David Haldeman has more than a decade of experience composing music for film, theatre, and exhibits. Born in Seattle and currently residing in Philadelphia, Haldeman specializes in a melodic and atmospheric sound that combines dusty electronics with folk and classical influences.
Among his credits are the music and sound design for museum exhibits including the U.S. tour of the Dead Sea Scrolls and Lucy's Legacy, promotional music for World Vision International and the Seattle Asian American Film Festival, and soundtracks for news pieces and specials for KOMO4 (Seattle's ABC affiliate) as well as for various short films and theatre productions.
"I have been lucky enough to work with David on a number of projects, and each one is exponentially better because of his work and collaboration. David's music finds that elusive sweet spot between subtlety and a strong theme. I wish I could use David's music on every project I do---his music adds so much depth and meaning to my videos." - Eric Jensen, Emmy-winning photographer for KOMO4 News
Haldeman is particularly influenced by early electronic music pioneers like Klaus Schulze, Tangerine Dream, Vangelis, and Mike Oldfield; composers Max Richter, Ulrich Schnauss, Bach, and Vaughn Williams; and old BBC soundtracks and analog logotones.
He also writes music under the name Basic Astronomy. Slow News Day, Basic Astronomy's debut EP, received particularly strong praise from Seattle's iconic indie press site Three Imaginary Girls:
"Listening to Slow News Day is like listening to some quiet, haunting and yet familiar tune playing on a neighbor's radio [...]. The sound and feel of Slow News Day could be lumped in with the warm and fuzzy glowing-fire naturalness of a Fleet Foxes record, but to me it is best described as the feeling one gets while laying on a blanket in the middle of nowhere and staring up at the stars." - Jeff Valluzzi