I'm delighted to announce a new album, 'Drama Underscores' is now live. Written exclusively for fabulous production music library No Sheet Music, it will hopefully show a more dramatic side to my music.
Click on the album cover to hear tracks at the No Sheet Music website.
Well, a curse and a blessing really. I realised the other day that my mood is directly tied to the amount of creativity I'm consuming. I previously thought it was tied to stress levels, general contentment etc. It wasn't until I was flicking through Twitter (oh, the irony) and seeing new things being released or created that I noticed my mood physically changing.
I saw some new animation transitions for the next Android OS (see, the curse of the creative brain). I saw the band Lo Moon tweeting and made me think of their debut album I discovered this week. I saw Paddington 2 has been released, really looking forward to seeing that. The Last Jedi deleted scenes? I'll put the kettle on! Oh, and the look and feel of that Blue Zoo animated short 'Via'...it all came out of the brain of concept artist Izzy Burton. How cool is that?
I then saw that Will Belcher of Aardman is nominated for an animation award for Shaun the Sheep. I saw that composer and sound designer Matt Bowdler invited female composers to make an album using his soundsets and sample libraries to celebrate International Women's Day and raise money for Women's Aid.
On top of that I'm busy creating. Two library albums are at the mixing stage and I'm gearing up to release my first Real World Sounds sound pack next week.
So if you need to add a spring to your step today, look around at all the new things being created. You won't have to look very far.
It's always nice to hear how my music is being used. A track of mine 'Float Away' was used in a Channel 5's 'The Yorkshire Vet' last night.
You can see the episode here.
The latest PRS statement to come through had a few nice uses for my music both in the UK and overseas. Notably, 'Blockscape' was used on Crimewatch on BBC1, chuffed about that one particularly!
Here's to more BBC airings of my music ;)
Last September I received a tweet from a harmonica player called Will that said simply 'hey Gareth...be great to compose a harmonica track sometime'. I was aware of Will's standing in the folk world and his pure talent on the harmonica, so it was flattering that he reached out. Within a couple of weeks we'd come up with a bunch of tracks that we thought might suit a production music library.
Fast forward a few months (Will has been touring, I have been busy on a new series), and those tracks have now been assigned to Synctracks in London. We have more unfinished tracks and plans to do more from scratch, but for now here's a snippets reel for you to enjoy. Fingers crossed for some interesting placements!
Every quarter us composers get a statement through from the PRS to tell us where our music has been used. Some interesting ones have popped up this time, including 'No Foreigners Here - 100% British' on Channel 5 and 'Last Call With Carson Daly' on NBC in the US.
It's been a little while since I posted about my own compositions. It's suddenly the end of January - how did that happen? So, since it's dark and cold, how about some New York seventies disco? 'Broadway Strut' is part of a collection living at Jingle Punks production music library in New York, and is available for licensing.
Have a great weekend everyone!
So after Monday's 'bostin' session (Will's words, not mine), the next step for this 'Cinematic Harmonica' production music album is to shape the ideas we came up with and for me to record around Will's amazing melodies and rhythms. It's a time-consuming process, but so far it's sounding fantastic and we already have some library and label interest.
As soon as we are able I'll let you in on a couple of samples. Have a fine Thursday!
Next on the new 'Sleuth' production music playlist is 'Working The Case', percussive, dark and mysterious.
Posts by Gareth Davies.