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. 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. A live recording of his marriage proposal song to his wife, Something (For Janette), 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 in the recording studio he created for the school; he conducted his students in fully staged 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 an 8-4-2 record. Cullinan was named Pinewood’s Arts, Communication & Technology Department Head after just a few years teaching.
After the birth of his two action/adventure superhero daughters, Cullinan’s passion became creating engaging works for the minds of younger 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.
His 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 features the Top 10 national hit Welcome To Grammaropolis, and takes 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 a live performer, Doctor Noize engages enthusiastic audiences of kids and adults nationwide with his totally innovative performance approach inspiring audiences to participate in the creative process. He cheerfully arranges, plays and loop records multiple instruments and vocals live, inviting audience members to join him onstage and contribute their own talents. The Doc’s shows range from intimate acoustic performances to his groundbreaking performances with full symphony orchestras that inspire a love of orchestral music in kids. He also combines his music and teaching backgrounds into renowned Workshopz and Keynote Addresses across the country – writing, recording, and publishing complete songs online with kids in 60-90 minute Song Workshops.
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, brings 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.
Cullinan then turned his attention to designing, building and opening his dream recording studio and fitness facility: Reach Studios. Reach is the place he can create and share everything he loves most. It’s a full-fledged, five-room composing and recording studio, and it’s an indoor soccer training turf field and fitness facility. Production of all Doctor Noize creations is now anchored at Reach, with visiting artists flying in to record in a comfortable and inspiring creative setting.
Currently wrapping production at Reach is 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, opera superstars Isabel Leonard and Nathan Gunn, and the entire Doctor Noize voice cast, the album will be released in late 2015. Funding was initiated by a successful Kickstarter Campaign, and Doctor Noize already performs concert versions of it with orchestras around the country.
After that comes a commission for a sequel to the Grammaropolis album, and the premiere of Doctor Noize’s first commissioned work for children’s theatre, The Ballad Of Phineas McBoof – a live theatrical work based on his first two Doctor Noize albums and books. It will premiere at the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre before expanding to theatres around the country.
Through it all, Doctor Noize remains fiercely true to his indie educator spirit. He 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.