2018 so far

Hello again, it has been a while since I posted on the blog, hasn’t it? I tend to just get on with things and the thought of posting updates on blogs and social media comes to me after the fact. One of my resolutions for this year was to get better at that…better late than never I suppose! So what have I been doing since the start of 2018? Read on…

Bands, bands, bands…

As covered in my last post, I’ve been spending a lot of time building back up a personal band project since Glossom came to end almost exactly a year ago today. This new band is a trio called Neverbody and I’ve been pouring a lot of time into writing, recording, rehearsing and more to get the material to a satisfactory stage. The current standing of the project is that the completed mixes of our debut EP are about to be mastered and then we’ll be launching it, along with social media et al, in the next week or so. Expect melodic instrumental guitar music with all the intended composition grandiloquence of modern prog, but with tasteful runtimes and none of that endless soloing and ‘widdlying’ in high registers. But I leave that to your impression when the time comes…

 

I have also continued my collaboration with dark ambient/trip hop collective Venusian, who most recently released a track and video for ‘Perihelion’. Mixing and mastering by yours truly and great collage video work from keys player John Pearson, check that out below!

 

 

Commissions and other collabs

I had another chat with prolific podcaster Tom Kwei on his Metallica analysis show Alphabetallica, together we discussed Ennio Morricone and his classic ‘The Ecstasy of Gold’ from The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. The piece has been used an intro track for Metallica since the 80s and I had a great time talking over the great composer himself and the unique connections between the classical and metal genres.

 

 

Oh, and in case you missed it at the end of last year – check out this great cover of my theme for the Alphabetallica podcast by Youtube musician Kaosware!

 

 

I also did a score for a short Pixar-esque animation by Canetoonist, but I haven’t seen the final product yet. Once I have I’ll be sure to post it here! The teaser is on Youtube.

 

 

Finally, French singer songwriter Christophe Serra popped over to my studio in Liverpool to do some recordings and we eventually ended up with his newest EP ‘The Simple Things’, a collection of Christophe’s latest batch of charming and often provocative pop tunes. Good (but not clean) fun!

 

That about wraps it up for now, see you again soon.

Farewell from the other side of the world

First message from Nick

This was the first message I received from Nick on the Eastern Front forums back in 2011. I was in the process of writing the music for Company of Heroes: Eastern Front and had been posting various pieces to give the community an impression of the soundtrack prior to completion. And then, having not asked for any donations at all, I got this from a complete stranger. I was very grateful for his support, but never would have expected the generosity that followed from just one fan from Australia.

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New year, new site

Universal site banner JPEG

Hello again! I have been a little quiet over the winter months and this is one big reason why.

I remember unveiling my previous site this time a couple of years ago, but even then I knew I would have to bite the bullet and make a fully functioning page eventually. No more stand-ins, I told myself, this time I would try and create something with longevity. And so, some time later, after grappling with a bit of HTML and CSS, it’s finished at last.

You’ll find details about recent projects in the Portfolio (which can also be seen on the Home page), there’s much nicer looking Music and Credits pages, and you can visit my Other Projects to see some creative endeavours I’m fortunate enough to be involved in.

Oh, and in case you want to put a face to name (or have forgotten), there’s a wacking great photo of my mug that makes up 99% of the landing page, courtesy of my friend and photographer James Baker.

Please let me know if you experience any issues with the site and I will try to fix them as soon as possible, thank you.

BBC Radio 3 feature, Goblin Market coda and new projects

This will be my first piece on a BBC broadcast.

(Originally posted 7th September 2013)

A couple of bits of exciting news from the past month or so, and some others concerned with what’s coming next.

First off, the piece ‘Transitions’, written by myself and Sarah Peverley for harp and piano, is going to be featured on BBC Radio 3’s Words and Music programme on the 29th September. This is my first foray into major public radio so I’m very excited to get national airplay.

Secondly – The Reader Organisation, who were the recipients of 50% of the proceeds from the Goblin Market soundtrack, got in contact with me and ran an article about the music from the LUDS production that delved into the creative processes that brought it to life. Check it out on The Reader Online’s Blog.

On top of that I’ve been doing some more work for Savage Mojo and elsewhere another video game soundtrack is in the works. The big personal project I mentioned a while back is still making progress and coming along very nicely, but I’m still not ready to say more than that just yet.

To finish, I’d just like to say a massive thank you to everyone I’ve worked with and those of you who have bought, listened to or otherwise supported my music over the past couple of months. My new project studio is now complete and it’s been a big transition period for me since finishing university, so thanks again for everyone who has helped me along the way.

Company of Heroes: Eastern Front – updates and Steam Greenlight

Company of Heroes: Eastern Front is a community expansion for Relic’s award-winning WW2 RTS.

(Originally posted 8th December 2012)

The soundtrack to Company of Heroes: Eastern Front was released way back in April of this year and I was really happy to see the game’s community react positively to it. Since then, other than occasionally using the mod tools to help add audio to the game, it’s gone all quiet on the Eastern Front for me. However, more music will be coming with the campaign and future trailers, so watch this space!

As for the game itself, it continues to grow and improve with each patch and now the team hope to have it released on Steam in time for the long-awaited arrival of the Ostheer faction. If you are a fan of the game, or just like seeing talented modders come together to make something awesome AND free, then go here and please vote for Eastern Front. Thank you.