Bill Stankay is a composer, performer & sound designer specializing in atmospheric music production. His music flows into multiple streams, utilizing innovative sound architecture to shape the sonic landscapes in his work.
In the summer of 2012, Bill traveled to the Arctic region of Svalbard to develop "Earthtones", an environmentally-inspired music experience featuring the mysterious sounds of Arctic wildlife seamlessly blended with his own musical interpretation of the remote archipelago. In 2013, Bill was awarded with an Artist Opportunity Grant from the Pittsburgh Arts Council to help fund the release of the debut "Earthtones" album. He debuted the project for the first time in a live setting at the Oaks Theater in April of 2015, performing in front of a dynamic visual show featuring drone footage of the Svalbard glacier regions shot by photographer Peter Cox; timelapse & wildlife footage shot at the Polar Station in Hornsund by Witek Kaszkin; film contributions from Polar Bears International and excerpts from the lectures of glaciologist Doug Benn & bear specialist Rupert Pilkington. He is currently working his Sunfall studios on the "Sketches of Svalbard" album and has traveled extensively to expand his Earthtones project with sound design expeditions to the South Coastal area of Alaska, Iceland, Shenandoah National Forest, Joshua Tree National Park and the streets of New York City.
His work as a composer includes original scores for Powerade's recent commercial campaign starring NBA player Damian Lillard and trailer music for the Lionsgate film "Deepwater Horizon", directed by Peter Berg (Lone Survivor) and starring Mark Wahlberg, Kate Hudson, Dylan O' Brien, Kurt Russell and John Malkovich. His film scores include original music for director Jared Passante's "Pass Me By"; an original score for the feature film "A Fancy Piece of Homicide" (directed by Joseph Varhola & starring Bingo O'Malley/Mark Tierno) and an original score and soundtrack album for "Samantha Moonley's Greatest Feeling" (directed by Garrett Kennell/David Light).
His most recent sound design work includes a collaboration with composer Jongnic Bontemps for Steven Caple Jr's "The Land", and sonic landscapes for composer Steven Lebetkin's "Cycles of the Earth" ballet.
He is currently collaborating on an album of atmospheric music with independent artist Mia Z.
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