Jay Israelson is a composer and musicologist working in Los Angeles and New York City.

Israelson studied composition and piano at The New School in New York City. After graduating in 2002 he attended composer Karlheinz Stockhausen’s courses in Germany. He settled back in NYC where he wrote music for films, national and international tv ad campaigns, and worked as a multi-instrumentalist.

Israelson has written scores for films which have screened at Cannes, Sundance, Tribeca, SXSW, and other international film festivals, and has recently composed original music for Laura Terruso’s (Hello My Name Is Doris) film Fits and Starts. Other credits include AMC’s The Trivial Pursuits Of Arthur Banks starring Adam Goldberg and Jeffrey Tambor, IFC’s Why Stop Now starring Jesse Eisenberg, Tracy Morgan and Melissa Leo, and The Longest Week starring Jason Bateman, Olivia Wilde and Billy Crudup.

Jay’s compositional strengths stem from his deep knowledge of eclectic musical languages.

Make a Lobster Clap

I’m super excited about this release! I set out to write the music I wanted to hear and I’m so happy with the results. Scroll down for album credits and gear list.

make a lobster clap

Available on cassette:

The Regular 

Buchla Music Easel, Roland D-50, Yamaha CS-60, Roland TR-808

Slime on the Floor

Korg MS-20, Roland Juno-6, Yamaha CS-60

Space Bar (In Color)

Roland Juno-6, Korg MS-20, Moog Prodigy, LinnDrum LM-2

Fish After Dark

Roland M-DC1, Buchla Music Easel, Korg MS-20, Yamaha CS-60, 

Roland Juno-6, Moog Prodigy, Steinway Grand Piano, Roland TR-808, LinnDrum LM-2


Korg MS-20, Sequential Circuits Prophet 6, Fender Rhodes, Electric Bass, LinnDrum LM-2

The World Outside

Buchla Music Easel, Korg MS-20, Roland TR-808


Steel Drum, Buchla Music Easel, Korg MS-20, Roland Juno-6, 

Fender Rhodes, Roland TR-808

Produced and Mixed by Jay Israelson

All songs written by Jay Israelson except:

Slime on the Floor written by Jay Israelson and Ramona Gonzalez

The World Outside written by Jay Israelson and Scott Gilmore

All songs performed by Jay Israelson except:

Slime on the Floor with Ramona Gonzalez on the Yamaha CS-60

Hiromi with Cornelius (Corney) Mims on Electric Bass

The World Outside with Scott Gilmore on the Roland TR-808

Mastered by: Bernie Grundman