Composer Kris Dirksen and the music of Cinemax's Quarry

September 30, 2016 12:03pm

Check out this great video with Composer Kris Dirksen which profiles his work behind the sounds of Cinemax's show Quarry.


Kris Dirksen is a dynamic and sought-after film and TV composer with over one hundred aired credits to his name. Currently, Kris is scoring Cinemax’s critically-acclaimed series Quarry created and directed by Emmy-winning director Greg Yaitanes. The show follows a disillusioned Vietnam War vet (played by Prometheus and The O.C. star Logan Marshall-Green) who returns home to Memphis in 1972, and with limited options, becomes a hitman. This is Yaitanes and Kris’ second collaboration, following hit Cinemax action-drama, Banshee.

Kris’s music can be heard in hundreds of movie and TV show trailers, including Mad Max: Fury Road, Sicario, The Revenant, Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad and many more. Through his work in the trailer world, Kris has become recognized for his dark and gritty signature sound.

A self-taught musician and producer, Kris’s lack of formal training has resulted in an irreverence for the traditional boundaries of film and television music, resulting in a genre-bending mix of sounds. Crafting a unique blend of effected guitars, dirty synthesizers and electronics, and an ever-changing blend of of live and orchestral instrumentation, Kris has always focussed on progression rather than imitating current scoring trends.

Kris is a partner in Methodic Doubt Music, a premium trailer music house with headquarters in Los Angeles and Vancouver, Canada.


'Quarry' is the story of Mac Conway, a Marine who returns home to Memphis from Vietnam in 1972 and finds himself shunned by those he loves and demonized by the public. As he struggles to cope with his experiences at war, Conway is drawn into a network of killing and corruption that spans the length of the Mississippi River. The one-hour drama stars Logan Marshall-Green, Jodi Balfour, Peter Mullan, Nikki Amuka-Bird and Damon Herriman. Based on the novels of Max Allan Collins, the show will be directed and executive produced by Greg Yaitanes, along with executive producer Steve Golin. Created and executive produced by Graham Gordy & Michael D. Fuller.