Ian Arber

Ian Arber

Ian Arber - Composer for Film & Television
Music Composer

London, England

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February 2013
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About Ian

Ian Arber is a composer, known for BBC-Series Quacks (2017), Medici: The Magnificent (2018), I Am Bolt (2016) and My Name Is Lenny (2017). In 2018, Ian scored Sisters of the Wilderness (2018) which won Best Feature Doc at Durban Film Festival; the score was recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London. The same year he also scored theatrical-release coming-of-age drama Scott and Sid (2018) and Zombie-Horror Redcon-1 (2018).

In 2017, Ian scored feature biopic 'My Name is Lenny' starring John Hurt, BBC comedy-drama 'Quacks' and the award-winning documentary After The Screaming Stops (2018). Other notable projects Ian scored include feature documentaries for Olympic legends Usain Bolt (I Am Bolt), and Mo Farah (Mo Farah: No Easy Mile (2016)). He collaborated with Hip-Hop legend Nas on the opening titles to 'I Am Bolt', and co-scored 'Mo Farah: No Easy Mile' with Blur's Dave Rowntree.

In 2015, Ian assisted Hollywood composer Joe Kraemer on his score for Christopher McQuarrie's Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015). He assisted Joe throughout writing, preparation and recording of the score at Abbey Road Studios in London.

Ian is a classically trained cello and piano player. He has a reputation of pushing the boundaries by experimenting with these instruments, as well as other rare and unusual instruments. Ian began studying cello at five years old and then picked up the piano at nine. He was eventually presented with the highest award for both instruments in his teens. Music quickly became an integral part of his life. At the age of 14, Ian took up the bass guitar, followed by electric and acoustic guitar, while performing in orchestras and producing music for rock and jazz bands. It was at this stage that Ian began to experiment with composition and discovered his true passion. Deciding to focus all his efforts on this, Ian subsequently studied music composition and production at the University of Kent, in England.

Ian is represented by SMA Talent Ltd.

Unique traits: Ian is a classically trained cello and piano player. He has a reputation of pushing the boundaries by experimenting with these, as well as other rare and unusual instruments. Not only is he known for using his cello for melodic phrases throughout his scores, but also unique, intricate percussive and atmospheric elements.



  • Cult of the Tiger Mom

    Cult of the Tiger Mom (2019)
    Film Composer

  • Show Me The Picture: The Story of Jim Marshall

    Show Me The Picture: The Story of Jim Marshall (2019)
    Film Composer

  • Medici - The Magnificent

    Medici - The Magnificent (2018)
    Series by Netflix / Jon Cassar & Jan Michelini Co-Composer 1470. Medici's family power has been consolidated over time. Lorenzo is called to take his father's place after an attempt on his life which reveals years of poor bank management from them. As new head of Medici's family he has to take care of his brother Giuliano and his sister Bianca. He marries Clarice Orsini, a noble woman from Rome, and his friendship with Botticelli gives life to Renaissance. His contrast with Pope Sixtus brings Florence to the most bloody moment of its History, the Pazzi conspiracy.

  • Cruel Hearts

    Cruel Hearts (2018)
    Film Composer

  • After The Screaming Stops

    After The Screaming Stops (2018)
    Film Composer

  • Redcon-1

    Redcon-1 (2018)
    Film Composer

  • Sisters of the Wilderness

    Sisters of the Wilderness (2018)
    Film Composer

  • Amy and Sophia

    Amy and Sophia (2017)
    Film Music department

  • Star Wars: Destroyer

    Star Wars: Destroyer (2017)
    Film Music department

  • Spike

    Spike (2017)
    Film Composer

  • Why is the Spotlight on Me?

