The Music


Jim Coleman was brought in to compose several tracks of original music for Beth B’s film, CALL HER APPLEBROOG. The collaboration was so profound that he produced the entire score for the film. Some of the tracks in the film can be found on the ambient album “Trees”.

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Coleman has worked with Beth B in the past including much of the soundtrack for her feature documentary, EXPOSED. He produced some tracks with musical collaborators Monkeyworks, The Children and Sinner G.

Coleman has scored a couple of other indie features recently. Silver Skies by Rosemary Rodriguez takes an inside look at the politics and social relationships inside a retirement community. Stay Then Go is a narrative film by Shelli Ainsworth about the relationship between a mother and her autistic son.

Classically trained in piano and French horn, Jim Coleman shocked the indie rock scene in the 1990s with his seminal New York City band, Cop Shoot Cop, playing alongside the likes of Sonic Youth, Pussy Galore, Helmet, and Marilyn Manson. By the mid 1990’s, Coleman had started composing music for independent films. This was an organic evolution, as he had earned a BFA in film at SUNY Purchase.

Through the years, Coleman has worked with numerous directors, including numerous projects with Beth B, Hal Hartley, Todd Phillips, Richard Kern and Danny Leiner. Films he has scored have picked up awards at both the Sundance Film Festival and Cannes Film Festival. Coleman has also composed original music for many TV one-offs and series, broadcast on ZDF, HBO, PBS, A&E, and TLC.

From the late 1990’s to the present, Coleman has been releasing original music and doing remixes as Phylr. This material is beat- driven electronica, firmly rooted in sound collage with a strong cinematic sensibility. Coleman has also collaborated with Italian composer Teho Teardo to create Here; and with J.G. Thirlwell to create Baby Zizanie.

In August 2012, as Jim Coleman, he released his first ambient album, Trees, which has received widespread critical acclaim. The album features several A-list collaborators Kirsten McCord on cello, Ellen Fullman on her long stringed instrument, Dawn McCarthy on vocals, and Phil Puleo on various instruments. Coleman is currently performing live, while simultaneously creating a follow-up album to Trees.

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