I made this odd little funk/screamo track for the upcoming video game ‘Dropsy’, following the surreal adventures of a terrifying (yet loveable) clown.
You can collect cassette tapes throughout the game world and listen to them on Dropsy’s stereo. This is one such track. I’m sorry.
More info at www.dropsytheclown.com
Just finished a video game cover with the wonderful Adriana Figueroa! Really pleased with how it turned out, I even got to do a bit of tribal chanting which is always a bonus.
The original version is from the new Fire Emblem game and is much MUCH shorter. So we extended the instrumental, added a cheeky little guitar solo, and took a few creative liberties here and there. But hey, that’s what a cover version is for right.
The song is available to download over at Loudr and (in a few days time) iTunes, Spotify, and Amazon.
This year I was lucky enough to create some music / sfx for a brand new touring show called ‘The Boy Who Became A Beetle’. A family show loosely based on Kafka’s Metamorphosis it features puppetry, live music, wacky props, and the odd song or two.
The initial idea behind the show was a pilot project called ‘Young Producers’. The goal was to co-produce a brand new show with 100 primary school children. Under the creative direction of Little Earthquake and Black Country Touring, I think we succeeded!
My work on the project started in March where I ran music / sound workshops with each Young Producer group. We explored what a composer and musical director actually does (something I ask myself on a daily basis) and we started to look at what sort of music would fit the show.
After that it was full steam ahead with rehearsals! We auditioned an amazing cast of actor/musicians and I started to write a bunch of songs and instrumental cues for the show. A few months down the line we’ve just finished the initial run of shows at various West Midland venues and next year who knows, we might be visiting a theatre near you.
For more info on the show and also the Young Producers project, please visit: http://www.little-earthquake.com/beetle
It’s becoming something of a yearly occasion now, last year I worked on the music / sfx for an ad campaign commissioned by the Emirati Red Crescent during Ramadan.
This year was no exception and working with Alter Ego Productions and Studio Kontrabida we produced another run of 7 episodes that are being broadcast on television in Abu Dhabi and Dubai for the next week or so.
I previously wrote a little post about a show I worked on last year (which you can read here) but as an addendum, we decided to record a CD for the project that could be sent out to everyone who took part.
There was a very wide range of songs for the show with a combination of both young and old(er) musicians in different ensembles; which of course meant organising a recording session was quite a challenge. But after a few days scratching my head trying to plot some sort of recording schedule everything went off without a hitch!
Hot off the presses, we just sent out the CD to all the community centres / community groups that took part as well as all the actors, designers, and technical team that made the show.
A huge HUGE thanks to the many talented musicians that kindly donated their time to record on the CD as well as Stephen Hull who lent a hand overseeing the session, our fab mixing engineer Jason Neal, and Montse Gili at Hope Street Limited.
Currently in rehearsals for this fun new family show inspired by Kafka’s Metamorphosis. Check out the trailer above for a teaser of the music or find out more info about the project on the official website.