So the big job I was talking about in my last post was this… Deadly Instincts! I worked on this throughout the summer and it was a thoroughly enjoyable experience, though quite stressful at times since it required a LOT of music… 4 and a half hours of it in the end. Got it done though and the results look awesome. I have to give a big shout out to the crew at Plimsoll Productions who gave me the opportunity to work on this, an incredibly creative and professional bunch : Grant Mansfield, Martha Holmes, Ben Holder, Kirstine Davidson, James Reed, Bobby Sheikh, Rama Bowley, Paul Kiff, Lena Ordyk, Zoe Brandon, and all the people at [email protected] Thanks! This is going out in the States on October 11th, and then will hopefully be coming to Europe after that and it’s narrated by Huey Morgan from the Fun Loving Criminals!!
The last few months have been spent working on some personal projects with some friends, some live music that I hope to take out onto the stages of Bristol very soon. I’ve also been to Brazil to record some sounds and get a feel for the music for the upcoming 6 part series of Tough Rides : Brazil for the Travel Channel, which I’m very excited about!! I absolutely love Brazilian music, stemming from my dad playing it around the house when I was growing up. Though I discovered an artist I’d never heard about while I was out there and totally fell in love with his music.. check this out. Amazing or what?? Marcos Valle.. incredible.. He’s playing at Ronnie Scott’s in London in June if any of you are interested! While I was in Brazil I pitched for a job and was offered another BIG job which I won’t talk about until negotiations are complete. The pitch was intense, working on a laptop in 35 degrees heat when I would have rather been at the beach.. but I got it! However I won’t disclose what that is either until negotiations are complete for that too.. it’s proving rather difficult.. Thanks, hope you’re all well!
So, apart from composing for various productions this year, I’ve also been composing for a brand spanking new Music Library company that’s based right here in Bristol. It’s called Lucky G and is the brainchild of Dan Delor and Rob David (Bunkersonix) and Giles Luckes (one of the BBC’s go to editors). I’m very happy to announce that one of the tracks I have with them was used on the One Show, BBC1’s topical primetime show, and you can check it out here (it comes in at 01:23). Result!
OK, so I’ve had a lot going on in my personal life this year.. a LOT. Some heavy duty stuff has happened, life-changing on many levels. With all this turmoil it seems that I’d forgotten to actually publish my previous posts, which were all sitting in my ‘drafts’ folder with their arms crossed. So for the last 3 posts, you get a nice little date at the top pertaining to when they were actually written. Thanks!
14th May, 2014 : I’ve started composing for Ryan Pyle’s new production, Sacred Mountains, which will be a fascinating 4×1 hour series with the famed photographer and adventurer pushing himself to the limits by climbing 4 holy mountains in Asia : Minya Konka, Amnye Maquen, Kawa Karpo, and the illustrious Mount Kailash. It’s a breathtaking and exhilarating exploit and I’m having a lot of fun writing for it. I’ve already had two musicians in to record some live instruments, Stu Barker on ethnic wind and reed instruments and Patrycja Kujawska on the violin, and it is sounding HOT! Can’t wait for the finished results as right now it’s still in the early stages, but I am very excited to say the least. Thanks Ryan!
10th February, 2014 : Just a little entry to point out a few of my tracks have been used in the BBC4 series, Secrets of Bones!
After spending a month working with the Apocalyptic Circus crew in Turin and performing the show at the Mirabilia Festival in Savigliano I returned to Bristol while the group went to France to carry on working on the piece. This culminated in a premiere of the show at the Oxford Playhouse last Friday (9th August) which garnered an outstanding review on the Stage Talk website which you can read in its entirety here. I’d just like to point out this particular line which focuses on my score : “With a stunning electronic soundtrack from Alex Stoloff, Broden becomes a doll-like figure whose seemingly effortless movements must be controlled by someone else.” Thanks very much, Stage Talk!
After the success of Middle Kingdom Ride (still being aired on the Travel Channel) the Pyle brothers decided that this wasn’t enough adventure for them. So they did the unfathomable.. they found a country that defied the chaos found in China… India. This is (so far) going to be a 6 part series, and I’m so stoked to be working on it. We’ve got the same crew with Jack Woon in the editing seat, Chad Ingraham as director of photography, Daniel Milton as production manager and cameraman and Jonathan Hogan on the graphic and web side of things. This series is going to ROCK! Check out an excerpt of music on the home page or here. Thanking you!
The awesome Middle Kingdom Ride is finally getting aired worldwide on The Travel Channel! First show goes out on April 10th, check all the details here . I loved writing the music for this and am actually getting ready to start composing for the next installment of the Pyle brothers adventures, India Ride. I can’t wait!