Year: 2016

Absinth Films’ /FTER FOREVER

After returning from a brief trip to England, the first part of September has been incredibly busy. I finished working on Absinthe Films’ new release /fter Forever and it started its European and North American cinema tour on Thursday 8th September. On the same night Of Shark And Man was shown as the main feature on the opening night of the 16th annual Nevada City Film Festival in California. I was at the Of Shark And Man Screening to be part of the Q&A, and it was wonderful to be able to answer so many great questions about sound design and music composition.

Thank you so much to everyone who came to the screening in Nevada City. I hope you enjoyed it. For the people who went to see /fter Forever, I hope you loved every minute. When the film tours through Northern California (dates TBC) I will be sure to be there.

Until next time… 

The busiest period so far…

Since I won an award for my Work on Of Shark And Man at the Nice International Film Festival, things have become very, very busy.

After recording Teetotum’s debut EP Mind Your Teeth at Brighton Electric, and Marck Whiley’s (Marbled and Marck and The Rodeo Falls) EP under his Marbled moniker during my trip to England in March and April, the mixes have been completed at Ishikawa Studios, and the always magnificent Andy Wilson mastered the Teetotum EP.

Both of these are awaiting release dates. Keep checking back to find out more.

Of Shark And Man has been picked up by Hollywood Sales Agency Project 8 Films. I don’t think I need to mention how much of a big deal that is…

Interestingly, after winning the Sound Design Award, ex-pro snowboarder Tina Basich got in touch to see about working together. She is a brilliant artist in her own right, and it didn’t take long for us to make our first piece of music. I can’t share it with you yet, but I have a feeling there is a lot more to come.

Ishikawa Studios is evolving, and I am really excited about how it is shaping up. I am excited to take some progress pictures soon, but in between recording projects, mixing, sound designing, and writing, I find myself with so little time to do anything like photography! There will soon be an update on the blog, though. I promise. 

Until next time… 

Award WON!

This has been quite a celebratory weekend for me. After a week of mixing more of the music I recorded in England, I was notified that Of Shark And Man won two of the three awards for which it was nominated at the International Filmaker Festival in Nice, France, including Best Sound Design! The other award it won was Best Editing In A Documentary. It was also nominated for Best Cinematography.

I wish I could have been in Nice to accept the award for myself, but I am told that director David Diley did a great job of speaking on my behalf. I can’t wait to hold the award in my own hands!

I am due another blog post soon enough, and I predict that it is going to be quite a substantial one. Stay tuned, folks.

Until next time… 

A barage of new sounds to come

I have not disappeared from the face of the earth! I have just had a very, very busy few months. Expect a blog post soon but, for now, here is a quick recap…

Ishikawa Studios is now functional. I finished building the control room in the first week of March, just before heading back to England for an intense month of producing.

I recorded Teetotum’s debut EP at Brighton Electric. My old friend and colleague, Ally Jowett, was there to engineer the session, and it was great fun. It was a rapid fire production – the quickest I have ever done – but I think it really works with the aesthetic the band has and are going for. I can’t wait to share the results with you.

I worked with another old friend, Marck Whiley (Marbled and Marck and The Rodeo Falls) to produce an EP of acoustic music. My main man, J. W. Greenwood, stepped in to add his tones, and Bradley Blackwell brought his upright bass to the table (floor). I am looking forward to mixing that project next week.

I also worked with J. W. Greenwood and his writing partner Matt Wilkinson to record some guitar duets. It was quite a change of pace to be working on those after the two EP projects.

Finally, I worked with Gary Stewart, who has worked with too many amazing artists and bands to mention, to create some instrumental compositions.

I arrived back in California in the first week of April, and I have been mixing music and working on the studio in (nearly) equal measure. With recording work coming up in May, though, I need to have everything ready and good to go!

More later…

Until next time…