John Forbes • Composer

John Forbes talks to SOS about how he became musical director for Ne-Yo, creating live arrangements for one of the world’s top R&B artists using recorded parts.

SOS Magazine - David Greeves

Virtual Reality Music and Audio

Music and Audio across multiple VR platforms. Audio 360, music beds, objects based mixing and deployment.
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Virtual Reality

Recently i've been composing music for a 360 Video project. The project will be deployed in the  Ambisonic C format. The third order Ambisonic format used by Facebook is 16 channels so it is a totally immersive experience. Initially, some of the music I've...
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The Museum of the Bible

I recently had the opportunity to compose music for the Museum of the Bible in Washington DC. The museum is an amazing project that brings together bible artifacts and history from around the world under one roof. The exhibits utilize state of the art technology in a...
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Richard Williams: Man, Myth and Mastermind

The Richard Williams Story is a film based on the book published by Simon and Schuster. The film is a series of interviews as well as numerous dramatic reenactments from Richard Williams' life. The docu-drama will include a fully produced soundtrack album with...
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John Forbes

With over 30 years in the entertainment industry, John Forbes has made music for some of the most successful companies in the world. With a wealth of knowledge that comes from hundreds of productions, adding value has become more than a cliche, it’s a mantra. From scoring music for film and television, to radio and the web, John Forbes has a track record of success and the respect of his peers. 


John Forbes was featured in Sound On Sound Magazine – The article was written by British author David Greeves and covers the production work done for the 2011 Mr. Smith World Tour for Ne-Yo.  The article was researched before during and after the production of the tour. John discusses, software and hardware selection along with arranging and orchestration techniques used for this project. The use of cutting edge technology in the production of the music, enhanced the audio-visual experience of the entire show.

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I’ve been a big user of Audiofile-Engineering’s Triumph digital audio editor and mastering app since the demise of Bias Inc. Peak Pro. I was looking for an app that would allow me to edit, master and export DDP files for replication as well as any format audio file that a client might want. I needed it to be OSX native and completely bullet proof. Triumph fit the bill and has totally delivered…..even in ways that Peak never did. Well worth checking out.

Recent Projects

Love Jones The Musical 2016

In September 2015 I was contacted by Executive Producer, Melvin Childs, about producing the music for a stage play based on the 1997 Warner Brothers film, Love Jones. I have known Melvin since he discovered Tyler Perry in 1998-1999 and I put the first band together for them. Melvin said that there would be a large number of artists/ actors singing there own songs and that there would be times that guest celebrities would be included in certain markets.    

SOS Magazine Feature: John Forbes: Ne-Yo Live

John Forbes talks to SOS about how he became musical director for Ne-Yo, creating live arrangements for one of the world's top R&B artists using recorded parts. As we enter the second decade of the new millennium, the icy finger of economic uncertainty hovers...
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George Massenburg Speaks

This is the genius sharing about where we are in recording and how we got here....
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Film Director Rick Padilla

Rick Padilla is the CEO of Make A Hand. He oversees all business and creative processes, including content sourcing, development, production and deployment. He also acts as the “packager” of the creative/production team for each project. His experienced background as...
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JPS Brown

The National Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City keeps a collection of J.P.S. Brown’s books. He received the first Will James Society’s Big Enough Award for literary achievement in the cowboy tradition in 1999. In 2003, he received Arizona Historical Society’s...
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