I was really excited to work on the one-hour documentary Childen of Shanghai, and I’m especially excited now because it premieres on Sky Documentaries tomorrow (International Children’s Day) at 7pm.
Working on this film was a challenge for all sorts of reasons — the short timeframe, the need to create a unique sound-world, dealing with background noise in interviews — but it has been one of the most rewarding projects I’ve ever worked on.
I play Dungeons and Dragons! I’m a Level 7 cleric and have been on some awesome campaigns over the years.
So, when I had the opportunity to contribute music for Billy Coldwell’s new Dungeons and Decibels app (just launched in the App store), I leapt at it.
My brief was three 3 minute loops for ‘Exploration – Exciting’ which required music for ‘General exploration underscore, needs to have a bit more energy, like on the edge of discovering something wondrous or surprising.’ So I created some ambient textures, with a few sound design features, and built it as if from a tool kit, placing the features in like a collage.
But then, just at the last minute, I flung in a quick combat battle track. Writing it was tricky – the music had to have relentless energy and big orchestration for at least 4 minutes before looping. I actually found it exhausting to write, every bar had to be just packed with rhythm and drive.
Feeling proud that my track was used for its promotional video, which begins with the pitfalls of using the wrong music, followed by a re-run if the new Dungeons and Decibels app had been to hand!