Category Archives: Sound Design

Streetcar Named Desire jazz soundtrack released

I’ve just released an album consisting of much of my score heard in A Streetcar Named Desire from the sold out Young Vic production. It can be listened to online below or downloaded from Bandcamp here.

Featuring Mark Kavuma (Trumpet), Ruben Fox (Tenor Sax), Giacomo Smith (Clarinet), Jason Simpson (Upright Bass) and myself on Piano, Mellotron, Moog and Hammond.

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The Young Vic / National Theatre have also just released the trailer for the forthcoming NT Live broadcast of Streetcar on September 16th. The music used is from my piece “Number Six Thirty-Two” (the number of Stella and Stanley’s apartment in Elysian Fields New Orleans).

Hamlet at Manchester Royal Exchange staring Maxine Peake

Very pleased to have just started rehearsals for Hamlet at the Manchester Royal Exchange directed by Sarah Frankcom, with Maxine Peake playing the iconic role of Hamlet. I last collaborated with Sarah and Maxine on the hugely successful Masque of Anarchy at the Manchester International Festival last year.

For more information, visit the Royal Exchange website here.

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Five Star reviews for “A Streetcar Named Desire” at the Young Vic which will be broadcast to cinemas for NT Live on 16th September 2014

Thrilled that the production of A Streetcar Named Desire, on which I was composer, has opened to some brilliant reviews. Directed by Benedict Andrews, and staring Gillian Anderson, the show opened this week at the Young Vic after previews last week.

Working alongside sound designer Paul Arditi, the music is a mixture of dark jazz, orchestral electronics and moog-infused Polkas (along with an eclectic soundtrack of rock music). I’ll be putting an album of the score up very shortly, which includes the brilliant talents of Mark Kavuma (trumpet), Ruben Fox (saxophone), Giacomo Smith (clarinet), Jason Simpson (upright bass) and myself on piano, hammond, moog and percussion.

It was recorded and mixed at my own studio in London. Set in the round with an almost constantly spinning revolve, reviewers have commented on the raw, visceral quality of the production. The Telegraph, Observer and the Evening Standard gave five star reviews, with many saying Gillian Anderson gives the performance of her career. The Sunday Times has written -

“Benedict Andrews’s direction has some powerful pluses.. Alex Baranowski’s music is a powerful accompaniment, from dreamy ambient to Southern grunge, and the production also uses well-known songs to great effect”

With the entire production being sold out in a matter of hours, there is also the exciting news that the play will be broadcast live to cinemas as part of NT Live on 16th September worldwide (with some encore screenings afterwards). For more information click here.

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“A Streetcar Named Desire” at the Young Vic

Pleased to announce I’ll be the composer for A Streetcar Named Desire at the Young Vic in July 2014 directed by Benedict Andrews, staring Gillian Anderson, Vanessa Kirby and Ben Foster. Excited to be collaborating again with sound designer Paul Arditi on the iconic play by Tennessee Williams. Lighting is by Jon Clark and design by Magda Willi.

The show is already sold out (apparently one of the fastest selling shows in the Young Vic’s history) but day seats and returns will be available on the Young Vic’s website here.

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“Fathers and Sons” at the Donmar

Very pleased to have just started rehearsals for Fathers and Sons at the Donmar, directed by Lyndsey Turner (who recently won the Best Director Olivier for “Chimerica”). Written by Brian Friel, and based on the novel by Ivan Turgenev, previews start on the 5th June 2014. I am composer for the production, collaborating with Sound Designer Carolyn Dowling (who also just won an Olivier Award for her work on “Chimerica”). The designer is Rob Howell, and lighting by James Farncombe.

I’ve been collaborating again with brilliant cellist Peter Gregson (who previously performed on my scores to McCullin and Kes as well as numerous others).

For more information about the production, visit the Donmar’s site here.

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Tony Award nomination “Best Sound Design of a Play” for The Cripple of Inishmaan

Overjoyed to have been nominated for a Tony award for my work on the Cripple of Inishmaan which opened at The Cort Theatre, Broadway earlier this month. I was composer and sound designer on the production which was nominated for six Tony’s – including best director (Michael Grandage), best design (Christopher Oram), best lighting (Paule Constable), best actress (Sarah Greene) and best revival of a play. The awards are on 8th June.

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The Cripple of Inishmaan opens on Broadway

Very happy that the production of The Cripple of Inishmaan directed by Michael Grandage has opened at the Cort Theatre on Broadway, New York. Following a sell out run in London’s West End last year I’m thrilled to be working on the production again, which stars Daniel Radcliffe and Sarah Greene (who was nominated for an Olivier for the role).

The reviews have been overwhelmingly positive…

“Set and costume designer Christopher Oram creates vivid images of human life as it’s lived on this limestone rock in the middle of the sea. Hearing the crashing waves and the eerie cries of seabirds and the mournful folk music supplied by composer and sound designer Alex Baranowski, it’s easy to understand how the intolerable loneliness of the place has worked its way into Billy’s bones.” (Variety)

Judging by the reviews, designer Christopher Oram and composer Alex Baranowski could well feature alongside Grandage and Radcliffe when the Tony nominations are announced next week.” (The Guardian)

I’ve already posted snippets of the score after the London run, which also can be heard here -