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Composer // 

Music producer //

Sound designer // 

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BIOGRAPHY //

Michael Denny is a composer, music producer, sound designer and multi-instrumentalist with an eclectic portfolio spanning multiple media.  Michael prides himself on creating emotive soundtracks blending traditional instrumentation with synths, self-recorded samples and field recordings.

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 Mental Health Awareness Week Michael was commissioned by Radio Cumbria presenter Tom Salmon to produce a new piece of music titled 'Magical Realism' to combine with audio from a range of interviews about the great outdoors.  Michael has been a guest on the station on a number of occasions discussing music and wellbeing. His track ‘Aching Heart’ from the album ‘Noir’ features on BBC Sounds The Sleeping Forecast and his piece 'Mist on the Water : Music for Relaxationis available on all the usual digital streaming sites.

During the Covid pandemic Michael was commissioned by Aerial Festival to produce ‘Imaginary Mountains’, a soundtrack to a walk in the wilds of another Cumbria. 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.

His ever-growing production music repertoire is distributed by world-renowned labels including BMG, Warner Chappell, Gothic Storm and Lucky G.  His catalogue spans multiple genres from emotive and filmic to contemporary pop and indie with recent album concepts including ‘Cinematic Post-Rock’ in collaboration with Charlotte Hatherley, ‘Emotional Indie’, ‘Conspiracy’ and ‘Dark Wave Pop’.  Michael has seen a variety of placements globally with regular airings closer to home on BBC favourite Countryfile.  

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.

Michael has performed live on ITV to over 2 million people as a founding member of the Brett Domino Trio and currently plays guitar and keys for Celestial North.  Michael has also contributed articles to a number of publications including Sound on Sound, Red Dog Music Blog and the Sample Magic Journal.