Category Archives: Online

I don’t normally get political, but this got 5 million hits in a week (and also banned from YouTube)

A good friend of mine, director Martin Stirling came to me with an idea for a short film he was working on for Greenpeace. Martin makes beautiful films (including Myron & Hester on my audio/video page) and this one was no exception. It was a campaign to get Lego thinking about their relationship with Shell – who have been selling Lego playsets of arctic oil drilling platforms and oil tankers aimed at children.

Produced by agency Don’t Panic, the film went viral quickly amassing 5 million hits, attaining “ad of day” for Campaign and featured in the Creative Review.

I produced and arranged the music in my studio – with myself on piano and the super talented Sophie Blackburn on vocals.  It is a slow remix of the track “Everything is Awesome” written for the recent Lego Movie (performed by Tegan and Sara here)

After it’s first three million hits, the film was initially banned from YouTube because of a copyright claim by Warner Bros (Greenpeace decided not to ask permission for the use of the characters / song prior to release), although reinstated hours later. The film has also hit the mainstream media, with this piece on Channel 4 news recently (here).

Many people have asked if Sophie and I will be releasing a copy of the song, which we are looking in to. I’ve just made it available to stream on this soundcloud link (however if anyone complains, I’ll happily remove it..)

Everything is awesome

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“Hamlet” encore screening to cinemas on the National Theatre’s 50th birthday

Very happy that the National Theatre will be broadcasting again to cinemas Sir Nicholas Hytner’s acclaimed 2010 production of Hamlet, on which I was composer, on the day that the NT turns 50 – 22nd October 2013. The production stared Rory Kinnear in the title role and gained numerous five star reviews.

The encore screenings also include Frankenstein directed by Danny Boyle, on which I was music associate with electro duo Underworld and staring Benedict Cumberbatch, which is being shown later in October.

As bonus material leading up to the broadcast, the NT has also released the original programme in PDF form here. Below is the trailer (featuring my score) and some snippets of the soundtrack I released in 2010.

The xx Symphony on BBC iPlayer

It’s been an absolute pleasure working with The xx and BBC Philharmonic Orchestra (conducted by Clark Rundell) along with Radio 1 for The xx Symphony in Bridlington, Yorkshire. Thanks for everyone involved who made it happen – an experience I’ll never forget. I’ve posted some more pictures of the event and rehearsals on my blog here. [update] It’s not available to watch on iPlayer any more although there is a low-res version on Youtube which I’ve linked to on my Listen/Watch page. Hopefully a higher resolution video will surface soon!

Hamlet Trailer

Below is the trailer for Hamlet, now playing at the National Theatre’s Olivier until January and staring Rory Kinnear in the title role. It is being broadcast to cinemas globally on 9th December and will go on a European tour in Feb 2011.

FIVE STAR Reviews for Hamlet

After last night’s press performance of Hamlet at the Royal National Theatre the reviews have been overwhelmingly positive. Very shortly I’ll be putting some of my score up on this site….

“Hamlet” opening for previews..

We’re just about to go into previews for Hamlet at the National Theatre’s Olivier Theatre, where I’ve been working with director Sir Nicholas Hytner. Later in the year, Hamlet will also be broadcast live to cinemas around the world on 9th December as part of the National’s second NT Live season… and subsequently go on a European tour.

Much of my score has been recorded with the Iskra String quartet – read more about them on their website.

More information about the production can be found on the Royal National Theatre’s website.

Earthquakes in London NT Trailer

The National Theatre have just released this trailer for Earthquakes in London presently showing in the Cottesloe.. the music is some of my early musical ideas for the show which are now cut, but they’ve come in useful….

We’re currently in previews with press night on August 4th 2010.

News 19/06/2010

Rehearsals are well underway at the Royal National Theatre where I’m doing the music for Earthquakes in London directed by Rupert Goold in a co-production with Headlong Theatre. Previews start in July at the Cottesloe with a run throughout August and September – advance tickets have already sold out but more dates will be added soon.

I’ve also written two pieces for the Out of the Piano concert at the Cochrane Theatre in Holburn on 20th June – I’m honoured to be working with two wonderful vocalists (and Musical Theatre royalty!), Rebecca Caine and Valerie Cutko. After the concert I am hoping to put some studio recordings of the pieces up onto this site.

In other news I’ve yet again been working on a series of quirky pieces for high street giant Lush, again I hope to put some examples in my audio section soon.

Last but not least I’ve been working on short film Grow, which will be out later this year.

Doritos “Taste The Passion”

Working with Love Love Films and Perception Pictures, I composed this entry for the Doritos “King Of Ads” 2010. Directed by Anit Bashar and Produced by Georgina Hurcombe.

“Schools of Thought” 3 x 60min Documentary

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.