Africa In Motion - The Valiant Ones\nAdrenaline - Rise\nCinematic Minimalism - Polestar Marimbas\nCinematic Minimalism - Unborn Dreamstate\nFunk and Disco - Midnight Boogie\nFunk and Disco - Night At The Tangiers\nAdrenaline - Clever\nFunk and Disco - String Theorist\nFunk and Disco - Movin Out (Instrumental)\nFunk and Disco - Manilla Skies\nFunk and Disco - American All Stars\nCinematic Minimalism - Out Of The Music Box\nFunk and Disco - Cosmic Lady\nAdrenaline - Wulfstrong\nCinematic Minimalism - Cold Seep\nAdrenaline - Methracer\nCinematic Minimalism - Additive Heaven\nCinematic Minimalism - Glass Box\nAfrica In Motion - Mahadi\nCinematic Minimalism - Paper Sky\nAfrica In Motion - Sun City\nAfrica In Motion - The View On High\nCinematic Minimalism - Electricity\nFunk and Disco - The Stickup\nCinematic Minimalism - Blueschist\nAdrenaline - Ear Blood\nAdrenaline - Fast and Furious\nAdrenaline - Bonebreaker\nCinematic Minimalism - Dangerous Compound\nAfrica In Motion - Counter Attack\n

Writers

 

Ruth studied composition at The Royal Academy of Music and read music at Cambridge University. She started her career composing for theatre and commercials before setting up a music production company, Rubykon, with composer / engineer Ruskin Williamson. Between them, they have scored numerous documentaries, ad campaigns and short films.

She went on to score the television dramas 'What We Did On Our Holiday', starring Pauline Collins, and 'True Dare Kiss', a six part series for BBC1 starring Paul  McGann, alongside writing additional cues for the BBC dramas 'Oliver Twist' (winner of Ivor Novello award 2008) and the Emmy nominated Sense and Sensibility.

She has scored the feature length BBC4 drama 'Hancock and Joan', starring Ken Stott and Maxine Peake, 'Whitechapel', a three part thriller for ITV about Jack the Ripper, 'Wuthering Heights',  a two-part Mammoth Screen adaptation for ITV, and 'The Take', a Company Pictures adaptation of Martina Cole's novel for Sky. She has just completed scoring 'Married Single Other' for Left Bank Pictures, and the second  series of 'Wallander', the Kenneth Brannagh led Swedish detective piece also for Left Bank Pictures. She has also provided additional score for Cutting Edge's feature 'Harry Brown', and Daybreak Picture's 'Endgame', a film which dramatises the breakdown of apartheid in South Africa, directed by Pete Travis.  Ruth is currently scoring new ITV drama 'Bouquet Of Barbed  Wire' for Mammoth Screen, directed by Ashley Pearce.

Composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist Rob Kelly started his career as assistant and then house engineer for residential studio complex Jacobs Studios. During his time at Jacobs, Rob worked with numerous artists including Tori Amos, Portishead, BT, Goldie, The Cure and Kula Shaker and with producers including Jim Abbiss, Phil Vinal, Paul Corcket and Geoff Barrow. Whilst at Jacobs, Rob played ‘cello and bass for several bands including Portishead and Galliano. He plays bass and percussion well, ‘cello averagely, guitar, keyboards and drums really quite badly and can make a sort of dying sound with a trumpet, interspersed with occasional notes.

Rob then spent 5 years as UK product specialist with Digidesign (now Avid Audio), makers of the ubiquitous Pro Tools music production system, and became highly proficient in using Pro Tools for music and post production. Rob joined Strongroom in 2002 and following its merger with AIR Studios in 2006 became Director of Business Development for the AIR Group, a roll in which he continues on a freelance consultancy basis.

Rob established Strongroom Productions Ltd in 2005 with co-owners Ruth Barrett and AIR and Strongroom’s owner Richard Boote. When not composing, producing or mixing for Strongroom Productions, Rob can be found writing music for documentaries and short films, mixing sound for various flavours of  art installations, working with animators and electronic musicians including Pfadfinderei, Modeselektor and Universal Everything, and making dreadful zombie movies with his brothers. Rob plays percussion for Balkan Brass group ‘The Trans-Siberian March Band' and bass for ambient prog-rock weirdos “The Jellyheads”. TSMB have recently played festivals including Glastonbury, Lovebox, Frankstock, Henley and The Secret Garden Party and gigs throughout Europe including London, Vienna, Sarajevo, Kotor, Budapest and random sheds in Essex. Rob is a graduate of the Tonmeister course in Music and Sound Recording, where he received a final year prize for his composition work.

