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 Posted:   May 15, 2022 - 9:34 AM   
 By:   Joe Sikoryak   (Member)

Hi Film Score friends,

Since I left the soundtrack business a few years ago, I’ve begun writing and drawing comics. I've been posting weekly essays and drawings—and now it’s time to write about the music that made me. Perhaps you’d like to check out how soundtracks changed my life.

I’ll post the latest link every other week, and I’d welcome your comments on the board or on my site. I hope you have a little fun reading along. Thanks for checking it out!
All stories can be found at this link: https://www.joesikoryak.com/blog/categories/music

Part 01: The Music That Made Me (early influences)
Part 02: Listen to What You Watch (cartoon and TV themes)
Part 03: Switching on Soundtracks (discovering synthesizers)
Part 04: "Strangers In Paradise," or Collecting on a Budget (when LPs were too expensive)
Part 05: Monster-kid Melodies (scoring super-8 movies)
Part 06: Learning the Classics, Easy as R-C-A (Hello, Charles Gerhardt!)
Part 07: I Found It at the Movies (sex and soundtracks in the mid-70s)
Part 08: A Long Time Ago, in a City Far By the Bay (life gets very sci-fi)
Part 09: It Was the Best of Times, It Was blah, blah, blah... (The Early Eighties)
Part 10: Dark Days Are Made of This (MTV, Nuclear Winter and a New Hope)
Part 11: A New Source for Sound (The Dawn of CDs and return of Norman Bates)
Part 12: When Saturn Came Back (An amazing new record shop amidst the rubble)
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Joe Sikoryak was art director/designer/editor for 800 soundtrack CDs from 1997-2016. He’s worked with FSM, Intrada, Percepto and La-La Land as well as a number of composers. Joe is currently writing and drawing a graphic novel about the early days of genre conventions. You can follow #Joe_Sikoryak on Instagram and at www.joesikoryak.com

 
 
 Posted:   May 15, 2022 - 10:42 AM   
 By:   Mike Petersen   (Member)

Hi Film Score friends,

Since I left the soundtrack business a few years ago, I’ve begun writing and drawing comics. I've been posting weekly essays and drawings—and now it’s time to write about the music that made me. Perhaps you’d like to check out how soundtracks changed my life.

I’ll post the latest link every week, and I’d welcome your comments on the board or on my site. I hope you have a little fun reading along. Thanks for checking it out!

Part one: The Music That Made Me
https://www.joesikoryak.com/post/the-music-that-made-me

Beautiful! Look forward to reading more!

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Joe Sikoryak was art director/freelance designer for 800 soundtrack CDs from 1997-2016. He’s worked for FSM, Intrada, Percepto and La-La Land as well as a number of composers. Joe is currently at work on a graphic novel about the early days of genre conventions. You can follow him #Joesoundtrack on Instagram and at www.joesikoryak.com

 
 Posted:   May 15, 2022 - 10:15 PM   
 By:   joe soundtrack   (Member)


Beautiful! Look forward to reading more!


Thanks Mike! I'll have a second entry next Sunday.

 
 Posted:   May 21, 2022 - 11:20 PM   
 By:   Joe Sikoryak   (Member)

I've got another installment of my soundtrack memoir, perhaps you'd enjoy taking a look. Previous links are collected in the first post. Thanks!

Part two: Listen to What You Watch
https://www.joesikoryak.com/post/listen-to-what-you-watch

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Joe Sikoryak was art director/freelance designer for 800 soundtrack CDs from 1997-2016. He’s worked for FSM, Intrada, Percepto and La-La Land as well as a number of composers. Joe is currently at work on a graphic novel about the early days of genre conventions. You can follow him #Joesoundtrack on Instagram and at www.joesikoryak.com

 
 Posted:   May 29, 2022 - 7:56 AM   
 By:   Joe Sikoryak   (Member)

The latest installment of my memoir series is up:

https://www.joesikoryak.com/post/switching-on-soundtracks

Join me for tales of soundtrack collecting, the dawn of electronic music—and misbegotten school field trips. Thanks for reading!

 
 Posted:   Jun 4, 2022 - 10:46 AM   
 By:   Joe Sikoryak   (Member)

The fourth installment of "My Adventures in Underscore" has just dropped and you can find it here:

https://www.joesikoryak.com/blog/categories/music

This week's tale is set in the early '70s when two bucks could buy a lot, but maybe not as many records as you'd like... so what's a nascent soundtracker to do?

