Classical / Jazz
Steve's current interests include working at the intersection of music and film, Mullen brings a nuanced understanding of the cultural role of music and the semiotics of musical expression to the classes they teach. A nationally recognized composer, music producer, and song writer who has composed music for over 500 national TV commercials and 100 feature length documentaries and independent films, Steve's work has appeared in programming on A&E, PBS, The Biography Network, The History Channel, WTTW and NPR, and he has worked for clients such as American Airlines, Budweiser, State Farm and McDonalds.
Steve has a degree in Jazz studies from ASU and a Bachelors degree in Music from NIU, and is a very well accomplished musician. In Steve's own words, "My professional work—scoring film—requires that I quickly identify the unique creative vision of my clients, note the semiotic language they prefer, become fluent in it, and adapt myself accordingly while staying true to the highest standards". Steve Co-wrote song "Endless Nights" for Eddie Money, reached #3 on Billboard Hot 100; Recorded for Atlantic Records and has been published with Warner/Chappell.
In Steve’s free time, they find themselves lost in a deep love of American regional and popular musical styles, and a fascination with the cultural counterpoint of the American vernacular.