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January 01, 2015
Silas Hite
Silas Hite
Lilly McElroy

Silas Hite's home studio is a musical mad scientist's lab. Vintage instruments decorate the walls and desks, from concertina accordions and a violinuke to a wheezy pump organ. Old recording technology is sprinkled around, including a reel-to-reel tape player and an ancient boombox. Outside the patterned-curtain windows lies a view of southern California.

This studio houses a creative whirlwind. It would be entirely possible to turn on your TV and find a show scored by Silas. The commercial break could then include his work. If you want a movie, there are more than 14 that include his music. Video games afterward? Silas still has you covered.

Surprisingly, it wasn't until college that Silas discovered his love of composition. He learned percussion as a child (a love that continues today) and studied several other instruments throughout high school. Silas's time at the University of Arizona opened new musical worlds — he found composing to be more fulfilling than performing. An internship at the university's recording studio solidified his passion.

Now, years later, he's still passionate, and still creating new works.

This week's episode features a special guest-host appearance by Garrett Tiedemann.