    Why is the Spotlight on Me? (2017)
    Film Composer

  • My Name Is Lenny

    My Name Is Lenny (2017)
    Film Composer

  • Quacks

    Quacks (2017)
    TV Movie (Comedy) Composer Add a Plot »

  • I Am Bolt

    I Am Bolt (2016)
    Film Music department

  • Mo Farah: Race of His Life

    Mo Farah: Race of His Life (2016)
    TV Movie Music department

  • Mo Farah: No Easy Mile

    Mo Farah: No Easy Mile (2016)
    Film Composer

  • Scott and Sid

    Scott and Sid (2016)
    Film (Drama) Composer From their first encounter as teenagers in high school, Scott and Sid seem unlikely friends. Scott is a shambolic dreamer, intent on carving out his own path in life and holding up a metaphorical middle finger to anyone who tries to stop him. He is a quintessential troubled teen: on his fifth high school by the age of fifteen, alienated from his peers, crippled by recurring nightmares and disliked by his own foster parents. Sid, on the other hand, wants nothing more than to be liked. An unconfident, awkward recluse through circumstance, Sid's impoverished and dysfunctional background leave him no time for friends and no money for hobbies. And then Scott arrives in town, and Sid's whole world is turned upside down, as the pair embark on a journey of Dreamchasing, the personal code that they agree to live by. Through persistence and trust, sharing secrets and testing their faith in each other, Scott and Sid become embroiled in an adventure that leads them through doubts, deprivation and...

  • Jim the Fish

    Jim the Fish (2015)
    Film (Short, Drama and Romance) Composer Lonely Jim 'The Fish' enters the world of internet dating. Naive to technology he falls for a scam that leaves him feeling as empty as his fishing creels. Then, a chance encounter with a fish evokes a new confidence in Jim to seek companionship in a more traditional way.

  • Reunion

    Reunion (2015)
    Film (Action, Horror, Mystery and Thriller) Composer Mia is a mental patient haunted by a disembodied voice who claims to know how to find her missing son. She escapes from the psych ward where she resides, assuming that her child is being held captive at a house occupied by an ex-rock star, Brad, and his friends. Convinced that Brad is her estranged husband responsible for abducting her son, Mia imprisons him and his friends in the house, forcing them into an inescapable nightmare filled with horrifying consequences. As the night progresses and the body count rises, Brad and Mia unearth a dark connection between them that will alter their lives forever. Written by Bert Havird

  • Unto Me

    Unto Me (2015)
    Film (Short) Composer Add a Plot »

  • Nightwing: The Darkest Knight

    Nightwing: The Darkest Knight (2015)
    Film (Short, Action, Adventure and Fantasy) Composer Nightwing returns home to find a close friend of his murdered. On the hunt for answers and justice, Nightwing steps beyond his normal boundaries of control until he is finally forced to confront the person responsible for this horrific crime. Torn between loyalties, Nightwing is forced to fight in order to save his city.

  • Let's Talk Movies

    Let's Talk Movies (2015)
    Television (Talk-Show) Composer Add a Plot »

  • Carpe Diem: European Escapade

    Carpe Diem: European Escapade (2015)
    Film Composer

  • We Love Paleo

    We Love Paleo (2015)
    Film (Documentary) Composer This feature documentary intends to spread the word about Paleo (aka the Caveman diet) and raise public awareness about this healthy alternative to the Standard American/Western Diet (SAD). The film presents the basic tenets of the Paleo movement through the eyes of various characters who have adopted the lifestyle.

  • Before Your Eyes

    Before Your Eyes (2015)
    Film (Short, Drama, Fantasy and Mystery) Composer When given the opportunity to look back on his past, one man is given the chance to change his future.

  • Kidz Time TV

    Kidz Time TV (2015)
    TV Movie (Comedy and Drama) Composer Laura wants an ideal life, she thinks that it will be with Mike, her boss. Foolishly she falls in love with the one man who will never fulfil her dreams. Ben is right there, the perfect man, desperate to tell her he loves her but she is blinded by her infatuation with Mike. There's a point in every girls life when she gives up on frolics, fun and one night stands and looks for Mr Right. Unfortunately for Laura, it's Mr Wrong that's caught her attention. Laura's blinded by her desire for a perfect life, but it all comes crashing down on her in the first episode.

  • Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation

    Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015)
    Film (Action, Adventure and Thriller) Music department CIA chief Hunley (Baldwin) convinces a Senate committee to disband the IMF (Impossible Mission Force), of which Ethan Hunt (Cruise) is a key member. Hunley argues that the IMF is too reckless. Now on his own, Hunt goes after a shadowy and deadly rogue organization called the Syndicate.

  • We Love Paleo (Feature)

    We Love Paleo (Feature) (2015)
    Documentary Composer

  • The Window

    The Window (2014)
    Film (Crime, Mystery and Thriller) Composer Nelson has a vivid nightmare of a woman being murdered and discovers that this is the beginning of a string of actual serial murders. To clear up this disturbing mystery, he pursues the serial killer to find out why he is haunting his dreams. Written by Anonymous

  • Time Baristas

    Time Baristas (2014)
    Video (Short, Comedy and Drama) Composer Ryan, a dedicated law student and his best friend/roommate, Evan. After many failed attempts to fix a broken coffeemaker, Evan finally commits to repairing it once and for all, using a not so even blend of engineering skills and weed.That evening upon Ryan's return they try out their restored appliance to find it not only makes a strong cup of coffee, but also has the ability to transport them a full week into the past. Written by Time Traveler

  • Olive Green

    Olive Green (2014)
    Film (Action, Crime and Drama) Music department Running away from her past, Olive Green, a dashing professional art thief, takes on a job of stealing an impressionist masterpiece from the private house of a British collector. But the security systems are the least of her problems, as she will have to deal with dangerous, high-profile criminals, as well as her own ill-fated love. Will Olive succeed in fixing the mess she got herself into? Written by Natalia Stolarska

  • Leaving Stockholm

    Leaving Stockholm (2014)
    Film (Short and Drama) Sound department Leaving Stockholm is a mockumentary that explores the fictional story of a teenage girl, Helen, who was abducted as a child and kept captive for eight years. The film concentrates on her life two years after her release, and her rehabilitation back into her old life. In a reunion that should have led to a happy ending, reality takes another turn when the aftermath of Helen's abduction leaves many conflicts and unresolved issues in play between Helen and her mother. Her mother, Rosalind, recognizes the fragility in Helen that no one else sees, and as a means of protecting her daughter, is against making the documentary. The film builds to a climax when Helen's kidnapper hangs himself in prison, and leaves Helen the house in which he kept her captive. Written by Zein Kurdi

  • Samsung Product Adverts

    Samsung Product Adverts (2014)
    Television Composer

  • Citizen

    Citizen (2014)
    Television Composer

  • Kia

    Kia (2014)
    Film (short) Composer

  • The Window (Feature)

    The Window (Feature) (2014)
    Film by Steve Spel Composer

  • The Burden

    The Burden (2013)
    Film (Short, Action and Adventure) Composer Santana is the greatest biological weapon developed by the US government. A man that not only can give disease to any person he comes in contact with, but he can take and cure those same diseases. When he is a young boy, the government discovers his unique abilities. They create an accident and steal him from his family. Over the next several years of his life, he is trained as an operative for a secret government agency. After being sent out on a few missions, Santana's conscience takes over. He realizes that the government is involved in unsavory ventures. Santana uses the skills he has acquired to elude his captors. Santana chooses to use his abilities to right the wrongs of everyday people. He is often found roaming the halls of hospitals, healing the undeserving injuries and diseases. He is also found in back alleys giving disease to common criminals, with a catchphrase of "You like to prey on the weak and helpless, it's time for you to feel weak and helpless." General Ramos is ...

  • On Letting Go

    On Letting Go (2013)
    Video (Short, Drama, Family and Romance) Composer In a loveless marriage, a woman devises a unique way to bring intimacy back to the relationship. In this emotional telling of an urban myth, we watch a family come together for the last time.

