Very excited to release a new single, “Constellations” as part of Deutsche Grammophon’s “Project 12” album – one new track is released every month from a different artist, culminating in a vinyl release in December of all twelve pieces.

My piece was inspired by the stars in the August sky… it features an array of piano, tape echoes and electronics recorded and mixed in my own studio with the brilliant Max Baillie performing solo viola. It was mastered by Götz-Michael Rieth.

Stream on Spotify, Apple Music or a download shop of your choice (including hi-res 24 bit download on Pro Studio Masters). Link to listen to the whole album here.

 

Very happy to have won a Music + Sound Award for my soundtrack for the BBC Two idents working alongside BBC Creative and Superunion. It has been a great year with the project picking up pretty much every award going, including a Cannes Lion, D&AD Pencil and a host of other top industry awards. (BBC Creative also picked up a D&AD pencil for the BBC World Cup “History Will Be Made” campaign which I also had the pleasure of creating the soundtrack to!)

 

Earlier in the year I wrote a blog post talking about the process behind making these which can be viewed here.

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.