Music for this humorous short film by the wonderfully talented Nicola
Rockhill. I opted for a faux renaissance aesthetic in keeping with
that of the shop design with harpsichord melodies appearing to emanate
through the shop radio. Identifying the musical humour used throughout
is left as an exercise for the reader.
Jingle sonore créé pour Nature et Découverte et
Terre Sauvage pour une séries de rencontres : grands témoins de la
nature. Travail en collaboration avec Zabriskie prod et Sens et Son.
Additional music for Ben Liversidge's feature length film Scuppered. In particular you can hear my chaotic honky tonk piano music used on the opening credits.
Jingle for the title sequences of short news reports for the website
of the 'Institut Universitaire de Technologie de Rouen' part of the
University of Rouen. The video is by David Added, audio-visuel
technician at the IUT. At the time of writing, the videos in which the
jingle has been used can be found on the IUT
Second Nature is an improvised sound video piece. A simple montage of
short clips from a video phone are accompanied by a piano line and
vocals by myself and Céline Agoutin as well as a few other little
sounds. The first video - shot in Edinburgh - is of a man in the snow
Square, shot from the window of what used to be the common room
in the Edinburgh University Music Department's Alison House building.
This is mixed with an image of a fountain shot at a small
park in Rouen in France. The swan (because they are all the same
swan!) was filmed in this same pond. The other two images are of our
orchid and of a graffiti
wall in Edinburgh.
Paris à la Mer
Paris à la Mer is a slide show of photos taken in Paris, Rouen, and
Dieppe accompanied by a winding sonic journey from chaos to calm
passing through dark and light places. The photos were taken by
Jessica Morrealle and made into a slide show using iMovie. The sounds
were sequenced in Logic, then rediffused using an fft process in Max
MSP controlled by a two axis accelerometer.
Mon Plage is a largely improvised experimental sound video piece. The
video was shot with a low budget digital camera on a fine February day
on the beach in Le Havre. I liked the way the bright light of the sun
creates vertical lines on the picture, and when scattered by the
reflections in the sea it creates a pretty, almost retro effect. The
various video clips were mixed together live using Peter
Nyboer's 'Simple Mix' Jitter demo patch. The music consists of
an improvisation using a rhodes piano sound; a tibetan singing bowl; a
set of tingshaw bells; a little crooning; a handful of paper and
plastic wrapping; some maracas and an unexpected interjection from a
mobile phone. The title is in part an attempt at a jeu
de mot on 'montage', and the fact that it doesn't really work is
perhaps an expression of being a foreigner.
Office Party is a 30 second mock advertisement for Kodak created for
a competition. It was shot by students at the Leeds Northern Film
School. I was given the film with a preliminary music track and asked
to try and improve on it. I chose a mischievous Latin style theme to
convey the party atmosphere and the bosses misfortune. The sounds are
from a Roland XV-2020 module, sequenced and mixed in Logic audio.
Half Life is a short film about 12 minutes in length by Dead by Dawn
from the Leeds Northern Film School. The film is science fiction about
a pair of scientists who transport an apple from Tokyo to London. The
tense, futuristic plot demands dark sinister music. I composed the
music in Edinburgh University Music Department Sound Design studio,
the Russolo room using their G5 running Logic Pro 7; and a laptop
running Max MSP making use of Michael Edwards mdegranular~ granulation
external. I should point out that only the music is mine, and not the
excellent sound design work.
Hermanus is a music video starring my sisters, my cousin, and I,
miming and dancing in - and to a song about - the South African
coastal town of Hermanus. It is partly an answer to those dreary home
videos that people seem to feel obliged to make while on holiday, and
partly an excercise in what you can do in a few hours with a little
determination and no concern for perfection. My Dad's digital camera
and iMovie were used for the video, the words and music were written
and recorded by myself using Logic Pro 7, and my uncle's keyboard and
The Bus is a short film about a number of people who are hoping to
catch a bus and their frustrations. My role was to tidy up the
windiness and poor clarity of the voices on the location sound
involving some voiceover work and creative cutting and pasting of
clean background noise and to lay on a couple of tracks by young
Scottish bands. The voices were rerecorded in studio one at the
Edinburgh University music department using an AKG 414 and Logic Pro
7, and the mixing and editing were done in my home studio.
November 2004 - May 2005
Dead Line is a short horror film about a guy who finds himself
following a white line through the city streets past mysterious
messages that his wife could be in danger. The project was for the
Edinburgh Movie Production Society freshers' film project where four
teams of (mostly) freshers made a film in a specific genre (horror,
action, rom com and drama) with deadline as a common theme. I recorded
the location sound, helped a little with some of the editing, created
music for the first version. I then made a second verison of the film
with most of the location sound replaced with foley.