film composer and performer in Brooklyn, New York
Composer Chris Burke studied film at NYU in the 80s and went on to work on set with horror/action luminaries such as Lucio Fulci, Enzo Castellari, Lloyd Kaufman and others. He soon moved into scoring feature films and television, writing music for The Toxic Avenger, Splatter University, The Refrigerator, Blue Vengeance, Shock Troop and others into the 90s.
Terror Vision Records recently released the full score to Splatter University, on the heels of the Vinegar Syndrome Blu-ray release and Chris performed a handful of exclusive screenings in NY and Philadelphia in which the film was accompanied by the electronic score performed live by the composer.
During a career as studio-owner in NYC, he wrote music for video games, created an interactive remix of Bjork's I've Seen It All, and audio post and sound design for countless projects. In 2005, Chris created the award-winning "talk show in game space", This Spartan Life. Likened to "a mashup of the Charlie Rose Show and the video game Doom" by Wired Magazine, TSL featured interviews with film directors, musicians and others, all while being attacked by other players in the online, multiplayer first person shooter Halo. The series ran for 10 years and attracted the attention of countless mainstream media outlets, including Wired Magazine, The BBC, Reuters, Stuff Magazine, and BusinessWeek, and won Best Machinima Series at the 2005 and 2007 Machinima Festival.
Chris has ten music releases to date, ranging from the experimental Idioglossia (Mode Avant, 1990) to his electronic band Glorified Magnified's All Wave Super (Sire/Warner, 1994), through his career as a chip musician, making music with two Nintendo Game Boys as glomag on releases by 8BitPeoples and Astalwerks. He has performed in Denmark, Poland, The Netherlands, Austria, Belgium, France, Spain, Australia, Japan and around the US at festivals, clubs, galleries and museums.
Chris is now jumping back into film scoring. In 2016 he released Confessions Of An 80s Low Budget Horror Film Composer, a compilation of the early soundtracks he composed. 2017's Tomb Box and 2019's Mandible Judy feature brand new horror-genre music.