Apr 14 2014
I have been a composer/ piano player for many years and worked and jammed with some important musicians such as James Morrison (Paradise Room, Kings Cross, 1982), Ricky May (Hakoa Club Sydney, 1984) Marc Hunter (Menzil Room Kings Cross Sydney 1984);and Paul Hester who was the original drummer of Crowded House but who was our sound technician for a while ater parting with Crowded House.
I have decided to donate all of the money I make, from movie soundtracks compositions and song writing, directly to The Sydney Children Hospital Foundaton http://www.schf.org.au/home.aspx . In addition, when my book comes out this year, I will donate 60% of the money I make from the sale of the book to this same foundation.
If a movie producer needs a soundtrack, I can compose the music free of charge on condition that they make a reasonable donation to the Sydney Children Hospital Foundation.
What is so special about my music? Writing music for movies is extremely difficult. I feel that many composers overdo things today. Less is more and simplicity is the key. In addition, I am not only a musician but also good at mixing and adjusting sounds and I have good knowledge of VST plugins (virtual sound technology), and good with computers. It is not easy to find all of these skills in one person, in one composer. For example, this is the story of Andromeda, a script that I am now working on and I have managed to put some music to it so that I will use it as an example:
Andromeda is a young woman who has special abilities and yet she suffers with what today is known as bipolar disorder. Till now she has felt inadequate and damaged in some way, a frame of mind that has stopped her from living her life. But one day she meets and old lady, while she was taking a walk in the park, and when she confides in her about her problem the old lady tells her that there is no bipolar as such, that bipolar is just a gift, although it is a difficult gift to live with until one understands it. If the young woman sees her personality and mind as the mind of a gifted person, the old lady argues, she will feel much better and her life will improve. Andromeda listens to the old women and discovers that by looking in the pond she sees reflections and colors in the ripples that are truly special and spectacular and these visions show her that she has a special affinity with nature and that her difference is not necessarily a bad thing but possibly a good thing. She is very sensitive and her body trembles when she experiences special emotions. She convinces herself that she is special, that she has special abilities and her life changes drammaticaly after that, for the better. Here is the music for the end of this scene when Andromeda realises that her gift is good not bad https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DbecFTaCswo&feature=youtu.be
The amount that a producer would pay for the music, in this way, could be a very affordable and tiny portion of the normal price that is usually charged for a movie score/soundtrack. I will write professional scores for either small combos or full orchestras (up to 40 elements) and will make absolutely no money for it provided that the Sydney Children Hospital Foundation gets a reasonable amount of money. To contact me just write in the comment box below and I will get back to you as soon as possible with a contact number.
In addition, if anyone need an original song for their home movie, (provided that it is not used for commercial purposes) such as a special wedding song or for any special occasion, I will compose and record the music/song for a small donation to the above mentioned foundation. Original music for a home made movie could cost as little as 50 Australian dollars.
Below there are links to some of my musical compositions. This is not film music but here included just to give an idea of the kind of sounds and ideas I have. And if you like this kind of music, and you know how to download uTubes, then you can have a nice collection of relaxing music all free.
And if you would like to see me play live, here I am just improvising something simple and spontaneous on the Roland and Yamaha keyboards https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q5bmPOC53Mg and