James is a British Composer of Music for Film, TV & Game productions, as well as a skilled drummer, orchestrator, arranger, producer, and sound editor/mixer. As a composer, he has worked on multiple films for the University of Manchester (under the direction of former BBC producer Geoff Deehan), short independent films, theatre productions, iOS games, and adverts for independent website creators. His music has also been heard on Channel 5’s ‘LIVE: The Big Freeze’ and ‘Winter Road Rescue’, and composed the soundtrack for the multi-award winning wildlife documentary ‘Rancheros del Jaguar’, currently being screened around various global wildlife film festivals. (Click here to find out more about James' drum kit work)
James' compositional style is very fluid and varied, using electroacoustic and instrumental composition techniques learnt throughout his career to develop a unique and original style of composition, blurring the lines between acoustic and electronic elements, as well as between underscore and sound design. As a result, a malleable and genre-bending soundscape is produced, often drawing inspiration from the typical music of that genre but then taking it to new and previously unexplored levels (when appropriate). His ability to adapt his compositional style and palette to suit any genre of film or audio-visual project comes from a genuine love of films and music, where he continually tries to improve his craft by keeping on top of the latest trends in both the movie and music industries.
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As a composer and producer of music, James regularly uses ProTools as his choice of DAW, but also has experience with Logic Pro X, using various sample sound libraries such as those produced from the award-winning EastWest Sound, Spitfire and Native Instruments packages, in addition to using plugins from Waves to add effects and mix/master to a professional standard. He also uses Sibelius to create his professional-standard notated scores, in addition to MaxMSP for some of his electroacoustic works. As a result, James has advanced skills in professional score writing, orchestration, instrument recording, mixing/mastering, editing and general music production.
James completed his MA in Composition of Music for Film and Television at the University of Bristol in 2017, where he received a distinction having been tutored by esteemed film and TV composers Martin Kiszko, William Goodchild and Richard Blackford. He also graduated from the University of Manchester (2012-15) with a First Class degree in Music, where he studied electroacoustic and instrumental composition, film composition, sound design and solo performance.