I’ve had a lovely busy few weeks recording in first, Vienna, then Budapest and finally back in London.
Here’s some footage from the incredible Synchron Stage studio in Vienna – originally built by Hitler.
We recorded with 16 strings from the Max Steiner Orchestra who were fantastic as you’ll hear:
We recorded quintet for another project in Air-Edel in London, which is a great room for strings. It’s been lovely to work with these smaller sized groups (16 in Vienna, 5 in London) as you can really get into the detail and give the players some more room to express themselves than in a larger orchestral size.
This video also features featuring my lovely but nutty daughter. It was fun to take her along to her first session!
Of course these are only half the production – there’s piano, ethnic guitars, synths and all sorts of extra layers to add to these…I’ll post the results when they’re finished.
I’ve just booked in another session in Budapest for early next year, so I have another one to look forward to. I’d better get to work writing some music for it!
This month seems to be mostly about exciting library music projects!
I’ve just finished final tweaks on some tracks for “Rise”, an album of hyper-modern trailer music for Cavendish, which we recorded last month in Budapest. It sounds fantastic (think Johan Johansson meets Harry Gregson-Williams but with extra trailer percussion!) and should be released very soon.
Then in a couple of weeks I’m off to record at the amazing Synchron Stage studio in Vienna for the first time with EMI for an album currently titled Emotional Chamber Trailers, inspired by the work of Philip Glass and Max Richter amongst others.
Synchron Stage, Vienna
The week after that it’s a lovely EMI Ambient Neo-Classical album with a little Scandinavian minimalism influence, which we’re recording in London’s own Air-Edel studio, with the awesome Sacconi Quartet (http://sacconi.com) who I’m really looking forward to working with for the first time.
Then a few days after that it’s off to Budapest again with Cavendish for some more orchestral stuff loosely inspired by Jeff Beal (House of Cards), Jeff Russo (Fargo) and more. Fun times!!
In TV world, since the last update I worked on The Baby Boomers Guide To Growing Old (Avalon, More4) featuring a magnificent cast of vintage characters, including Henry Blofeld, Amanda Barrie, Johnny Ball, John Prescott, Esther Ranthzen and Su Pollard.
And in trailer-land, I’ve been working closely with an LA-based trailer house, pitching for something huuuuuuuuuuge, which I’m still waiting to hear about. Odds are I won’t get it, but if I do I’ll be shouting about it here!!
And not forgetting games – the score for The Journey Down Part 3 is finished and delivered and the game is released on September 24th. It’s full of big tunes, fantastic musicians and fun, and the soundtrack album will be available soon at all the usual digital outlets.
Here’s a few assorted bits and bobs I’ve been up to:
Sugar Free Farm Series 2 has just started on ITV this week – this year features the wonderfully motley crew of Peter Davison, Anne Widdecombe, Joe Pasquale, Alison Hammond, Gemma Collins and Stavros Flatley. As ever, it was a great experience working with the guys at Liberty Bell making the show.
I was really honoured to be nominated for a Production Music Award in the Best Score track category for “Bell Boy Ballet” which features on Cavendish’s Dark Quirky Orchestral album. I didn’t win, but I had a fabulous time at the very swanky event, drank lots of champagne and got the opportunity to meet lots of awesome people.
Here’s some big news in our household – I finally managed to impress my six year old daughter! She has frankly unreasonably high standards, so it’s not easy to do, but it turns out that a promo for Disney’s latest “Princess Elena of Avalor” WILL do the trick.
I’m continuing to work with the fine folk at Skygoblin on The Journey Down 3 – it’s fantastically eclectic musically (from 80’s action movie to reggae to John Williams to Afrobeat and more), and they ran a very successful Kickstarter campaign which raised extra money for session musicians on the soundtrack – see what I mean about fine folk?! We’re working on the last section of the game now, and once that’s done I can’t wait to get into the studio with my awesome team of musicians.
The last few months have seen lots of interesting placements for my music on TV too – promos for House of Cards in Germany & Marvel’s “The Fantastic Four” in the US, a Holland & Barrett advert for the UK, Top Gear, Spanish Ninja Warrior and plenty of sports, including World Cup Cricket, Sky Sports Football, WWE and some more surprising ones such as Ski Jumping.
The next few months see me continuing on TJD3, working on a touring arena show (which I’m very excited about, but can’t talk about yet) and several production music albums including a new trailer album and a rare but welcome trip into some pop songwriting and production! I’m also hoping to visit Vienna for the first time for an orchestral recording which is very exciting.
And once in a while I get out of the darkness of my studio and emerge blinking into the daylight to play with this lovely lot. If you were thinking of asking me to score your film, don’t worry it won’t sound like 70’s jazz-funk-fusion….unless you want it to of course!
Huge crowds at the “Up All Night” premiere last week! It was great fun to walk down the red carpet with my fellow composers Banks & Wag – I particularly enjoyed the disappointed looks and sounds of fans getting excited….and then realising we weren’t famous.
No official photographs of us sadly….I can only assume that we were considered to be to be too handsome?!?
I’m delighted to have co-composed the score for “Up All Night”, a spin off from the popular long running CBBC series Friday Download, directed by John Henderson (The Borrowers, Spitting Image, Shameless).
The movie features David Mitchell, Kevin Eldon (Alan Partridge, Brass Eye, Big Train) andTyger Drew Honey (Outnumbered), as well as past and present FDM presenters.
There are also cameos from pop band The Vamps and Britain’s Got Talent stars Bars and Melody.
I’ve co-composed the score with my good friends Banks & Wag (www.banksandwag.com).
Up All Night will be hitting cinemas nationwide this summer.
I recently had the privilege of composing the soundtrack for Microsoft & Mediatonic’s X-Box Live game “Secrets and Treasure: The Lost Cities”.
“Battle your way through exotic locations and fiendish puzzles to discover treasure beyond your wildest imaginings. Uncover the secrets of the ancient world… and find out what really happened to legendary explorer Professor Flintlock!”
Here’s the teaser trailer which uses my title music: