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Music from AURORA

by Stephen Melillo

Released 1997
Released 1997
Film Score for the Motion Picture, AURORA, Directed by Christopher Kulikowski. This work is about Survival in the face of physical and emotional deprivation.
A Message from Christopher Kulikowski, Writer & Director

As a teen shooting super 8 films, there were several things I often dreamed. One was to make films that many people would see and enjoy. The other was to have Stephen Melillo, my friend, compose the scores.

I met Stephen in 1979. Over the years and with many miles between us, we kept in touch, growing in our own artistic ways and hoping that one day we would have the opportunity to work together. That dream came true with “Aurora.”

Filmmaking, by it’s nature, creates many opportunities for artists of all kinds to combine their talents and create experiences far beyond the viewers ability to ever encounter. One of the strongest and most manipulative forces at work in the filmmaking process is the composer. The composer can direct one’s emotional response so effectively, that whatever one accomplishes as an actor, cinematographer or director, is radically enhanced or destroyed by the power of the music score.

Having the opportunity to watch Stephen compose and mix over a course of a few days was truly awe inspiring. I can’t think of anything more exhilarating than listening to music that not only captures what one tries to accomplish as a filmmaker, but actually defines it. Stephen Melillo’s score for “Aurora” is all that I had hoped and prayed for. It is melodic, grand, wondrous, at times oppressive, mysterious, driving and yet tender, hopeful and extremely passionate.

I thank God for allowing me to share my gifts with so many people and for introducing me to such a vast group of incredible artists and technicians who have shared their gifts with me. Thank you, Stephen, for your music, your support and for believing in my work.

I look forward to many more collaborations in the years to come.

Godspeed... Christopher Kulikowski, March 1998

In 2016, Stephen’s 4th Symphony was nominated for the Pulitzer and Nemmers Prize in Music. Winner of three 2009 Telly & Ava Awards for his 2005 Visualized Concert: THAT WE MIGHT LIVE, Stephen’s concert-version was also nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in Music. His 15 feature film scores include the Oscar-nominated 12:01PM, and most recently, The UNWILLING. An ASCAP Concert Awards recipient each year since 1992, Stephen's more than 1140 works include 4 symphonies, several concerti and over 33-hours of Music for Ensembles of the 3rd Millennium™. With 28 CDs and 6 books on iTunes, and simply by word-of-mouth, Stephen’s pioneering, self-publishing entity known as STORMWORKS has gone from 0 to many thousands of worldwide renderings since 1992.

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