Snow Leopard – This animal is incredibly rare and elusive. It took the BBC’s film crews over 7 years to finally capture a 1½ minute sequence and this clip accompanies them recounting this.
This sequence began with a snowshoe hare running in slow motion on pristine white snow. It was beautiful, delicate, and slightly entrancing. Bit by bit a puma starts coming into shot and by the time the beat kicks in, the action switches to real time and becomes incredibly claustrophobic. One of my favourite tracks.
I wanted to encapsulate Paris in this track, something which is pretty much impossible to do with a city that has so many facets, but I picked the more meditative side of Paris and added some more recent happenings and this was the result. It’s a nighttime track, as you’d imagine.
Earth Kids – This piece was for a 12 part series on the Zodiac for BBC Worldwide. They talked about each sign of the zodiac in detail but also had experiments to show similarities and differences between the different elemental signs. The Earth kids were more playful, less prone to contemplation than say, the Water Kids, and I think this comes across in the music.
This series, produced by Granada, was all about machines and how men harness them. This particular clip of music was about the power that these machines could give but also how dangerous they could be and how, if used unwisely, they could actually end up killing.
In this sequence the BBC film crew used a heli-gimble, a camera mounted onto a helicopter that can shoot in HD from a kilometre away, to film a polar bear swimming through an ice-strewn sea. A truly awesome spectacle.
A track written for the awesome Wildlife on One series. This track was meant to be mournful as it underscores the fact that Christmas Island crabs have a pretty hard life, get killed a lot and not many survive.
This was actually a sketch for a programme I was working on that I never ended up using but liked. It was about deep sea divers discovering a tomb underwater, there was tension as they had limited air supply and were far from the surface. At the end of the sequence they discover the body of a child in the tomb, hence the musicbox.
I wrote this song when I was going through a difficult time in my personal life. It’s about someone who I loved a lot and still do, and for me this song will always relate to them and what they meant to me. There is sadness, a melancholia.. but also hope for the future, hope that things will eventually take a turn for the better and ultimately work out.
OK, I know I seem to be putting up a lot of the BBC ‘Making of Planet Earth’ tracks but I really enjoyed working on it and love the music that I wrote for it. This track was for an incredibly dark sequence in which one of the largest lion prides in Africa attack and slay an elephant within a herd, at night.. being filmed with special infra-red cameras. It’s an incredibly brutal sequence, but very powerful.