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Most composers have showcase sites that let their music speak for itself. Which is great. But many people are curious about what we do.

I enjoy writing when I have the time, so I felt that a blog could give a little insight into my work, how and why I do it. 

So here you are. Take from it what you want, I hope you find it useful and maybe a little interesting. 


Samsung - Over The Horizon 2018

Samsung - Over The Horizon 2018

I'm very happy to announce a collaboration that I've been looking forward to sharing with you.

Last year, I was contacted by Samsung and offered to be their 2018 Artist Collaborator for the Over The Horizon project. Over The Horizon is the familiar melody that we have all heard, the default ringtone and brand sound of Samsung Galaxy devices, originally composed by Joong-sam Yun. 

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The Soundtracks Of Our Lives

The Soundtracks Of Our Lives

This last decade has seen a big rise in interest in soundtrack music and cinematic instrumental music. Here are some personal thoughts on why that might be, and the philosophy behind much of the work you will find here.

The way we enjoy music changed drastically with the introduction of our own private music space, with what I consider to be a proper music revolution - The Walkman. 

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A visit from Spitfire Audio

A visit from Spitfire Audio

If you are into making music, especially if you do any composing work for film and tv, chances are that you may have heard of Spitfire Audio. They are a leading company in the making of sample libraries, tools that many of us rely on, both for temp work and composition and even for final production. 

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Composing Music for VR - Part I

Composing Music for VR - Part I

Most people that have tried VR with a good headset can agree that even if we have a long way to go, AR and VR are surely going to be huge in the future. Gaming, education, business, all have huge possibilities in the virtual immersive space as well as augmented reality. And we haven't really even began to fathom the endless possibilities these platforms have to offer when technology catches up, which it will. 

And then, there is music. 

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Finish that song and release it!

Finish that song and release it!

Some years ago I found myself in a strange situation. I was writing a lot of music, some of it quite experimental, not as a genre, but as in doing something I didn't really know how to do, with very mixed results. Some of the songs, I was actually quite pleased with. But. There was always this one thing that I could do better. Get it right. Make it perfect. Having no pressure or deadline is a tricky thing for a musician. Because a song can always be better. Or can it?

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Iceland Aurora

Iceland Aurora

I composed some music for Iceland Aurora, a non-narrative time-lapse film which captures the mesmerising Aurora Borealis and the unique scenery of Iceland. This is was the first of many collaborations with cinematographer Snorri Þór Tryggvason.The wonders of the Auroras are difficult to experience for most of the world, normally only visible in arctic regions and at the Antartica. So Snorri set out to capture them for those who don't have a chance to enjoy them like we, who live in the north. 

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Ligeglad TV Series Soundtrack

Ligeglad TV Series Soundtrack

Iceland is a country famously not known for comedies. In fact most of our films and TV series are about the darker side of the the human life, and when they are not, they tend to be small fragile and sometimes claustrophobic stories.  Enter Ligeglad (Whatever).

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Case - Netflix Original | TV soundtrack

Case - Netflix Original | TV soundtrack

It all started in June of 2014. Director Baldvin Z. came by and told me that he had some really great scripts that he wanted me to write music to. I got a draft script of the first episode, and started composing a 5 minute track that would include all the emotions of the series, and display how we thought sonic world should sound and feel - the music DNA of the show, so to speak.

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