For our #103 LABS Notebook feature, we captured a very special interview and performance with artist, multi-instrumentalist, arranger & composer Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, at our Spitfire Audio event in New York. In this interview, Miguel reveals his journey as a music maker, and the many artists he’s worked with along the way. The list is an extensive one!
#labscollabs is back for another Spitfire Audio community collaboration. We asked composer Keith Kenniff aka Helios (whose clients include Apple, Paramount Pictures and Warner Brothers) to create the foundation of a track, using only our free LABS instruments, paired with beautiful animation from London-based animator Amanda Eliasson. We then gave it to our community to finish the track that Keith had started. With amazing and inspiring contributions, it was hard to narrow down the submissions to a final three. Check out the final track below.
Finally, we asked our Customer Experience team to share their favourite films, music and games for our watch, listen & play highlight!
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 a serious devotion and dedication to developing it; he effortlessly bridges diverse genres and generations of music and culture into cohesive, magical compositions, recordings and performances. It is 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, 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.
Our second #labscollabs track features an original composition by Keith Kenniff aka Helios, and three additional composers from our community. The Spitfire team came together to choose their favourite contributions which were sent over to Spitfire composer Oliver, who stitched together the chosen stems.
Watch the final track and animation, plus contributons from our community 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. She now works 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 ambient/electronic practitioner Helios and post-classical piano minimalist Goldmund (the latter’s music has been 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.