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This was directed by Chris Cairns for the danish Agency, ‘Thankyou’.  Chris and I have collaborated on quite a few musical projects over the years but this one was a bit different – the final work was always going to be written by Trentemoller (check out his stuff if you haven’t heard it, it’s brilliant).

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Initially I wrote a skeleton track for Chris so that we could time out which order his storyboards would be cut.  Mr Cairns’ idea was to link certain groups or individuals within the film with parts of the track, so with this in mind I created clear themes in the drums, bass and lead parts that would work with certain mechanisms within the film.  This initial skeleton was then passed on to Anders Trentemoller so he would have a template for the visual edit when composing the final music.

During post production and as I built the sound design elements within the film, the visual effects team (Time Based Arts) and I shared our work constantly.  This process helped generate some of the effects that were created, in particular the style of the digital reduction of the dancers.  A lot of the effects I made were using the Sonalksis bit crushing plugin amongst others, and the new GRM Tools plugins that came out in 2011 – they are quite obscure and can produce some fairly nasty sounds!

Aside from working on the sound design on this film and helping produce the music with drummer Will Clark, vocalists the Foreign Beggars and the Scratch Perverts, I have a cameo part as the audio technician… check out the hair (ok it was a while ago).

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Directed by Chris Cairns and produced by Bonnie Anthony at Partizan, this film was a true labour of love and well worth it.

Check out this fairly odd remix for shits ‘n’ giggles (nothing to do with me I hasten to add).

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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My sound track for this mood film for Nike (directed by Saam Farahmand) is made of very low frequency stuff so turn it up or stick your cans on.  Most of the sound was created by playing a couple of hardware keyboards live to picture, fairly heavily distorted, with lots of automated plugin effects to create the movement, and an LFO on a low resonant bass sound, with several passes being mixed with eachother.

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I edited/compiled this radio advert from a script proposed by the advertising agency, BBH.  I was supplied with party conference speeches from the three main heads of uk government parties, Gordon Brown, David Cameron and Nick Clegg.  I then began the arduous task of picking through these hour long recordings looking for random words to make up the script… but even with all this material, some of the words had to be built from individual syllables in the edit to make the audio work.  Have a listen, I think the end result was a success, it got recognised with a monthly Aerial award too, which is nice…