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Imagine is a series of documentaries directed and presented by Alan Yentob, creative director at the BBC.  I wrote the music for the title sequences, all featuring animation by Bold Creative.  The music before the title sequence on the link is not mine, it’s the pencil drawn animation bit so keep watching past the guitar intro.

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I was lucky enough to be able to get the immensely talented Oliver Coates (cello) and Ruth Palmer (violin) involved – and I got to record them at the rather fancy Strongroom studios in Shoreditch.

This is a real golden oldie, directed by Team Stush at Partizan back in 2006… half of them got food poisoning in the making of this.

I took the classic track ‘Hooray For Hollywood’ and remixed it adding a squelchy bass and some extra drums.  Then I sampled the end of the track and automated the end point of the loop in Kontakt (sampler) until it became a pitched note, finally squawking to a finish as the fruit dance enters the can. Add sfx et voila!  If that didn’t make sense, watch the film and that should clear things up.

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This film was part of a series of films imagined and directed by Jane Laffey at Nickelodeon.  I wrote the music and did the sound design and mix – it was a real pleasure to work on such inspiring stuff.

The voice is a recording of a kid and their true story, captured by Bold Creative and then animated to bring it to life.  The film was recognised with a Bafta and Promax Gold award, testament to a great bit of film making!

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I did the sound design for this short animation many moons ago for Olly Courtney (when he was at MTV).

I seem to remember we had less than two hours to make the soundtrack, so I grabbed a few rough tunes that I was writing at the time, sped them up beyond musical recognition, chopped them in, added a load of scrunching sweet wrappers for foley, a few sound effects of apples crunching and vines growing, stuck Olly’s voice through a Roland vp9000, et voila!  Sometimes having no time to think and chew on things can produce great stuff.  It can also mean you end up with a load of crap, just very quickly… anyway you be the judge:

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This promo was directed by Derek Best at Nickelodeon and animated in house I think.  I wrote the track for this with the multi-talented Simon Thompson, with chopped up vocals from Amanda Moocha.  Most of the drum hits were from the ‘Driven Machine Drums’ collection, with bassline courtesy of my SH-101:

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Them kids love to dance… I liked this track lots, but before Simon got to work on the vocals it weren’t nuthin special – a bit of collaboration can go a long way.  Btw the end voice-over is Lewis McLeod in one of his many guises…