For our #103 LABS Notebook feature, we’ve captured a very special interview & performance with artist, multi-instrumentalist, arranger & composer Miguel Atwood-Ferguson. In this interview at the Spitfire Audio event in New York, Miguel discusses his journey as a music maker as well as the artists he’s worked with along the way. The list is an extensive one!

#labscollabs is back for another Spitfire Audio community collaboration. We had the pleasure of having composer Keith Kenniff/ Helios (Apple, Paramount Pictures, Warner Brothers) create the foundation of a track using only our FREE LABS instruments. This was paired with a beautiful animation by London animator Amanda Eliasson. It was then down to our community to finish the track that Keith started. With amazing and inspiring contributions it was hard to narrow down the submissions to the final three. Check out the final track below.

Finally, we asked our Customer Experience team to share their favourite music, film and games for our watch, listen & play highlights!


Full name: Miguel Atwood-Ferguson

Location: Los Angeles

The depth and range of Atwood-Ferguson’s work is vast, having contributed to over 500 recordings, and thousands of live concerts. He has a rare gift and serious devotion and dedication to developing it; he effortlessly bridges diverse genres and generations of musical and cultural elements into cohesive and magical presentations. And it’s his ability to connect with music of all styles, forms and traditions that sets him apart.

Miguel’s interests are many and he performs, tours and records with ensembles ranging from electronica, avant-garde, jazz, classical, hip-hop, and pop to name a few from countries all around the world. Many long years of practice and study prepared him for what is now a life of constant composing, conducting, performing, improvising, and producing.

miguelatwoodferguson.com/

Here is our second #labscollabs track featuring Keith Kenniff/ Helios & three additional composers from our community. The Spitfire team came together once again to find their favourite tracks which they then sent over to Spitfire composer Oliver, who stitched together the chosen stems. 

You can watch our community contributions below! 

Amanda Eliasson is an award-winning animation director based in London. Her primary interest is in hand generated processes. 

She graduated with an MA in animation from the Royal College of Art, London, in 2017. Now she’s working as a freelance animation director, making short films and music videos.

“Since I started animating I’ve developed an interest in making flat images transport the viewer into a three dimensional space. I would say my style is playful and naive in contrast to the difficult social subjects I address in my films”.

SEE AMANDA’S WORK HERE:

A Pennsylvanian by birth, Keith Kenniff is an honors graduate of Boston’s esteemed Berklee College of Music, best known as the brains behind dulcet ambient/electronic practitioner Helios and post-classical piano minimalist music as Goldmund (the latter’s music once described by no less an authority than Ryuichi Sakamoto as “…so, so, so beautiful…”). 

Together with his wife Hollie, Keith also records as Mint Julep, and the two released their debut album “Save Your Season” which NME coined as “Unquestionably Beautiful”. A succession of albums under those aliases has made Kenniff the darling of discerning critics and his music has been widely used in film, TV and advertising, for clients such as Apple, Facebook, Google, Paramount, MTV and Warner Brothers. 

www.unseen-music.com/