International Women’s Day on Resonance FM 2021

For International Women’s Day, Jude Cowan Montague made a special edition of ‘The News Agents,’ sharing music by some long term members of the Women Composers Collective.

With pieces by Arhynn Descy, Kristen Baum Composer, Rosemary Duxbury composer, Jude Cowan Montague and me.

It included performances by cellists Jeness, playing Arhynn’s piece, and Emma Butterworth, also of the WCC, who played the cello on the score to ‘Roots’, my featured music.

Roots will be released this month, and I’m very excited! The picture accompanying this post is from the film.

Listen here!

https://www.mixcloud.com/…/the-news-agents-women…/

11th Hour Audio Challenge 2020!

Tomorrow is Audio Drama Day, and, as for the last 2 years, I’ve been taking part in the 11th Hour Challenge. The challenge is to produce a piece of creepy audio drama for the day (and Hallowe’en) between October 1st and 28th, working in collaboration with new people and different companies.


This time, though, instead of just acting as composer for a team, I have been the composer for two teams AND organised a production myself!


‘Customs’ has been a brillliant opportunity for me to bring together some of my favourite creatives – Chris Burnside, Fiona Thraille, Lowri Ann Davies, Hannah Preisinger, Kessi Riliniki, April Sumner – and also to meet and work for the first time with Rachel Pulliam and Joe Bence. I’m so delighted with how well it has come out… not that it’s surprising, given the people involved.


‘Customs’ is kicking the day off on the 11th Hour feed It will come out at 11am EST/3pm GMT.


It was also great to work with Rachel on her production, ‘Reminisce With Me’ and write in one of my favourite genres for sheer fun points: period big band. The theme music in this story is crucial for the plot, and I can’t wait to hear the whole thing.

‘Reminisce With Me’ will be released at 4pm EST/8pm GMT.


Finally, I got to write some moody rock for Faith McQuinn’s unsettling ’70s hitchhiking drama, ‘Highway Chile’. It was great to work with Faith and her equally talented sound designer Josh Suhy, to inject all the thick, uneasy atmosphere into this piece. I also got to sing possibly my favourite song by Faure, Au Bord de l’Eau, amazingly, at the request of the director!


‘Highway Chile’ will be released at 3pm EST/7pm GMT.

Join us tomorrow and help us celebrate Audio Drama Day!

Releases start at 11 am EST on:Spreaker – https://www.spreaker.com/show/11th-hour-audio-productions

Youtube – https://www.youtube.com/playlist…

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/11thhouraudio

PLAYLIST

11:00 – Customs

12:00 – Down the Basement

13:00 – Upstairs Upstairs

14:00 – Another Bad Night

15:00 – Highway Chile

16:00 – Reminisce with Me

17:00 – A Haunting Beyond the Lake

18:00 – The Dead and the Undead

19:00 – The Audiophile

My episode on How I Make Music

Many thanks to John Bartmann for putting this podcast together and shining a light on the work of those those of us writing music for audio fiction.

https://pod.link/1460793686

How I Make Music podcast

This is coming up this Wednesday!

I talk in depth about scoring and some wacky sound design techniques that feed into it.

Host John Bartmann works very hard to produce this fascinating series that shines light on what we audio drama composers do.

Roots!

Inscape Animations have made a trailer for the new film, Roots, a story of human connection and migration through time and distance.

Roots trailer

And we have started a Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/inscapeanimations

This is the very beginning of our journey as a production company.

We would love for you to join us on that journey. There will be a £1 per month tier coming very soon, as well as more in-depth discussion about Roots and the extensive research that our writer, Catherine, undertook over two years, to produce her remarkable poem-script.

I will also be posting some content that delves into Suspended.

‘Alphabet’ at the HEAR Now Festival

I was delighted to learn that Leslie McMurtry’s sensitive, well-researched audio fiction piece Alphabet has been awarded gold tier status at the HEAR Now festival of audio fiction and arts in Kansas City.

As well as scoring it, I worked closely with Leslie on the production of this historical piece, told from the point of view of a woman, one of the early settlers of America, observing the lead-up to independence as it intrudes on her personal journey. It was a great project to be on, quiet, atmospheric, understated, and beautifully read (having put some research in to the accent) by Sarah Golding.

Here is a link to the piece itself:

Alphabet, written by Leslie McMurtry, read by Sarah Golding, with music by Katharine Seaton.

The HEAR Now festival:

https://www.hearnowfestival.org/?fbclid=IwAR30goa2n-fheDaKuuapiPgNhN-SuzhhdaUSuL8Zeemm8MzSVthom9r3lMs

Season 2 of The Hidden People

The Hidden People returns for season 2. Who survived the collapse of the tower? And who might be found in the rubble? Those left standing embark on a magical quest to save the life of a friend.

Without wishing to spoil anything, I had much fun putting my traditional music first degree to use in the real world, with all that formal harmony, counterpoint and orchestration study helping me bring to life a great, colourful script by Chris Burnside, and a super performance by those who led the cast this week.

And an owl – I did an owl.

We made a new version of the theme song, too! I hope you like it.

https://daytonwritersmovement.podbean.com/e/initiative-1589124888/

Suspended at the Draw Art Fair

We were very excited to learn that Suspended had won one of three Draw/Camberwell prizes and was to be exhibited at the Saatchi Gallery as part of the Draw Art Fair. Unfortunately, this had to be cancelled because of the pandemic, and is taking place on Instagram instead.

Here’s a link to the post showing Suspended

Sunday Tribune article on Her Indoors

Here’s a review that impressively comments on every single one of the 47 tracks on the Her Indoors album.

If you haven’t yet heard about the Her Indoors project, many artists contributed work to raise money for domestic abuse victims during lockdown. It’s only a fiver, so consider supporting it!

I – along with The Hidden People podcast – contributed the sole retro soundtrack item among many cool and edgy experimental works! As I have said in the previous post, the reason we chose this one was that the character – Samantha Mulligan – grew up in an abusive home and joined the police as a response to that.