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YouTube Channel: Off The Record

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YouTube Channel: Off The Record

First off! Where have you been Mike? I know its been a while since I wrote on my site, absolutely shocking, but after much hiatus for personal reasons and going a bit mental for a while, I am firmly back; and I think a new venture I recently started with my mate Richard Yaxley (RetroRic) will help solidify that.

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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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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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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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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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