One of the few pieces of mine to be recorded, this was written as part of a summer school at the Purcell School. The reduced orchestration allowed me to focus in on every note I wrote, enabling me to engage in a totally new (to me) chromatic style.
Sleeve notes: This piece was written whilst I was completing work experience with a composer in London. He had given me some sounds to try out, and this was the result of experimenting for a day with them.
Sleeve notes: This collection of music culminates with the track ‘A Hero’s Welcome’, a piece which was designed to underscore the re-entry of Apollo 11 as it returned to Earth. It was inspired by the music for the film ‘Deep Impact’ by James Horner. I have used the piano motif rom the cue ‘The Wedding’ and repurposed it in oboe as the opening theme in this piece. I have also taken inspiration from the dissonant string ostinato in the cue ‘The Comet’s Sunrise,’ and used this in the second section.
Simple Things was written to be the theme to a romantic film. I tried to experiment more with this piece, pushing myself to use more complex harmonies and voicing, as well as to write for a solo instrument (in this case the flute and later the clarinet) and accompaniment. Simple Things uses a simple melody (hence the name) and is designed to reflect the peaceful and loving nature of a simple relationship.
Sleeve notes: This piece of music was inspired by the work of composer Hans Zimmer on the films series Pirates of the Caribbean. I have extensively used triplet rhythms, and attempted to fuse traditional classical instruments with more contemporary ones, such as the electric guitar and drum kit.
Sleeve notes: This piece of music was inspired by the work of composer James Horner, and his score for Braveheart. I have tried to use similar instrumentation to his, such as the use of alto flute to achieve a deeper and softer tone.