 

East London based producer, programmer and mix engineer Guy Buss is best known for his hip-hop, funk and reggae production work for a number of UK, European and US artists including Lowkey, Sway, Call P, Diabolic and General Levy. A prolific writer in a many genres, Guy is also a talented guitarist and a mean funk drummer. Starting his career as an international techno and drum and bass DJ, Guy became known in clubs throughout the UK, Europe and Moscow, performing headline slots at Brixton's "The Fridge" and appearances at Amsterdam's Dance Valley festival, touring under monikers including including Phreax, Inbetweener, Tribal Energy and Bjorn Elevators. Now a first-call mix engineer for many a UK hip-hop and urban artist, Guy can also be found lurking in the SSL room at Strongroom, mixing, composing and producing for Strongroom Productions.

'Cellist, composer, orchestrator / arranger and sound engineer Wayne Urquart is one fifth of Funk / Electronica group and Ninja Tune signing Pest. Wayne's music production talents can be found on their two released albums and five singles.

Wayne also plays live and does session work for artists including Moby, David Gray, The Cinematic Orchestra, Mark Ronson, Kosheen and Jocelyn Brown.

Graduating from City University and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 1998, as a cellist Wayne is an experienced arranger for the bowed strings family and has written and produced scores for the above names and many more in a selection of styles.

Wayne also brings his creative musical expertise and experience to documentaries, radio plays, TV commercials, corporate promo videos, short and feature films and TV drama with clients including HSBC, WH Smiths, Constantin Entertainment, Canal + and Swiftcover.com.

Just back from touring Japan with Pest, Wayne is currently composing and orchestrating for a large TV and stage project, and writing despicably catchy tunes for Strongroom Productions.

Drawbacks, (dBs to their friends) started life on the London breaks scene in the late 90’s. Rubbing shoulders at Friction and the 333 club with the likes of Orbital, Freq Nasty, Rennie Pilgrim, Adam Freeland and Dave Tipper, they were originally signed to Bolshi / Big Life Recordings as HiJinx.

After a lengthy recovery spell at the Abbey, dBs decamped to their studio “Controlled Environment” and dipped into the murky waters of sync music, pumping out a score of bloody remixes and EPs, and licensing music to anyone who could afford them and didn’t have a track record of killing people in the third world. Prime dBs cuts have graced the screen hundreds of times for the likes of Sony Pictures, 20th Century Fox, CBS, The Sopranos, CSI Miami, DC comics and BMW to mention but a few.

October 2001 saw the brothers hook up with tech punk legends Pitchshifter (MCA) in New Jersey to lay the breaks on their ‘PSI’ album with Grammy-nominated Fall Out Boy producer, Machine. Following this righteous conflagration, Dan was asked to join Pitchshifter on guitar, shortly followed by TJ.

Drawbacks have received rave press in Ministry, DJ, Mixmag, Jockey Slut, Melody Maker, The Financial Times, The Tip Sheet, MP3, Kerrang and were labelled the future of British music by the late, great factory records boss Tony Wilson.

2008 saw dBs pushing their tech-glitch-electro-punk to even dizzier heights, with their second album Blacklight showcasing their unparalleled writing and production talents and gaining mass acclaim. They are currently creating more sonic mayhem for Hollywood, most recently with their music featured on the trailer for Warner’s 3D Epic “Clash of the Titans”, which, incidentally, was scored at AIR Studios.

www.drawbacks.net

Rael Jones is a London based Composer for Film and TV.

Recently, Rael has been working as a Music Producer / Instrumentalist on several feature films, including WILD TARGET (Bill Nighy, Emily Blunt) and WILD CHILD (Emma Roberts), both with Composer Michael Price. Other Film Credits include work on QUANTUM OF SOLACE and STATE OF PLAY. He has also appeared on BBC1's JUNIOR APPRENTICE, as a composer working with one of the finalists.

Rael has a very strong musical background, rooted in classical training from an early age. His writing stems from improvisation and live performance, and he is a highly accomplished player of many instruments; from Piano, Guitars and Drums to quirkier items like Autoharp and Musical Saw.