 
 Posted:   Jun 11, 2022 - 10:23 AM   
 By:   Joe Sikoryak   (Member)

The latest installment of my soundtrack memoirs is up! You can check out the mid-seventies misadventures of this monster-kid movie maker...

https://www.joesikoryak.com/post/monster-kid-melodies

All the rest can be found here:

https://www.joesikoryak.com/blog/categories/music

If you enjoy it, maybe you'll consider signing up on my site and leaving a comment. It will help me as I look for a publisher of my upcoming graphic novel. Thanks!

 
 Posted:   Jun 14, 2022 - 5:21 PM   
 By:   Sir David of Barkeley   (Member)

Yipes, how did I miss this the first time?

 
 Posted:   Jun 18, 2022 - 10:13 AM   
 By:   Joe Sikoryak   (Member)

Yipes, how did I miss this the first time?

Glad you made it this week, Sir David!

This week's entry is of a classical bent, with a little swashbuckling and great white sharks in the soundtrack mix. you can find all six quick reads here:

https://www.joesikoryak.com/blog/categories/music

Thanks for taking a look!

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 20, 2022 - 1:46 PM   
 By:   John McMasters   (Member)

These are a total joy. Thank you!

 
 Posted:   Jun 24, 2022 - 10:58 AM   
 By:   Joe Sikoryak   (Member)

These are a total joy. Thank you!

Thanks so much for reading along, John!

Just wanted to say that future installments will be coming every other week. Watch for my (very) personal take on Sex and Soundtracks in the Seventies on July 1. And sooner or later, we'll get to meeting That Kid From Martha's Vineyard, Entering Intrada and other juicy bits.

Meantime, you can catch up on all the previous entries here:
https://www.joesikoryak.com/blog/categories/music

 
 Posted:   Jul 1, 2022 - 6:48 AM   
 By:   Joe Sikoryak   (Member)

Hi gang! We're back with chapter seven of my soundtrack stories. This week explores sex and scary movies during the mid-seventies, with teenage awkwardness and lessons learned for good measure.

https://www.joesikoryak.com/blog/categories/music

Perhaps you can relate... Thanks for reading!

 
 Posted:   Jul 2, 2022 - 3:11 AM   
 By:   ZapBrannigan   (Member)

Yipes, how did I miss this the first time?


I missed it too. I just read the first installment, and my Dad had probably the same tape recorder, that I got to play with as a kid. It was a monophonic Webcor machine that closed up like a fat gray suitcase. Big square microphone, the whole bit. But I didn't start obsessively taping TV themes until he got me a cassette recorder.

I can see this is going to be a very relatable memoir here in the FSM community.

 
 Posted:   Jul 5, 2022 - 4:24 PM   
 By:   Sir David of Barkeley   (Member)

Hi gang! We're back with chapter seven of my soundtrack stories. This week explores sex and scary movies during the mid-seventies, with teenage awkwardness and lessons learned for good measure.

https://www.joesikoryak.com/blog/categories/music

Perhaps you can relate... Thanks for reading!


I read this too fast. I thought it said "teenage stewardesses"! big grin

 
 Posted:   Jul 6, 2022 - 11:47 AM   
 By:   Joe Sikoryak   (Member)

Yipes, how did I miss this the first time?

I missed it too. I just read the first installment, and my Dad had probably the same tape recorder, that I got to play with as a kid. It was a monophonic Webcor machine that closed up like a fat gray suitcase.

I can see this is going to be a very relatable memoir here in the FSM community.


Thanks for reading, Zap! I aim to be relatable, just not always, to everyone...

 
 Posted:   Jul 15, 2022 - 7:37 AM   
 By:   Joe Sikoryak   (Member)

This week’s soundtrack memoir is from the late ‘70s, when life in SF got very sci-fi… https://www.joesikoryak.com/post/a-long-time-ago-in-a-city-far-by-the-bay

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 15, 2022 - 1:03 PM   
 By:   CindyLover   (Member)

They really show sheltered I was. Thanks for sharing.

 
 Posted:   Jul 19, 2022 - 5:15 PM   
 By:   Sir David of Barkeley   (Member)

There needs to be more memoirs like this. It was a giddy time.

 
 Posted:   Jul 29, 2022 - 7:25 AM   
 By:   Joe Sikoryak   (Member)

This week’s story is from a time in pop culture (the early eighties) that made a lot of people very happy—except me. But I had my reasons.
https://www.joesikoryak.com/post/it-was-the-best-of-times-it-was-blah-blah-blah
Thanks for reading!

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 29, 2022 - 10:08 AM   
 By:   CindyLover   (Member)

The link you posted led to an error page: https://www.joesikoryak.com/post/it-was-the-best-of-times-it-was-blah-blah-blah
(My main memory of seeing E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial at the drive-in when Dad took us is of Dad saying "Whenever you see a rainbow..." during the climax, which kind of undercut the moment...)

 
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