I’ve recently been doing some temp work in an office down in Cardiff Bay. The freelance film composer lifestyle is great an’ all, but it’s not necessarily the best way to keep the money coming in.
Anyway, I’d have to share the boring task of covering reception for an hour or so each day. In the quieter moments, some people would pass this time clearing their emails or reading a book. One afternoon last week, for no real reason, I decided to use some of this free time to write a little ragtime piano piece:
Then today, as a break from the emotional drama film I’m working on, I quickly put it in Logic and tidied it up.
Date: Easter 2007 Location: London Victoria Railway Station Duration of phone unattended: 1minute 30seconds (approx.) Phone reclaimed?: No
Date: Last week Location: Cardiff Bus Station Duration of phone unattended: 8 hours (approx.) Phone reclaimed?: Yes
So last week I lost my phone. It wasn’t until the end of the working day that I was able to try my luck at the lost property, and when I did, I was completely amazed to find it had actually been handed in. I quite like living in Cardiff, and people say (in a very general and unsubstantiated way) that it’s a ‘friendly place’. Well now I would seem to have some quantifiable facts to back up that statement.
Over the last year or so of using spotify I’ve occasionally stumbled across music that I’ve liked enough to want to remember it, and listen to it again; but that I didn’t like enough to actually buy it.
The other day, for the first time ever, I listened to this random collection all the way through. It was actually quite a cool little playlist, very eclectic, and with a running order that lacked any coherent structure at all. I was quite surprised at just how many pieces of music I didn’t recognise, and still now have no idea where I came across them.
In one sitting the ‘next’ button will undoubtedly be your friend, as I say it is quite eclectic, but if you fancy a listen here it is: SpotifyDetritus.
I’ve recently finished work on a short horror film called Shattered. It was made by Keith Huckfield and Harklee Films as a submission for the 2 Days Later film competition. A lot of the score was constructed with long drones and whiny noises and I ended up integrating it with the atmosphere-tracks quite a lot; using the sound of wind and the sea as another texture.
I also played around with recording some foley effects, and had great fun demolishing some vegetables in the pursuit of some good knife sounds.
Anyway, as a brief taster, bellow is a short audio clip of an early draft of the credits music: