Interview: DIY Music

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Interview: DIY Music

I was recently contacted by Stu Smith over at DIY Music who kindly asked my if I would be interested in being interviewed and featured as part of his "DIY Muso Spotlight" on his community site which I of course accepted and the result can be read here...

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Patreon | Join Me On My Journey...

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Patreon | Join Me On My Journey...

So who am I?
My name is Mike and I'm a cinematic/film music composer, ambient sound designer, music producer and tutor/consultant based in the UK on the outskirts of London where I work from my home studio, Aurora Eclipse Productions. You may have found me via my Youtube videos, spoke to me in person, heard my music online or simply stumbled upon me on social media... Whatever the route, I'm glad you found your way here! 

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Creative Cribs - The Creative Spaces of Film Composers and Mix Engineers

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Creative Cribs - The Creative Spaces of Film Composers and Mix Engineers

I'm basically in love with Spitfire Audio's samples, the textures and colours they have captured over the years have been essential in reaching my audiences and telling the right stories effectively within my film scores. It was during my usual online scout for new samples for my next projects when I stumbled across a series of videos they had published known as Creative Cribsand I wanted to share it with you guys...

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Why I Love Video Blogs

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Why I Love Video Blogs

Communication! We hear that word so often and it really is the most important element of the human condition, yet sometimes we are so utterly useless at it. For years the written blog was the "big" thing with everyone having an online blog published via Wordpress, Tumblr, Blogger...

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Visiting Sony Pictures

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Visiting Sony Pictures

I recently took a trip to Los Angeles and had the opportunity to visit the Sony Pictures lot with my buddy in Culver City and wanted to share some of pictures I managed to take (we were prohibited from taking too many) and highlights from my time there...

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Telltale Games’s “The Wolf Among Us”

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Telltale Games’s “The Wolf Among Us”

As a youngster, I would spend hours and hours playing video games, it was pretty much my entire life during the week as I would always watch movies with my father on the weekends. I mainly played PC games with titles such as Max Payne, Neverwinter Nights, Counter-Strike, Day of Defeat, Age of Empires and Half-Life coming to mind, but as I got older, my attention switched more towards music and my passion for video games became less and less to the point of being literally non-existent...

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Film Composer Junkie XL On Film Scoring, Deadlines, Hans Zimmer & His Studio

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Film Composer Junkie XL On Film Scoring, Deadlines, Hans Zimmer & His Studio

Who remembers the opening raining blood scene from the 1998 movie Blade? I certainly do as Blade was an important movie for me as a then youngster at a time when the the big screen was just starting to fascinate me. Until yesterday, I had been totally unaware that the music from that scene was composed by Junkie XL and licensed for the scene; cue his initial interest in becoming a film composer...

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Hans Zimmer Revealed

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Hans Zimmer Revealed

I had heard Zimmer comment in an interview around the time of Chris Nolan’s Inception in 2010 that he had been contemplating taking some time off from movie scoring to take his music around the world with a bunch of his friends and an orchestra...

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The Gravity Effect

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The Gravity Effect

So I went down to the IMAX last week to check out Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity. Like most films, before even getting into the movie theatre I suspected that I may spoilt the film for myself! I always spend far too much time reading about the post-production process and the production of the soundtrack that I usually know far too much about the film. I sometimes feel I should ban myself from the internet for a few weeks before a movie release but I digress...

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Danny Elfman Live @ The Royal Albert Hall

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Danny Elfman Live @ The Royal Albert Hall

I ventured out to the Royal Albert Hall to watch a selection of live Danny Elfman’s cues for his work on the Tim Burton films and thought I’d share some pictures we managed to take on the night.  A really great atmosphere and fantastic to see Mr. Elfman himself performing the role of ‘Jack’ from Nightmare Before Christmas...

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Evelyn Glennie: How to truly listen

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Evelyn Glennie: How to truly listen

I have often thought about how we experience music and how this experience must differ from one person to another. Two people might be in the same concert hall, or even just sitting in a living room listening to music, but experience the sound in a totally different way. This could perhaps be down where the person is seated, maybe certain frequencies in the instrumental timbre are accentuated, or frequencies maybe in the bottom end (bass) of the sound example are dampened, therefore altering the persons experience or interpretation of the piece...

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Personatones Interview

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Personatones Interview

I was recently asked by Ringtone specialists Personatones to answer some questions as part of a 10 question interview surrounding my composition style, influences, approach and management of my time and music, I was more than happy to take part and hope you will find my responses insightful...

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A Virtual Choir of 2000 Voices?

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A Virtual Choir of 2000 Voices?

I may be posing this a little late as it went out on TED Talks over a year ago, but I really think it is something worth sharing. The Internet is such a powerful tool and can be used in a really creative way as composer Eric Whitacre shows in this video. It proves that music really is a global language...

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49 - 88 Keys (But Which Keyboard Do I Buy?)

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49 - 88 Keys (But Which Keyboard Do I Buy?)

I should imagine there comes a point in every contemporary composers career where a larger MIDI master keyboard is required, for me that day came this week. I had been flirting with the idea of upgrading for some time, but what with the vast volume of products available on the market and just sheer size of a full format keyboard in general, I found myself trawling through the internet and never really coming to any sort of conclusion on what the best solution would be...

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