characters and the
relationships between them. We
really came up with a roadmap
together. It was like just sitting
in a conference room and throwing
out ideas one after another.
CC: The music for SUPERNATURAL
surprisingly covers a pretty wide
range. It's got some of the dark,
dissonant stuff one might expect,
but it also has some nice melodic
pieces that contrast well. There is
even some cues that are contemporary
LENNTERZ: It's really
been cool because Eric Kripke, from
day-one, has been a proponent of
making the "scary music" really,
really creepy - a lot of dissonance
and so on, but then you've got these
two brothers, who are delving into
their relationship and their father
has left, and they are searching for
their mother's killer. They're
both growing up and so we really
do try to make a stark contrast, as
you've said, and really emphasize
that, while there is a lot of scary
stuff, suspense and even
oppressiveness, everything comes
from the desperation of two boys who
want to find out what happened to
their mom and who want their father
back. So it has been a great
situation where you get to write a
lot of heartfelt music as well. And
then there is the rock-elements you
hear because of Dean, the older
brother, who is really into
DVD of Season One of SUPERNATURAL is
supposed to be out sometime in
September (2006). Did they interview
and include you on it?
wish they had! I'm sure they brought
in the producers, but not me this
time. I do think its going to be a
great DVD. Another great thing about
the show is that we score and mix it
much like a horror film each week
and so people are finally going to
be able to buy and watch the show on
their home theater systems, nice and
CC: So are you going to be able to
attend the Emmy Award Show?
LENNTERZ: I wish I
could, but I'm going to have to miss
it because of my honeymoon. But
fortunately, I think I can deal with
that! But if we win, I think Eric (Kripke)
is going to go up an accept it for
CC: Now you also have a score coming
out for a 3-D animated film out of
Korea, SHARK BAIT. How did you get
involved with this project?
animation company is actually out of
Korea but the film itself is
actually an English film. It's a
great little movie in the same realm
as FINDING NEMO and SHARK TALE. I
had been friends with a couple of
the film's producers for a long
time, so I met up with them and the
animation company and we decided to
work together on the project.
CC: What sort of approach did you
take for this film's score?
LENNTERZ: It was a
very low budget project, so it was
not the huge Disney orchestra. It
actually has a nice calypso vibe,
but we also did some very interesting
things with acoustic guitars,
Caribbean drums, and things of that
nature. We mixed in a few rock
elements, strings and woodwinds as
There isn't a lot of heavy brass or
that sort of thing. It's actually a
really sweet story about a little
fish who gets separated from his
parents but eventually is able to
save the reef.
CC: Well, lastly, what can you say
about your upcoming project
regarding an upcoming Playstation 3
video game? Have you recorded that
LENNTERZ: Yes. That
score is done, but I can't tell you
what it is. They have me sworn to
secrecy. But it's going to be a
fantastic title and it was done with
98 piece orchestra. It's very
thematic, but it does have a little
electronics in it. It's very much an
otherworldly thing, a fable, but
you'll just have to wait for it! It
will be coming out along with the
PS3 when it's launched. I also have
another PS3 game that I'm starting
on right now.
CC: When will there be an official
announcement about your first PS3
LENNTERZ: I think
there should be some announcement
around the time the console comes
out, which, I believe, is sometime
One of the things that is so amazing
in regards to the first project and
this new project for EA is going to
be how much more interactive the
music is going to be due to the
increased power of the console. I
believe the player's experience is
going to so much more involved. Even
the sound quality is going to be
stepped up a notch.
CC: Does composing a score for a
Playstation 3 title give you a wider
canvas or more freedom to write?
LENNTERZ: It doesn't
give me a wider canvas to compose in
but I can that the
music is going to be able to live on
its own a little bit more and may
not need to fight the sound effects
as much. There's going to be enough
bandwidth for the music to weave
around the sound effects even better
than it used to.
CC: Fans have been asking about your
GUN soundtrack. Any news there?
LENNTERZ: Oh yes...I
do have a little tidbit of good news
there. It looks like there will be a
release on CD in the very near
future! I really do think its one of
the best things I think I've ever
written, so I'm excited about that.
There has been some pieces floating
around the internet, but those are
not really finished pieces. The
stuff that is going to be on the CD
is going to be much, much better
than that. I'm hoping that it will
come out sometime in the early Fall.
Oh yes...and my score for the game,
JAMES BOND: FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE be
also be out in the Fall on iTunes!
CC: You are very active in writing
for television, video games, and
feature films these days, do ever
think about focusing on one?
LENNTERZ: Five years
ago, I would have said that I only
want to do movies. I think now I've
come to the conclusion that I just
want to do "good projects" and work
with good people for the rest of my
career. I think that is the most
important...and whether it be in
games or movies or TV, it's all
still writing music.
CC: Well, Christopher I'd to
congratulate you on both the Emmy
nomination and the upcoming wedding!
I'm sure you will be enjoying the
next month...and I'm sure there will
be a lot of great things coming in
the very near future for you.
LENNTERZ: Oh, yes.
I'm very excited about it all! It's
been great to talk to you again.