Monday
Sep182017

Rhuddlan Castle: Gateway to Wales

Rhuddlan Castle: Gateway to Wales is the latest Lost in Castles feature-documentary. The score is just under 70 minutes long. It follows on from the 45 minute score for Middleham Castle, 75 minute score for Sandal Castle and 90 minutes for Conwy Castle. The score for Rhuddlan will soon be available to buy / download. As with the previous films, it is a rich and melodic orchestral score. Before the DVD of Rhuddlan Castle is available, I will have the pleasure to score a short extra feature on Dyserth Castle, to appear on the same DVD. Here is a sneak preview of the Dyserth Castle reconstruction by Lost in Castles:

Monday
Sep182017

Pass on your Passion! Soundtrack

Active Cheshire commissioned a film to promote their Pass on your Passion awards. I was happy to write the score:

Active Cheshire "Pass on your Passion" from Chat Noir Productions on Vimeo.

Monday
Sep182017

Advert for the National Kidney Federation

Advert for the National Kidney Federation that played many times on Sky over the Summer.

National Kidney Federation TV commercial from Chat Noir Productions on Vimeo.

 

Friday
Sep012017

Mail Boxes Etc. happy track

Mail Boxes Etc. is a great example of a video client that needs an original track that sounds as though it is off the peg! I scored this film the first time with lots of structural points and changes of tone, but the client needed it to hold one thought and that is what I did. (I did the voice-over too.)

 

Thursday
Jun222017

WordWhile, with music by ...

Check out this exciting new word game here:

http://www.goojaji.com/wordwhile/index.html

Saturday
May272017

Made for web video series with Dan Solin

As US Financial Expert, Daniel Solin, launches his web video series, I'm pleased to share his YouTube channel:

https://www.youtube.com/danielsolin

The music combines strong original features of brand identity with scoring techniques, to keep each video fresh and engaging. Every video uses solo clarinet, performed by the composer, with development time spent improvising on the main themes. Occasional use of voice and live percussion are also employed.

Dan Solin Teaser from Chat Noir Productions on Vimeo.

Wednesday
Nov162016

From ten albums to composing for video games

After a summer of releases (10 albums and 1 single), it is pleasant to spend these colder autumn days writing new music. I have started writing the score for a 90 minute documentary on Rhuddlan Castle, so the Forgotten Cathedral documentary is waiting in the wings to be score early next year. I've written and performed jazzy clarinet for the promo of a New York Times Best-selling author, recorded the Christmas jingle for an American corporate message and thoroughly enjoyed adapting music from the Victorian era for a new video game being produced in Canada.

Thanks for all the listens. The new albums are doing well and if there is a break in the composing (perhaps next Summer) I may find time to release some more!

Wednesday
May112016

Saxon Song

It's with great pleasure I can finally share Saxon Song. The album began about 3 years ago, as a consequence of writing my first book on music Beauty and Joy: The Christian Nature of Music - in which I defined music as a proclamation of worth. But what subjects are worthy? Or rather, what subjects are worthy enough for this composer to express at this time?

There is a complexity in how we perceive life today that undermines our estimation of what is worthy. For instance, we speak of love, but old English had a word that meant blessed love, we speak of home as a stopping off point, but old English had a word that meant the joy of home.

Saxon Song is a warm album, focusing on one virtue after another. The title does not refer to the musical style but that these were elements the Saxons thought worth singing about. Available from today on Amazon, Spotify, iTunes ...

Tracks:

  1. Eadnes / gentleness (i)
  2. Andet / confession
  3. Freod / friendship
  4. Aeristhyht / hope of Resurrection
  5. Bealuleas / innocent
  6. Leodwynn / joy of home
  7. Leafa / faith
  8. Lufsumness / kindness
  9. Begnornian / mourning
  10. Eadlufu / blessed love
  11. Eadness / gentleness (ii)
Thursday
Apr212016

Conwy Castle Soundtrack on MP3

Available now from iTunes, Amazon, Spotify ... the full soundtrack of Conwy Castle:

  1. The Conquest
  2. The Queen
  3. Saint George
  4. Come the Feast
  5. By Boat
  6. Glory and Honour
  7. Bread and Wolfhounds
  8. Gatekeeper
  9. Lost in the Skies
  10. Court of the King
  11. Sleeping Giant
  12. Beneath the Arches
  13. Frozen in Time
  14. Cellar to Chimney
  15. This was Conwy
  16. Shadow of Splendour
Tuesday
Mar082016

Chester Philharmonic Orchestra at Chester Cathedral

From the back of the nave in Chester CathedralTonight, I had the pleasure of enjoying Chester Philharmonic Orchestra performing in the stunning setting of Chester Cathedral.

It was an ambitious programme of Beethoven and Brahms, playing to a large and appreciative audience in the heart of the Cathedral.

The concert began powerfully with Beethoven’s Fidelio. Conductor David Chatwin coped admirably with the large reverb of the Cathedral surroundings, allowing the drama of the piece to develop. The strings and timpani were especially dynamic. Fidelio proved to be a good choice to warm the orchestra up for Brahms’ Violin Concerto, with soloist Qian Wu. While not denying her technical facility in the rapid portions of this composition, she seemed to shine brightest in the lilting lyrical passages. The role of the orchestra in supporting a concerto soloist is never one to envy, but they gave a sensitive performance, maintained to the final bar.

After the interval, the last piece of the evening was Beethoven’s Pastoral – Symphony no. 6. This well-known composition has so much exposed writing that it is a good test of an orchestra’s ability. Coming at the end of a busy concert, they might have been tired but it didn’t show. The atmosphere of the concert was friendly and welcoming and a credit to the hard work of the dedicated musicians of Chester Philharmonic Orchestra.

The review on the Chester Culture Blog