Composing: Crazy Woman Got A Gun (Short Film)

Mike recently completed the score for the short film "Crazy Woman Got A Gun" on behalf of AVA - All Visions Align. The short is currently circulating around the festivals ( notably #FilmCon18 and Cinefest in Los Angeles) before putting the project forward for funding in order to facilitate the production of the feature film...

Be sure to keep your eye on the AVA Facebook and Website for updates on the project as well as following the AEPL website.

While the film is currently locked away, for those interested in what Mike composed for the short, check out the soundcloud embed here.

 

 

Producing: Clare Estelle - Somehow

During the final months of 2017, Mike was contacted by his friend and colleague Steve Hope-Wynne to see if he would consider getting involved in the production of Clare Estelle's collaborative track "Somehow", and if he would contribute some musical elements of his own. 

The pair had been working together and experimenting and bouncing ideas off each other for a while; Clare had composed the music and written lyrics alongside performing piano, acoustic guitar and some percussion. Through various collaborations, Clare then sourced Irish whistle (Sam Piper), drums (Stuart Hemphill) and bass guitar (Phil Smith) with Steve adding electric guitars and a variety of his own vocal section recordings.

 © 2016 Clare Estelle

© 2016 Clare Estelle

It was clear from the first couple of listens and early conversations that Clare was telling a very vivid cinematic story and through the user of layering and cleaver production techniques, the aim was to evoke a mental narrative for the audience to experience while listening. As such, during our first meeting and when first approaching the Pro Tools session at the AEP studio, Mike began to establish a workflow within the session and take in the various creative mixing techniques and philosophies which had been applied by Steve in the months leading to his involvement.

Mike's job was to build on Steve's initial mix adding balance, cleaning up the existing tracks and fades, creating room for the various sections of the track to work in the narrative context and to question the use of background and foreground. The track is very unconventional in approach which gave room to experiment and even compliment imperfections, something very refreshing in our current state of relentless digital perfection. Alongside this, Mike contributed a Duduk counter melody to work alongside the flute, extreme low sustained double bass notes to carry the darker and deeper parts of the track and some elements of percussion to backup that which was already there. 

Clare is currently looking into releasing the track, please see her website for more information and updates on the release. 

Recording Sound: "You Always Have A Choice" (Short Film)

A couple of weeks back, local upcoming director/producer Steve M. Linez gave us a shout and asked if we would be willing to come on location and give him a hand recording sound for his in-development short film "You Always Have A Choice"... After reading the script, Mike agreed to head over and help out for the day (well originally it was suppose to be half day, but he said he was having so much fun, he stayed for the entire 12 hour shoot). Here are a few photos from the day we figured we would share with you guys...

Producing: ARK.S (Cinematic Hip Hop)

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This is a really interesting project which we are crazy excited about! Hiphop artist ARK.S and Mike have been mates for years with key conversations surrounding not just music, but film too! Alongside his music, ARK.S is an avid moviegoer and lover of film scores in general which pretty much laid the foundation of a project taking off!. finally after a few "bro, are we ever gonna actually do this?" (The photo to the left was that moment to by precise) chats, we have begun producing what I can only describe as "Cinematic Hip Hop" together.

Mike has currently written two tracks for ARK.S and is in the process of composing more! This post is going to grow as time goes on but for the meantime, Its safe to announce that Aurora Eclipse Productions in association with 9E Productions will be looking to release a Single to all major digital stores during September 2017 with an EP release to follow.

So far, we have been posting production news and stories on our social media accounts only, so keep your eye on the following accounts for more news! For beat updates, search for "chefmikeonthebeat" on your chosen social media platform!

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Composing Music: Tangitise (Identity/Branding)

Our friend and colleague Steve Hope-Wynne over at Tangitise Ltd approached us with a brief to compose a short music score complimenting the branding for his company branding and voice over introduction. 

After reviewing the footage, Mike decided to take a modern-meets-elegant approach and employed the use of synthesisers, flutes, strings, horns, pianos and light percussion to complete the piece.

Looking for something similar for your business? Get in touch with Tangitise for more information! - www.tangitise.com