I recently did the music for three global commercials for Game of War:Fire Age, here are the pieces!
Here are some of my favourite cues from 2014, a good year all round, and also my tenth year in business, hope you all have a happy new year :)
"A Parting Gift" airs this thursday on RTE1 (22.15). It's an interesting look at the process of body donation in Ireland, really worth a look if you've ever thought of leaving your body to science (as I have). Music by me, featuring some lovely flute playing by Vourneen Ryan.
"Let Us Prey" screened in Canada over the weekend at the Toronto After Dark Festival, here are a few reviews that came in -
"Meanwhile, composer Steve Lynch delivers a menacing electronic score that excels at creating atmosphere and elevating tension." - Cinematically Enigmatic
"Featuring a cool Carpenter-esque score and crisp cinematography, Brian O’Malley’s feature film debut is a violently thrilling romp." - Cinema Axis
"With a backdrop of a fantastic musical score (as promised) there are fights, shootings, beatings, murders and attempted murders as things at the station escalate quickly and deadly for all those involved." - Killer Reviews
A heavily John Carpenter-esque electronic score is something that has become very popular in recent years, and I have knocked other films for using it. LET US PREY uses this type of score very effectively, building tension slowly until the climax of the film. - Terror in Toronto
"Director Brian O'Malley is influenced by John Carpenter, as evidenced by the film’s excellent pulsating score." - Skon Movies
"The movie’s score is electronic and reminiscent of horror movies past. O’Malley, who has a love affair with electronica, describes it as “Carpenteresque”. It strikes the right mood and contributes to the tension. As the story escalates (and it does escalate!), so does the score. It keeps up with the action and scares beat for beat" - Geekpron
Just did a new sting/mnemonic for Electric Ireland, which begins airing today. It'll be used across all their commercials.
Enjoyed developing this over a few weeks with the guys in Cawley Nea, not always the easiest thing figuring out sonic branding, you need to find a tone and melody that will work across all existing and future ad types, hopefully we found it for Electric Ireland :)
Just did another ad for IKEA (Czech Rep/Slovakia/Hungary).
More deadliness from the Boogie Films crew, expertly directed by Milan Balog.
Always enjoy scoring stuff where there's a hint of strangeness in the comedy.
Nice mention in Quip Mag -
"The score of this film is perfect, especially with its very riveting motif of a consistent beat that puts the audience in a state of trance and excitement of the situation to follow. "http://www.quipmag.com/fantasia-screening-let-us-prey/
Here's another piece of work for the Czech market, music for a VW Golf commercial. Cool to work with the good folks at Kaspen/Jung von Matt and of course Bennie Reilly on vocals.
A documentary I scored earlier this year is on the Smithsonian Network (USA) from tonight. As it's sort of an Irish/science/astrology/history show I thought I'd combine the traditional with the modern.
I got the brilliant James Mahon over to lay down the trad stuff (low whistle, flutes, uileann pipes) then used my prophet 12 and a great contact instrument called REV to create something more otherworldly underneath.
If you catch the show I hope you enjoy it!
Here's a new Club Orange commercial I just finished scoring. Really cool to get to compose a large scale Morricone tribute! Great piece of work, kudos to all at Chemistry and to the wonderful Brian Durnin who directed.
The bit with the panpipes makes me laugh every time :)
So it turns out I've two projects screening at the Edinburgh Film Festival this year which is pretty deadly.
First up, the UK premiere of "Let Us Prey" -
Director Brian O'Malley, Game of Thrones star Liam Cunningham and lots more cast and crew will attend, can't make it myself unfortunately!
Screening Thur 19th @ 8:15pm and Sat 21st @ 22:40pm
Also on Saturday, a beautiful short film called "Anywhere But Here" will premiere, it's a gorgeous coming of age story directed by John Hayes as part of the Collabor8te/Nokia scheme.
Just replaced all the tubes in my Retro-Instruments Sta-Level compressor. Really pleased to have it in the signal chain again after a few weeks without, it's a great piece of kit for thickening up a mix and making elements stand out. Superb on vocals and particularly bass guitar.
Here's a crazy little song I wrote for an IKEA commercial (Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary).
Thanks to the brilliant Janet Grogan for shouting/singing along with me on this one!
client : IKEA
campaign : IKEA STUVA
advertising agency : Kaspen / Jung von Matt
creative director : Lester Tullett
copywriter: Milos Koci
art director : Ales Pokorny
agency producer Tibor Hutter
director : Milan Balog
dop : Alexander Surkala
production company : Boogie Films
executive producer : Jiri George Hersalek