  • Dandruff

    Dandruff (2013)
    Film (Short, Comedy, Drama and Mystery) Music department A movie producer, with mental and emotional issues, attempts to make a hit film.

  • 2 Bad

    2 Bad (2013)
    Film (short) Composer

  • The Hole

    The Hole (2013)
    Film (short) Composer

  • The Burden (Feature)

    The Burden (Feature) (2013)
    Film Composer

  • The Choices We Make

    The Choices We Make (2013)
    Film (short) Composer

  • Ambulance

    Ambulance (2013)

  • Changing Hands Feature

    Changing Hands Feature (2012)
    Film (Action, Crime and Drama) Composer Sometimes the origin of a gun is a dubious journey. What goes around, comes around. Such a true statement in every effect. Changing Hands tells the story of a gun, and the path it takes on its journey through different hands. From stolen roots, to unscrupulous trades, to robberies and assaults, this film follows the twists and turns of the travels of the gun through a thrilling path. The directorial debut of veteran actor Scott L. Schwartz, Changing Hands is a compelling tale of fate told in an extremely unique way. Join Kevin Sorbo, Antonio Fargas, Eddie Jemison, Erika Eleniak, Scott L. Schwartz, Dan Roebuck, Vernon Wells, and a whole slew of other great stars, as you have never seen them before, in this thrilling Journey. Written by Anonymous

  • The Million Pound Drop Live

    The Million Pound Drop Live (2011 - 2012)
    Television (Game-Show) Sound department Contestants are provided with a million pounds in cash to start but must answer a series of multiple-choice questions correctly in order to leave with any of it.

  • Trust Us with Your Life

    Trust Us with Your Life (2012)
    Television (Comedy) Miscellaneous Crew A group of several comedians improv stories based on memories from celebrities' past.

  • Changing Hands (Feature)

    Changing Hands (Feature) (2012)
    Film Composer

  • Carpe Diem (Feature)

    Carpe Diem (Feature) (2012)
    Film Composer

  • Young, Dumb and Living Off Mum

    Young, Dumb and Living Off Mum (2011)
    Television Sound department Can parents of extremely spoilt teenagers reverse their years of indulging and mollycoddling? Can they fast track their over-protected brats into fully functioning, independent adults using real life challenges in just a few weeks? We're about to find out... Welcome to "Your Kid" a fresh and bold series where indulgent parents try to fast-track their inept and pampered teenagers into the real world. Eight teenagers who've been waited on hand and foot all their lives will compete against each other in tough challenges set by their parents to drag them kicking and screaming into adulthood. Then their pampering parents will get together to argue, plead and vote on who should stay and who is such a hopeless case they should leave the show. The winner will get the chance to actually, as well as figuratively, spread their wings, with an amazing round-the-world trip, which will mark their big step into the real world. And after a teary farewell to their parents at the airport gate, they'll ... Written by Monkey Kingdom

  • Mock the Week

    Mock the Week (2011)
    Television (Comedy and Game-Show) Miscellaneous Crew A comedic look at current events.

  • To Save One's Self

    To Save One's Self (2011)
    Film (short) Composer

  • Changing Hands

    Changing Hands (2010)
    Film (Action, Drama and Thriller) Music department What goes around, comes around; such a true statement in every effect. 'Changing Hands' tells the story of a gun, and the path it takes on its journey through different hands. From stolen roots, to unscrupulous trades, to robberies and assaults, this film follows the twists and turns of the travels of the gun through a thrilling path. Written by Matthew C. Dumond & Scott L. Schwartz

  • Medici: The Magnificent

    Medici: The Magnificent
    TV Series Music department

  • John Bishop: in Conversation With

    John Bishop: in Conversation With
    TV Series Music department

  • Hitsville - The Making of Motown

    Hitsville - The Making of Motown

  • Island of the Dolls

    Island of the Dolls

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