Joel Pickard has an MA in composition from Mills College in Oakland, CA where he studied with Fred Frith, Alvin Currin, and Pauline Oliveros. He has a BA in Music from Bethel College in St. Paul, MN where he studied classical guitar. From 2009-12, he studied cello with Anna Fritz.

As a composer, Joel creates music and sound for film, live sound installations and commercial use. His film scores have premiered at Sundance, San Francisco International Film Festival and River Run among others. His most recent sound installation is at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC and he has created audio branding and mnemonics for HBO, Showtime and IFC.

Joel is based in Portland, Oregon where he makes music with real acoustic instruments, analog synthesizers and modern digital audio manipulation.

contact: joel@joelpickardmusic.com


interview with Elektron  

interview with Art21



Clients and Collaborators

  • Adidas
  • Afternoon Inc.
  • Art21 - PBS
  • Audi
  • Core 77
  • Douglas Filiak
  • HBO
  • The Hoffman Brothers
  • Joe Hubers
  • IFC
  • Instrument
  • Kodak
  • Landor
  • Mercedes
  • The New York Times
  • Passenger Productions
  • Pivotal
  • Showtime Networks
  • Sky Pie 
  • Smithsonian Instititue
  • Smithsonian Networks
  • Thornberg and Forester
  • Trollback
  • US Open Tennis
  • Virgin Orbit
  • Work-Order