Michael Kramer is an Emmy nominated composer and multi-instrumentalist for film, television, and video games. A graduate of USC’s prestigious film scoring program, he currently scores the hit Cartoon Network TV series LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitsu, for which he received a 2020 Emmy Award nomination. At almost 10 years and counting, the show is the network’s longest running animated program and airs in more than 30 countries.
In 2019, Disney Imagineering recruited Michael to write and produce several new tracks for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the highly anticipated new land in both Disneyland and Disney World. Playing in the Oga’s Cantina attraction, one of his featured tracks is a follow up to the iconic “Cantina Song” from the original Star Wars film.
Other recent TV credits include the new Disney+ show Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian, Netflix’s Healing Powers of Dude, Dreamworks TV’s Rhyme Time Town, the original HULU series Complete Works, CBS Sports’ Ball Up, and Disney XD’s LEGO STAR WARS: The Freemaker Adventures, for which he was also nominated for an 2017 Emmy. A seasoned composer for documentaries, Michael’s retro synth inspired score to Beaver Trilogy Part IV premiered at Sundance in 2015. On the big screen, Michael’s music can heard in Furious 7, Thor: The Dark World, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, on which he collaborated with Brian Tyler. His video game credits include Need For Speed: The Run, Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag, and Assassin’s Creed: Unity. He has scored commercial campaigns for companies like Office Depot, Motorola, LEGO, Pringles, NutriBullet, and the Air National Guard.
Raised in Chicago by a master woodworker, Michael approaches each score like a carpenter with a keen eye for craftsmanship. Combining a spirit of inventiveness with meticulous attention to detail, he believes that materials matter, and uses his expansive collection of instruments and cutting edge technology to craft a score uniquely fitting of each project. A passion for the process of filmmaking lies at the core of his work, and through collaborating with directors and producers, Michael loves the challenge of guiding a project from the script to the final mix.
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