The Wonderful 6 part series Middle Kingdom Ride is finally all done and dusted, and looks AMAZING! Broadcasters are currently involved in a bidding war to acquire the rights to it, but so far it looks as if The Travel Channel will be airing it in most territories. Splendid! Big shout out to Kyle Murdoch, Ryan and Colin Pyle, and the rest of the crew involved.. we made a good’un!
Amersfoort has been lovely, but incredibly intense… full days, 11-12 hours of writing music, discussing, mixing, recording, rehearsing… I’ve never composed on site before and am so used to having meetings over the phone to discuss what is needed that to be here, with performers, seeing how the music affects the show and being able to discuss it and make changes immediately is amazingly awesome. I am LOVING it, and really hope to work with Tom, Linn, and Kajsa again. The show, Push Me Pull You, is all about the relationships between audience, performer, and technician. It’s a challenging but incredibly entertaining and rewarding show and, as I mentioned in a previous post, is the highlight of Amersfoort’s Spoffin Street Performance festival (now in its third year). Have a peek at Linn Broden’s site just to see what she does, it really is pretty incredible what this lovely lady can do. Tom Richmond is a consummate professional, having worked as a technician for the Old Vic for a few years, and Kajsa Bohlin is a performer with years of experience who met Linn when they both studied at Stockholm’s famed ‘University of Dance and Circus’. The show starts on Friday… I can’t wait to see how the audience reacts! You can check out an excerpt of the music I’m writing for the show on the home page.
I’m still composing for NHNZ’s ‘Middle Kingdom Ride’, a show about two Canadian brothers motorcycling around China but have just been hired to be musical director for an awesome performing arts duo at Amersfoort’s Spoffin festival. I’m going to be spending two weeks on site leading up to the final performances throughout the festival. Really looking forward to it, maybe they’re actually having a summer in Holland!
After a few weeks in NYC, visiting friends and family and having some meetings, I’m back in Bristol and continuing to compose for the Middle Kingdom Ride, which has been changed from being two 1-hour episodes to six half an hour episodes. It’s looking great!
What I’m Currently Working On…
This is a track for a Nat Geo series I’m workin’ on in collaboration with Plimsoll Productions. I am enjoying it sooooo much, loving the series and think it’s gonna be a smash! It’s changed names a couple of times but right now it’s called Primal Instinct.
This is for another series I’m workin on, this time for the Travel Channel. Tough Rides : Brazil follows the intrepid Ryan Pyle for a round the country trip on motorbike. Mental!
In the last week of the BBC project which has been a helluva ride. Lots of tight deadlines but in the end we pulled through and it’s almost there… and looking/sounding fantastic! I’m back in cahoots with good ol’ Kyle Murdoch from NHNZ (Natural History New Zealand) for a six part series entitled Middle Kingdom Ride which follows two Canadian brothers as they journey round the vastness of China, exploring the myriad of ethnicities and cultures encapsulated within. A really interesting show!