Jason Barber is quickly emerging as one of the most diverse and sought after composers and sound designers of the new century. His passion and experience offers a unique and elegant blend of orchestral performance, live acoustic, electronica and ambient music.
As a composer for film, television, advertising and new media, Jason has amassed a diverse body of feature film credits including the surreal romantic comedy, “PATSY”, Bryan Loudon’s twisted dark-comedy, “RAPE KIT”, and the award winning documentary‚ “THE COURTHOUSE GIRLS OF FARMLAND”.
Jason’s skilled composing is combined with extensive background in sound engineering and production for film, television, and Internet. This gives Jason a comprehensive view of the entire creative process, providing a unique ability to collaborate on each phase and aspect of a project.
Jason earned degrees in Jazz Composition and Electronic Music, feeding his passion for film by also attending courses in film technique and screen-writing. He is an established lecturer on film music, music production and sound design, conducting seminars and master classes around the world as a contributing member of the Video Audio Software Support Training group (VASST).
Joel Douek is an award winning composer and instrumentalist, whose music has appeared in numerous TV episodes, major documentary specials, as well as films and national commercials. Specializing in orchestral drama, he also brings a fascination with world music and electronica into many of his scores. Joel recently scored the "The Tall Man" starring Jessica Biel, for Atlantic Screen Music.
A British composer based in the US, Joel has scored multiple big screen documentary features with naturalist Sir David Attenborough, including the BAFTA-winning IMAX film ‘Flying Monsters 3D’, BBC/Discovery’s EMMY-winning ‘First Life’, the recent ‘Kingdom of Plants 3D’, and is currently scoring the series and IMAX film ‘Galapagos 3D’. His previous work includes the Everest adventure ‘The Wildest Dream’, featuring Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes and Natasha Richardson, and a host of animé from ‘Yugioh!’ to ‘Sonic X’ and ‘The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’
Daniel Matthee & James Matthes
Pressure Cooker Studios formed mid 2009 is a young and fresh music studio, supported and run by Daniel Matthee and James Matthes. Daniel has been classically trained in piano and Saxophone. He has also studied music theory through the Royal School of Music, along with a degree from Point Blank London (Music Production and Composition). James is a self taught pianist. He began his musical training in Music Production and Arrangement for Film & TV at City Varsity where he went on to achieve the Top Student award for excellence while completing his degree. James steps away from the classical approach of writing music by manipulating synths and adding these interesting effects to emotive orchestral themes.
As a team Daniel and James work together to approach scores with a fresh unique touch in order to achieve powerful, emotive themes that support the narrative. Trying to develop interesting new approaches to scoring is always a top priority.
Working on the Vehicle 19 soundtrack has been our most challenging film score to date. We went through what seemed like an infinite amount of genre directions with the director in order to achieve a sound that was both original and supportive on the films visuals (every scene being confined to the inside of a minivan). We’re extremely happy with how it all turned out and hope that audiences enjoy rocking in their seats the way we did in our studio.
Craig Robert McConnell
Craig Robert McConnell is a prolific Film and Television composer, record producer and songwriter. His 8 feature films have received theatrical distribution in over 50 countries. His music is also featured in more than 4000 episodes of television broadcasting in over 25 countries worldwide.
His film scoring credits include Irvine Welsh’s Ecstasy (from the author of Trainspotting) and the romantic comedy Textuality (starring Sex and the City’s Jason Lewis). For television, he has composed for hit international TV series such as the sitcom Life With Boys (from the creators of Hannah Montana). Upcoming projects include The Playboy, a feature length documentary about the life of Hugh Hefner.
Craig is also an award-winning songwriter and producer with a long list of credits in North America, Asia and Europe across many musical genres. This continued success in the pop music world keeps his Film and Television scores fresh and current.
Harry is currently scoring Welcome To The Punch for ASM. A thriller by Eran Creevy, starring James McAvoy and Mark Strong and produced by Between The Eyes and Ridley Scott.
Last year, Harry composed the score for Shame by the Turner-Prize winning artist Steve McQueen. The film stars Michael Fassbender and is a See-Saw films production. He has composed scores for several award-winning films by directors such as Michael Winterbottom, Nick Broomfield, David Slade, Clio Barnard and many more.
Guy is currently scoring the madcap comedy “The Hot Potato” starring Ray Winstone, Colm Meaney and Jack Huston backed by an Atlantic Screen Composers investment. He recently completed a wonderful score for the comedy drama “If I were you” directed by Joan Car-Wiggin.
Guy boasts an impressive catalogue of Film scores which include : “I know you know” for Director Justin Kerrigan starring Robert Carlyle, “The Flock” starring Richard Gere, “The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey” starring Joely Richardson and Tom Berenger and “Land of the Bling” starring Ralph Fiennes and Donald Sutherland.
