Here is a teaser clip to a project I’m working on.
People who know my work will have noticed that I have been releasing collections of music for (and used on) film, for a number of years now. This is the third collection and should be available in a couple of months (once my agent lets me release them!).
The concept behind this one was a commitment to write strong dramatic themes using none of the usual go-to composer palette of sounds. For this project I composed using only electronic sounds (with the exception of live piano) created from scratch myself. ie. No Presets and No Sample Libraries. Absolutely meaningless to most, but very important to myself as a mark of authenticity and (at the very least) trying to add something new to the genre.
I recently wrote and produced the Music and Sound Design to the new FOX TV series “Deep State”, which aired yesterday. Thanks to Hollie at Cord.
Strictly speaking, its an adaptation of “Once in a Lifetime” by Talking Heads, although other than the lyric content, the music composition is a completely original piece of work.
It won’t be on iTunes/Spotify unfortunately, but downloadable below;
I was just reminded about my time working on the music and sound design for “Natural World Iceland: Land of Ice and Fire” Back in 2016. Very enjoyable. Thought I would share these.
Rebecka Martinsson: Arctic Murders
The wonderful Swedish Drama that I scored the music for is broadcast in the UK tomorrow on More 4. Its well worth a watch!
I’ve had some enquiries as to where people can get hold of the theme tune. It won’t be available on iTunes/Spotify, I’m afraid, but it is downloadable here;
Finally, time to get around to release a backlog of music.
This small project “Remnants” was the result of a few weeks of trying out fun ideas I had around old 70’s Library music/Jazz LP’s and my love of old-school Jungle breaks. Separate from my general passion for writing music to picture, I kind of get my rocks off from time to time with some beats!
My music was years ago framed around sampling from old vinyl and I’ve been working for a few years now on sampling from myself. In this mode, these programmed drum patterns, although sounding purposefully live, have their grooves originated from classic drum breaks which formed the basis of much Jungle/Drum & Bass. In that way, hopefully I’ve captured some of essence of that time, distilled through my own, slightly odd lens.
Despite a bit of interest from Labels, I love being able to release stuff myself completely free of any outside influence (or direction….even though I like directors :-))!!
I’m pleased to announce that the TV series “Rebecka Martinsson” that I worked on for a large part of last year will premiere on Sweden’s TV4 this Wednesday 5th March at 9pm and for the following 7 weeks.
I’m obviously very excited about this and hope its received well. It’s certainly a good series and I’m dead proud of the music.
Aaaahh, the lovely Ida.
Tack så mycket!
I recently collaborated with Rashid Ajami, a London based Deep House producer, which was released on Larry Cadge’s inprint Smiley Fingers as an EP called “Into the Night”.
“Together they collaborated on this EP, creating a double version of “Into the night”, two tracks (Day version and Night version) connected by the same mood made of smooth and progressive deep tech house.”
Hopefully more to come.
….but I do a lot of work for charity.
I have recently written music for commercials/films that all have a charitable intent.
The first is for Bulgari and their allegiance with Save The Children. It features a track called “Field”.
Next up is a lovely film by my actual good friends Ben and Joe Dempsey, for the Autistic Society.
And finally, although Pfizer are not strictly a charity (!), this ad has good intent and message. ie. Stop Smoking. I worked on this with the film Director Duane Hopkins.
And, of course there is my score for Greenpeace – Save The Arctic film that you can see below.
I’ve just completed work on the music for a couple of TV Ads to be broadcast in South Africa, for Y&R Johannesburg.
I have recently been busy on two contrasting projects; one a Score for a Swedish crime drama series provisionally titled “Asa Larsson” and the other is building myself a new studio!
The former is “Rebeka Martinsson Series”, a rural crime drama based on the novels of Åsa Larsson, directed by Fredrik Edfeldt (for whom I wrote the score “Flickan – The Girl” in 2009) and starring Ida Engvoll. The following playlist is the music which constitutes two episodes from a four episode series. More information to follow.
I pleased that a piece I wrote with David Harks is being received well. Released on JumJum Records and available now on iTunes. The fruit of a creative break in Andalucia over the summer, where I worked on several collaborations, this is my first release proper with David Harks, even though we have collaborated on a number of smaller projects. So, I’m really looking forward to more.
I was recently commissioned to score a short film for Greenpeace’s “Save the Arctic” Campaign, which is being used to highlight the fact that Shell are preparing to begin drilling for oil in the Arctic.
At time of posting, the film had recieved over 3m online views, which is great.
I was commissioned by my good friends Wake The Town, London.
Here’s a short film from a film-maker called Lee Foster, featuring a dance improvisation by Dancer Sam Kennedy. It features a track of mine called “Rose”.
“One Way to Osaka” has won a couple more awards at the Best Shorts competition in the US. Best film and Best Score at the “Awards of Excellence”.
Plenty of details and music from the film below.
My score for the Knuclehead Short Film production “One Way to Osaka” c/o Mad Planet has won the award in the Best Short Film Score category at the Music and Sound Awards in London.
I’ve posted about this film before, so don’t want to duplicate the links to the film and music below, so please scroll down the posts to find the music and film.
As I’ve mentioned I was helped enormously by my friends and colloborators Matt Bourne and David Harks
The film was directed by The Dempsey Brothers and follows a young girl around the streets of Osaka back home to her family.
Unfortunately I wasn’t there to pick up the award, as I wasn’t invited despite having won, which is confusing, but its nice to be picked for doing something you love.
I have just finished working on my score for the upcoming BBC Natural History Documentary about Iceland, called “Iceland – A Wild Life”.
Not too much detail yet to show about the film, which should be broadcast in May, but its beautiful and hopefully the music will give you a feel for it. It was shot by my talented neighbour Ian Llewellyn.
Massive thanks to Matt Bourne, who, in an epic effort, scored and played most of the strings on his one cello and David Harks, who was as generous with his time and talents as always.
This is a piece of music I wrote with the young Vid Warren a few years ago. I believe he recently passed away and I wanted to share it as he was wicked.
I contacted him with an idea, he came with LOADS and nailed it (with a suit on). A real shame nothing came of the track as I would loved to have seen him get a bit of publicity.
A true individual and funky as hell!!
In leu of a glut of music about to be finished and delivered (and in case it appears that I’ve given up to become a monk), heres a few tracks that I wrote end of last year, very different in nature and none with a proper home as yet. And a revealing picture of me hard at work. Respect.
The music I composed for Samsung’s “Sport Doesn’t Care” campaign for the Sotchi Winter Para-Olympics has been nominated for “Best Original Music” at the prestigious London International Awards.
See details on the LIA page.
Based in New York the Awards are “to award creativity and the power of ideas in all forms of advertising, digital, branded content, design, production and music and sound”
I’ve written a piece of music for the director Fredrik Edfeldt, which is for a Swedish company Addressandring, via Stylewar. Its nice to work with Fredrik again after composing the music for his first feature film Flickan.