Had a lot of fun working on this film with director Orlando Cubitt where music is front and central to the story telling. The main theme is a clarinet piece that appears several times throughout the film culminating in a musical duel at the end of the film. The usual composing process was turned upside down as this piece of music had to be finished before the film started shooting so the actors could learn their parts.
Played two songs with Francesca Bemonte live on John Kennedy's show on XFM last night. John was a great host and was fun to play stripped back versions of Lying on the Moon and Walk with You from her debut album Anima.
The show at the Macbeth was the best yet with everyone in the whole venue getting on the floor for one of the drops. Fun was had by all and the bar manager declared the show a gift from god whilst wildy distributing free sambuca.
Had my first opportunity recently use Bitwig which is a relatively new alternative DAW to Ableton Live that's around a year old. I plunged in at the deep end and program an hour and a half show for Francesca Belmonte's first band show in Bucharest, Romania. The show was a success and Bitwig played it's part reliably and I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to transition from Ableton. Particularly liked the big faders and the ability to edit clips non destructively.
Had a great day yesterday watching all 24 short films in a marathon session and was good to meet the people that made the films. For those interested I have posted the Two Seas soundtrack on Soundcloud:
Did a project with Peek Films for Comic Relief called The School of Youtube recently and it seems to be taking over the youtube and google homepage today. Had fun using the Cinematic Strings library for this and the Brass came from Cinebrass.
Had some good news today. The short film, working title "Dive" has been selected to be shown at the London film festival. Writing the score was a great creative challenge as I created software instruments specially for the film, first by recording a hammered dulcimer and then by reworking the sounds into completely new soundscapes. More on this to come.
This is where the soul of the score comes from:
Got to write a piece of music for a film by tech fashion company Studio XO of Lady Gaga fame. You will also have come across them if you ever watch @bbcclick where they were on talking about their cinema audience emotion sensors recently.
A few of the ingredients going into the music for Orlando Cubitts upcoming short film, working/production title - Dive. Starts shooting next week.
A personal take on the opening to one of my favourite films. A little homage to Buster Keaton's The General.