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Joé McKen | Freelance Composer

Self-taught composer in suburban Québec with too many sounds in his head and not enough time to write them all down. Specializing in orchestral, particularly soundtracks. My tools are Sibelius, a mountain of virtual instruments, and whatever potato I’m trying to run it all on. (Known in some communities as Noc.)

Open for commissions! See below for more info.

— Social —


News, views & miscellanea. Personal and music-related announcements go here.


Listen & download for free. Optionally, toss me a coin, which is always appreciated.


Another place to listen.
Also has older versions of certain songs.


A place to listen and watch. Because who isn’t on here nowadays?

And of course, you can always reach me by email at [email protected].

— About —

Hey there! I’m Joé, and I write music – for myself, and for you.

I’m a self-taught composer operating out of suburban Québec, Canada. I started writing music as a kid, and after a string of bad luck dashed my attempts to retain a music tutor, I went ahead and learned how to compose and orchestrate all on my own. I’ve now scored for a variety of media, including indie games, audiobooks, podcasts and more, in addition to a good number of personal projects. I’m always eager to try something new and different.

I’m not a player; I compose, the computer performs. I use the scorewriting application Sibelius combined with a plethora of top-quality virtual instrument sound libraries, allowing me to harness the power and realism of the orchestra right from my home studio. I write everything manually; I don’t use shortcuts or automated tools, no arpeggiators or rhythm machines. I craft my sound one note, one instrument, at a time, for maximum flexibility and authenticity.

If you’re interested in custom music created just for you, regardless of what you have in mind – be it simple or complex, serene or bombastic, traditional or radical – then you’ve come to the right place.

— Listen —

Here’s my latest finished work:

Here’s a brief selection of other pieces in various styles (updated periodically):

You can find much more on my Bandcamp, SoundCloud and YouTube pages.

— Commission me —

Like what you hear above? Want something like that for yourself or for a project you know?

Then click here for my commission information, and let’s see what we can create together.

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