Some seasons I have written words in between compositions. More recently it has been the other way round with my work-in-progress standing at 65,000 words and not yet half way. However, it looks like this winter will include some large scale compositions. I have been engaged to provide the music for a classic dramatisation for Audible, period music for a filmed show with an esteemed theatre actress in her 90s, and soundtrack for a documentary on the original Chester cathedral of St. John’s.
One of the joys of collaboration is being able to return favours. In this case, my wonderful sound engineer and maestro for mixing and mastering, has been producing the sound for Spiteful Puppet's "The Importance of Being Earnest". The story required a few very specific excerpts of music, as well as title music for the start and end.
I have tried my hand at writing library music tracks and was, for about 3 years, signed to produce them on a regular basis. I know that the best you can produce is something so generic that it could fit as many purposes as possible because the more uses equals the greater profit. But it does not - in my opinion - serve well the film-maker or sound engineer who needs just the right bit of music to finish a great production. Hence "the favour". This was a voluntary job, arranging the wedding march as if being played by a ham on the piano or - as in the track below - a man tootling on the keys of the piano, with the slowness you experience trying to find the right notes and the burst of speed when you know. Totally "unmusical" but very human!
It goes to show that when you know what you want to write, it's ten times easier than trying to saying something that could produce a mood.
Chester Film Co-op was commissioned to produce a film highlighting the creative arts within the city. This is the result. The composition, unusually, was written before the final edit was completed, with plenty of instruction from the director.
Not every project is a success. A few years ago, I met with a video game developer by invitation. He wanted to commission tracks for a new game and thought I was the right person to compose the music. The tracks were composed but communication faded into nothing. Perhaps the project had done the same. I did not know, but I learned a stepping stone in evaluating clients, even as they evaluate their composers. So, in the absence of a project, here in an album called Charn, are the tracks and what might have been.
Promo for Verity, an album of large themes and melodies.
Promo for Enamoured, a new album of instrumental music.
Britannia Spice asked Chat Noir Productions to make a short promo, for their entry into the British Curry Awards. I was commissioned to provide the music.
Britannia Spice were North-West runners up!