Mission Statement: Doctor Noize inspires creativity, curiosity and character through music, art and words.
Doctor Noize is the alter ego of Cory Cullinan, who was raised in Silicon Valley and had an idyllic childhood until a dramatic series of events inspired him to grow up quickly and apply unusual focus and purpose to his young life -- the subject of one of his Keynote Addresses.
Cullinan graduated with Distinction and Honors in Music and Political Science from Stanford University. Soon after, his album My Oyster earned accolades for having the free spirit of an indie release but the production values of a major release -- a blueprint he would follow upon becoming Doctor Noize. He then wisely married up, and a live recording of his marriage proposal song Something (For Janette) to his college sweetheart lead to placement of his songs in TV shows and mainstream movies like Brad Pitt's Spy Game and commissions for documentary film scores.
Teaching high school music and coaching soccer at Silicon Valley's Pinewood School, he made an immediate and lasting impact on his students. His popular classical music history course was made a requirement for all freshmen; his music composition and production class released eight full albums of original songs created by kids in the recording studio he built for the school; he conducted his students in fully staged musical theatre productions like Sondheim's Into The Woods; he led the Pinewood Singers to win the Best Overall Choir award at Disneyland's multi-state Music In The Parks competition, earning the only perfect score from the judges while competing against schools ten times Pinewood's size; and he coached the Varsity Boys Soccer team -- who hadn't won a league game in 7 years -- to a winning record. Cullinan was named Pinewood's Arts, Communication & Technology Department Head in his second year teaching.
After the birth of his two action/adventure superhero daughters Sidney and Riley, Cullinan's passion became creating engaging works for the minds of young adventurers. He released The Ballad of Phineas McBoof, his first recording under the guise of his alter ego, Doctor Noize. Within two months, it had spawned a national #1 hit song — Banana — on Sirius XM Kids Radio and scored awards ranging from a Parents Choice Award to being named one of Dr. Toy’s 100 Best Children's Products. Then came the completion of Doctor Noize’s first book, The Ballad of Phineas McBoof. Like the recording, the book tells the tale of the great monkey Phineas McBoof and his quest for the impossibly perfect song with his band, The International Band Of Misunderstood Geniuses.
Doctor Noize began playing live performances, engaging enthusiastic audiences of kids and adults nationwide with his totally innovative Solo Show approach inspiring audiences to participate in the creative process. He cheerfully arranged, played and loop-recorded multiple instruments and vocals live, inviting audience members to join him onstage and contribute their own talents. He also combined his music and teaching backgrounds into acclaimed Genius Camp Workshops and Keynote Addresses across the country -- including writing, recording, and publishing complete songs online with kids in 90-minute song workshops.
Subsequent Doctor Noize albums have continued to communicate his belief that kids are the most adventurous, creative, and brilliant audience in the world. The Return of Phineas McBoof and its companion book introduced the first operatic/orchestral Doctor Noize track with opera superstar Nathan Gunn. Grammaropolis featured the Top 10 national hit Welcome To Grammaropolis, and took kids deep into the world of words through Doctor Noize's trademark story- and character-based teaching techniques. Many popular animated videos have been created of his songs.
As the CEO and Creative Director of Doctor Noize Inc., Doctor Noize's multimedia line expanded to include mobile apps, online games, and educational curriculums. Doctor Noize's iPhone app game, Bananas! -- based on his hit song -- charted Top 25 in over 25 countries around the world and was downloaded more than 300,000 times. His second app, The Ballad Of Phineas McBoof Interactive Book, brought kids deeper inside the book with narration, songs, pages in motion, and the opportunity to remix your own version of Doctor Noize's theme song. All the Grammaropolis songs are featured in the popular educational Grammaropolis app.
The Doc's degree in classical music -- and love of the fine arts -- came to the fore when he received a $10,000 commission from the McConnell Foundation to compose and perform a live orchestral work for kids with California's North State Symphony. These groundbreaking performances with full symphony orchestras, repeated with orchestras from Alaska to Missouri, inspired sold-out shows in 1,000-seat halls and lead to the idea to record Doctor Noize's dream project -- a 2-Act, 2-album musical introducing creative listeners to the world of the orchestra called Phineas McBoof Crashes The Symphony. Featuring the City Of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Kyle Pickett, Grammy-winning opera stars Isabel Leonard and Nathan Gunn, jazz saxophonist Anton Schwartz, and the entire Doctor Noize voice cast, the recording was hailed with universally glowing reviews by over 90 publications nationwide. Funding was achieved via a successful Kickstarter Campaign that raised over $110,000 both on- and offline for the cause, and it's been a frequent top seller on the nation's largest independent online music retailer since its release.
To help complete the Symphony album and subsequent productions, Cullinan turned his attention to designing, building and opening his dream recording studio and fitness facility: Reach Studios. Reach is a place he can create and share everything he loves most -- it's a professional five-room composing and recording studio, it's a teaching facility, and it's an indoor soccer turf training field and fitness facility. Production of all Doctor Noize and Cory Cullinan creations is now anchored at Reach, but it's also open to visiting artists to record in a comfortable and inspiring creative setting and students to learn, often with Cullinan serving as producer or teacher.
Doctor Noize's first commissioned work for children's theatre, the live theatrical work The Ballad Of Phineas McBoof, premiered at Palo Alto Children's Theatre to an acclaimed 11-show run and packed houses in November 2016. Based on his first two Doctor Noize albums and books, there are plans to expand the show to theatres around the country. In late 2017 comes a sequel to the Grammaropolis album called Punctuate This! and 13 related animated song videos -- another recorded work of musical theatre, with a narrative plot from start to finish, teaching and entertaining kids and adults to reach together for something more. Also in late 2017 is the premiere of Palo Alto Children's Theatre's "East of the Sun, West of the Moon," for which Doctor Noize composed the music. And in 2018 Doctor Noize has been commissioned to write the music and libretto for two musicals -- one based on his Grammaropolis album, and another that's a modern update to a classic story to be announced soon.
Through it all, Doctor Noize remains fiercely true to his indie musician educator spirit. He's a family man first who considers himself a purposeful parent and educator creating adventures for kids that inspire them to stretch, grow, learn, laugh, and create lives of purpose and ambition for themselves. He believes every kid is capable of great sophistication and purpose -- even if our culture increasingly settles for less than that. He encourages kids to reach with a smile -- Zooglobble writer and NPR family music commentator Stefan Shepherd called Doctor Noize "the funniest guy in kids music, and that's saying something."
So that's it. We hope you thought this bio was even better than Tolstoy's War & Peace, but a lot shorter. Well, a little shorter. See ya at the shows.
It's a rough job, but somebody's gotta do it.Doctor Noize CEO, Creative Director & Performing Artist of Doctor Noize Inc.
Bio Summary -- Doctor Noize is...
- A Silicon Valley native
- A Colorado resident
- A Stanford Music grad
- A husband who married up
- A film & TV composer
- An award-winning teacher & coach
- A father of two action/adventure superhero daughters
- A chart-topping family recording artist
- A composer of musical theatre recordings for families
- An innovative Solo Show mulit-instrumentalist performer
- A Genius Camp Workshop teacher & Keynote speaker
- The CEO, Creative Director & Performing Artist of Doctor Noize Inc.
- A groundbreaking Symphony Show performer
- A commissioned composer for stage & symphony
- A successful Kickstarter entrepreneur of the Symphony project
- A recording studio designer, owner & operator
- A record producer & arranger for recording artists of multiple genres
- A soccer turf training field & fitness facility owner
- A musician with an indie spirit and major label production values
- A man who believes hard work, purpose and fun are one and the same