My First Soundtrack Release!

Whilst you can’t yet watch the film, I wanted to celebrate my first short film score with a free downloadable soundtrack.

Friend Request is a 20 minute short film that I wrote 15 minutes of music for, in just 2 weeks. This is technically my second film score, as I actually started working on a feature film before this. However, that’s still in post production, hence I’m posting this one first. For the feature, I was writing an average of 5 minutes of music a week, so I was really pushing myself with Friend Request. Professional film composers write on average, 2 to 3 minutes of music a day, which is what I always try and aim for now. Although working a full time job obviously means I can’t quite produce as much per week as they would.

It was just 18 months ago that I actually started learning how to write music, so the completion of this film has been a big milestone for me. And I was lucky enough to watch the film at the O2 Cineworld in London a couple of weeks ago, where hearing my score on the big screen was such a wonderful experience and a great way to mark this achievement in my composing career.

We’ll soon be submitting the short to film festivals, when I’ll hopefully be able to share the film with you. But until then, I hope you enjoy the music, and please do share it with your friends 🙂

The Arrest of Ai Weiwei (Coming Soon)

In my last post I mentioned that I would be working on the music and sound design for a local production of the play, “The Arrest of Ai Weiwei“. Well I’ve now finished writing all the music for it and creating all of the sound design ready for the production in April. I’ll be at the show each night cueing up my sounds, and will be uploading my music to my website once the show week is over. In the meantime here is a little teaser for the production which features some of my music.

The play will be showing at The Rondo Theatre, Bath, UK, from Wednesday 15th April – Saturday 18th April at 8:00pm.

What Lies Ahead (2015)

Last year was all about learning and developing my skills at writing music. I could explore, experiment and write whatever I wanted. This year, I need to hone my writing to serve a purpose and help tell a story.

My first project will be to write the score for a play. It is a local production of “The Arrest Of Ai Weiwei” written by Howard Brenton. As well as the music, I will also be creating the sound design. The production is set to be performed in April, but rehearsals start this week, so I’ll be starting as well and giving myself plenty of time to get it right.

Most of the music I’ve showcased on my SoundCloud so far, has been performed by my notation software. Being able to play back my music in this way has been invaluable, but it’s far from an end result. I’ve just started a course which teaches orchestration and the final steps of the course require you to produce a MIDI mock up, and if possible, get a live recording. Therefore, my primary goals for this year are listed below.

  • Hear my music played by live musicians
  • Learn about orchestration
  • Begin scoring short films

Success

Making a Start: Writing for Orchestra

I thought it was about time that I attempted my first orchestral piece. And so I present to you… “The Sweet Shop”.

So far this piece has gone through two iterations: the original piano composition, and the above orchestral demo. Each one took me about a week to write. However, the orchestral demo is not the finished version.

The orchestral demo has 12 instrument parts, but I’m not sure how many players will be needed on each instrument. One problem with writing orchestral music is that the size of an orchestra can vary greatly. When writing for film, then the size of your orchestra very much depends on the budget, and the size of the orchestra, impacts how you write the music. There are certain techniques in orchestral writing that require a larger orchestra and so employing them with a smaller orchestra won’t deliver the sound you’re after. These issues are to do with orchestration, an area where my knowledge is pretty limited. However, I’ve just started a home study course on the subject, which coupled with some rewriting will allow me to further shape and develop my piece.