His music includes sweeping orchestral scores, world music and contemporary sound design and programming, as well as highly successful collaborations with pop artists and producers. Aside from Guy’s film and television work, he has written and produced music with artists such as the Sugababes, the Appletons, Mica Paris, Duran Duran and Charlotte Church.
Lesley Barber is currently working on the score for “The Moth Diaries”, the new feature film co-produced by Samson Films, Edward R. Pressman Film, Media Max Productions, and Mediabiz International, in which we have invested as part of our new Atlantic Screen Composers film music funding programme.
Lesley has composed for Yo-Yo Ma, written film scores for Academy Award-winning feature films like Kenneth Longerin’s “You Can Count on Me”; worked with Mira Nair on the Emmy award-winning “Hysterical Blindness”, starring Uma Thurman and Gena Rollins; scored several films for Patricia Rozema (“Mansfield Park”;”When Night is Falling”), Wayne Wang, Boaz Yakin, and the award-winning children’s classic “Little Bear” with Maurice Sendak.
Paul Hardcastle is famously known for perfecting a dramatic, arresting semi-instrumental composition based on something he’d only heard about - the average age of combat soldiers in the Vietnam War was 19. The production values of the resulting track have given ‘19’ a place in the all-time dance music winners’ enclosure. ‘19’ spent five weeks at Number 1 in the British chart. It was the fastest selling single of 1985 in the UK and went on to become an international sensation getting to number 1 in 13 countries and selling over 8 million copies.
Hardcastle had several other chart singles with Chrysalis and in 1986 one more Top 20 success was to become part of the lives of millions of TV viewers: ‘The Wizard’ was immortalised as the theme for Top of the Pops for the next nine years.
Over the years Paul has also been very active on the dance music scene remixing amongst others 5 Star, Luther Vandross, Change, Barry White, Ian Dury and the Blockheads, Phil Lynott, Thin Lizzy, D Train, George Mcrae, Daniel Boone, Hiroshima, Direct Drive, The Deff Boyz, LFO and Julian Jonah.
In 2011 Paul realised one of his dreams, by releasing a collaboration ‘Rainforest / What’s Going On’ featuring the late Marvin Gaye’s vocals. This summer Pacha Ibiza will release ‘Beats of the Beach’ an album recorded and mixed by Paul.
For the past 20 years, Ryan Miller has been the lead singer and principal songwriter for the alt-rock band Guster. His songs have appeared in many feature films, including “Wedding Crashers”, “Life As A House”, “Disturbia”, “Martian Child”, and others.
Ryan has scored several national and international commercial spots and promos. He scored the feature film “Nobody” in 2009 and is currently scoring a Duplass Brothers film entitled “Safety Not Guaranteed” starring Kristen Bell. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.
LMO recently completed recordings for The Edinburgh Suite – a new album from Scotland’s multi-talented performer and composer Phamie Gow.
Phamie is renowned for her ground breaking performances as harpist, singer, pianist, whistle player, accordianist and composer for film and TV and has toured extensively throughout the World. This collaboration with LMO is her first orchestral album in which she also features extensively as pianist.
The first session comprised 23 strings (6 first violins, 6 seconds, 5 violas, 4 celli and 2 double basses) which were led by David Juritz. A string quintet then recorded more tracks in a second session. A third session was convened with 6 brass (2 horns, 2 trumpets, tenor trombone and bass trombone) and the final session involved woodwind (flute, oboe and clarinet). Further overdubs were added by John Paricelli (acoustic and electric guitars) and Steve Mclaughlin (cymbals).
The sessions were conducted by Andy Brown and took place at Metropolis studios. Steve Mclaughlin engineered and co-produced the recordings with Phamie Gow.
Tim Hollier at Music Publishers Copyright Administration Services generously commissioned The Edinburgh Suite, which will be released later in 2011 and there are further plans for live performances.
(courtesy of London Metropolitan Orchestra)
Ben Medcalf has recently composed the source music for the feature film ’The Veteran’ - a Veteran Picture production with director Mathew Hope. The story is of a young soldier who returns from Afganistan and gets embroiled in a plot with suspected terrorists and drug dealers.
Ben is a multi-award-winning music producer, composer and audio engineer. An international DJ’ing and production career has taken him across the world performing at major venues and festival such as Fabric in London, Razmatazz in Barcelona, Toronto, Space in Ibiza, and Glastonbury.
John McCarthy is currently scoring for the feature film Faces in the Crowd, a Forecast Pictures production, directed by Julien Magnet – A present day thriller based in New York, which tells the story of Anna, who after witnessing a “brutal” murder develops face blindness unable to recognise friend, foe or lover.
Over the last few years John scored the feature film ‘The Stone Angel’ starring Ellen Burstyn directed by Kari Skogland (which won 2009 Genie Award for best original Score) and the NBC show ‘My own Worst Enemy’ staring Christian Slater. Most recently John scored an animated film for Cirque Du Soleil, and a documentary for the U.N.