Together We Stared At The Moon

 

We composed the music for this powerful documentary about the work of JK Rowling’s charity Lumos, which helps to bring children out of institutions and into the care of families.

Set in two very different countries, Bulgaria and Colombia, it was a really interesting challenge to compose in styles that were appropriate to each place.

We were comissioned to work on this project by Niamh Heery of Swan Song Films, a Dublin-based agency who create narrative work as well as superb films in the field of social justice. Niamh also filmed and directed this piece.

 

Interview with Vanessa Monaghan: The London Ear on RTÉ 2XM

 
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We had a great time chatting recently with Vanessa Monaghan on RTÉ 2XM. Nessy is based in London and through her show The London Ear is doing a fantastic job bringing awareness to the Irish creative community living in the UK and beyond.

Turns out that Nessy printed some CDs for Exit: Pursued By A Bear some time ago it was gas that our paths crossed again after so many years.

You can check out her site and listen to the show itself on Mixcloud.

 

Single Release - Optihkal

 
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Delighted to announce an upcoming single release on Inner Chapter. The track will be available on August 2nd.

Inner Chapter is a music production, sound design, and independent label based in Ireland, specialising in indie, acoustic, and electronica. It was founded and is run by Kevin J Power (who also releases solo material as Circuits of Heaven and electronica/remixes under the Inner Chapter name).

 

Sister India is online

 
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Sister India, a documentary directed by Myles O'Reilly, is now available to watch online. This was an incredibly personal project for him. Likewise, having visited India twice before, it resonated with me greatly.

Upon seeing a rough cut I was struck by the fusion of Irish and Indian musical traditions, with music from both countries co-existing in harmony. There is a wax cylinder recording of Sean-nós singing from 1905 which I actually thought was Indian at first.

The music is almost continuous throughout the film, giving it the quality of a trance or fever dream - perhaps like the state Myles found himself in during his illness.

My job as composer was to add some ambient music to sit under certain scenes. I wanted to let the existing music shine and not step on its toes. My work is a very small part of the film but I'm honoured to have been able to contribute in some way.

https://arbutusyarns.net/2017/08/14/sister-india/

 

Nine Days Down

 
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Just completed days eight and nine of the feature film 12 Steps, directed by Vortre Williams. Our role is sound recordist and later on, we'll be heavily involved in audio post production.

Having a blast with the cast and crew, everybody is working well together and there's a great atmosphere on set. It's been fascinating so far to watch words on a page be developed by the director and actors, and come to life on screen.

Watch, as they say, this space.

 

Sister India

 

We had the honour of composing some music for Myles O'Reilly's documentary about Sister Loreto, an Irish nun who recently celebrated 70 years of sisterhood in India. Producer Áine Edwards wrote this lovely piece about her in the Irish Times.

https://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/abroad/celebrating-the-irish-nun-educating-children-in-india-for-70-years-1.3417090

Myles's site: https://arbutusyarns.net/

 

Watch 'Last Service' Online

 
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Bertie Brosnan directed this short documentary, funded by Cork City Arts. In it, we meet gravedigger Stephen O'Connor who imparts a lucid and poetic philosophy on life and death. I had the pleasure of doing the post production sound on this, as well as composing the final piece of music, 'Present Time.'

You can check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6XMiVbRqrq4&t=1s

Bertie's site: https://www.bertiebrosnan.com/

 

Hull KR Rugby Kit Launch

 
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Hull Kingston Rovers rugby club launched a new kit last week and I was sound designer on the video. Their new strap line is 'Paint The Town Red' and the video was based around this theme. I designed some larger than life sounds and composed music to enhance and support the piece.

https://www.facebook.com/hullkingstonrovers/videos/2356220424411068/

I worked with a talented team, Paul Cooper (http://pcooperphoto.com) was director and Andy Silcock of Three Degrees West productions (http://www.threedegreeswest.co.uk) was DOP and editor.

 

Gustav

 
 
 

Delighted to be on the post production team for Gustav, a new short comedy written and directed by Ken Williams and Denis Fitpatrick. I'm looking after the sound mix and music supervision. The two lads always come up with interesting projects - I worked with them last year on the The Final Fairytale, very happy to be on board again!

Check out the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2j9AcfTFf4

 

Receptive. Totally Receptive.

 
 
 

I just put the finishing touches on the audio for Receptive. Totally Receptive, a new short film produced in Cork. It was directed by Chris O'Neill, head of cinema at Triskel Arts Centre, and it features loads of great talent from the Cork region and beyond.

My contribution was the sound design and I also mixed the film. It was a great one to work on as the story cross-cuts between weekend club scenes and an office scene. This meant there were lots of opportunties for interesting sound design.

It's also looking like a preview will be screened as part of a retrospective of Chris's work at the Triskel on Saturday April 15th. We also expect the film to take to the festival circuit later in the year. Watch, as they say, this space.

To check out some of Chris's other films, please visit: https://vimeo.com/user13284879

 

 

3 Minute Vessels

 

I've been working with a great bunch of folks at Manchester Indie Film Production since the middle of last year. It's been gathering momentum ever since and I feel we now have a group of very talented people, with lots of projects in the works. I originally joined as a composer but I've been doing some location sound and audio post production work too.

This is the first short film we relased online, called 3 Minute Vessels. It was directed by AJ Akande and my contribution was the sound design and sound mix.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPt_DTuS9TU