Here’s the promo video for my latest royalty-free music collection: Royalty-Free Film & Documentary Music Vol. 5: Cinematic Piano. The music collection contains 13 tracks (48 minutes) of dark cinematic and atmospheric royalty free piano music ideal for film and documentary makers.
The music styles range from gentle and melancholy to dark, eerie and dramatic along with some moments of light and reflection. You can buy the music collection as an instant wav or mp3 download from the shop here:
The short film “Still Life: London” by artists Wyllie O’Hagan, which I provided the piano music for, is being featured in the East End Promise exhibition in London from the 9th to the 24th October (see a short clip from the film on the right).
East End Promise is “a multi-media event documenting and exploring the explosion of artistic and cultural activity that took place in London’s East End between 1985 and 2000″. For more details on the exhibition, check the East End Promise website at http://www.eastendpromise.com
ITV1′sReal Crime television documentary series will be featuring my music throughout the episode “Bringing Down the Gooch – Real Crime with Mark Austin” to be broadcast nationally this Monday 27th September on ITV1.
This episode focuses on the story of the specialist police team who took down the leaders of feared criminals, Manchester’s Gooch Gang. The show airs on Monday 27th September at 22:35 on ITV1 and you’ll hear my music throughout!
Update: here’s the first of three parts of the show “Bringing Down the Gooch – Real Crime with Mark Austin” on Youtube (you should be able to find the other 2 parts of the show at the end of this clip, or just search for them on Youtube).
My music features throughout the documentary, alongside tracks from DJ Shadow and a few other pieces of music.
If you’re interested in licensing any of my music for your own film or documentary, please get in touch here.
Another video in my series of movie trailers rescored with my own music soundtrack (for promo use only). This clip is from the cult 2004 Japanese futuristic fantasy movie Casshern written and directed by Kazuaki Kiriya.
The movie itself is a beautiful stylised mix of stunning CG and live action and is well worth tracking down a copy of. I got hold of the beautifully packaged 3 disc box set a few years ago and I’ve been wanting to do a track for the trailer for a while.
Similar in style to the orchestral music of Hans Zimmer, the track is a new orchestral action piece I’ve written called Titan which is available from my mp3 music shop to download or license for use in your own film or trailer:
New promo video clip for my dark atmospheric ambient space music Through The Ergosphere.
The track is a dark and slowly evolving seven minute atmospheric ambient soundscape set to a film of ethereal dark space visuals and other worldly imagery from the European Space Agency Hubble Telescope project.
Quietly dramatic, the music is ideal textural underscore for films and documentaries or simply for fans of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001, Brian Eno’s ambient music, Biosphere, Stars Of The Lid and other similar ambient artists and drones. Put it on headphones and drift away to dark and atmospheric sci-fi landscapes.
Get the full mp3 track or license the music for your film or documentary from my music shop:
After being used last year in trailers for season 7 of Fox’s 24, my music is being used again in trailers for season 8! Check out the promo clip here for season 8 / episode 19 of the hit show starring Kiefer Sutherland featuring my music.
Zahara is a dramatic instrumental orchestral action track that is also available to license for use in other commercials, trailers and TV advertising spots. The track can be instantly licensed for non-broadcast purposes or contact me directly for broadcast licensing queries.
The full length music track is just under two and a half minutes long in total. More information about the track as well as a full length preview is available in my online mp3 music download shop here:
After my previous quickie promo video for my orchestral action track ‘Attack Of The Machines’, I decided to try and produce something a bit better looking. As I’ve said before, I’m no video editor; I usually leave that part to my clients and focus on the music but I thought it’d be good to try and improve my video editing skills. So I bought a copy of Sony Vegas and with the help of some trailer footage from Terminator Salvation, I’ve recut the video to try and fit with my music. It’s not perfect but hopefully my video editing skills are slowly improving.
As usual, download and license the orchestral action track for your films & trailers from my music shop:
John Cooper Clarke: Evidently Chickentown
Fred Neil: The Dolphins
The Rolling Stones: Thru And Thru
Thanks to the joys of DVD boxsets, I’ve been catching up on loads of great TV shows over the last six months: Battlestar Galactica, House, The Wire. They’re all great shows but still nothing tops my favourite TV series of all time, The Sopranos.
I watched The Sopranos all the way through during its run on TV, and then watched the whole thing again when it came out on DVD. Apart from having the sharpest writing and dialogue of any TV show I’ve ever seen, one thing that really stuck out through the whole series was the use of music.
There’s no score, just songs, but they fit so perfectly it’s hard to imagine anything else working as well. The music supervisors did such an amazing job, some of the tracks feel like they were written just for the show. Some of the music highlights for me were:
John Cooper Clarke: Evidently Chickentown Fred Neil: The Dolphins The Rolling Stones: Moonlight Mile Los Lobos: Viking The Kinks: Living On A Thin Line Elvis Costello: Complicated Shadows Tindersticks: Running Wild .
I could only find a few examples on Youtube, but the John Cooper Clarke track is one of my favourites. Sublime. Ever since watching the show, I started hearing songs that suddenly seemed perfect if I’d had the dream job of The Sopranos music supervisor. These would be a few on my list:
Little Feat: Easy To Slip Terry Reid: Silver White Light The Action: Brain Humble Pie: As Safe As Yesterday Is The Hollies: Heading For A Fall Mink Deville: She’s So Tough Bruce Springsteen: Streets Of Fire Bob Dylan: Gotta Serve Somebody .
Here’s a brief excerpt from artists Wyllie O’Hagan’s short film: Still Life: London featuring my piano music soundtrack Leaving Paris.
Wyllie O’Hagan: “The moving image artwork, explores a quest for stillness in a hectic world. Two screens project moving images with piano soundtrack. One screen shows a personal collection of still, quiet life objects, beautifully considered and composed, revealed at a reflective pace. The second screen shows abstract energetic lines wildly drawn with light.”
Still Life: London has already had highly praised screenings at Toronto and London film festivals and has now been accepted in two more international festivals in Mexico and Melbourne: