Bruce Faulconer

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Bruce Faulconer is a music composer and the primary author for the music in the Funimation dub of Dragon Ball Z. He is the owner and founder of Faulconer Productions and CakeMix Recording.

Work with Dragon Ball Z

Faulconer's music was introduced with Dragon Ball Z season 3 in 1999 and continued until the end of the series in 2003. The nine Dragon Ball Z soundtracks Faulconer created featuring his Dragon Ball Z television musical work were recorded and mastered at his CakeMix Recording studio. He also created music for Dragon Ball Z: Lord Slug.

Awards and acknowledgements

Faulconer's music has been acknowledged by numerous national and international performances and first prizes from competitions sponsored by organizations including the Elkhart Symphony Orchestra, Fort Worth Symphony, World Saxophone Congress (second prize), as well as recognition from the International Gaudeamus Music Week, Concorso Internazionale Luigi Russolo, and Texas Manuscript Archives. Faulconer has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Ohio Arts Council, Midwestern Composers Alliance, McLean-Paris Foundation, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, violist David Lowe, Bethany College, Texas Composers Forum, Texas Sesquicentennial Commission, North Texas City Faire Arts Project, MacDowell Colony, and BMI. Faulconer has also received commissions from the Voices of Change, Bethany College, Marygrove College, and University of Texas Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

Other works

Other commissioned works composed by Faulconer include film scores (Scenes in the Dark, Lebensborn, and PBS National Television Documentaries – Tornado Alert, Fiesta in the Sky, Fire! What You Need to Know, Locked Out of the American Dream, The Writing Coach) and commercial music production for television and radio. One of his many commissions, Washington-on-the-Brazos, a Symphonic Poem, received a premiere by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. The San Antonio Symphony Orchestra also performed Washington-on-the-Brazos on tour in Texas and performed it for the National League of Cities Mayoral National Conference. Faulconer also has guest conducted the Mesquite Symphony in performances of Washington-on-the-Brazos. The music for the feature film Scenes in the Dark, a musical play within a movie, was scored and music-produced by Faulconer and won a prestigious Gold Award in the Houston International Film Festival. His music has also been accredited for being in several Hollywood blockbusters with the recent adaptation of the 1980s hit cartoon Transformers.


Faulconer's background music for the FUNimation dub version of Dragon Ball Z has been highly criticized by fans of the original Japanese dub, with some arguing that it is too Americanized and simple. Bruce Faulconer and his teams said in an interview that they liked to stay within the rock and techno zone, but added emotion and complexity into each one.

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