I recently wrote five pieces of music for a dance project at Bath Spa University, called Secret Project. Two groups of students were given the music and had to use them in their own site-specific dances, which they performed on campus. Uniquely, on the grounds of the university are remnants of Newton St Loe Castle that was originally built as a fortified manor house in the 12th century. Below you can see the surviving keep. Both groups used the grass space just in font of the keep, during their performance.
This was my first venture into the world of dance as a composer, so it was fascinating to watch, and see how the dancers had used/interpreted my music. Hopefully I’ll have some photos of the performances soon, so when I do, I’ll be sure to share them.
Last week I wrote a blog post about creating an 80s synthpop track for a short film. This week, you get to watch said short film and witness my music in context. The film is called Electricity Bills and the track which I wrote plays both at the beginning of the film (0:00 minutes) and the end (6:31 minutes).
As a film composer, an essential skill is being able to write music in different styles. From orchestral music, to electronic, experimental, jazz, bluegrass, and sometimes… 80s synthpop.
I was asked by the filmmakers of this particular short film, to write an 80s synthpop song. Now I had to do a bit of homework for this one, as 80s synthpop isn’t a genre I normally listen to. Therefore, once I’d familiarised myself with some of the conventions of the genre, and done some extensive research, I got to work on a demo.
Since I personally don’t write lyrics, the demo I created was an instrumental track. But it was always my intention for the song to have lyrics, which is why I purposely left space within the track for them. Then, I brought in my good friend Seb Guettier to pen the lyrics, and perform the vocals.
Seb wrote and recorded the lyrics over the top of the instrumental track I gave him, and I then dismantled the whole track and begun to rearrange it, creating a much more cohesive song. I hope you enjoy it.
Music composed by Aaron Buckley
Lyrics by Seb Guettier
Synth programming by Aaron Buckley
Vocals by Seb Guettier
Bass by Jan Phillips
When I first watched Michael Bay’s Transformers back in 2007, I came out of the cinema mesmerised. I half expected any car I looked at to transform into a giant robot. But sadly that didn’t happen. The visual effects for the film were undeniably amazing, and so was the music. I’ve listened to Steve Jablonsky’s score for that movie countless times, and consider it to be one of my all time favourites.
The success of the first film has led to 3 sequels, with more on the way. Including this one…
Transformers: Dark Before Extinction is a fanfilm currently in preproduction, directed by Aaron Fixter. The music for the film is being composed by Geoffrey Vernon, a very talented composer who lives in Florida, USA. However, there will also be additional music which is to be composed by me. I’m super excited to be involved with the film and have been heavily researching Steve Jablonsky’s scores from the main series of films, in order to hone in on that “Transformers” sound.
The film is currently still in the funding phase on Indiegogo and there’s plenty of goodies available for everyone who donates. Plus 5% of every donation will go to the charities, The National Autistic Society and Nice 2b Nice. All of the details can be found here – https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/transformers-charity-fan-film#/
And if you wish to get involved as a member of the crew, then visit fixterfilms.com for details.