Recorded in Berlin by the Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt ( the state owned orchestra of Berlin) and conducted by Bernd Ruf. Some of the basic melody was written late one night and I returned to it over the next few days always changing it but kept returning to what I originally had. I guess the first idea is often what sticks.
A big thanks to all the musicians and everyone involved.
On 26, Jun 2016 | In 1orchestral | By Ben Locket
The music had to be light, upbeat and non intrusive as various readers discussed Dawn French’s new book. There is a subtle tonal shift when the various moods of her novel become apparent then a shift in gear when Dawn first appeared. I tried to channel a little bit (oh for just a little bit!) of the master Les Paul on the guitar for her arrival as he could have so much joy and cheekiness in his playing.
On 25, Jun 2016 | In 1orchestral | By Ben Locket
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Back in 2008, before The Amazing World of Gumball was commissioned, Ben Bocquelet, the show’s creator asked me to pitch some music for scoring the pilot. What I came up with as it turned out was the shows theme song , though we didn’t know that yet…
As there wasn’t any animation at this point Ben sent me some images that he had drawn and I then used those to get a feel for what the show might sound like. Gumball has lots of different characters, feels bright and is quirky too so the music needed to be a mix of instruments with a good vibe.
I had been visiting home in Melbourne around that time and found my recorder I had at primary school and brought it back to London thinking it might come in handy one day. Once I had the track more or less done I then added the recorder, overdubbing quite a few of them and it seemed to give it that certain sound I was looking for.
On 23, Jun 2016 | In 1orchestral | By Ben Locket
An experimental documentary for B3 Media about the Rivington Place Visual Arts Centre in London designed by architect David Adjaye. The building itself is the main character and narrator. The story is not only an unspoken conversation with the urban context but also a visual dialogue with its user. Musically I was given plenty of rope to explore ideas. Once the strings and piano were complete I overdubbed three melodicas and finally a bass clarinet.
On 22, Jun 2016 | In 1orchestral | By Ben Locket
Part of a larger campaign for Canon of which I composed eight of the twelve other films. This was alot of fun to write with Paul Sandy on double bass coming up with a great groove along with saxophonist Pete Grogan of Led Bib.