Ready for Pride month, there is a new trailer for March for Dignity, the film I finished scoring earlier in the year. It will be shown as Tbilisi’s contribution to Global Pride , a worldwide online event in place of pride marches, on 27 June.
I have several tracks on the newly released Cinematic Choir albums, produced by Cavendish Music. This was my first time writing production music, and it was such a great project to work on – I was really given free creative reign!
The music was recorded by the Latvian Radio Choir in Riga (I was on my composing residency at the Britten Foundation so listened in remotely) and by Shards in London.
The release consists of three albums — Odyssey, Rituals and First Contact. For the latter I composed Gold on the Horizon and Floating Hordes, where I layered various phrases and motifs, sometimes digitally manipulated, to create eerie, otherworldly textures and atmosphere.
Just before lockdown I finished the music for a fantastic new feature documentary, March for Dignity, directed by John Eames. The film follows a group of activists trying to organise a Pride march in Tbilisi, Georgia, where they face constant and sometimes dangerous opposition.
For the score I recorded live trumpet, strings and drums.
For the third time Mark Kermode will play some of my music on his film music show on Scala Radio. Today, Saturday 22 February, 1-3pm, available for a week online.
Mark plays film classics, current cinema score releases and also champions less-known composers (like me!) A few weeks ago he played two cues from Poppies and today it’s two mostly electronic tracks, ‘Lost in London’ from My Friend the Polish Girl and ‘Penny’ from Crocodile.
On 6 February there is a screening of I Do Not Want to Smoke, a fascinating short film by Steven Sheil. Towards the end of last year I composed a solo piano score for the film, which is based on a Soviet script, published in 1936 but never produced.
The unprecedented ‘war on smoking’ unleashed in early Soviet Russia combined anti-tobacco propaganda with innovative cessation therapies. One of the most distinctive methods developed by the Soviet state to combat smoking and cultivate healthy habits and behaviours was film hypnotherapy.
I Do Not Want to Smoke brings to life one of the world’s first experiments in using the cinema as a means of psychotherapeutic treatment. The film showcases the techniques used to educate the public about the dangers of nicotine and to impart mass suggestions about smoking cessation.
Funded by the Wellcome Trust, I Do Not Want to Smoke sheds light on the intersection between cinematic technology, medicine, and programmes of mind/body transformation.
Steven produced & directed IDNWTS with Dr Anna Toropova, a Wellcome Trust Research Fellow at the University of Nottingham, who will introduce it in Bristol as part of a project called Life Of Breath.
6 February 2020, 5.30 PM – 6 February 2020, 6.30 PM, Room G5, 3-5 Woodland Road, Bristol, BS8 1TB
I recently scored a new short film, I do not Want to Smoke, by filmmaker Steven Sheil, who worked with medical historian Anna Toropova from the University of Nottingham on the script. This fascinating Welcome Trust funded film is based on a script for a Russian medical film from the 1930s which was initially intended to show how hypnosis could be used to cure people from the urge to smoke.
The film called for solo piano music for its score, which ranged from minimalist to Russian nationalist influenced. I asked the fantastic Kamilla Arku to record the piano part.
I was thrilled to have a couple of cues from my music to Seahorse played on the Mark Kermode show last Saturday, 7th September. He played and discussed A Positive Result and The Long Wait, which were written for two separate scenes dealing with Freddy’s pregnancy tests. Mark Kermode hosts a fantastic show on Scala Radio, all on film music, and I made some great new discoveries.
The show is available to listen online for a few more days here and my cues are about 12 minutes in, although I have to say I was pretty chuffed to hear at the start of the programme “I’ll be playing music from Bernard Hermann…Mica Levi and Tara Creme”
Great news from Poland! My Friend the Polish Girl has received the Grand Prix at this Film Festival for debut films. A massive and deserved well done to directors Ewa Banaszkiewicz and Mateusz Dymek who were there to pick up their award, and also to Michal Dymek who picked up best cinematography. Next stop for the film is a UK release from July 19th.