I have recently completed my Suite for Prepared Piano, started during a weekend in composing isolation at The Tractor Shed. The preparation for these pieces is fairly light — brass bolts are inserted between 14 strings, creating bell-like tones; blue tack is laid on several others, giving a plucked, stopped sound; most other notes sound as normal. The nine movements come to around 15 minutes, each one lasting between 45 seconds and several minutes.
I was lucky enough to have the wonderful pianist Kamilla Arku record the suite on a lovely Bluthner at Alice’s Loft studio. Engineering at this beautiful space were owner Denise Mangiardi, engineer Joe Wensley and assistant Antonio, who not only did a fantastic job but made the whole experience relaxed and enjoyable.
Kamilla will be performing this Suite next February in a concert series in London, so watch this space….
My Friend the Polish Girl in Bright Future Competition
Last week I finished the last bit of music for My Friend the Polish Girl, a first feature film by Ewa Banaszkiewicz and Mateusz Dymek. Tonight it premieres at Rotterdam Film Festival, in the Bright Future Competition. I enjoyed creating an electronic, minimalist score for this film. Best of luck and sorry I couldn't join you in Rotterdam Ewa and Mateusz!
Last day of the sound mix at the fantastic Twickenham studios last week, and the film is all finished. Here I am with the wonderful Francesco Iannuzzelli (oud) and Omar Saad (viola) at Crypt studios recording the music.
I really enjoyed working on this beautiful with director Ashtar Al Khirsan, editor Tracey Granger and sound mixer Doug Woodward. Looking forward to seeing it on the big screen!