I’ve again been working with the brilliant people at Wieden + Kennedy to create some music for Sainsbury’s 150th Birthday celebrations. It was a fun track to write – with most of it all recorded live at my studio (me on mandolin, guitar, drums, percussion, keys and the fab Maddie Cutter on cello).

After previous (and multiple) campaigns for Marks & Spencer, Tesco, Waitrose and Co-Op; I seem to have officially made it to “Supermarket music niche”..

Very happy that the production of The Starry Messenger I’ve been working on music and sound design for the last month or so is opening for previews on 16th May. It has been brilliant working with long time collaborator director Sam Yates, writer Kenneth Lonergan and brilliant cast including Matthew Broderick and Elizabeth McGovern.

The production runs until 10th August, book tickets from here.

Very pleased that Nureyev is released in the US today. Read the brilliant review in Variety here

You can also rent / buy the film digitally on Amazon here… or buy the DVD.

And if you haven’t already, you can listen to the score on Apple Music / Spotify / Amazon etc here (featuring the London Metropolitan Orchestra recorded at Abbey Road) – https://alex-baranowski.lnk.to/w4P_cWE

Honoured that Comic Relief used my soundtrack to the film McCullin to score an incredibly powerful film featuring Olivia Coleman. To view visit the BBC website on this link https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p073ns3b

This is the short version of the film shown on the night – the longer version can’t be put online due to archive footage copyright reasons apparently…

I’ll be donating any royalties from the broadcast to Comic Relief.

Link to the whole score on my album page here – the track is called “Opening, Darkroom”

Very excited to be collaborating once again with brilliant director Sam Yates for The Starry Messenger opening at the Wyndham’s Theatre in London’s West End. Written by Oscar winning Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea) it stars the amazing Matthew Broderick and Elizabeth McGovern.

I’ll be composing music and sound design for the project, which will be designed by Chiara Stephenson, video by Luke Halls and lights by Neil Austin.

Opening for previews on 16th May for a three month run.

To book tickets, visit the website here.

It was a real honour to be asked to feature in this month’s Campaign magazine.

It was an interview, although written in first person, so there are a few little errors (!) but extremely thankful to Maisie McCabe and Campaign for producing it! On sale today… snapshot below.

The little accordion in the picture is my two year old’s toy one, not the one I inherited from my Grandfather as the caption claims.. haha.

 

2018 has been a wonderful year of collaborations with BBC Creative – starting with the World Cup Theme sung by Sir John Tomlinson; BBC Two’s incredibly innovative new idents; the score for the European Championships; a bit of Strictly… and now I’m very pleased to share BBC One’s film for Christmas 2018.

Directed by the incredible Sam Brown at Rogue Films, led by Creatives Edward Usher and Xander Hart (who also led the way on the BBC’s World Cup) the two minute film (and accompanying idents, trails etc) tells the story of a mother and son torn apart by modern life and brought back together in an extraordinary way.

I was lucky to be brought onto the project at its conception before filming began, so we were able to shape the process of building a piece of music throughout the film from the outset, which was incredibly rewarding.

Collaborating with incredible artist Emmy The Great, I rearranged her piece Lost in You for a double string orchestra recorded in Air Studios by the London Metropolitan Orchestra, conducted by Andy Brown. I produced and mixed the track which was engineered by the award winning (and rather brilliant) Andrew Dudman.

We recorded two separate string sections in the huge hall at Air Studios – the first “A” section performed the main string arrangement to accompany the film, and the second “B” section were spread out in the great hall, performing tremolos and harmonics – to give depth to the alternate world.

A “making of” film documenting the arranging, recording and mixing of the musical score will be released by the BBC very soon I’m told!

Now we can all legitimately go and have a mince pie…

Very excited to announce I’m composing the score to A Christmas Carol directed by Jacqui Morris (who I have previously collaborated with on the recently released Nureyev, as well as the twice BAFTA nominated McCullin (where I won Music + Sound Award for Best Feature Film Score) and the Grierson winning Attacking The Devil – all released in cinemas).

The cast list of voices include Simon Russell Beale, Andy Serkis, Carey Mulligan, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Dame Siân Phillips and Leslie Caron to name a few..

The radical new take on Dickens’ classic seeks both to exhume the original story’s gritty commentary on social inequality and the corrupting influence of greed, and to breathe new life into the lyricism of the original text by setting its scenes to extraordinary tableaux of modern dance.

The piece is choreographed by the brilliant Russell Maliphant, who we previously collaborated with on Nureyev to wonderful effect.

Slated for cinema release in 2019…

More information here.

Very happy to announce I’ve been working on a brand new set of idents for BBC 2 – the first batch of which are out tomorrow (27th September). As both composer and sound designer on the project based at my London studio, my aim was to build unique soundscapes for each film that blurred the line between what could be “music” or “sound”… performing musical instruments in unusual ways and re-working recorded foley and sound effects into more “musical” forms. Most sounds are re-pitched, modulated, delayed and enhanced using a combination of vintage analogue studio equipment and digital techniques in the computer.

Working with BBC Creative and Superunion who oversaw the project, is has been a dream to collaborate with artists and animation studios including Aardman, The Mill, Kijek & Adamski (Strange Beasts), FutureDeluxe, Conlan Normington, David McLeod, Ari Weinkle, Helmut Breineder, Kenneth Robin and Mainframe.

Read about the project in Campaign Magazine here.

I’ll be talking about the process behind it a little more on my website in the coming weeks/months but here are some short tasters of what we’ve been up to…

I’m very excited that Nureyev, the film I’ve been working on over the last few years with brilliant BAFTA nominated director Jacqui Morris, is having its theatrical release on Tuesday 25th September. Distributed by Universal, the score was recorded in Abbey Road Studio 1 by the London Metropolitan Orchestra, along with a 9 piece choir.

Click here to listen or download on Apple Music / Spotify / Amazon.. or Bandcamp to download hi-res 24bit FLAC audio masters.

Half-documentary, half-ballet (collaborating with choreographer Russell Maliphant) this has been a really special project to have been a part of and I’m really excited to share (the recording sessions took place over a year ago!). To find showings or book tickets, visit the film’s website here.

I’ve also uploaded three pieces from the film on my album page on this site, here.

Film’s trailer below…