Since I was a kid I was always fascinated with the world of soundtrack writing. In the world of cinema I was a big fan of John Williams’ repertoire (not just Star Wars), and especially that of Vangelis (Blade Runner, 1492: Conquest of Paradise). In the world of TV/radio the likes of Paddy Kingsland and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop often floated my boat (Doctor Who theme anyone?). In my naive youth I even sent an email to the BBC asking if they needed anyone to join their music team. Not my finest moment. In the world of computer games people like Michael Land (Most, if not all, of Lucasarts point-and-click adventure games — especially The Dig) and Sam Hulick (Mass Effect 3) to name just a few.
Long story short, I always yearned to be making music to support some other medium.
My “breakthrough” came when I was working as a Software Engineer for a consultancy that dealt a lot with a major Bavarian car company. For some reason we had been preparing some presentations for a conference of theirs in Berkshire, UK and I had somehow mentioned to my boss that I liked to make music so I ended up sending them a couple of my songs. One of them, Trust, was chosen to be good (bland) enough to go with their main conference introductory video. Of course I got all1 of the credit and my career in soundtrack writing took off from there2.
For consistency, when I added another 10 songs to make my first album Friendly Fire I was careful to make sure that it was completely unsuccessful and didn’t alter my trajectory in life one iota. That said, due to my living in the Slovak Republic at the time of album completion the song Feel the Want did make it into the soundtrack of a Czech/Slovak art film, which was as far as I can recall completely forgettable. But at least I was paid for that one. No, wait… I wasn’t.
After that no other moments of soundtrack fame would come my way, until… Nah, it never came. Nevertheless, I didn’t stop the writing of songs that I imagined could be very compatible with visual media (preferably not visual media of people driving cars):
In particular, Put Something Back (from Don’t Mind the Hallucinations); One Misplaced Word (from Hard Times); None of My Dreams (from Time to Stop Thinking) and Try Harder (from Try Harder) were written with very specific cinematic images in my head.
So in closing, I would welcome any projects that anyone might have to help them write music to go with their visual creations, even if it’s slideshows rather than moving images.
Or, if you would like to use any of the music in My Discography in a project you are working on, just let me know and I’m sure we can come to some agreement.
2 I continued to be a Software Engineer.