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.

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© 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!

ARK.S
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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

Composing: One Day (Short Documentary)

Mike has just finished scoring "One Day", a short documentary film which has been created in the hope of raising mental health awareness worldwide. Both the film and the score have been released and can viewed/heard below.

Mental health is an important conversation which has not been had in many areas of society, we hope our contribution to this film will help to continue spreading the word!

Press: Blanket Nominated for Best Score at the Views Of The World Film & Music Festival

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We are so excited to to hear that Mike’s score for Blanket was nominated for Best Score earlier this month at Views of the World Film & Music Festival in Montreal, Canada.

The final screening version of the film has just been sent off to the festival and from looking at the schedule, it's going to be shown at around 11:30am (Canadian Time | GMT-4) this Sunday (September 25th 2016) with the awards ceremonies starting from 6pm (11pm UK time).

When asked about the film earlier last month Michael W. Bell said “Blanket was a tricky film to write, given the subject matter and minimal dialogue approach, It took me quite a while to discover how to best voice the film musically. Blanket tackles a multitude of emotions including depression, happiness, despair. romance, thriller, suspense, horror and regret. While attempting to keep things minimal and not overpower the film. Thank you to everyone who has supported my on this journey thus far, your continued support means the world to me!” 

Composing: Blanket (Short Film)

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Some months after announcing the completion of the trailer score, we are pleased to announce that Mike has now finished composing the score for the Silver Lining Pictures produced short film "Blanket".

The movie was filmed in just three days using a DSLR and has been described by producer Louis W. Frost as "A beautifully brutal romantic, story with a dramatic twist that will send your heart racing...".

Louis has kindly given us permission to release the soundtrack ahead of the film release and as such, the full length score is available to buy and stream via all major digital stores.

Silver Lining Pictures are currently submitting the film to film festivals worldwide and we look forward to updating you all once we have more information regarding its exhibition!

Composing: Dream Finder "The Corruption Begins"

Clouded Sight Pictures & De Luca Films recently got in touch and asked us to compose a short cue for the first teaser trailer for their upcoming fantasy feature “Dream Finder”, and this was the result. 

Dream Finder is an exciting new new film concept project based on the bestseller fantasy book of the same name by Roger Taylor. The project is currently in the pre-production stage and seeking funding, you can follow the latest test shots, concept art and all news relating to Dream Finder both on the Official Website and Facebook Page (click for links).

In the meantime, I hope you enjoy the teaser trailer and I leave you with a snippet of concept art which has been produced for the film.

Released: The Raging of the Falcons (Single)

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After a series of conversations with our friend and photographer Stuart J. Bland, he convinced Mike to release his short action cue "The Raging of the Falcons" and offered to help out with the cover design, an offer we immediately took him up on.

The track was composed during a quiet period some months ago while using some new sample libraries and recording a YouTube video talking audiences through the composition and how various string sample libraries can be mixed together to achieve a desired sound.

Mike was after this type of hyper action packed tension in a cue for some time, we are pleased to finally be able to share this with the world!

Released: 100,000 Youtube Views for Frankie Fraser Documentary

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Today, we received some exciting news! The Silver Lining Pictures produced short YouTube documentary "Mad Frankie Fraser: His Last Interview" has just exceeded 100,000 views on YouTube, in light of this, we figured it was time to release the score!

Lurking in the Delta Waves is now streaming on Apple Music and available to buy as an EP on the iTunes store, it will be hitting other digital stores over the next couple of days! We have been looking through some of my compositions over the past few weeks and have decided to release an ambient album later this year, this track is a taster of what to expect from it...

For those of you who have not seen the documentary, check it out here.

Released: Awakening, the Early Scores (Album)

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Our latest AEP release is “"Awakening, The Early Scores"., by Michael W. Bell… Here are some words from the composer on the release.

”Since the turn of 2016, I feel I've grown musically and am moving into newer realms. I wanted a way to catalogue my progress so far..I see all these pieces as stepping stones in terms of my developing as a composer and while these early scores are very minimal and elementary in terms of composition, I'm very proud of them! It's great for me to be able to listen back to some of the films I've worked on; as such, I have created "Awakening, The Early Scores".

We hope you will check it out on your chosen digital store or steaming service...
iTunes/Apple Music
Spotify
Bandcamp
Amazon
Tidal

Designing Sound: Silver Hound Films (Identity/Branding)

Silver Lining Pictures and Mediahound Films have joined forces to create "Silver Hound Films", a film production company with one aim... To create high quality adverts, idents and show reels for companies and brands. Motion graphics artist David Turner created an immersive and visually rich ident for the company and we were tasked with the job of designing the sound.

Manipulating found sounds and combining sub-bass drones, high end swells and of course modern sound design instruments such Gravity, Mike was able to create a heavy atmosphere and add impacting sounds for the thunder, howles and rain ending the cue abruptly to allow the team to seamlessly flow into their future visuals.

