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The Tourist (BBC, composer Dominik Scherrer, dir Christ Sweeney)

January 4, 2022 tv

Additional Music. Classic country and bluesy guitar explorations as part of Dominik’s team. Huge vistas of endless hot Australian sand was just what was needed in deep lockdown early 2021. 1957 Gibson J50 – just the ticket.

Law & Order: Organized Crime

January 4, 2022 tv

Savage noisemaking slam up against heart tugging emo orchestrations for Ruth Barrett on this new branch of L&O. Total thrill. Additional music, programming and orchestration.

Bloodlands (BBC, composer Ruth Barrett, dir. Pete Travis)

March 24, 2021 tv

Orchestrating for Ruth is always a thrill and this time – our third outing together – I was also on Prophet 6 and various other vibey sonics duties.  Much less spooky than her last project The Sister, but just as much tension in the score.  The action also revolves around a family drama and there was a warm soulful aspect to the music.  Another lockdown production, with strings played by Nick Holland and Phil Holland and guitars by Aaron Jones.

The Sister (ITV)

November 9, 2020 tv

The Sister was my second project orchestrating for one of today’s great musical forces in TV and film: Ruth Barrett.  A spooky thriller, part murder mystery, part ghost story, Ruth’s music conjured a world of tension, suspicion, fear and uneasiness.  Alongside the chilling string voicings, I provided a few synth parts, with a big thank you to Sequential and their amazing analog synth offering – wow.

GoDaddy 2020 UK TV campaign

April 6, 2020 adland

Working with Scuta and Tom at Soviet Science, GoDaddy went our way with this bongo bass fest.  Keeping it simple is so often the way in the world of ad music; this is a prime example.

Birds of Prey (orchestrator)

February 9, 2020 film

Being part of the orchestration team on this score from Daniel Pemberton was an honour.  The movie looks and sounds like nothing else, indeed just the way that Dan created the score with heavies such as Tim Lefebvre (bass) and Abe Rounds (drums) this was always going to stand out and break your speakers.  Andrew Skeet helmed the orchestration team as usual.

Babbel Worldwide sonic branding

February 6, 2020 adland

DLMDD apply scientific method to the world of sonic branding, and they develop comprehensive musical guidelines for their clients.  It’s then up to composers to translate this into original music and sound. Babbel went nuts for our piece which simplified their musical brief down to a double bass audio signature of a perfect fifth.  Deliverables were a few different versions of the mnemonic / sting and a brand track that they’ll use over a number of platforms. media coverage here:Read More

Sanditon ITV

October 16, 2019 tv

My first, and I suspect not my last project orchestrating for Ruth Barrett, as we got on spectacularly.  An inspiration for anyone who wants to find out what real time pressure is like on a project!  The strings, guitars and harp were recorded between Ruth’s studio and Gorbal’s Glasgow.  Ruth’s music on Sanditon is killer, do go check it out for a great cast, great writing and plenty for Austenophiles to engage with.

Amazon Prime Day global campaign 2019

August 5, 2019 adland

Working with the absolute legends at DLMDD and the new breed of top London session cats, I created a New Orleans second line ver of Bill Withers’ Lovely Day.  It went absolutely everywhere and got a great reaction.  John Blease (https://johnblease.com) was around, and we recorded drums and some extra horns at his place in Brockley.  Other horns were done at my studio, and vocals were tracked at Metropolis with a 10 piece choir.  HUGE SOUND!

New Range Rover Evoque – I Found A Place In My Heart

April 23, 2019 adland

This tune’s causing a stir at the moment on the latest Range Rover ad.  I collaborated with lyrical god Tommy Antonio on the song which we wrote especially for the spot.  Emma Smith sounds incredible on it (as usual!).  Hopefully the full length ver will appear soonish.  It was great to collaborate again with Emma after all of our stuff in a similar vein for DeWolfe.  Tracks like this one Sunrise With You. Enjoy!! Find Your Heaven with Dom James ftRead More