Producing: ARK.S

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Producing: ARK.S

Film composer Michael W. Bell with rapper ARK.S

This is a project I'm crazy excited about! Hiphop artist ARK.S and myself have been mates for years and have had many conversations spanning pretty much all of the the arts! We had kind of spoken on and off about doing a music project together in the past, and now were making what I can only describe as "Cinematic Hip Hop" together.


I have currently written two tracks for ARK.S  and am in the process of composing more tracks! This post is going to grow as time goes on but for the meantime, I can tell you that Aurora Eclipse Productions in association with 9E Productions will be looking to release a Single to all major digital stores during the first week of September 2017 with an EP release to follow.

So far, we have been posting production news and stories on our social media accounts only, so keep your eye on the following accounts for more news

ARK.S
Twitter
Instagram

Aurora Eclipse Productions Ltd
Twitter
Instagram

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Ident/Branding: Tangitise - Communicating Tangible Value

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Ident/Branding: Tangitise - Communicating Tangible Value

My friend and colleague Steve Hope-Wynne over at Tangitise Ltd approached me with a brief to compose a short music score complimenting the branding for his company branding and voice over introduction.


I decided to take a modern-meets-elegant approach and employed the use of synthesisers, flutes, strings, horns, pianos and light percussion to complete the piece. 

For more on Tangitise, visit www.tangitise.com

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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...

I came to know Stu while working on a short film together some years ago... I required an EDM diagetic music track and was at a real loss at the time to find anything suitable. Stu kindly stepped in and saved my bacon by quickly producing a series of tracks with the film in mind allowing me to focus on the score. 

Since then, Stu has worked hard to create a community of producers and artists worldwide making music on a variety of budgets, I would seriously recommend following them of Facebook and Twitter as there is almost always useful content being posted and friendly conversation around it!

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Short Documentary: One Day

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Short Documentary: One Day

I have just finished scoring "One Day", a short documentary film which has been created in the hope of raising mental health awareness worldwide. Both the film and the score have been released and can viewed/heard below. 

Having suffered from mental health issues myself in the past, it's a subject which is quite close to my heart... I very much hope you will find the time to watch the film and share it accordingly.

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Blanket nominated for Best Score at The Views of the World Film & Music Festival

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Blanket nominated for Best Score at The Views of the World Film & Music Festival

I have been so excited to hear that Blanket was nominated for Best Score earlier this month at Views of the World Film & Music Festival in Montreal, Canada.

The final screening version of the film has just been sent off to the festival and from looking at the schedule, it's going to be shown at around 11:30am (Canadian Time | GMT-4) this Sunday (September 25th 2016) with the awards ceremonies starting from 6pm (11pm UK time).

Blanket was a tricky film for me to write, given the subject matter and minimal dialogue approach, It took me quite a while to discover how to best voice the film musically. Blanket tackles a multitude of emotions including depression, happiness, despair. romance, thriller, suspense, horror and regret. While attempting to keep things minimal and not overpower the film.

Than you to everyone who has supported my on this journey thus far, your continued support means the world to me! 

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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! 

I have composed music and designed sound for short and feature films, documentaries, animations, company branding/identity, bands, artists and more... I am now continuing to develop my skills as I pitch (both winning and loosing projects) compose music, design sound and much, much more.

So who wants to come on a journey with me?
My Patreon operates on a few levels of subscription all of which are outlined in the right hand column...
1. Welcome
2. Fan
3. Super Fan
4. Supporter
5. Insight 1
6. Insight 2

If you are enjoying my videos, like my work and want to see/hear more, you can partner with me here to directly support my music career... In return, let me take you on a journey, show you behind the scenes footage, share my latest news and project updates before it's announced, follow you, send copies of my latest music as soon as its ready before it's live in the stores, invite you to community online hangouts and provide you with 1-2-1 private tuition.

Your contributions will allow me to keep streaming, stop my systems from crashing, obtain ever advancing and vital sample libraries, plugins and hardware, hire session musicians to add a more human element to my scores and employ mixing/mastering engineers to assist me through the final stages of production.

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Short Film: Blanket

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Short Film: Blanket

Click to view on iTunes  

Click to view on iTunes  

Some months after announcing the completion of the trailer score, I am pleased to announce that I have now finished composing the score for the Silver Lining Pictures produced short film "Blanket".

The movie was filmed in just three days using a DSLR and has been described by producer Louis W. Frost as "A beautifully brutal romantic, story with a dramatic twist that will send your heart racing...".

I have kindly been given permission to release the soundtrack ahead of the film release and as such, the full length score is available to buy and stream via all major digital stores.

Silver Lining Pictures are currently submitting the film to film festivals worldwide and I look forward to updating you all once we have more information regarding its exhibition!

