James Cottriall Live at DIF 2011

I discovered this newly published video from a few years back, from a concert we played on the main stage at the Vienna Donauinsel Festival, June 2011. At the time we were promoting James Cottriall’s debut album, ‘Sincerely Me’, a collection of easy going feel good pop songs. We still play occasionally with JC, but I am no longer his bandleader as he is promoting himself more now as a solo performer in the UK and USA.

More info about James at his website, www.jamescottriall.com.

Orange Moon

Over the last few months I’ve been working in cooperation with Orange Moon Marketing, a branding and corporate design agency based in Vienna, Austria. I’ve been busy composing and editing music for a series of corporate and promotional films that Orange Moon have produced, watch this space for more details.

This video is for Orange Moon’s newly launched website, which can be found here.

 

Esrever

Director Tim Glover (USA) commissioned me to score his recent short film, ‘Esrever’, a thriller in reverse (with a twist). The brief was to compose a soundtrack which was equal parts bleak and haunting, as the story featured the last hours of a suicidal depressive.

Due to budget contraints, no ‘real’ instrumentation was used on the recording, instead I produced the soundtrack using synths and plugin sample libraries to the best effect.

Prebirth – The Eternal War

In summer I scored the soundtrack to Prebirth – The Eternal War,
an otherworldly thriller directed by Josh Jackson & Brian M. Tang about angels and demons battling over unborn souls.

Following in depth discussions with the director, I began by scoring a few musical themes for the characters, motifs that supported their emotional state, then combined it with a sound palette that reinforced the connection between the two worlds. I used a fair amount of bespoke sound design; choir manipulation, drum builds, some electric guitar (courtesy of Patrick O.Beck), to pack a punch at certain key points, remaining in close contact with the directors throughout to ensure my score supported their creative vision and met their expectations.

The score was mixed and mastered at Studio Kroess, Vienna by Kurt Richter (Sound Distillery).

Der Fall Wilhelm Reich

This is my entry into the annual Austrian Film Music competition 2014, organised by the Wiener Komponistenbund (Viennese Composer Society). The film clip minus score was made available to entrants who were given a relatively short amount of time to compose an original soundtrack.

Suffice to say, I didn’t win, but I am really pleased with how the music turned out. Special mention to the following musicians who recorded for me at rather short notice:

Michael Kröß: Contrabass
Simon Schellnegger: Viola
Richie WInkler: Saxophone

And of course a special thank you to Michael Kröß and Kurt Richter (engineer) for the studio.