Consistency through change

For the first time in a long time, I feel like I am able to sit down and write about all of the things that have been happening with the music in my life. The last year has been a rollercoaster, and I feel as if I am entering into a new stage of my career as a music producer.

Afer working on Absinthe Films’ /fter Forever, I found myself working with many artists, in many genres of music and film, on many projects.

In the autumn of 2016 CocoRosie came to the studio, to spend some time sifting through some ideas they had, for their composition commision from director Robert Wilson (who had, himself, been commissioned to direct Edda), and we pieced some of them together to turn the elements of an instrumental piece into a fully structured part of the soundtrack. I added some Hammered Dulcimer to the song, as well as some synthetic bass elements. The piece, “Dark Fairy,” found its way into the show. Estonian composer Arvo Pärt’s music was also featured in the theatre production.

Around the same time, one member of Nevada County’s finest progressive band, Pinnacles, contacted me about his debut solo album. In January of this year I worked with him to re-record and rearrange some parts, as well as mix the whole album. I don’t want to talk too much about the project, as its release schedule is still in the planning stages, but I am very, very excited about the album.

GoPro showed interest in using music by my other project, Neso Verses, for a film about Mike Basich’s transition from being a professional competitive snowboarder, to a professional lifestyle snowboarder. Tina Basich (the other half of Neso Verses) and I ended up writing something completely new for the project, and you can hear it around 2.56 in the video below:

Around the same time as the GoPro project, Mike Basich asked if he could use some of my music for his short film, documenting the construction of his second tiny home. I love working with Mike, so of course I said yes – and then I ended up doing the overall audio mix for the film. It was such a fun project!

Friend, fellow artist, and long-time collaborator EchoWants Her VoiceBack and I worked trans-atlantically to create two single/video releases – “Laisse Moi” and “Quicksand.” It was an unusual experience, seeing as I normally travel extensively, in order to get international productions done. I am really happy with how both of them came out, and I always enjoy when I get to play piano for a project.

For the first time I am also working with an artist at the artist-development stage. I am really excited to be able to talk more about this project in the future, but for now I can confirm that the project is taking me out of my comfort zone, and that is my favourite place to be!

And finally, on top of all of this, I am in the middle of constructing a brand new studio – the new home for Ishikawa Media.. More on that later.

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…