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Trailer: Dream Finder "The Corruption Begins"

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Trailer: Dream Finder "The Corruption Begins"

Clouded Sight Pictures & De Luca Films recently got in touch and asked me to compose a short cue for the first teaser trailer for their upcoming fantasy feature “Dream Finder”, and this was the result. 

Dream Finder is an exciting new film project based on the bestseller fantasy book of the same name by Roger Taylor and I’m really excited to be apart of! The project is currently in the pre-production stage but director David Christopher-Turner is doing an amazing job keeping us all up-to-date, you can follow the latest test shots, concept art and all news relating to Dream Finder both on the Official Website and Facebook Page (click for links).

In the meantime, I hope you enjoy the teaser trailer and I leave you with a snippet of concept art which has been produced for the film.

 

 

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Single Released: The Raging of the Falcons

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Single Released: The Raging of the Falcons

After a series of conversations with my friend and photographer Stuart J. Bland, he convinced me to release my short action cue "The Raging of the Falcons" and offered to help me out with the cover design, an offer I immediately took him up on.

The track was composed during a quiet period some months ago while using some new sample libraries and recording a YouTube video talking audiences through the composition and how I mixed various string sample libraries together to achieve my desired sound.

I was after this type of hyper action packed tension is a cue for some time and feel I really achieved something here, so i"m really pleased I am now able to share this with the world! I hope you take the chance to give it a listen.
 

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EP Release: 100,000 YouTube Views For Frankie Fraser Documentary

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EP Release: 100,000 YouTube Views For Frankie Fraser Documentary

Today I received some exciting news! The Silver Lining Pictures produced short YouTube documentary "Mad Frankie Fraser: His Last Interview" has just exceeded 100,000 views on YouTube, in light of this, I figured I would release the score!

Lurking in the Delta Waves is now streaming on Apple Music and available to buy as an EP on the iTunes store, it will be hitting other digital stores over the next couple of days! I have been looking through some of my compositions over the past few weeks and have decided to release an ambient album later this year, this track is a taster of what to expect from it...

For those of you who have not seen the documentary, check it out here.

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Album Release: Awakening, The Early Scores

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Album Release: Awakening, The Early Scores

Since the turn of 2016, I feel I've grown musically and am moving into newer realms. I wanted a way to catalogue my progress so far..I see all these pieces as stepping stones in terms of my developing as a composer and while these early scores are very minimal and elementary in terms of composition, I'm very proud of them! It's great for me to be able to listen back to some of the films I've worked on; as such, I have created "Awakening, The Early Scores".

I hope you will check it out on your chosen digital store or steaming service...
iTunes/Apple Music
Spotify
Bandcamp
Amazon
Tidal

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Ident/Branding: Dream Finder - Coming Soon

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Ident/Branding: Dream Finder - Coming Soon

Antyr the Dream Finder and his strange companion and Earth Holder, stand in the way of a terrible evil that threatens the very fabric of the Great Dream. While a warrior chieftain will pay any price to conquer the world, even perhaps his soul…
— http://www.dreamfindermovie.com

I recently finishing the sound design for the ident to support the promotion of the upcoming feature film, "Dream Finder". The film is currently in pre-production while the team look to source funding for the project.

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Ident/Branding: Silver Hound Films

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Ident/Branding: Silver Hound Films

Silver Lining Pictures and Mediahound Films have joined forces to create "Silver Hound Films", a film production company with one aim... To create high quality adverts, idents and show reels for companies and brands. Motion graphics artist David Turner created an immersive and visually rich ident for the company and I was tasked with the job of designing the sound.

Manipulating found sounds and combining sub-bass drones, high end swells and of course modern sound design instruments such Gravity, I was able to create a heavy atmosphere and add impacting sounds for the thunder, howles and rain ending the cue abruptly to allow the team to seamlessly flow into their future visuals.

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Trailer: Blanket

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Trailer: Blanket

Another project has landed my way from collaborators over at Silver Lining Pictures. The upcoming feature, 'Blanket" was filmed in just three days using a DSLR and has been described by producer Louis W. Frost as "A beautifully brutal romantic, story with a dramatic twist that will send your heart racing...".

With this in mind, I had the task of writing a score for the trailer which was both romantic, but also had a sense of dread, entrapment and horror, you can check out the results below! I'm currently spotting the film before composing the music for the short, Blanket is currently set to hit the festivals during 2016 with a release date early next year.

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Trailer: Spirit Hunters

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Trailer: Spirit Hunters

Silver Lining Pictures recently got in touch and asked me to compose the soundtrack for the trailer of their upcoming proposed TV Series, Spirit Hunters".

I'm told the idea is still much in development with the Silver Lining team prepping and pitching the show for TV as we speak and as with any start-up programs, a pilot episode must be produced but from what I hear, the show will promise humour, fun and of course, ghost hunting but it it's own very unique way featuring views and opinions from both believers, and non-believers. 

