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Archive for January 2010

New Smashing Pumpkins Song 19 January 2010

The Smashing Pumpkins released a new song from the album Teargarden by Kaleidyscope. It’s called Widow Wake My Mind.

Billy Corgan wrote the track last year, and it’s one of the songs I played with him on the Spirits in the Sky tour last Fall. The musicianship on that tour was out of control, not to mention the high level of fun and happiness. The audience at those shows totally loved this song, and I’m sure you’re going to love this definitive produced version, which has my viola deep in the mix.

The Wall Street Journal wrote:

“The new song has mid-career Beatles-like feel, with a bright melody and expansive production.”

Spin, Rolling Stone and Kerrang have all given the song props, so check it out for free!

Download Widow Wake My Mind here.

The Owls at Berlin Film Festival 11 January 2010

The Owls, one of two feature films I scored in 2009, has just been selected for the Berlin Film Festival. The World Premiere will be at the Cinemaxx7 in Berlin on February 18 2010.

I’m delighted, it’s a fantastic film. Part documentary, part fiction, it’s a unique piece of cinema in terms of format, and a deep and radical movie.

My score features generous amounts of strings plus other instruments, including horns, real drums, drum machines, vintage synths, bass and vocals.

This strings track is written for a daytime scene in the garden:

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Here’s a short piece of background music I composed for piano to accompany a monolgue. It’s meant to capture a reflective moment:

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This strings track is for a scene that the director wanted to add a little more tension to.

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David J (Bauhaus/Love & Rockets) 4 January 2010

I’m playing a couple of shows in Los Angeles and San Francisco with David J. We’re playing a collection of Bouquets, Wreaths and Laurels… which means to say, Love songs, Laments and Songs of Glory.

They’re beautifully aged, all played on strings, piano, mandolin, ukulele, banjo, drums and stand up bass. Think antique modern gothic, and you’ll be in the right mood.

Here’s a secret video of us rehearsing Bela Lugosi at a haunted mansion in San Francisco…

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