We’re already at the end of March and it’s been an exciting month! We had the pleasure of collaborating with lots of inspiring people for some incredible International Women’s Day celebrations. Not only did we team up with the forces behind the Women Composers’ Forum and host a joint event at Spitfire’s HQ, we also spent our Saturday at The Church Studios for their Women’s Day mixing and mastering workshop with some of the industries top engineers.
As well as celebrating IWD, we also welcomed French composer, Emilie Levienaise-Farrouch into the building for an exclusive Ones To Watch Piano Day performance. At the end of last year, some of the Spitfire team were lucky to visit Fallout composer, Inon Zur, in LA for an exclusive interview where he talked through his life as a composer, and how he got into composing for game. Finally, Christian spent some time in the studio with Mowgli composer Nitin Sawhney for a brand new Creative Cribs episode and In Depth about his score for the Netflix feature.
Emilie Levienaise-Farrouch is an award-winning French pianist/composer living in London. In 2006 Emilie moved from Bordeaux to carry out a BA in music at Westminster University, then a Master’s degree in composition at Goldsmiths with a primary focus on contemporary classical music. Spanning film score, bespoke composition and sound design, her work is connected both by its evocative and meticulous craft.
Head over to her website to see more here.
On March 9th we joined forces with Church Studios, SA Recordings and Foundation FM to host a day of interactive workshops and panels to 30 aspiring engineers.
I am really excited to be launching the SA Recordings singles series with this wonderful composition ‘Eyes Ahead’ from Homay Schmitz.
Curation of the series is very much about supporting innovative, contemporary work from emerging composers and ‘Eyes Ahead’ really sets the tone.
The creation of the piece itself was also such a unique and important initiative. The Church Studios approached us last year regarding a workshop that would open up Paul Epworth’s studio to aspiring female and non-binary engineers and producers as part of International Women’s Day.
The day was structured around the recording, mixing and mastering of Homay’s composition by an all-female team. It was so inspiring to take up space with so many womxn in what is usually a very male-dominated environment and a true pleasure to have such a high calibre team involved in the making of this release.
Huge thanks to The Church, Fiona Cruickshank, Marta Salogni, Katie Tavini, Spitfire Audio, Foundation FM, the string quartet players Magdalena Filipczak, Natalie Klouda, Meghan Cassidy and Emma Denton and to all of the workshop attendees. It was an honour to be a part of this initiative.
How did it feel to be part of such an amazing event?
Homay: It was incredible to be part of this event and I was excited to be joined and work alongside not only some highly sought after producers and engineers but also to be able to be part of a team that facilitated and educated a group of aspiring women engineers in the legendary Church Studios. The atmosphere was wonderfully relaxed and this helped make it easy for the attendees to interact with us when we had breaks between recording.
Can you explain the thought process behind your latest record?
Homay: Eyes Ahead is about getting stuff done, keeping on, going ahead with things but also not to forget to find enjoyment along the way. Almost reflecting the build-up to the event for me. It’s a piece specifically written for that day, to serve the purpose of intrigue and demonstration, not only on my part but also for the engineers and producers, showcasing all of us in a working environment. I think you can feel the urge to press on within the pace and pattern played by the shorts. Finding a melody over harmonies that make sense to me is my enjoyment.
A renowned twentieth-century British classical composer, featured in the British Music Collection, Phyllis Tate (1911 – 1987) gained wide critical acclaim for writing highly imaginative music that ignored fashionable trends. ‘At last I have heard a real woman composer!’ - Suffragette and composer Dame Ethel Smyth.
Finding the start point for a Sawhney biography presents as many options and avenues as his remarkable career itself. He is one of the most distinctive and versatile musical voices around today and is firmly established as a world-class producer, songwriter, DJ, multi-instrumentalist, orchestral composer, and cultural pioneer.
As an artist, producer, songwriter, club DJ, broadcaster, multi-instrumentalist, orchestral composer and cultural tastemaker, Nitin Sawhney is a talent for the British music industry to be truly proud of. Now, with a depth of experience admired by workmates from Brian Eno to Jeff Beck and from the London Symphony Orchestra to Paul McCartney, he continues to have a host of challenging new ideas up his sleeve.
Christian and Nitin sit down and discuss the soundtrack behind the Netflix film, Mowgli.
Nitin had a fantastic team behind the soundtrack of this film and had the pleasure of working with Nicholas Dodds who orchestrated the score.
A graduate of the Music Academy of Tel Aviv in his native Israel, Zur relocated to the United States and attended the film scoring programs at Dick Grove School of Music and UCLA, studying under such luminaries as composers Henry Mancini and Allyn Ferguson and orchestrator Jack Smalley. He resides in Encino, California.
Inon has also been providing critically acclaimed scores for film and television, including the Emmy winning documentary SABER ROCK as featured on CNN and the suspense-thriller RECLAIM for Lionsgate starring John Cusack.
The Fallout 4 and Fallout 3 scores have earned him BAFTA nominations for “Best Original Music”.