Rafael Langoni Smith was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and raised in the neighboring mountain city of Teresópolis; he holds a Master's Degree in Music Composition from West Virginia University, and a Bachelor's Degree in Music Composition from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), having also taken courses specific for scoring for TV and movies at UCLA Extension and the Brazilian Conservatory of Music in Rio de Janeiro (CBM/Rio). Currently, Rafael works for TV Globo as Music Producer, writing music for series and entertainment.

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BIO

Rafael started learning the keyboard at 5 after demonstrating aptitude with musical glasses. Within a few years he acquired perfect pitch and the ability to improvise freely; eventually he began taking private piano lessons and playing with local bands. His continued interest in computers has led him to learn the ways of MIDI sequencing; on age 16 he produced his first game soundtrack to be sold internationally; after a few months, he enrolled in the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro as a Composition student. 

His academic success and language skills earned him an opportunity to study in West Virginia University for a semester as an exchange student; he was later invited to come back as a Graduate Teaching Assistant on World Music, teaching Brazilian music, Indonesian Gamelan and arranging for the school's Steel Band. With a Master's diploma in Composition, Rafael returned to Brazil and presently works as a freelancer composing and arranging music for TV, film and games. 

 

ARTIST STATEMENT

Music has defined my life and who I am; it started when I was five years old with keyboard classes—and it’s been two decades since: developing what people call ‘perfect pitch’, growing up with my instrument, playing for tens of thousands of people on gigs around the world, scoring for symphony orchestra, attaining a degree abroad and culminating on what I love the most: writing music to try to make the world a better place. 

 

EXPERIENCE

Game Soundtracks

Dynamic GamesConquistadores — 2004

Makewish GamesSoL Online — 2006-09

Eleven Cells, Kyros — 2007

Quantix GamesCashtown — 2009-13

Oxl GamesHazardous Attack — 2012

Sungrand GamesEvery Hero and Carveallion — 2011-13

Black Shell Games, SanctuaryRPG — 2013

 

Film Soundtracks

Abandoned Memories - 2011

Brothers Barbarian - 2011-12

Para Sempre Nunca Mais (w/ V. Pozas and R. Pollo) 2013

 

Arrangements / Orchestrations

TV Globo — O Astro, Lara com Z, Gabriela, Fina Estampa, Criança Esperança, Sangue Bom, Amor à Vida, Malhação — 2010-13

 

TEACHING

Conservatório Brasileiro de Música - Teacher of Video Game Music/Composition - 2013-14

West Virginia University - World Music Graduate Teaching Assistant - 2011-13

Som da Serra - Nonprofit organization dedicated to the musical education of children - 2008-09

 

EDUCATION

West Virginia University (WVU) —Master’s Degree in Music Composition, 2011-13

University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA Extension) — Film Scoring, 2011

Conservatório Brasileiro de Música (CBM/Rio) — Composition for TV and Film, 2010

Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) — Bachelor’s Degree in Music Composition, 2005-10

 

SKILLS

Composition, transcription, arrangement, sequencing on Logic Pro X and other DAWs, mixing, scoring for media, music production; sound design (sound effects, brand identity, research and planning); performance on piano, keyboard and percussion. 

 

LANGUAGES

Fluent English and Portuguese, intermediate French and basic Spanish. 

 

REFERENCE

“Hi Rafael, just got through listening to all three songs. You are extremely talented! Excellent job!”

- Tommy Tallarico, 15/05/07 via email