In 2013, Christopher Larkin provided the new musical identity of Stratco’s latest Branding. This track would be used for on hold, corporate videos and TVCs featuring Michael Caton (Packed to the Rafters, The Castle)
The initial idea was composed, and then realised with the help of many talented musicians.
Vocals: Russell Stuart
Guitar: Tyson Goldsworthy and Sam Leske
Drums: Paul Bartlett (Low Rider).
Keys: India Hooi
Guitars were recorded at EMU studios at Adelaide University, vocals at this composer’s studio, and drums and additional guitars at Chapel Lane studios with Gabriel Agostino. Here are some photos of the process..
I had the pleasure of providing the sound design and music for this animation, produced by Monkeystack for the Australian Red Cross. Thanks to India Hooi for her help with foley and vocals, and of course Justin Wight for his crazy voice acting!
Three episodes of the mini series Wastelander Panda, which I have had the pleasure of scoring, are now online. Check out the cool website where you can browse an interactive map of the wasteland, watch the episodes, and learn more about the world they are set in.
As I discuss the importance of recording custom made samples and instruments as an aspect of film music composition in my postgraduate studies, I hope to shed light on the process of writing for these films. Expect a blog entry or two, even a behind the scenes video. Watch this space!
Close Your Eyes, a sci-fi suspense film recently selected for the Boston Science Fiction Film Festival, is a piece about Delaney, an ex-codebreaker roped into a unique mission to crack a valuable frequency embedded in an unknown alien signal. It was a pleasure working with Director Tom Phillips on the score for this film, which has been nominated for “Best Composition” at the South Australian Screen Awards.
I am pleased to announce my score for Aurora has been nominated for “Best Music for a Short Film” at this year’s Screen Awards presented by APRA (Australian Performing Rights Association) in conjunction with the Australian Guild of Screen Composers (AGSC). Click here to view the official nominee page.
This is a fantastic opportunity and a huge privilege to be involved with the national event alongside big name film/ TV composers such as Lisa Gerrard, Burkhard Dallwitz andRichard Tognetti. The evening will have music direction by Paul Grabowsky, and co-hosted by Chris Taylor and Andrew Hansen from The Hamster Wheel.
Here is the suite from Aurora, recently remastered:
This year, I took part in a young composer’s residency with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, and the Oz Asia Festival. Here, I was asked to write a piece for small ensemble and the ancient Chinese zither called the guqin to be performed by the highly accomplished Xiaoxia Zhao, and members of the ASO. Grammy Award-winning composer Tan Dun (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Hero, Internet Symphony) heard all the pieces in workshop, and along with feedback for the pieces, he gave us insight into his musical world and journey as a composer.
All pieces were performed in a concert that followed on the 23rd of September at Space Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre. My piece, along with the others, was reviewed in ArtsHub:
The next work is Awakening by Christopher Larkin; the highlight of the afternoon. It moves through a series of changes as if through dreams into full consciousness. Each shift is marked with a note rung, gong-like, on a Tibetan bowl and the opening and closing gongs mean that the work seems to include the silences immediately before and after it, blurring the edges of the performance. This is also definitely the afternoon’s most accessible work, taking recognisable themes and developing them throughout the ensemble. – Katherine Gale 24/09/2012
All of the composers were taken under the guidance of accomplished Australian composer and conductor James Ledger, who also conducted the new compositions. To work alongside such talented composers and performers was a huge privilege, and an experience I will remember for years to come!
Expand, an experimental game which I have been providing music for, has been nominated for “Best Audio” at the Freeplay Independant Games Festival 2012, taking place in Melbourne this month. This project has involved an ongoing collaboration with the game’s designer/ programmer Christopher Johnson.