Hey All, So, a short I contributed some music to last year has had a couple of screenings lately. Andrew Serban’s West Side Girl was shown at the Screen Actors Guild Short Film Showcase in New York last month and also at the Hoboken International Film Festival this week just passed.
So to mark these screenings I thought I’d revisit the piece of music I contributed and do a little remix - purely for fun. A great man once said: “Sometimes I like to have fun”.
I’ve also added a recent commissions sidebar and a post production page – including a short video promo I did some work on for 14C. Check it out.
My other news is that there will be a private screening of Lover Boy at the Glasgow Film Theatre this month. If you are on facebook you can check out the event page here. That page has all the details of how to request a seat.
Douglas King has made a short excerpt from Data Entry available online:
So I just bought tickets for Goblin at the Arches next February. Cannot wait! It’s just one of an awesome line up of events at Glasgow Music & Film Festival 2011. The 2011 line up really looks amazing so I’d advise you check it out. I’ll also be heading along to see performances of Paul Giovanni’s Wicker Man score and a tribute to the one and only Ennio Morricone. Since I’m trying to cut down on my swear words I’m going to describe the line up of events as “chuffing tailor made”. Anyways – one of my favourite Goblin tracks below:
Next week filming continues on my current project (see previous post). I’ve started demoing some music and think it could work out really well. I’m also enjoying getting back into location sound and all the techie stuff involved with that sort of thing. I’ll hopefully get some photos up soon…
All of this is based on the assumption that I don’t get completely addicted to the new Call of Duty game…My long suffering friend Paul and I shamelessly went along to HMV to get it at midnight…I know, I know…
So I had a wee birthday at the end of August (sorry this post is so overdue…I am trying my best to blog once a week) and I managed to add a few gems to my CD collection.
1. The Best Of Lone Wolf & Cub: Kideakira Sakurai & Kunihiko Murai
I managed to get my hands on this collection of some of the scores from the six babycart films. Sadly its not completely comprehensive, but most of the memorable tracks are here. I particularly enjoy the battle music from Babycart to Hades (see video below) and Babycart in Peril as well as some of the underscores from the quieter moments of the series. Some of you will know Shogun Assassin, which was in actual fact a compilation of the action sequences from the first two films with a new voiceover and to my memory had a new electronic score (feel free to correct me on that if I’m wrong). It’s my personal opinion that Shogun Assassin did the series a great discredit. Anyways, please enjoy The Wolf Howls in the Wilds from the climactic battle from Babycart to Hades.
2. Navajo Joe: Ennio Morricone
Many thanks to my older brother for buying me this. What can I say? It’s Morricone, it’s from a spaghetti western, it’s from a Corbucci western. There’s pretty much nothing about this I don’t love. I look forward to going about my daily business singing “Navajo Joe Na-va-jo JOEEEEEEEE” for the next 6 – 12 months. Awesome! I’ve included a video of A Silhouette of Doom, which is arguably a precursor to Morricone’s Strength of the Righteous, which features on the Brian De Palma remake of The Untouchables.
3. Deadwood: Various
Deadwood is arguably one of HBO’s finest productions and is still sorely missed by many, if not all of its fanbase. One of the many things done very well on the show was both it’s original music (composed by Michael Brook/David Schwartz/Heil & Kleimek) and the choice of commercial tracks which were picked for each shows closing credits. This is a mix of those original compositions and highlights from the commercial tracks used throughout. It hasn’t arrived yet I’m afraid, but please check out one of my favourite pieces from the series below: Michael Brooks Arriving in Deadwood.
Ok I spent all day getting this portfolio back up and running - so I thought I might as well commit and do the whole social media thing too. You will see on your right that I have the Tumblr, RSS and Twitter logos as well as a Twitter feed a wee bit down the page. That’s right…oh yes..I joined Twitter! I was sceptical at first but I have decided that it can be an excellent networking tool and I should really be looking to take advantage of it. Anyway all you Twitter users can follow me if you like - I will try to keep the updates about what I ate for breakfast to a minimum… I have also added some new music to the music page as well as uploaded part of the score from Lover Boy! In case anyone ends up reading this way in the future and said score excerpt is not recent and therefore not in the recent commissions sidebar, I shall also include it in this post! Lovely.
Can’t wait for the full cast and crew screening at the GFT on May 28th! Stuart x
The trailer for Max Swinton’s latest short, Lover Boy, is now available to watch online! I’m not going to pretend that I wrote Ode to Joy or anything…However we did some cool sound design for the trailer. I hope you enjoy it! You can also “like” the film on popular online stalking aid Facebook by clicking the wee box underneath.
Yesterday evening was the cast & crew screening for Data Entry, a short film by Glasgow filmmaker Douglas King. Your humble narrator was the dub mixer for said short film and it was great to see it on the big screen. Click the photo to be taken to the films Facebook page if social networking is your thing! So I’ve not updated this for ages because I’ve been doing actual work – some dubbing, some sound design and some composition stuff. All very enjoyable stuff and hopefully the results will be online/linkable/viewable/listenable soon. Only a short update today, as there were drinks and dancing after the cast and crew screening…and now my brain is very, very sore. More blogtastic blogging coming soon! S.xx
So again I am sloppy with the updates, what can I say? I am a bad friend. I am looking forward to starting work on a new independent short directed by my good friend Max Swinton, (his previous short Mr Pike, can be viewed here). I can’t disclose any of the details right now, but I’m excited about working on the project.
So since I’ve been talking about a lot of film/tv works lately, it’s probably time for another video…Since it was Filmfour’s epic star trek weekend not so long ago (I’m not ashamed, I love a bit of Star Trek), I thought I’d put up one of the musical highlights. I love this piece by James Horner, for me it totally encapsulates the whole feel of the Wrath of Khan, which we all know is probably the best Trek movie. Brilliant stuff.
I was recently advised by a good friend that it is apparently “totally ok” to blog about various things that I love from the world of film and television music in the same place as I endlessly try to promote my own freelance music services (while we’re on the subject my warmest thanks to her for that website related counsel). So for this glorious blogtastic blogging debut I’d like to share something from cult movie favourites Goblin, well more specifically a one minute piano piece from their soundtrack to George A. Romero’s Dawn of the Dead. Oddly enough, depending what cut of the film you are lucky enough to see, this piece may or may not appear in the film. For me however, it perfectly captures the futility of the film’s four protagonists’ attempts to segregate themselves from the post-apocalyptic world which they inhabit. Wonderful. S.x