PassmoreLab Hires Former Iggy Pop Bassist

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Michael Page to Score Music for Documentary Films

Michael Page has performed and recorded with some of the greatest rock acts of all time - Iggy Pop, The New York Dolls, Jerry Lee Lewis and Chubby Checker to name but a few. But these days, Page adds his talent less to the stage and more to the screen as the in-house composer for the San Diego-based visual production firm PassmoreLab.

"It's less dangerous than dodging bottles with Iggy Pop," jokes Page about his new gig. "But seriously, it's like a dream come true. I'd pay to be in a job like this."

The admiration is mutual from Page's new employer. "We are excited to have someone of Michael's caliber on board here," says PassmoreLab founder Greg Passmore. "It's not everyday that a company gets to hire a rock 'n' roll musician that has performed with so many legends."

Page's music career began writing music for theater in the famed SOHO district of New York during the birth of new wave and punk rock. Soon he found himself in a band call The Criminals with New York Dolls' guitarist Sylvain Sylvain. When The Criminals disbanded, Page worked as a sideman in Chubby Checker's band for five years. Upon returning from a tour in Africa, Page got the call from Iggy Pop. "Playing with Iggy Pop was the craziest thing," he says. "Every night I was on stage with him, I couldn't believe I was doing that - playing pure, unadulterated rock 'n' roll."

After his stint with Iggy Pop, Page embarked on a career in composing for film and television. "Thirty years in the business allows me to have a composing gig," he says, adding that composing music is a natural place for a musician after being on the road for so many years. As a composer, Page has worked on a wide variety of projects including Discovery Channel programs, television commercials and even a feature film. But with PassmoreLab, Page says he has found something special. "This is as exciting as working with Iggy Pop," he says.

Page is currently working on scoring music to go along with footage of caves around the world. "The visuals are amazing," he says. "You feel like you can reach out and touch the bats and the stalagmites." Because the footage may be used for a variety of programs, Page says he gets to score a variety of music for the same scenes. "I'm writing a Prodigy-type piece for a quick-edited show on caves called Inner Earth that will entice college students to study geology. I might also write a piece using strings and more mellow tones for the same footage. I have a lot of freedom to do what I want here." Future projects include scoring for footage of great white sharks and a children's animated movie. "Everything that is happening here is exciting," Page says. "I am really honored to be working with such incredibly talented people in a unique creative environment that encourages limitless artistic expression and exploration. The organization's insight is absolutely cutting-edge futuristic... I'm blown away to be involved."

PassmoreLab uses state-of-the-art computer science to create artistic visual concepts for business and entertainment. Besides film production, PassmoreLab also specializes in real-time rendering, film colorization, museum displays, product design and scientific visualization. The company's facilities include a full studio, the latest Windows SLI machines, Mac clusters, Linux development equipment, sensor and motor development platforms, an optics workbench, a full suite of 3D modeling, video edit suites and the latest HD video gear.

For more information about PassmoreLab or to schedule an interview with Michael Page or Greg Passmore, please call Jen Hilbert at 858.490.1620, or email.


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