Composition / Piano / Keyboards / Accordion
Joff Bush is a composer, sound designer, performer, educator, arranger and producer. He is also a
multi-instrumentalist, specialising in piano and keyboards, accordion, melodica and ukulele (sometimes).
A graduate of Queensland Conservatorium and AFTRS, Joff has worked extensively in music composition for film, television, new media, games, theatre, audiobooks and podcasts. See below for a full list of his credits and awards.
Television productions: 'Bluey' (ABC), 'Australian Survivor' (Network Ten), ‘The Family Law’ (SBS), 'Ronny Chieng: International Student' (ABC), ‘#7DaysLater' (ABC), ‘Maximum Choppage '(ABC), 'Dream Gardens' (ABC), 'The Strange Chores' (ABC), ‘Strange Calls’ (ABC)
Commercials: Microsoft, Converse, Vogue, Cascade, Droga 5, The Hive and more
Film scores: '$quid' (2007),'…But a Giant Leap For Mr. Larkin' (2006)
Theatre: The Queensland Theatre Company, Imaginary Theatre, Vena Cava
Live Works: ‘Buskers Suite’ (Brisbane City Council), ‘When It Rises’ (Arts Queensland), ‘Radio With Pictures' (Graphic Festival), interactive projects for Queensland Health, Katakana, and Cascade
2015 Nomination for Best Television Theme – Screen Music Awards – Maximum Choppage
2015 Best Music/Sound – Green Room Awards (shared with Jesse Cox and Luke Mynott – Sound) – Wael Zwaiter : Unknown
2014 Best Score – Long Island Intenational FF – Man On The Edge
2013 ASCAP Composers to Watch
2013 BADC Awards – Goodlife Gyms
2009 APRA PDA finalist
2007 Nomination Best Original Score QFNA Awards
2005- 2006 Audience Choice and 1st place awards for musical ‘Happenin’ Town’, and Best Original Score, 48 hour film competition
2005 Finalist Film Music Category, APRA PDA Awards
2004 Distinctions in the Pacific Song Writing competition
2002 Rhythm Player of the Year Award – ‘Jiants of Jazz’ Competition
Joff is someone who really listens to the director’s brief for the musical feeling, then lets the film edit guide his composition and performance. Joff’s results are always excellent – and other filmmakers I have recommended him to have had similar happy experiences.
Joff worked beyond our expectations and provided a key creative force within the initial stages; his creative input proved invaluable to the overall production. Joff’s talent, imagination and openess combine to make him a joy to work with.
David Muir ACS BSC
Director, Cinematographer (Making of Movies)
Actor, Theatre Director
The best way to describe how great working with Joff on a film project is that when we’re discussing ideas it feels like I’m talking to a filmmaker who also happens to be a composer. Simply put, he gets it.”
Joff’s talent to arrange a score for our mixtape not only defines great musicianship, but also an understanding to better a song through the intricate details of music. Undeniably a true modern genius!
Tevita Hala'ufia aka MC Knovell Capote
The Drone Tree (hip hop group)
Even though I’d spent most of two years writing the audiobook and my name was going to be at the top, throughout the recording and editing Joff was always more awake, more interested, and more focused then I was. He was passionate about creating something great, and refused to ignore any minor thing which could be improved. This is the only reason the project turned out so well. I don’t want to imagine what it would have been otherwise.
Thomas Benjamin Guerney
I’ve found in my role as a Writer and Director of both documentaries and drama one of the keys to success is to work with strong, creative and sensitive people. Working with Joff on a past project once again confirmed this point to me. Finding the right “fit” of people allows you to take the project to heights you may have not thought possible and the creativity Joff brought to the table did just that.