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Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time

2020 was quite a year. It involved a bit of nostalgic time travel too! I had the pleasure of working alongside my friend and brilliant fellow composer, Walter Mair, composing the music for Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time. I remember playing the very first Crash on the PlayStation all those years ago – as well as those wonderful feelings of nostalgia that come with the memories – so to have worked on the newest iteration was nothing short of mind blowing. That unique brand of quirk has moved into a new era, and so did the sound and music.

I used all manner of instruments, synths, and kitchen implements to help bring the traditional sound palette into the new era, whilst often referring back to the original material to keep Crash, well, ‘Crash’. From the first pitch, to the final mix, this project was a mix of old and new, classic funky musical approaches and experimenting with plunging into uncharted musical waters.

The one caveat to this, however, is that since the majority of the levels I worked on were later in the game, I haven’t yet been able to actually hear my handy-work in context due to that crazy difficulty curve! I won’t be too disheartened though, as I’m in the same boat as Snoop Dogg, who has also been seen rage-quitting for the same reason.

 

 

Arthur & Merlin: Knights Of Camelot

2020 saw the release of this wonderful gem of a feature film. Possibly the most intimate and humanly vulnerable portrayals of the classic tale of King Arthur, scoring this required taking a deeper dive into the inner workings of the characters; finding that conflicting mix of Arthurian grandiose, and those definingly delicate chink-in-the-armour intimacies they keep hidden deep down.

It was a pleasure working with director Giles Alderson on this. Here’s hoping for another adventure together very soon!

 

Unmasking Jihadi John: Anatomy Of A Terrorist

Seeing out 2018 and heading into 2019, I had the great pleasure of working with Walter Mair, composing the score to HBO‘s Unmasking Jihadi John: Anatomy of a Terrorist; from Oscar-nominated, BAFTA and Emmy-winning director Anthony Wonke. It premieres on the 31st July 2019.

The Latest… Advertising

2019 …And still on the advertising front, Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide just released their new Coke-Zero advert ‘Sequel’ for which I had the pleasure of scoring a ‘Last of the Mohicans’-inspired piece.

Scroll down to see the video…

Client – Coca-Cola Zero
Music Supervision – Overcoast Music
Advertising Agency – Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide

 

2017 was capped off with Tesco’s 2017 Christmas advert ‘Save The Day’: a 1950’s crooner-inspired orchestral arrangement of Shakin Stevens’ Merry Christmas Everyone, recorded at Abbey Road Studios.

Abbey Road Studio 2 – Tesco TV spot, 2017

Client – Tesco
Music Supervision – Native Music
Advertising Agency – BBH

Read all about it here…

 

Advertising

About

The Score…

Nick Samuel is a composer and arranger; with work spanning film, TV and video games.

His work is driven by music’s relationship with the narrative, with a between-the-lines approach to storytelling, and drawing influence from across the board of genres. An early-life love of animation and studies in visual art also played a role in his musical interpretation of visuals, and how melodies ‘speak’ with an image.

Beginnings in the live arena provided a cornerstone to his career. Working as a saxophonist and keyboard player, he worked with bands and projects ranging from London’s Jazz scene, to Classical, Rock and Metal; delivering performances on the stage and in the studio. A natural transition to composing, as songwriter and band-leader, first saw him forming the group ‘Hopper’, which went on to receive a finalist accolade for ‘Best Alternative Act’ at the Indy Awards in 2007. 2009 saw the gear-shift to composing, his experience in live music and improvisation heavily influencing the language of his music, and how it moves and communicates with both image and audience.

He started by treading the well-worn path of scoring short films, before working within TV and advertising with clients including ITV (Text Santa), Tesco Books, Against Breast Cancer (for DCM), Pearl & Dean (receiving the 2013 Music + Sound Award for ‘Best Composition in Cinema Advertising’); and Tesco’s 2017 Christmas TV spot ‘Save The Day’, recorded with a 55-piece orchestra at Abbey Road Studios.

His experience in feature-length film and TV began as a sound designer, before scoring feature films, TV shows and series; working with production companies, studios and directors worldwide. Recent film releases include the acclaimed ‘Max Payne: Retribution’ and medieval fantasy / horror ‘Knights Of The Damned’. His is currently arranging and composing for a new series (watch this space..!).

Nick was born in California, and he lives and works in London.

 

 

Music

From the cutting-room floor: The Lost Tapes

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