The videogame ‘Morphopolis’ created by Ceri Williams & Dan Walters (Micro Macro Games) is released today. I wrote the soundtrack and was the sound designer for the Game.
Morphopolis is a game about transformation and discovery. Inspired by Machinarium and The Tiny Bang Story, Morphopolis takes the player through a lucid and fantastical insect world in a hidden object adventure. Taking the role of an aphid grub, you embark on a parasitic crusade to rescue your companion.
To complete Morphopolis players must search for hidden objects, unlock and complete mini puzzles and explore many unique scenes.
Here is the release trailer with some of my music.
The material they have been developing for the past 10 months made writing music for the game a real pleasure and a lot of fun. We discussed their brilliant idea of starting off having this micro world where every detail of the forest floor is on show and as the game’s story develops the view pulls back and the objects that were once huge, are now just a tiny part of the game – revealing more of the world the insects inhabit.
I tried to reflect this ‘micro-world’ within the score – within the soundtrack there is an eclectic variety of sounds and timbres. The forest is busy with activity, not just in the players immediate proximity, but in the wider ‘un-seen’ area too. The music combines the sounds of bugs flapping their wings, to birds calling for one another, to the sound of a giant tree crashing over in the far, far distance. These sounds are blended with an unusual mixture of instruments, ranging from a hand-plucked piano, to a Kora (a west-african instrument), to the unusual sound of a Tongue Drum. These are among a countless number of instruments and types of percussion that make up the soundtrack for Morphopolis.
It has been released for the following devices (click to follow link purchase)
Got some exciting news that three films that I’ve written the music for are being screened at the Indiana Film Festival (11th-13th October). I actually worked on two of them back in 2011, so it’s nice that they are still getting shown on the festival circuit. Also, it’s very cool to start having films shown in the USA! If you’re anyway near Indiana at that time please go check the films out. I’ve listed them below. Also, I found out a few weeks ago that Strings (directed by Rob Savage), is in the official selection for Portland Film Festival which is very exciting too. It is being shown on Saturday 31st August, 10.45pm in a screen that apparently holds nearly 500 seats! It is being theatrically released in the UK later this year.
Here is a really cool poster from one of the films, Black Box.
Also, Nathan Craig, deserves a mention. He is an incredible producer and has produced all four of these films plus many others that I have worked on. If you’re wondering to hire a producer for a project, or are looking for a producer – I can’t recommend Nathan enough!
I’ve nearly finished writing the music for a brand new play titled, ‘The Spring Tide’. It has been written by Carol Vine, directed by Graham Hubbard and produced by Oliver Taheri Productions. I’m so excited about this as the story is brilliantly written and I’m really looking forward to seeing how it all works out on stage. It is also the first time I have worked in theatre so I’m thrilled to be a part of the show.
Suzy has loved Lan her whole life, or so it seems. A world without Lan in it would be unimaginable. But the strongest feelings are also the most dangerous, and Suzy is afraid. Instead of Lan, she opts for a life of safety, convincing herself over the years that this is the right path.
But even as life’s circumstances pull them apart, still they are drawn to one another by a deep and irresistible bond that is inevitable as the tide.
After years apart, Lan’s final return shatters everything Suzy has made her own – a home, a husband, a son. As her world begins to unravel, Suzy must confront her fears and her desire. A decision must be made, whatever the cost.
In other news, ‘Sit In Silence’ the very first short film that I worked on back in 2011 is screening at the Portobello Film Festival as part of their ‘SCI FI & FANTASY’ category. Thought I’d upload the some of the score from the film. It’s very dirty and electronic! Hope you enjoy it, I had a lot of fun writing it!
You can see Warwick Davis introducing the film here
Earlier this year I wrote the score to ‘Black Box’, a short film directed byAdam Rae and produced by Nathan Craig. The film follows the last flight of a crashed plane, re-heard after the discovery of the Black Box from a beach near the site of the plane.
The film is available to view here.
For the score, I used a new toy I had recently purchased for my guitar, called the E-bow - It gives the guitar this cool, dreamy sustain effect. I thought this would work well with the nature of the story. I uploaded a track from the Black Box credits a while ago, which features the E-Bow towards the end.