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!
I wrote some music and did the sound design and mix for a couple of films for Nick Junior recently, and having just filled up a skiff with modular synth stuff I tried to jam as much analogue synth noise into the music as possible. Here’s my synth setup for any geeks who care:
Anyone who knows me personally knows I have a bit of a synth addiction… some like their cars, well… synths are much better and they don’t depreciate.
I should cut to the chase, this film is written and directed by the most awesome Kim Majkut and Akin Akinsiku at Nickelodeon UK, and the lovely animation is by Pierre+Bertrand from Not To Scale. It’s a beauty so have a look:
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!
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:
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…