Posts Tagged ‘music’

The Night of the Procession is a self funded short film produced by Izmo Films.

The brief was to write something dark, to fit the main character’s journey of confusion, anger, fear and solace. I was allowed to use as little melody or rhythm as possible and concentrate on creating spooky atmospheric sounds


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Posted: April 5, 2012 in Library
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Posted: April 3, 2012 in Film
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The music for the film Talk was composed, recorded and produced in Sep/Oct 2010. After a meeting with producer Mike Humme I contacted my partner Leonardo Homem and we swapped impressions and ideas about the project. Leonardo was then living in Rio and the whole work was done via email and dropbox. He was quick to come up with a melody which became Michael’s theme and I used for inspiration to create the other tracks.

The brief was to write something moody, sad without being too spooky. It had to have musical hints to the ocean and the wind.

I used Leonardo’s melody and threw a bit of guitar and double bass. The double bass goes through a rotating cabinet to make the low E note swell in and out.

I sent Mike the first rough demo expecting a long list of comments and requests. He fortunately replied by saying: “We love it! Don’t change a thing!”

I did change a few things mostly because, in spite of his approval, I still believed it deserved a bit of polishing. We were very lucky to find a client that was so easy to please and to deal with and lucky to come up with a good melody in a short time, which doesn’t happen every day.

A couple of weeks later I had a meeting with director Callie Lane, editor Kieran Waller and Mike to watch the first edit. The film was beautiful and the music sounded good. I was really happy. They asked me to write one more short track and I wrote Dream 02.  Actually I also wrote Dream 01, 03 and 04 and after some consideration decided to go for 02


Posted: April 3, 2012 in Advert, Ident
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This indent is for an insurance company. The client wanted something traditional and classic enough to inspire trust but at the same time it should have some modern elements to indicate they were also looking into the future.

Even though translating such concepts into music can be really challenging, in this particular case it seemed pretty straight forward to me. A stable major chord without any dissonant notes should take care of the trust element. A bit of piano or strings should tick the tradition box, and some synthetic sounds used sparingly could bring a taste of modern times.

I sent the client nothing less than 9 initial sketches and it didn’t take me long to realise my mistake. Giving too much choice and listening too much to opinions can lead to confusion and kill your focus.

I narrowed it down to three choices. One was my favourite, which I felt was perfect for the job. Number two was heavily inspired by a similar branding music which the client kept bringing up. Number three was very much on the modern side,with loads of filter automation, pads and synths.

They picked number 2. Next time a client says they want something that sounds a little like an existing piece of music, I will just do it right away. I don’t mean copying it completely, but to put it under the microscope – find out key, time signature, tempo, choice of chords, notes and rhythm, effects, mixing and mastering tricks.  Armed with such information, the job of understanding what that they like about it and how to use those ingredients becomes a lot easier.