Odyssey is the first track to be released from my forthcoming electronic instrumental album, Piano & Electronics. It features upright piano, Arp Odyssey on lead, Moog Model D on sequenced bass and Sequential Prophet 6 on pads. Inspired by 70’s prog rock synth music, I have been exploring long angular melodies, random chord sequences, Arpeggiators, polyrhythms and unusual musical forms. I love a natural raw analogue sound, so digital editing and software synths are virtually non existent…this is analogue synthesis at its rawest. It will be released on August 26th through all major DIGITAL outlets (Oh the irony).
It was a huge honour to be appointed Composer-In-Residence to the BBC in London. I composed the music to 36 productions and was lucky enough to be the recipient of several UK industry awards for my work. Highlights include I, Claudius, Peter Pan In Scarlet, The Birds, Where The Wild Things Are, Richard III, Witness: The Gospel According to Luke, The City Speaks & The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.
This is a track from my forth-coming album ‘PIANO & ELECTRONICS’. It was inspired by the short stories of Jorge Luis Borges. Instrumentation includes Moog Model D on lead, Mellotron on flutes, Moog Sub 37 on bass and Sequential Prophet 6 on pads. I’m interested in Polyrhythms, random, long melodic phrases and the unexpected.
A crude, arrhythmic, 80’s drum machine played through a broken speaker…set against minimalist piano, Moog Sub 37 bass, Moog Model D lead and Mellotron flutes.
A long arrhythmic drum machine pattern played through an old wooden speaker cabinet, upright piano chords, sequenced Moog Model D and Mellotron flute playing angular melodies against detached static chord sequences that seemingly lead nowhere.
A new album is finally underway. Piano & Electronics is, as the title suggests, acoustic piano against a backdrop of analogue synthesisers and vintage drum machines. In an era of mind numbing repetition, drones and throw away short themes, I am consciously pushing against the grain with overly long melodic phrases, interesting chord progressions and arrhythmic drum patterns. Hopefully this leads to something interesting and meaningful!
This year is my 11th year working for HiT Entertainment/Mattel. It has been a real honour and privilege to be a core creative on one of their most successful children’s properties.
The latest addition to the studio is the Moog Model D, a limited edition reissue of the classic 1970s analogue synthesiser. The sound is so distinctive and beautiful…and this was the last one available in Australia!
The latest and greatest Fireman Sam film stars John Barrowman and premiered globally on October 22nd 2018. Head to KIDS SOUNDTRACKS to hear samples of the soundtrack.
I was commissioned by the BBC to compose the soundtrack for the new series of Robert Graves’ I, Claudius. The original series was broadcast in the 70’s and gained cult status. This new critically acclaimed production stars Derek Jacobi, Tim Mckinnerny and Tom Goodman-Hill and won the Audie Award.
Series 11 of Fireman Sam has just been given the green light, so its back to Pontypandy I go. The world of Fireman Sam has expanded considerably with new characters, locations and vehicles so that means more themes and a greater musical palette. This will be my 6th series and 4th feature film of Fireman Sam.
I’m slowly building my new modular system and to kick things off I have installed two semi-modular Moog Mother 32’s…and they sound gorgeous. The modular system will run alongside my Moog Sub 37, Moog Voyager, Korg Arp Odyssey, Sequential Prophet 6, Korg Minilogue and Arturia Minibrute.
New additions to the studio include the newly released Sequential Prophet 6 and Moog Sub 37. Two beautiful analogue Synthesisers that compliment each other perfectly.
Currently in production, Alien Alert is the the latest Fireman Sam film that sees Sam take on alien invaders. David Tennant (Dr Who) stars in this latest feature. I am busy in the studio working on my 50’s theremin and modular synthesis techniques.
I have been busy creating and presenting contemporary sound courses at the TATE Modern in London. These theoretical and practical courses explore the history of contemporary art music and study the methodologies employed by composers and sound artists. It’s a real buzz to share my passion for 20th Century art music in such a prestigious gallery!
The Brisbane Powerhouse is a beautiful old building that has a rich and dramatic history. I spent a month interviewing and recording old powerhouse workers, historians, architects, politicians, graffiti artists (including Blek Le Rat), protestors and engineers and then I pieced all the narratives together with location sound and music to convey the buildings history. It is as epic as it sounds. GENERATOR is now available as an app on the App Store.
To celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday the BBC broadcast the classic 2004 production of Richard III starring Douglas Henshall and Geraldine James. I composed the soundtrack which features gamelan, 24 inch gong, dragon drum, shakers and extended playing techniques on the violin and cello.
A long-standing dream has been realised. I was interviewed by Legendary Australian broadcaster, Margaret Throsby on ABC Classic FM. I talked about my life, my musical career and my love of radio drama and film. I also chose the music for the hour long program.
The latest Fireman Sam film is showing in cinemas around the world. This is probably one of Sam’s most epic adventures as he tries to save Pontypandy from a hurricane. The film is receiving 5 star reviews from fans and critics alike and it is now being broadcast in the US as Ultimate Heroes.
I’m a massive fan of British writer Nik Warburton and have been lucky enough to write music for several of his works. Witness is based on the Gospel of Luke and examines the life of Christ through the eyes of those around him. I wanted the music to have an obvious regional influence, but also to be a constant ‘shadow in the corner’ symbolising the marking of time and the inevitable crucifixion. Witness is a BBC production and has received 5 star reviews and multiple awards.