Original feature film score by Michael Shaieb and Brent Lord for the independent psychological thriller written and directed by Joseph Wartnerchaney, starring Rob Zabrecky, Lisa Howard, Elisha Yaffe, and Jackie Hoffman.

Jonathan is a very lonely man who works as groundskeeper at a local theme park. He lives with a crippling case of OCD as a result of an abusive childhood. One day, he gets a visitor in his house: a young woman who, through a jarring turn of events, ends up dead in his basement. He does not report the incident because he is happy to have a friend. Instead, he keeps the girl — and invites her to dinner. But then the body of the girl begins to decay.

Based on a true story and filmed on location in Denver, CO, the World Premiere of Decay was on November 7, 2015 at the 38th Denver Film Festival. The theatrical and VOD release was on April 8, 2016.

38th Denver Film Festival
2015 True Grit Award

Official Selection
Dead By Dawn

The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is available for sale on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon MP3, CD Baby and streaming on Apple Music, Spotify, and all other major services worldwide.

Rock Band® Live

Arrangements and original mashups written and produced by Michael Shaieb and Brent Lord for the interactive live stage show and gaming experience. A joint effort between MTV Games, Cedar Fair Entertainment Company, and RWS & Associates Entertainment, Inc.. Performances were daily throughout the 2010 summer season at Cedar Point in Sandusky OH, Canada’s Wonderland outside of Toronto, and a third production toured 10 additional Cedar Fair parks.

“Survivor: Live” opens today

Our Live Entertainment projects for this year include “Survivor: Live“, created by two longtime partners of FatLab Music — Joey Wartnerchaney of Manhattan Creative Group and RWS & Associates Entertainment, Inc. — and scored by me.

RWS, under agreement with CBS Television, is producing the first-ever live entertainment adaptation of the Emmy Award-winning television series, and I was thrilled to contribute the music.

The show involves audience volunteers presented with various physical challenges. For the show, I wrote an expanded theme song adapted from Russ Landau’s iconic “Ancient Voices”, plus arranged all-new tribal/hip-hop versions of “369 (feat. B.o.B.)“, M.I.A.’s “Galang“, and Destiny’s Child’s “Survivor“.

Two parks open their productions today — Denver’s Elitch Gardens and Oklahoma City’s Frontier City — with Buffalo’s Darien Lake to follow May 23. Performances are four times daily thru the end of each park’s summer season.


Carnaval de Fuego

Original score by Michael Shaieb for the 2006 nightly spectacle at (then) Six Flags Elitch Gardens. A celebration of fireballs, flame juggling, clowns, tribal percussion, and more. Act IV featured a remix of The Doors’ “Light My Fire” with vocals by Lisa Howard (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 and “Spelling Bee” on Broadway). Produced in 2006 by Joseph Wartnerchaney and Manhattan Creative Group.