I've known Brian for several years, probably going back to 2002 or 2003. When we moved to Austin, I was heavy into film scoring. Brian was teaching a class at U.T., so I signed up. If you got into a conversation with Brian, he would describe himself more as a filmmaker than a music composer. He's one of those guys that not only loves film music, but loves everything about film - the story, character development, production, all of it. He prefers writing for and recording live players in an intimate setting, which is a welcome departure from the sample-library-heavy stuff of today.
Hanging out for a few hours in his studio this week was a blast (we got into a detailed conversation about the movie Inception before I broke out any gear). It was a great opportunity to catch up, listen to some music, and try some crazy lighting ideas. I hope to do it again soon.