Technically adept and flexible, he has adopted many roles on feature films such as Music Editing, Music Producer, Programming, Sound Design and Dialogue Editing. He graduated from the Tonmeister Course with First Class Honours, winning both available prizes for Composition.

Bella creates music and sound design for television, advertising, film and new media, and is a songwriter, singer and multi-instrumentalist.

Based in her studio in West London, she has recently written music for the five-part series ‘Rivers with Griff Rhys Jones’ (BBC1/Modern TV), the new ITV live action/animation series ‘Bookaboo’ (ITV/Happy Films) and the BAFTA nominated 'Ross Kemp in Afghanistan' and follow-on series 'Return to Afghanistan'.

Bella has also written scores for several short films and songs with various bands, and is currently recording her first solo album

Seymour is a London-based multi-instrumentalist with over 15 years professional experience as a film/TV composer, producer, songwriter and keyboard player/programmer.

After his engineering apprenticeship at Eastcote Studios (London), Seymour embarked on a career as a session musician for a variety of artists including Boney M, Amanda Ghost and Ian Dench (EMF) and has performed extensively in Europe and Asia.

In 2005 he set-up a studio in East London and began working as a composer for TV, film and other media. Recent credits include co-writing the music for a major L'Oreal advert starring Sarah Jessica-Parker, co-writing a minimalist-Classical score for forthcoming BBC production " Travels with Bradshaw " and collaborating with fine-artist Muzi Quawson on art installation piece "The Old Home" recently exhibited at the Annet Gelink gallery in Amsterdam.

An occasional lecturer at the British Academy of New Music in East London, Seymour is also currently gigging with rising stars Death Metal Disco Scene.

Composer, producer and VJ Ruskin Williamson has developed a unique style of live electronica with accompanying visuals, which he has performed around the UK. For his live shows he uses customised analogue synths, drums and circuit-bent toys, set to surreal sequences of stills and moving images. Ruskin trained in film production and sound engineering at SAE in London. Drawing on early influences (Detroit techno, minimal electronica) he made his live debut in Brighton in the early 90s, playing keyboards and guitars in bands as well as performing his own live house music sets.

Since 2000, Ruskin has been a director of London-based music production company Rubykon - www.rubykon.com, composing music for television and film. when he is not in his studio, he is out performing his live sets and gathering images and video for his live visuals.. He is a regular at private parties, Arts Ark, Tower Bridge.

Bristol based musicians Greg White (drums) Ben Jones (guitar) and Viv Paton (bass) fuse a mixture edgy rock, hip-hop and techno that they have performed live across the UK and in Europe at clubs, festivals and extreme sports competitions. Touring as All Live Dynamic, they dis-banded in 2005, but are all still active with other artists on the Bristol music scene, and continue to work together writing for Strongroom Productions. Greg is currently playing with Press Play and Tin Dogs, and Ben is working on new material with a female singer. Working with a variety of MCs and vocalists, their sound is energetic, punchy and dark, with influences including Rage Against the Machine, The Chemical Brothers, Senser and the Prodigy.

Pete Newton is a composer and producer with over 10 years experience of composing for TV, commercials and singer / songwriters. Pete's music has been published through majors including Sony/BMG, Universal Music Publishing and EMI Music Publishing, and several other independents. 

Hailing originally from Manchester, Pete is now based in London but maintains his ties with Manchester's vibrant music scene. A mean guitarist, Pete is also an very talented synth programmer, arranger and mix engineer. 

His music can currently be found playing on all major UK networks (BBC, ITV, CH4, SKY, etc.). It has also received significant international broadcast, particularly in the US, on productions including 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' and 'Hogan Knows Best', and on major networks such as FOX, Paramount and MTV.

Pete's repertoire is diverse, though his main interest lies in heavy rock and indie guitar, disco and orchestral cinematic soundtracks.

Chris Hardman is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer and engineer based in Manchester. Having been taught piano and violin since his early years, he took up drums and guitar in his teens and went on to study Music and Sound Recording at the University Of Surrey. His musical influences run the gamut from Albinoni to Zappa, and as well as his professional career as a sound engineer for BBC radio (covering anything from live orchestral concerts to Test Match Special to drum'n'bass night at the Warehouse Project) he has co-composed, produced and engineered albums and tracks with a number of bands and artists, gaining national radio play with The Jellyheads and The Sharmills. He's currently working on a new post-rock band in Manchester and has been commissioned to provide arrangements and original material for the Bergersen String Quartet.

