I posted an intro on the 'introduce weekend' recently and Karen Ross suggested I share what I posted here in the composing lounge. So I thought I'd introduce myself properly.
I've been a composer for 30 yrs, first 20 in games and last 10 in film, tv too. Games were all encompassing, projects' could take years and have hours of content, my co-writer and I were first noticed by film & tv guys when we'd be doing orchestral sessions mid 00's and they'd say 'this is for a game? You guys should do Film & TV!'. We tried, but tbh failed, largely because we ascribed the same business mentality we'd learned in games, turns out they're wildly different. A decade ago we got contacted by folks who'd played games we'd scored as kids, who were now making their own Film/TV project and asked if we'd like to score it. This was our way in, helped by a paradigm shift in how games were seen. Hoorah!
Our output's pretty eclectic, film folks seemed to like the gaming lens we'd view their project through, something I thought was a negative is now viewed as a plus, hoorah! We're contemporary acoustic composers, love world music and mixing shit up. We've got a couple of features out this year, Hating Peter Tatchell (w. Ian McKellen & Stephen Fry), and 'Me, Myself and Di' (w. Lucy Pinder & Katy Clayton). The former recording a string section individually during lockdown was an eye-opening experience and the latter our first colliery brass band. on TV, 'Dead Pixels' has just aired S2 on E4 in the UK (in the US on the CW later this year). The gamer comedy had a ton of fantasy music, retro 8 & 16-bit game cues and even a live orchestral theme tune sung by the cast, was most fun.
On a personal note, I'm a HUGE sci-fi nerd, (from Blakes 7 to The Expanse, fave show B5) but I've not had much chance to score it, largely because we hit a fruitful vein with our fantasy scores to MediEvil and have ridden the wave ever since - see below - if anyone's working on it, I'd be most up for assisting ;-)
Karen suggested I share the little film about us I put on the introducing me weekend so I'll leave with that. "MediEvil" is Sony's macabre gothic fantasy PlayStation series, a franchise we've scored since 1998. Last summer Sony America asked if we'd like to make a little film about our work on the music since the latest MediEvil for the PS4 was going to be free on PSNow that Halloween. We, along with Sony, the games developers, the RPO, musical friends and a video production team had great fun making it, I hope you enjoy it too. Thanks for reading!
Barn (wot everyone knows me as!)