Kristopher Carter began his career as one of the youngest composers to work for Warner Bros, scoring his first episode of Batman: The Animated Series at the age of 22. He received an Emmy Award for his work on the hit WB animated series Batman Beyond, for which he also composed the main title theme. Additionally, he has received six other Emmy and four Annie Award nominations. The success of the Warner Bros. feature-length release Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker led to a soundtrack CD on Rhino Records and a commission for a concert suite by John Mauceri and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. He has scored several other animated superhero series, including The Spectacular Spider-Man, Teen Titans, Justice League, Ben 10 and Marvel’s Avengers Assemble.
Equally at home composing feature film scores, he has written music for films that have won awards at many prestigious international festivals, including a Gold Medal for the Best Use of Music in a Feature Film at the Park City Film Music Festival. He composed music for the third installment of the V|H|S horror anthology, indie horror favorites Dance of the Dead and The Other Side, as well as sci-fi mystery Yesterday Was A Lie. His most recent feature is the multi-faceted horror/adventure/comedy SiREN, produced by The Collective and Universal’s Chiller TV.
Carter is an active member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (ATAS) and the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS). He has been a featured lecturer on film composition at the Univ. of Southern California, Univ. of California Los Angeles, Chapman University, California Institute of the Arts, Univ. of Texas at Austin, the Univ. of North Texas and the North Carolina School of the Arts. As a synthesist and electronic drum programmer, he contributed tracks to New Line’s Final Destination and several movies of the week. In the record world, he has collaborated with the Wallflower’s Rami Jaffee and blues guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd, and also co-produced several animated soundtrack releases of his scores on La-La Land Records. For the past nineteen years he has served as a special technical consultant to the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra on their Film Music Nights.
In the concert world, he has received commissions from renowned cellist Carter Enyeart, saxophonist Robert Austin and the University of North Texas Men’s Chorus. The work commissioned by Austin, Grand Duo Concertante, has been featured on several nationally syndicated college radio programs. After winning first prize in a statewide competition, Carter was selected to represent his home state—Texas—in the MTNA/Sheppard National Commissioning Composer of the Year Competition. The commissioned work, a suite for flute, violin and piano, featuring a narrator and dancers, was premiered at the state convention in San Antonio. He also served as the first composer-in-residence of the Bel Canto Northwest Opera Festival where his song cycle, Summer Scenes for Soprano and Orchestra, was premiered.
Carter graduated magna cum laude from the University of North Texas. While there, he won first prize in the UNT Concerto/Aria competition with his symphonic overture, A Titans Epitaph. The work received its first public performance by the University of North Texas Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of the noted Anshel Brusilow. Growing up in a small town in west Texas, his formative years were filled with music: working professionally as a church organist, assistant choir director, rock band keyboardist and bassist, orchestra stage manager, and arranger, taking every possible opportunity to broaden his knowledge and experience in music. He currently resides in Los Angeles, California.
Selected Film/TV Credits
Kristopher has written several pieces for instrumental solo, chamber groups, and orchestra. In Oct. 2020 he released his latest work, Autumn Ruminations, the first in a set of four short episodes for piano and orchestra that will debut every three months for a year reflecting the progression of the seasons.
Among his other concert works are A Titan’s Epitaph for Full Orchestra (Grand Prize—UNT Concerto/Aria Contest), Trio For Flute, Violin and Piano (commissioned by the Texas Music Teacher’s Association), Grand Duo Concertante for Alto Saxophone and Piano (Commissioned by Saxophonist Robert Austin), Sonata Para La Mañana De Llueve (commissioned by cellist Carter Enyeart), Never Again Would Bird’s Song Be The Same for Men’s Chorus (Commissioned by the UNT Men’s Chorus) and Summer Scenes for Soprano and Orchestra.
Scores and parts of his concert music are available directly from the composer, while arrangements of his music from his Warner Bros. animated projects are available for Orchestra and Band at Alfred/Luck’s Rental Library.
Kristopher released his debut The Kr Protocol album, Activate, in July, 2018, premiering the album along with a dance set remixing popular songs and themes from sci-fi and superhero movies to a packed house at CONvergence in Minneapolis.
The Kr Protocol has several new EDM original song and cover remixes in the works, slated to begin rolling out in January, 2021.
Since the clubs closed in response to the COVID-19 lockdowns, Kristopher has been broadcasting DJ dance sets on both Twitch and Mixcloud, but hopes to be spinning live shows as soon as it is safe to do so!
Kristopher has appeared as a Guest Conductor with orchestras conducting his own music at several international film music festivals, including the Film Music Festival in Krakow, Poland, and the Fimucité Film Music Festival in Tenerife, Spain.
Kristopher is a passionate advocate for the art of film composition, presenting master-classes and seminars to young film composers as well as film makers about the craft. Among the prestigious institutions he has lectured at are University of Southern California (USC), UCLA, Columbia College Chicago, CalArts, Hong Kong Baptist University, University of North Texas, University of Texas at Austin (UT), and the North Carolina School For The Arts.
He regularly appears at sci-fi and comic genre conventions as a panelist on music for film, animation, and superheroes including San Diego Comic Con, Wondercon, LA Comic Con, Long Bach Comic Con and CONvergence in Minneapolis.