McCullin, the feature film I composed for last year nominated for two BAFTA’s (including Best Documentary) at the 2013 BAFTA film awards, was broadcast on BBC 1 on Tuesday 2nd July as part of Alan Yentob’s Imagine series. I’ve been genuinely thrilled by the positive reaction to the music score – which available to download from iTuneshere(snippets below) with DVD / Blu-Ray of the film out now, and available to watch in the UK on BBC iPlayer until August here.
I’m presently working on music for the next film with the McCullin team, which should see the light later this year….
Very happy that Wieden + Kennedy have won a Cannes Lion Silver Award for their film The Cook (see below) for Lurpak, for which I composed and arranged the music recorded at Abbey Road Studio with the London Metropolitan Orchestra and Choir earlier this year.
Back in London, the reviews have come in for The Cripple of Inishmaan directed by Michael Grandage in the West End, with some 5 star reviews including this from the Telegraph (here) and this from the New York Times (here) – the second time Ben Brantley has mentioned my music this month (the other one being Cornelius which is presently showing in New York).
Alex Baranowski’s evocative music set the scene without being as overbearing as much music in drama has become lately – here is a composer who understands theatre. (Broadway World).
The show stars Daniel Radcliffe and is on at the Noel Coward Theatre in London’s West End until August 2013. Watch the trailer below (with some snippets of the music);
Finally, I’ve been working on the latest series of TV commercials for UK supermarket Waitrose – with a number of films being broadcast in the last few months including this one below.. the music has been rather popular, with numerous people asking if I’m going to release the full piece (alas not!).
Very pleased that my soundtrack to the film McCullin is now available to download on iTunes worldwide here. The film is also available to rent/buy from iTunes, as well as on DVD & Blu-Ray – available from Amazon here.
Earlier this year I scored the music to a documentary about iconic photographer Don McCullin directed by Don’s one time assistant Jacqui Morris. Beautifully shot on 16mm film, McCullin is being produced by Steve Milne of the British Film Company (Senna, The King’s Speech, Moon) and Rankin Film Productions. Thought it would be a good opportunity to put some snippets of my score onto this site… I’m hoping to release the entire 22 track album on iTunes sometime in the coming weeks / months. To be notified when it will be available, sign up to my info list here.
It’s been a busy start to the year. And helpfully due to a raft of non-disclosure agreements I haven’t been able to tell you too much about it..
I’m presently working on a pilot for the BBC, heavily based around music. I’ve also recently recorded a number of my orchestral pieces with an orchestra at London’s Air Edel recording studios, as well as working on some interesting projects with The Times and some exciting fashion brands.. Hopefully I’ll be able to divulge more in the coming months.
One project I can talk about is feature documentary McCullin, a wonderfully moving film about acclaimed war photographer Don McCullin which I started composing for late last year. Directed by Don’s one time photography assistant Jacqui Morris and produced by the British Film Company and Rankin Film Productions, the music and edit should be finished later this month. All being well the soundtrack will be on iTunes on the film’s release..
I’m presently composing for 90min feature doc McCullin, directed by Jacqui Morris. Beautifully shot on 16mm film, it is about war photographer Don McCullin – whose images from the wars in Vietnam, Congo, Beirut and Biafra for the Sunday Times were amongst some of the most iconic photographs from the 20th Century. A cinema release for the film is scheduled for 2012.
I’ve written the music to the Channel 4 documentary Made in England produced by Century Films. A film about Cooper and Stollbrand, one of the last surviving clothes factories in Salford, director Satnam Authi followed the machinists and management in their busy run up to Christmas producing items for many well known British high street brands.
The whole programme is available to watch on 4oDhere.
I’ve posted some music clips from the programme below;
This week I’m starting work on composing for a new three-part broadcast documentary entitled Schools of Thought. The pilot can be seen on my audio/video page.
I’ve also been writing music and songs for a production at the Guild Hall Charter Theatre in Lancashire, which will be opening around mid March. I’ll be MD’ing the show – again, more details to follow soon…
Last but not least I’ve just delivered 53 episodes of the online drama Casino52 on which I was composer and sound designer. The first episodes will be released next month.
Alex Baranowski is a composer and arranger based in Central London.
His diverse work in film, theatre and music has recently led him to collaborate with The xx, the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, violinist Daniel Hope, and composing for twice BAFTA nominated feature film "McCullin".
For theatre he has composed for productions at the National Theatre's Olivier, Cottesloe and Lyttelton stages as well as for the West End, Broadway, Royal Court, Donmar, Sheffield Crucible, RSC, Old Vic Tunnels and the Royal Opera House ... working with directors including Michael Grandage, Sir Nicholas Hytner, Rupert Goold, Danny Boyle, Daniel Evans and Jamie Lloyd.