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 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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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
If you’ve followed my stuff for a while, you’ll know I work all the time with culinary art supremos Bompas & Parr. In their latest large scale production W12 shopping centre’s basement was flooded to create a neo-tiki boating lake. Ukulele from London legend Martin Wheatley, and some very vibey drums. With a plot inspired by the world’s most famous buccaneer himself, Lost Lagoon represents a fantastical reinterpretation of the eponymous Captain Henry Morgan’s world, and will require guests toRead More