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I worked on this a couple of months ago – I am a bit behind on keeping things up to date due to various significant personal things going on (getting married being one of them woop woop!) so just putting it up:

Derek Best of Nickelodeon fame asked me to produce a bit of music and sound design for a Nick Toons advert – we tried a couple of different options but the vibes of my dubstep versions were a bit too heavy so Derek found this lovely bit of Ballet by Delibes (Coppelia) and instructed me to mash it up a bit.

I started by chopping up the track into individual notes in my sampler, then constrained it to tempo, chopped it up more, programmed a load of drums, did a tempo ramp for the finale, added more drums, and boom: classical music for the kids with a bunch of childishly wonderful farts, burps, zaps and swooshes added for good measure.  Enjoy!

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Carling are using a piece of my music on their new ‘Trick Shot’ Campaign.  Thanks Eclectic Music for putting it forward!  It was mixed and finished off at the lovely Factory Studios by Anthony and is on air as we speak – have a look:

‘Evolution on the Outside, Revolution on the Inside’

Well I am sure that is the case… anyway I was asked by BBH / Rogue Films to record this car, going at 205mph on a rolling road somewhere near Manchester in a freezing garage.  I went on to mix the multitrack iso recordings and add some sound design and this is the finished result:

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I recorded the car with 6 different mics to capture different flavours of the engine: a dpa 4061 close to each exhaust on the chassis, a contact mic on the gearbox, an EV re20 under the floor (good for bass), and a mid-side pair of schoeps about 2/3 metres back from the car (far enough to avoid the heat) on a mic stand.  Everything had a -20db attenuator inline between the mic and the Sound Devices recorder.

Here’s Minnie my dog checking the kit list the day before:

minnieThanks to Minnie the shoot was a success other than cutting my hand on the chassis and one of my mics getting frazzled.

I worked on the sound design from my studio in Tooting, adding some details and using various plugins including Aphex Aural Exciter and Sountoys Decapitator to give the engine as much punch as possible.  I went to finish the online and tv mixes at the lovely Pure Soho and took stems to James Saunders at Jungle for the cinema mix, he’s got one of the nicest rooms in town and one of the best pairs of ears too, have a look at them here:

saundersMuch appreciation to producer Richard Adkins, creatives Olly Courtney & Tom Evans at BBH for getting me involved.  The film was directed by Mark Jenkinson from Rogue Films – look out for the tv cut and the cinema versions coming to a screen near you soon…

Sam Brock and I picked up an arrow at the BTAAs last night for The Guadian’s ‘Three Little Pigs’.  Was a great night and was nice to have our work recognised as I thought some of the other work nominated was fantastic.

Here’s the advert if you haven’t seen it:

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So, a bit of radio silence recently but I have been away and also… I have been working at the lovely Factory Studios for the last few weeks – one of their engineers Anthony Moore took on a big project and they needed an extra pair of hands.

Last week I took over a job from Sam Robson for BBH and St. John Ambulance – cue a fair amount of music editing and a lot of to and fro-ing over the stuff at the end, and voila, a truly harrowing but worthwhile job.

It’s been one of the fiercest things I have had to work on, but its got a pretty strong message so I figure it’s a good one, check it out:

It was directed by Benito Montorio, created by Dan Morris and Charlene Chandrasekaran, and produced by Matt Towell – nice one everyone, and thanks Factory for getting me involved!

I just won an award for sound design on the Guardian advert I worked on with Sam Brock from BBH!

Strictly speaking it’s silver but I am pretty pleased about it… it was a great project to work on and I am extremely grateful to Sam Brock and Davud Karbassioun at BBH for getting me involved.

If you don’t know what the Cannes Lions are, have a look here.

Directed by Ringan Ledwidge from Rattling Stick and written by Matt Fitch and Mark Lewis at BBH, its a cinematic twist on a well known fable, check it out if you haven’t seen it already: