Roots (Suite)

Acoustic guitar and piano track with experimental elements. Gentle acoustic guitar punctuated with electronic noise and water sounds. Joined by warm piano and hints of playfully subtle saxophone, minor chords growing in intensity and turning to major for a hopeful finish. Mysterious, cheeky and subversive, brings to mind a magical woodland scene of trees going walkies while your back is turned. Perfect for TV/Film/Docs, pastoral settings and subtly powerful storytelling.

Bed version is more intimate, featuring more raw, sparse acoustic guitar, brings out the scratchy, barely-there violin and teasing background noise.

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Girift

Acoustic instrumental on cretan lyra and Turkish saz. Medium-paces introductory phrases, building in texture, complexity and speed, with a central melodic idea emerging. Bowed fiddle-like instrument joins with an earthy modal melodic passage, along with light, sparse percussion. Dynamic, mysterious and hypnotic, a cyclical effect of returning to the beginning, suitable for video work focused on the Middle East or Mediterranean, or a film/drama wanting an authentic, raw acoustic sound or an Arabic feel.

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Drakish

Sombre acoustic guitar and piano track. Percussion, moody repetitive acoustic guitar and piano, dark sustained strings, tense choppy strings. The mood lightens, expanded acoustic guitar and pretty piano. Dark, sombre, quiet, worried a relaxed finish, would suit a tense TV/Film moment of uncertainty and fear before a slight hint of resolution.

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Piano and Cello

Sombre piano and cello track with subtle sound effects. Crackling record player static and cello sound effects underlie minor piano arpeggios and sustained, emotive cello. Thoughtful, melancholy and yearning, imagine a desolate TV/Film sequence set on a grey, rainy street in a European city in the aftermath of a devastating event.

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10,000 Steps

Jittery acoustic track. Percussive intro with delay effects on acoustic guitar and synth effects. Building anticipation, repetitive electric guitar and dynamic percussion. Guitar starts to move to a darker place, creating a sombre mood. Guitar noodles over ann atmospheric drone and clattering percussion, the shifting chords altering the mood, ending on spacey sound effects. Dreamy, dynamic and strange, suitable for a tense TV scene, inner turmoil, a noisy internal monologue, a decision to be made.

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How’s God? She’s Black

The title is taken from this piece of graffiti on the Berlin Wall. Piano and classic guitar led, with gamelan, and a string section. Tender, hopeful and positive with hypnotic piano riffs revolving in the background. A pause leads to a frenetic middle section which bursts into a sudden epic string section, similarly disappearing to leave a tender vulnerable ending. Nods to Steve Reich, The Penguin Cafe Orchestra and The Books.

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Major Trajectory

Ethereal and dreamy, with an emotional orchestral swarm that lives to unravel a resolution chord in its final part. Features a full orchestra and a bunch of high notes to balance fairy tale with reality. Ideal for the pregnant moment where characters are reunited, the story is unraveled, and emotional stakes are high.

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Tidal Eye

Atmospheric percussive track with strings. Erratic background noise, clanging, bashing, becomes rhythmic. Sustained string swells add further suspense before a wailing orchestral blast with a pulsating background beat. Strange, tense and unsettling, would suit a dramatic, frightening Film/TV/Doc.

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Singing Motorbikes

Spanish guitar intro with samples of motorbike sounds, along with uplifting Beirut-like horns and string samples and finger snap percussion. Anticipatory, atmospheric and exotic, would suit an advert set in a city packed with people, this soundscape the refreshing respite from the sweltering city heat and overcrowding.

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