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

 

Last Service

 

Last Service is the new short documentary by director Bertie Brosnan, produced with the help of funding from Cork City Arts Council. I'm a big fan of Bertie's work and have collaborated with him in the past, so of course I was thrilled to come on board for this project.

It depicts gravedigger Stephen O'Connor at work and at home, meditiating on his job and on mortality. As well as being beautifully shot, it shines some light on a profession that we don't normally hear a lot about. I did the sound mix and composed the music for the credits.

It got its first write up earlier this week in Scannain: http://gearr.scannain.com/irish/last-service-poster/

 

 

 

'Disappear' featured on French documentary

 
 
 

Arte, a public French network dedicated to culture, recently produced this fascinating documentary about the arts scene in Cork. Disappear director Shaun O'Connor is interviewed during the first five minutes (dubbed in French!) and it shows some clips from the film. I'm delighted that something I did the music for is now reaching audiences on mainland Europe. It's only available to watch for another 18 days so catch it while you can.

http://www.arte.tv/guide/fr/064497-006-A/metropolis

 

 

 

'Tracks and Traces' mix on Reform Radio

 
 
 

I put together a mix called 'Tracks and Traces', of ambient, kosmiche and minimalist sounds along with spoken word from philosopher and media theorist Marshall McLuhan. I chose to focus on McLuhan as not only did he have some great insights into the media of his day, he was remarkably prescient and much of it could be applied to the internet age.

I'm honoured that Reform Radio broadcast the mix. They're a Manchester-based station putting out an amazing range of content by some of the finest DJs in the region. On top of that, they're a not-for-profit company that supports young adults into employment, so it's a winner all round.

Here are the links to listen back:

https://www.mixcloud.com/reformradio/tracks-traces-23rd-october-2016/

http://www.reformradio.co.uk/play/LiuPW4gtwC4bxQtCn

And the tracklist:

Laurie Spiegel - The Expanding Universe
Dieter Moebius - Hasenheide
Gary Sloan and Clone - Glacier Suite
Roedelius - Geradewohl
Global Communication - 0.54
Global Communication - 4.14
Karma - Kon Tiki
Discoverer - Personal Clone
Monoton - Drehung
Rhythim is Rhythim - Kao-tic Harmony
Carl Craig - Neurotic Behaviour
Brian Eno - Becalmed
Laurie Spiegel - Old Wave
Popul Vuh - Aguirre
Aphex Twin - Lichen