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.
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.