Film Composing

Ben’s first feature film score was for Someone Else, by writer/director Nelson Kim, and starring Aaron Yoo and Leonardo Nam, which had its world premiere on March 13, 2015 at the Miami International Film Festival. He has also scored several shorts, including “7x6x2“, a  sci-fi western written and co-directed by famed graphic novelist Paul Pope and produced by Tribeca Films, as well as Nelson Kim’s short, “Long Distance,” and Someone Else producer Geoff Quan‘s “The Other Way Round“. In addition to composing duties, Ben usually plays most of the instruments as well as produce and mix his scores, bringing a unified vision to the sound of the music.

Says director Kim of working with Ben: “Ben’s score for Someone Else sounds like nothing else out there. Sort of like the movie itself, it starts off somewhat conventionally, then becomes progressively weirder and wilder as it goes on. We wanted to take ideas to their limit — at one point he literally had to talk me out of putting in dog-whistle sounds that no human could hear. But that gives you an idea of how far out things got.”

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Audio Reel

  1. Someone Else – opening title *mellow with build – piano/tampura* Ben Rubin 1:39
  2. “Long Distance” – End Credits *hip-hop beat/upright bass/tenor sax* Ben Rubin feat. Michael Blake 1:19
  3. “7x6x2” – Battle Sequence *intense strings/arco bass/percussion* Ben Rubin 1:42
  4. Someone Else – Kat and Jamie hook up *excited/playful/sexy – percussion/tampura/mellotron piano* Ben Rubin 1:19
  5. “7x6x2” – End Credits *space western rock – wurly/moog/drums/guitar/trumpet* Ben Rubin 4:33
  6. Someone Else – Yoo-Jin Full of Hope… *horn/elec piano/perc sounds* Ben Rubin 1:10
  7. “7x6x2” 1st Dream Sequence *dreamy bells/gongs/ocarina/wooden flute* Ben Rubin 0:38
  8. Someone Else – opening montage “pensive – mellotron strings/piano* Ben Rubin 1:25
  9. Someone Else – Jamie at the end of his rope *creepy screechy intense* Ben Rubin 1:46
  10. “Other Way Round” Cue 4 *ambient organs/horns/pulsing* Ben Rubin 0:55
  11. “Long Distance” – Opening scene *hip-hop beat/upright bass/claps* Ben Rubin 1:31
  12. Lotus *arranging example – string quartet/french horns/harp/oboe/upright bass/percussion* Mudville 4:29

  1. "Reckoning" *producer/mixer/engineer* *jazz meets boom bap* Donny McCaslin 3:15
  2. Rock The Block (feat. Ben Rubin) *producer/mixer* *hip-hop* Analog Players Society feat. Donny McCaslin & Orrin Evans 2:28
  3. All That We Are *producer/mixer/performer* *black americana pop* Queen Esther 4:07
  4. Bigment *producer/mixer/engineer* *jazz movie* Walking Distance feat. Jason Moran 4:22
  5. Wicked *performer/co-writer/producer/mixer/engineer* *trip-hop* Mudville 4:27
  6. All About Me *bassist/producer/mixer/engineer* *political rock* Lower Power 2:13
  7. Manifest (Benny Cha Cha Remix) *bolly-hop* Karsh Kale 6:09
  8. Ghost Town *producer/mixer/performer* *space music* Buzzed Armstrong feat. Josh Lawrence & Anwar Marshall 4:19
  9. Someone Else *performer/producer/mixer/engineer* *electronica* Mudville 4:12
  10. Simple Ghilnooorty *producer/mixer/performer/engineer* *jazz meets nine inch nails* Walking Distance feat. Jason Moran 3:20
  11. Deja Vu (Benny Cha Cha Remix) *hip-hop* Killah Priest 3:53
  12. My Favorite Waste of Time *producer/performer/mixer/engineer* *dance pop* Marshall Crenshaw feat. Keva Hargrove 3:10
  13. The Hero Of The World *performer/co-writer/producer/mixer/engineer* *trip-hop* Mudville 4:29
  14. "Long Distance" - End Credits *composer/producer/performer/mixer* *film score* Ben Rubin feat. Michael Blake 1:19
  15. Businessman Of The Heart *bassist/producer/mixer/engineer* *political rock* Lower Power 3:07
  16. Today Means More *producer/bassist/mixer/engineer* *country* Stripmall Ballads feat. Jolie Holland & Sam Parton 3:19
  17. "Someone Else" - Opening Titles *composer/performerproducer/engineer/mixer* *film score* Ben Rubin 1:39
  18. Pussy (Benny Cha Cha Remix) *hip-hop* Brazilian Girls 5:41
  19. "7x6x2" - End Credits *composer/producer/perfomer/mixer/engineer* *space western rock film score* Ben Rubin 4:33
  20. Doggie and Cookie *bassist/mixer* *jazz* Dred Scott Trio 6:46
  21. When I'm Writing (Benny Cha Cha Remix) *hip-hop* Killah Priest 4:30
  22. Goodbye Blue Sky (Benny Cha Cha's Hee-House Remix) Luther Wright & The Wrongs 4:03
  23. That Lick I Invented *bassist/co-producer/mixer* *jazz* Dred Scott Trio 6:12