Dan Waters is a multi-instrumentalist who writes and plays a wide variety of music. His background was originally in playing original and cover material as a bassist in a number of different bands, but he has over time built up a small studio where he writes and records everything from electronica, beat box and break beats through to rock and funk grooves. His influences are broad drawing from both classical and modern styles and he enjoys equally the unusual and the obvious. Dan's writing style is often thematic, relying on strong melody and counter melodies with textural backgrounds and he aims to be evocative and expressive with most of his work. He eats rocks and babies, but only every other Wednesday when the leopard has managed to catch some. He continues to write and perform with two bands, and is currently also focused on completing his solo acoustic album as well as continuing to provide catchy and distinctive tracks for Strongroom Productions.

Multi-instrumentalist Alex Green is bass player and co-writer with London based band “The Laurel Collective” and by day is an engineer for Strongroom Studios. A graduate of Surrey University's Tonmeister course in music and sound recording, Alex won the AMS Neve prize for creative recording. A skilled musician, engineer and programmer Alex’s writing style encompasses contemporary rock and hard edged electronic influences and is always driven from the bass end.

Kester has been involved in music entertainment from the age of 15 when he began DJ’ing in and around his hometown of Southend-on-sea, Essex. Since then, Kester studied and continued to DJ at the University of Liverpool (1998-2002) where he became resident at two of Liverpool’s up-and-coming drum and bass nights (X-Amount of Drum-n-Bass and Contrast) - acclaimed to be the best in the North West (Guardian Review). It was during this time that Kester began producing music of various genres using a wide variety of software and synths. With influences ranging from Morbid Angel, Nirvana, Chemical Brothers and other dance groups, Kester, a self taught drummer and guitarist continues to create a variety of dance, ambient and ‘experimental’ music to satisfy even the most warped of brains!

Melanie van Looy is a composer, arranger, singer and multi-instrumentalist. A classically trained musician, her first instrument is piano. She plays Kora and Mbira, teaching and practising African drumming, and studies with friend and expert percussionist Vincent Salzfaas. Mel has established an extraordinary collection of instruments including kora, mbira, dulcitone, harmonium, tabla, a unique instrument she calls a "xylopiano" and a large collection of African drums. She collects objects for the sounds she wants and has built a bass xylophone, an array of tuned glasses, copper tubing glockenspiels, metal bowls and gongs - all of which give her work a unique and distinctive sound-palette to draw on. This makes for eclectic but tuneful sounds, consolidated with strong melodic lines and rhythms. Mel's work includes children's theatre productions, Christmas music, choral works, piano and instrumental music and recently her first release on Strongroom Productions - "Out of the Music Box" on our Cinematic Minimalism title. Mel's music has been broadcast regularly in the UK on Channel 4 and The BBC, with international usage in Italy and Sweden

North London based Ben Dixon has been a composer and songwriter for the best part of 15 years, working with artists as diverse as The English Choir of Camerino, Italy and rappers such as Lowkey and Stylah. As part of the composing and production partnership The Bandini Brothers, Dixon co-wrote the score for the musical Naples! and released the critically aclaimed album He's Spartacus with writing partner Guy Buss as Hicks in 2008. Currently working on the second Hicks album and on the debut albums for Stylah and Lowkey, he can also be found playing live in various parts of the world from Dubai to Dalston.

Writer, producer and DJ Ade Pressly writes electronic and dance music and is a talented and much in-demand mix engineer, having mixed material for artists as diverse as Pendulum, Razorlight, The Police and The Charlatans to name but a few. Ade co-wrote the tracks Fast and Furious and Dirty Box with long-time collaborator Guy Buss on Adrenaline, SPL’s first album, which have subsequently had much air-play around the world. Ade and Guy’s compose to brief work includes music for Philips commercials and the 2 Entertain DVD logo. Ade has toured and released original electronic material under stage names including Bjorn Elevators and Light Industrial Unit and as a well respected techno DJ, Ade has collaborated with numerous house and techno artists performing DJ sets at clubs and festivals across the UK, Europe and Russia.