Composing: Blanket (Trailer)

Another project has landed our way from collaborators over at Silver Lining Pictures. The upcoming feature, 'Blanket" was filmed in just three days using a DSLR and has been described by producer Louis W. Frost as "A beautifully brutal romantic, story with a dramatic twist that will send your heart racing...".

With this in mind, Mike had the task of writing a score for the trailer which was both romantic, but also had a sense of dread, entrapment and horror, you can check out the results below! We are currently spotting the film before composing the music for the short, Blanket is currently set to hit the festivals during 2016 with a release date early next year.

Composing: Cutting Room (Trailer)

Mike recently worked alongside friend and colleague Emily Jackson to produce the score for Silver Lining Pictures upcoming feature film, Cutting Room, check out results below! W have always loved the idea of collaboration which I guess is a plus point given the crazy deadlines we are gives as composers, It's always interesting to see where something goes when two minds work together.

Producing: Black Noire's "Tales of the Unafected" EP

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Mike was recently given the opportunity to work with Baroque Pop/Rock band Black Noire to produce, mix and master their debut EP, "Tales of the Unaffected" and we pleased to announce that that work is now complete!

Mike talks about his experiences below..

Black Noire is made up of Daniel Smith (Guitar/Bass), Emily Jackson (Keys/Piano/Orchestrator) and Darron Connett (Vocals/Lyrics) and from the very beginning I knew it was going to be an interesting project...

I agreed fairly early on that I would work on the post production for the EP, I knew Dan killed it on the bass and what with Emily being my VP over at Aurora Eclipse Productions, I was fully aware that the project would be different and merge genres to create an interesting listen; I had nothing to be worried about, if only just a just little intrigued by what they were cooking up in the writing rooms.

I loved what I heard on the initial play through and quickly began to massage the MIDI data, merge and swapping out samples libraries, add expression and dynamics and generally balance out and arrange the tracks while working with Dan to record guitars in a hope to take the music into different realms.

I'm incredibly proud of what the guys achieved musically and in terms of production, I was able to draw on production techniques both new and old enabling me to get really creative during post production, something I feel has really benefitted to the release. 

Tales of the Unaffected is now available worldwide via iTunes and all major digital stores. In addition to this, you can preview three of the six tracks via the band's Soundcloud embed below and I've even been able to publish some teaser artwork, Enjoy!

Composing: Frankie Fraser: His Last Interview (Documentary)

Silver Lining Pictures have just released their first online documentary film focused on the life of Frankie Fraser, a notorious gangster from London in the 1960s. The film begins with a brief introduction to Fraiser himself, detailing some of his crimes and experiences before moving onto the last documented interview with Frankie himself just before his death at the end of 2014.

Silver Lining Pictures were looking for an ambient, but ominous soundscape to use in the background of their film and subsequently licensed Mike's track "Lurking In The Delta Waves" from the AEP Library. Impressively, they managed to use the entire 13 minute track!

Mike designed the concept track just a few months ago stating, "I guess the concept is based around sleep, relaxation, nightmares and the fear/uncertainty of your subconscious mind, a place we all go when we are in our deepest sleep and almost anything is possible...".

In addition to providing the musical score for the documentary, we also helped to edit and level the voiceover recordings to ensure you never struggle to hear what is being said throughout the documentary.

Composing: Legends: The Kray Twins Story (Documentary)

After the recent success of the Frankie Fraser online documentary which hit 35,000 views in just one month, I recently collaborated with my friends Louis Frost and Bob Taylor of Silver Lining Pictures to produced yet another original score for another short animated documentary, this time focused on the notorious London gangsters Ronnie and Reggie Kray. 

Silver Lining provided me with just a few drawings of which I was to base a 13 minute composition on, this was a real challenge for me as I'm so used to composing directly to picture. I was told the music would need to be atmospheric, but still musical and repeat but still change in timbre and mood, below are the results.

Louis cut the trailer to my music and I think he did a great job of it too! I really enjoyed working in this way, while a little nerve wrecking that I may be going off point, to which Louis constantly assured me I was not, It gave me much musical freedom and I believe I managed to encompass many emotive qualities throughout the score.

You can view the documentary via YouTube above and check out the composition on its own below, I really hope you enjoy it! 

Composing: Jogger (Short Film)

Mike recently completed the score, sound design and final mix for the short film "Jogger". Here is what he has to say about the project…

Jogger is the second short film produced by Silver Lining Pictures during the summer of 2014 and the second time I have worked with director/actor Matthew Clark (Francis). The film was shot with no dialogue or location sound and as such, I was responsible for producing an original score, sourcing and manipulating foley and adding sound design to the film.

It was amazing to be given the opportunity to work on this project and great experimentation in terms of what difference music and sound can make to a picture. I managed to add dread, atmosphere and fear through the use of music and really bring the film to live in terms of designing the ambience of the forest. I could even control the nature of the first by adding the sounds of crows and ravens during the films dramatic moments and removing them when the first had calmed and the 'evil' had left returning to a more settled atmosphere.