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Trailer: Cutting Room

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Trailer: Cutting Room

I recently worked alongside my friend and colleague Emily Jackson to produce the score for Silver Lining Pictures upcoming feature film, Cutting Room, check out results below! I've always loved the idea of collaboration which I guess is a plus point given the crazy deadlines we are gives as composers, It's always interesting to see where something goes when two minds work together.

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Producing: Black Noire's "Tales of the Unaffected" EP

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Producing: Black Noire's "Tales of the Unaffected" EP

Black Noire

I was recently given the opportunity to work with Baroque Pop/Rock band Black Noire to produce, mix and master their debut EP, "Tales of the Unaffected" and am pleased to announce that that work is now complete!

Black Noire is made up of Daniel Smith (Guitar/Bass), Emily Jackson (Keys/Piano/Orchestrator) and Darron Connett (Vocals/Lyrics) and from the very beginning I knew it was going to be an interesting project...

I agreed fairly early on that I would work on the post production for the EP, I knew Dan killed it on the bass and what with Emily being my VP over at Aurora Eclipse Productions, I was fully aware that the project would be different and merge genres to create an interesting listen; I had nothing to be worried about, if only just a just little intrigued by what they were cooking up in the writing rooms.

I loved what I heard on the initial play through and quickly began to massage the MIDI data, merge and swapping out samples libraries, add expression and dynamics and generally balance out and arrange the tracks while working with Dan to record guitars in a hope to take the music into different realms.

I'm incredibly proud of what the guys achieved musically and in terms of production, I was able to draw on production techniques both new and old enabling me to get really creative during post production, something I feel has really benefitted to the release. 

Tales of the Unaffected is now available worldwide via iTunes and all major digital stores. In addition to this, you can preview three of the six tracks via the band's Soundcloud embed below and I've even been able to publish some teaser artwork, Enjoy!

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Documentary: Legends: The Kray Twins Story

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Documentary: Legends: The Kray Twins Story

After the recent success of the Frankie Fraser online documentary which hit 35,000 views in just one month, I recently collaborated with my friends Louis Frost and Bob Taylor of Silver Lining Pictures to produced yet another original score for another short animated documentary, this time focused on the notorious London gangsters Ronnie and Reggie Kray. 

Silver Lining provided me with just a few drawings of which I was to base a 13 minute composition on, this was a real challenge for me as I'm so used to composing directly to picture. I was told the music would need to be atmospheric, but still musical and repeat but still change in timbre and mood, below are the results.

Louis cut the trailer to my music and I think he did a great job of it too! I really enjoyed working in this way, while a little nerve wrecking that I may be going off point, to which Louis constantly assured me I was not, It gave me much musical freedom and I believe I managed to encompass many emotive qualities throughout the score.

You can view the documentary via YouTube above and check out the composition on its own below, I really hope you enjoy it! 

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Documentary: Frankie Fraser: His Last Interview

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Documentary: Frankie Fraser: His Last Interview

Silver Lining Pictures have just released their first online documentary film focused on the life of Frankie Fraser, a notorious gangster from London in the 1960s. The film begins with a brief introduction to Fraiser himself, detailing some of his crimes and experiences before moving onto the last documented interview with Frankie himself just before his death at the end of 2014.

Silver Lining Pictures were looking for an ambient, but ominous soundscape to use in the background of their film and subsequently licensed Mike's track "Lurking In The Delta Waves" from the AEP Library. Impressively, they managed to use the entire 13 minute track!

Mike designed the concept track just a few months ago stating, "I guess the concept is based around sleep, relaxation, nightmares and the fear/uncertainty of your subconscious mind, a place we all go when we are in our deepest sleep and almost anything is possible...".

In addition to providing the musical score for the documentary, we also helped to edit and level the voiceover recordings to ensure you never struggle to hear what is being said throughout the documentary.

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Short Film: Jogger

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Short Film: Jogger

I was recently completed the score, sound design and final mix for the short film "Jogger".

Jogger is the second short film produced by Silver Lining Pictures during the summer of 2014 and the second time I have worked with director/actor Matthew Clark (Francis). The film was shot with no dialogue or location sound and as such, I was responsible for producing an original score, sourcing and manipulating foley and adding sound design to the film.

It was amazing to be given the opportunity to work on this project and great experimentation in terms of what difference music and sound can make to a picture. I managed to add dread, atmosphere and fear through the use of music and really bring the film to live in terms of designing the ambience of the forest. I could even control the nature of the first by adding the sounds of crows and ravens during the films dramatic moments and removing them when the first had calmed and the 'evil' had left returning to a more settled atmosphere. 

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