This year I was honoured to be approached to write an album of trailer music for a new production library based in London called Triumph Music. It was so much fun to work on and shortly after they asked if I’d be game for creating an album of sound design for trailers… I didn’t need to think about it. If you’ve seen my Instagram account you’ll see I’m into experimenting with sound so this was a pleasure to do. In the works now is another album in collaboration with California based composer/producer/sound designer David Lawrie.
Last year saw some exciting opportunities including starting working with Universal Production Music. I’m honoured to be associated with Universal and to say I’m excited about this is a huge understatement, this has been one of my long term goals and to have it happen gives me a great confidence boost that I can keep up in this ultra marathon of working full time in the music industry. It's been 12 years since I started playing around with a 4-track tape recorder and making terrible music!... Patience. I call it an ultra marathon not to give it a negative spin of struggle and pain, but rather just telling it how it is. Like with anything, to have long term success you have to be patient, be in it for the long game and have a strong belief that hard work and persistence will mean you can achieve your goals. The team in the London office are fantastic and I’m very grateful indeed.
The first project was writing sci-fi film trailer tracks for an album called Dark Futures. Since then I’ve contributed tracks to a second trailer album and collaborated with the amazingly talented writer and singer Elizabeth Riordan on another album, both soon to be released.
The track 'Weird World' has been used on Saturday Night Live, NBC. Great to hear! The track is available to listen to on the Synctracks website.
Great to see tracks 'Falling Number', 'Stalagmite', 'Press Forward' and 'Lock And Load', all in the Synctracks library were placed on 'Nine Lives' on Channel 4, 'Worlds Strongest Man' on Spike and 'Colour: The Spectrum Of Science' on BBC 4! Head over to Synctracks to hear these tracks in full.
Very pleased to announce there are now tracks available to license through the Shutterstock music library. Check it out here.
Congratulations to Sebastian Barner-Rasmussen for winning Best Postgrad Short Film at Screen Stockport Independant Short Film and Television Festical with his film Derek Vs Derek, for which I wrote the music. Very well deserved!
The track Dark Matter is now featured on the Soundiron site to help showcase how samples from their sample pack Laundronium can be used. Dark Matter uses only sounds from Laundronium - some were used straight out of the box with a little dynamic control and EQ, but I also had a lot of fun processing sounds.
I've had a lot of fun creating the sound design for an ad campaign for MCard, which is being introduced to public transport in West Yorkshire, UK. "It's so easy a zombie could use it" is the concept and it's prompted a few of the most fun and creative dialogue recording sessions I've had! A surround sound 30sec trailer is being shown in cinemas across West Yorkshire, which points people to a 4min version on the FaceBook page. It was fantastic to collaborate with Thomas E. Roach on the 5.1 mixing and it was very exciting to hear it all finalised at the Dolby Atmos equipped dubbing theatre at Sound Firm studios in Melbourne. I'm incredibly grateful to both - they did an amazing job!
Click on the picture below to hear the score for a short film called Junana by director Chantal Bertalanffy. Spoken in mainly French, but also Japanese and a little English (plus filmed in Japan). The score takes a little influence from composers such as Joe Hisaishi, Tan Dun and Yoko Kanno, and was kept fairly minimal. This stripped back approach really identifies with the main character who is beautiful and curious, though also is yet to find a direction in life, and is young, quiet and naive. The extremely talented Lily Thornton played cello beautifully, bringing the score to life and helping us identify with the main character.