Music producer //
Sound designer //
Imaginary Mountains // Aerial Festival
'Imaginary Mountains' is a soundtrack to a walk in the wilds of another Cumbria - commissioned and released online by Aerial Festival. The piece combines musical compositions and experimental sound design with a spoken word narrative from award-winning writer Simon Sylvester using crowd sourced responses exploring themes of loneliness, emptiness, departure, arrival and belonging. The work explores the shared experience of all citizens under lockdown — the fears and frustrations, the tragedies and triumphs. Imaginary Mountains is an immersive sonic map that explores the diverse landscapes of Cumbria, blending memories of what came before with questions of what happens next. Sounds of Silence: aerialfestival.com
Mindfulness // calm
Michael is a specialist in music for mindfulness and he collaborated with Calm CEO Michael Acton Smith to compose music for focus, relaxation and sleep culminating in the launch of the Calm Music subsequently named Apple App of the year. His music can also be heard on the Meya and Brainwaves apps.
For BBC Music Day he joined Radio Cumbria presenter Tom Salmon to discuss music and wellbeing while his track ‘Aching Heart’ from the album ‘Noir’ features on BBC Sounds The Sleeping Forecast.
Production // library music
His ever growing production music repertoire is distributed by world-renowned labels including BMG, Warner Chappell, Gothic Storm, Lucky G, Future Pop, Dynamic Music and Lovely Music. His catalogue spans multiple genres from emotive, filmic and atmospheric to contemporary rock, pop and indie.
Recent album concepts and contributions include ‘Cinematic Ambiences’, ‘Emotional Indie’, ‘Conspiracy’, 'Mindfulness Soundscapes', ‘Dark Wave Pop’, 'Calm' and 'Frantic Indie'. Michael has seen a wide variety of placements globally with regular airings closer to home on BBC favourite Countryfile.
Sound design // samples
With regards to sound design, production credits include content for Sample Magic, Native Instruments Sounds and regular cover DVDs for MusicTech Mag. Samples created range from atmospheric and ambient textures to field recordings and traditional instrumentation.
Michael has a particular interest in using original recordings to create sampled instruments processed thought both hardware and software effects. He was awarded second place in the ‘Rusty Gates’ competition hosted by Christian Henson and Spitfire Audio for his synth pad created combining the ambience of Birmingham New Street station with the screech of a rusty gate,