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.
I’m close to releasing a collection of tracks written with my friend and long-term collaborator Matthew Bourne. Its provisionally titled Bourne/Berridge/Bourne and features 7 tracks written last autumn backwards and forwards from Bristol to North Yorkshire.
The album also features one collaboration with the guitarist Gareth Dickson. The artwork is a photograph by the amazing photographer and cameraman Ian Llewellyn.
I’m sure that we will continue to amend and add to this collection of tracks before I finally release it officially, but its certainly warrants sharing now 🙂
I recently put a few test pieces together for a new BBC Documentary about Iceland. Its currently being filmed by the wonderful Andrew Chastney and Ian LLewellyn (Ian’s stills photography has to be seen to be believed- Ian on Instagram).
The initial idea for the music is to create some kind of relationship between natural sounds “in the field” and music within a number of minimal pieces, using natural sounds as a raw material for electronic processing to create a hybrid of musical/environmental, and then to build the score around these. I will hopefully be working with renowned field recordist Chris Watson, which will also be a privilege.
Its a challenge. But hopefully one that will create an immersive score that is “alive” with the environment. These are a few tracks where I tried out a few ideas. Next step is to get out in the field to record raw materials for the rest of the score.
This is a film made for the Winter Paralymics which I wrote some music for. Entitled “Sport Doesn’t Care”. Hopefully the delicate situation out there will settle down and let people get back to doing positive things like the amazing athletes featured in the film!!
Here’s the original track used, which you can download if you so wish;
From the PR blurb “Strongly rooted in bedroom urban electronic production and creative sound design, Dan’s work combines modern production techniques and minimal live orchestration. Taking confidence and inspiration from artists such as Cristobel Tapia De Veer and Trent Reznor/Atticus Ross, Dan has consciously discarded the overblown pseudo-orchestration that dominates much Soundtrack music today to compile this richly atmospheric album of “Film Works”.”
End of summer. Time for reviewing and reassessing. Two EP’s almost ready for release, waiting for vital but delayed recording sessions. In the meantime I am writing music for a lovely film for young French Director, Vincent Genot and mulling over a new film project to come.
Hoping to simplify workflow and get things back to basics. Old mixers, Vinyl Records, Dilruba’s and MPC’s.
I hope to post a listening chart regularly as the way I work is affected so much by my listening. A mixture of dusty techno and crusty etheral textural goodness. Here’s a Spotify Playlist Link to August.
August’s Meandering 10;
Hand Drawn Maps – Luke Abbott
The Magic Place – Juliana Barwick
Self-Playing Schmaltz – Holden
Humming Fields – Colleen
Heavy Water/I’d Rather Be Sleeping – Grouper
Noon Hill Wood – Richard Skelton
The Drive – Jed Kurzel
Being Her Shadow – Grouper
Night-Life in Twin Peaks – Angelo Badalamenti
A little interview with me here for Gonzo Reviews.
And in the theme of playlists/Mixes, here is my virtual Mixtape for Warmer Climbs.
I’ve just finished working on the music for the BBC’s new series about Grizzly Bears in Alaska. Its for the Natural History Unit here in Bristol and was Directed by the twin talents of Jeff Wilson and David Marks who both previously worked on Frozen and Human Planets respectively.
The series airs next week 24th April 2013 on BBC1.
The music covers a broad spectrum as BBC1 dictates, but I hopefully have managed to sneak in some of my own individual tone into the mix. I was helped on guitar by Mark Creswell and on Cello and Piano by Matthew Bourne.
I have compiled most of the music used in the series here, although other pieces of my released music were also used;
We had a very last minute recording and mixing flurry at Real World Studios in Bath last week, with some incredible microphones. With the help of my friend and Orchestrator Liz Purnell we recorded 8 pieces with the Bristol Ensemble.
Late last year I was asked to arrange and record a solo piano piece (Chopin Prelude No. 15 in D-Flat Major) to work with a new TV ad, that was unfortunately canceled. Matthew Bourne and myself recorded these pieces on a Steinway Grand in Leeds (UK), with Mic’s, Laptops, desks and leads in hand. I thought they were nice and would post them.
We suggested recording a solo piano version of Schubert’s Piano Trio in E Minor as it seemed to also work quite well. Whist we had imagined this would be a case of simply learning, performing and recording the said pieces, it turned out to be more involved; ie. restructuring the score to work within 60 seconds, to have the right dynamics to hit certain key points in the ad and to resolve well at the end. Not to mention working to the wrong cut version of the ad!
In the end it worked out well, Matt played beautifully, I was happy with the arrangement and the recording and everyone seemed to like it.