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.
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.
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, 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.
Disappear, a short film directed by Shaun O Connor, is screening before Kissing Candace at Triskel Arts Centre for the next three nights. To mark the occasion, our original soundtrack is now available to stream:
You can grab tickets for the show here:
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.
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.
Myles's site: https://arbutusyarns.net/
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 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.
Our sound design showreel is now online. We stripped all the existing sounds from clips of three films and one game trailer, and replaced them with our own. This involved adding ADR, spot effects, backgrounds, sound design and foley. We focused on four genres: fantasy, sci-fi, action and horror.
Hope you enjoy!
The Final Fairytale is now available to watch on YouTube. I composed the music for this one minute short about childhood, innocence and regret. It was co-directed by Ken Williams and Denis Fitzpatrick of Stanley's Deathpark Productions.
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
I did the audio post production and composed a piece of music for Bertie Brosnan's new short documentary, Last Service. Delighted that it has been selected to be screened four times at Fastnet Film Festival, which runs from the 24th to the 28th of May in gorgeous Schull.
We put together this teaser trailer for it:
I was thrilled to hear the news that Disappear, a short film directed by Shaun O'Connor, is getting international festival distribution by Berlin-based agency aug&ohr medien. It has appeared at a number of Irish and international festivals since late last year, and it's amazing that it will soon be exposed to wider audiences around the world.
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
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.
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/