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