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Top music producers set a challenge for Highland composers


By Calum MacLeod

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Shetland composer Barry Nisbet secured a work placement with event hosts Score Draw Music, thanks to an introduction from XpoNorth.
Shetland composer Barry Nisbet secured a work placement with event hosts Score Draw Music, thanks to an introduction from XpoNorth.

Music teams working with top international brands will lead an exciting bootcamp for budding composers in the Highlands and Islands.

The event will be delivered by the multi-award winning, Score Draw Music, along with Sky’s in-house team (SATV) and Record-Play, a leading consultancy that has worked with the likes of Adidas, Google and Konami.

Prticipants will be challenged to produce new pieces of music for a film and will receive valuable feedback on their work from some of the top music supervisors in the business.

However, spaces are limited for the online event, which takes place on Wednesday, February 24 and Thursday, February 25, and applications must be made by Friday, February 19.

Iain Hamilton, head of creative industries, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and co-founder of XpoNorth, said: “We are delighted to have the teams from SATV and Record-Play taking part in the workshop. As musicians look to further diversify their talents, this is a unique opportunity for composers throughout the Highlands and Islands to gain an invaluable insight into this important area and directly showcase their ability to some of the UK’s most influential music supervisors.”

Each day, composers will be asked to produce music for a film or advertisement by 4pm.

Briefs will be set by a member of Sky and Record-Play’s teams and at the end of the second day, all submissions will be played and critiqued by the music supervisors. The workshop will also include specialist 1-2-1 sessions from Molecular and One Two Many.

The event, which will take place via Zoom, will be produced by Score Draw Media, an award-winning team of composers with studios across the UK and Ireland.

It will also include lunchtime talks with music supervisors and publishers working in the UK on sync and music placement across a range of media.

Anyone interested in taking part should email ashleylawrie@xponorth.co.uk stating their name, location and providing a short biography, including any previous experience of composing for the moving image. Links to examples of your work should also be included. For more details visit www.xponorth.co.uk


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