Michael W. Bell is a cinematic and film music composer, ambient music designer and music producer based in Croydon, Surrey where he works at his production studio, Aurora Eclipse Productions Ltd (AEPL).
Born on July 1st 1988 in London, Mike moved around a lot spending most of his youth both in and around London and the Sound East. His first memorable experience with film and music was watching Disney's Fantasia as a child.
As a teenager, he discovered Heavy Metal and began playing the electric guitar in a metal band as their rhythm guitarist. After a few years with the band, Mike decided to study Music Production with the aim of becoming a live sound engineer, but ultimately he stumbled upon a passion for creating music for film during one of the many assignments.
In 2011, Mike scored his first short film, "Francis" which led him to enrolling on a Composition for Film & Media course at the University of Brighton allowing him to continue developing compositional ideas and thus, his journey began.
In 2012, he was given the chance to compose a cinematic, dark ambient/orchestral soundscape for the US-based band Shores of Acheron which featured on their EP "End of Reign". he also got a chance to see things from a foley perspective working as a foley artist/sound designer for a student animator who had produced a short piece entitled "Æ Har Det Bare Bra", a project which went on to win third place at the Innsbruck Nature Film Festival.
After graduating in 2013, Mike relocated to Surrey where he launched his music production company and studio, Aurora Eclipse Productions Ltd (AEPL). Two early compositions, "Dolour" and "Maritime Discoveries" were released by AEPL shortly after.
During 2014, Mike connected with a handful of filmmakers and completed the scores for the short films "Local Girl", "Survival", and "Jogger", as well as a short documentary film called "Night Owls". These projects were very important in terms of practising and establishing effective workflows for film scoring.
In 2015, he found himself mostly scoring trailers, idents and showreels for a number of production companies to promote their upcoming and "in production" projects. Working extensively with Silver Lining Pictures, he scored the trailers for "Cutting Room" (in collaboration with Emily Jackson), "Spirit Hunters", and "Blanket" as well as composing the music for two successful YouTube documentaries, "Mad Frankie Fraser: His Last Interview" and "Legends: The Kray Twins Story". For Clouded Sight Pictures, he completed the "Coming Soon Ident" for their upcoming feature film Dream Finder and designed the sound for the Silver Hound Films "Ident". Much to his enjoyment, Mike also had the chance to work with a band again in a studio context and produced "Tales of the Unaffected", the six track debut EP from London-based baroque-pop band, Black Noire.
2016 was a busy year for Mike, AEPL released his first album "Awakening, the Early Scores", a compilation of film music cues composed for early projects which made it to picture. This was a way to mark the end of an era as he began to become more established in the art of writing music for film. To celebrate the Silver Lining Pictures produced Frankie Fraser documentary surpassing 100,000 views on YouTube, AEPL also released the "Lurking In The Delta Waves" EP; a 13 minute dark ambient soundscape composed for the film. This was quickly followed by the release of "The Raging of the Falcons", a short action packed cue composed for YouTube! Throughout 2016, he also completed the score for the Louis W. Frost directed short dramas, “Blanket" and “One Day”. Both films were aired at festivals around the world and much to his excitement, Mike's score for Blanket was nominated for "Best Score" at the Views of The World Film & Music Festival in Canada. AEPL subsequently released the score for both “Blanket (Original Motion Picture Score)” and “One Day” during the same year.
Both 2017 and 2018 almost fall into one year! AEPL released Mike’s fifth single entitled “Bewailing Under The Eastern Skies”, he completing the score for the All Visions Align Ltd produced short film “Crazy Woman Got A Gun” which went off to the festivals and successfully collaborated with Clare Estelle and Stephen Hope-Wynne to contribute additional music, mix and master Clare’s eternal single “Somehow” (released during the early parts of 2018). He also worked with Stephen Hope-Wynne to score the branding video for his company Tangitise. In the summer of 2018, Mike started producing a cinematic hip-hop EP in collaboration with the UK based rapper ARK.S (Signed to the label side of AEPL). Currently, Mike is working on a personal dark ambient project in collaboration with Stephen Hope-Wynne and continuing to produce the upcoming ARK.S EP, both releases are lined up to go out on AEPL during 2019.
In addition to his music work, Mike enjoys creating videos and interacting with his friends, followers and peers via his YouTube and Patreon channels; here he documents his work and production processes.