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 broken drum machine pattern, upright piano, sequenced analogue synths and Moog Model D playing angular melodies against detached chord sequences that seemingly lead nowhere.
This is a demo of a track from my forth-coming album ‘PIANO & ELECTRONICS’ (working title). It was inspired by the writing 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, overly long musical phrases and the unexpected.
ODYSSEY is a demo of the opening track on my forthcoming album ‘Piano & Electronics’. Using a repetitive analogue 7/4 drum pattern that works as part of a polyrhythmic wash, the angular bass line was written first to try and push for overly long progressions that don’t quite flow. Arp Odyssey features as the jagged lead line with Moog Model D on sequenced bass and sequential Prophet 6 on high pads.
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 or listen here:
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.
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 Witness: The Gospel According to Luke, The City Speaks & Sleepy Hollow.
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.
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 new album is finally underway. One Thousand Birds is inspired by Basho, Ravel & 70’s prog synth music. The album centres around analogue synthesizers, temple gongs, arpeggiators & bosendorfer piano. This will be my fifth and most experimental studio album.
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.
I have just completed series 10 and the new feature film of the classic kids TV show, Fireman Sam. Aired in over 100 territories in 60 languages it is one of the world’s most popular kids tv shows. This is my 5th series (141 episodes) and 3rd feature film.
“A trail-blazing intergalactic radio star anxious to escape her serious life, discovers she has magical powers when five furry aliens crash land in her room.” I have composed a supercool retro soundtrack for sci-fi, punk-girl series, ZuZu and the Supernuffs. The music is scored for orchestra and analogue synthesiser and the show has worldwide distribution on the Nelvana owned KidsCo channel.