Thursday, 13 February 2020
I'm very pleased to announce that I've added another of my albums digitally, Holy Spirit of Calm is now available to purchase individual tracks or as an entire album on MP3, through CD BABY or through outlets such as YouTube, Spotify, Pandora, iTunes, Napster and tonnes more. Also available for FREE through Amazon Music Unlimited.
Here is a NEW trailer for the Album:
Click here to visit the Holy Spirit of Calm page for CD or Digital Information, tracks etc.
Saturday, 1 February 2020
At long last I have been able to immerse myself in the life of another English Martyr with our upcoming latest film "Saint Alban Roe: High Stakes". We filmed for this in March 2018, almost two years ago, when we shot imagery for St. Gemma Galgani, Our Lady of Knock, St. Francis de Sales and St. Alban Roe. The other three films have gradually been put together and released but poor St. Alban Roe was left behind for a while. Until now!
|St. Alban Roe Screenshot, filmed in March 2018|
I love the English Martyrs, I am also a big fan of Eduardo Tarilonte, he seems to release sound sample packages right up my alley. He brought out Era Medieval and then Era II, both of which I have. Then he released the Vocal Codex which has the most beautiful voices!
In my early days of college I acquired some soundfonts which my friend kindly converted into Kontakt samples for me to use more easily. In our first films, St. Edmund Campion, St. Philip Howard and other martyrs I used a lot of Koblikzek, like a very old recorder. Now I have access to so many more as well with the Era Medieval sounds.
|Saint Philip Howard film, released 2008|
It's been a while since we focused on this era so I have been itching to use them once more to their potential. I love all the clothes, props, backgrounds, candles from this era that we include in our films and I used the visuals to inspire my music.
|Saint Alban Roe Film Screenshot|
A couple of weeks ago I finished my album "Holy Spirit of Serenity" and I have 10 tracks there to draw upon if needed. As it happened I managed to work in my favourite track - track 3, into the St. Alban Roe film and it became part of the theme, particularly for his whole arrest. There is a moving scene in the film where people touch the hands of the priests as they are led to the gallows, then gather up the bloodied straw.
|People gathering straw at the gallows, Screenshot|
We captured these moments and the emotional track from Holy Spirit of Serenity was very moving for this part of the film. It's always a good sign when I am emotionally moved by the music I am writing as I know that the film has struck a chord with me and should hopefully strike a chord with others too. Our aim has always been to bring the martyrs to life, the take their unknown stories and help people today connect with them. We all share the same faith and these priests, these martyrs, sacrificed all for the same faith.
Everything else in the music score I wrote directly to picture and I was also using my new Celtic Era which I have fallen in love with.
|Celtic Era - new Sounds by Eduardo Tarilonte|
I used "Burial Ground" soundscape to start the film which has a nice old bell sound; this immediately created the atmosphere of the past and tension. I briefly used soundscapes from Cantus, the voices of monks as St. Alban Roe was a Benedictine. I have now finished the score having spent the whole day yesterday adding SFX and levelling everything out. I have passed it over to my sister and we now have a created master for the PAL version of the film for DVD. This film will be released next week!
Alongside this I am making more of my CD albums available digitally and have been working on converting Holy Spirit of Calm album for digital download.
Sunday, 26 January 2020
Last week I wrote several tracks and completed my latest CD album "Holy Spirit of Solitude" I have been working on it since November. I am very pleased with this album, it has several varying moods and was inspired by several different things such as Japan, Jesus in the Wilderness, Celtic Era sounds, the Irish Flute and so many more! It might be up there with one of my favourite albums.
|Holy Spirit of Solitude CD|
This CD is available now through our website www.marysdowryproductions.org. I have been taking samples from the various tracks and sharing them so as to give explanations of the pieces and the inspiration behind them. So far I have shared track 1 and track 9 in video through my YouTube channel. Track 1 starts the whole album off and you can listen to part of it here:
For Track 1 I based the mood on similar track styles from my album "Spirit of Gentleness" keep the guitar with a simple rhythmic play, adding strings, bass and the piano with gentle soundscapes. It's quite catchy and peaceful, I really like it. It changes slightly but is a good way to open the album up. I have tried to keep this album quite spacious but it does have a lot of different moods, some of the pieces I have really fallen in love with!
This album is number 7 in my Holy Spirit music series.
Monday, 20 January 2020
Just before Christmas, we managed to complete our 2019 work on "England: The Dowry of Mary" and release this new film on DVD and Instant Video. After writing the music score for this I was still inspired so I immediately began work on a new instrumental album entitled "Holy Spirit of Solitude". In the Black Friday sale "CELTIC ERA" came out and I was able to use this to complete my album "VALLEYS" which I had been working on since about 2014.
I have realized that I draw a lot upon the atmosphere of what I am currently watching or reading when I write my music. Over Christmas we managed to finish "The Man in the High Castle" and I was so inspired by the sounds, the instruments but it seems even more so the drama and the story that I was able to write several tracks for this new album.
Unfortunately I then had a lot of time away from the computer and went on to different things. I find myself now without inspiration once more but wishing to write more tracks for Holy Spirit of Solitude.
This morning I wrote track 5 and I realize now that it is completely Japanese themed. This is probably because for the past week and especially over the weekend we watched "James May: Our Man in Japan" so my mind was filled with the snow, the scenery, the beauty and the culture of this place and I subconsciously represented this in my music.
As I write my music over time the tracks are representative it seems of various moods and it makes it very interesting. I like that I experiment and do not allow my music to be restricted. I used an Irish Flute today from Celtic Era but with a Japanese style, the result is something very original.
I hope to finish Holy Spirit of Solitude soon. We are currently working on St. Alban Roe, English Martyr so I know I will be embarking on the music score for this probably this week.
|St. Alban Roe - our first 2020 production|
Our 2020 goal is to release one film a month. Too long we have filmed for a new production only to have it delayed sometimes for up to 2 years!! St. Alban Roe was actually started and filmed for in March 2018 so we are going to finish it this January come rain or shine. Music projects this year will also include St. Dominic Barberi and also Edel Quin.
|Screenshot from Edel Quin, representing her time in Africa|
I am looking forward to writing the music for Edel Quin and the Legion of Mary film as she spent time in Africa so this will give me an opportunity to write African themed music too.
Saturday, 21 December 2019
As we draw near to the end of 2019 I am pleased to post a blog on the completion and release of Mary's Dowry Productions latest film "England: The Dowry of Mary".
|England: The Dowry of Mary DVD|
It took the better part of 2019 to come together but we managed to get it done and available here. The music is really interesting, drawing up older tracks from films, new tracks from my album VALLEYS as well as a lot of brand new music I wrote to picture. This film is already going well across the world and we have sent out several copies. We also have it available via ON DEMAND instant video as of this week too. To find out more about this latest film visit www.marysdowryproductions.org
Saturday, 7 December 2019
Last week, Thursday and Friday, I sat myself down with the huge task of beginning the music score for "England: The Dowry of Mary" - the latest film release, and biggest project so far, from Mary's Dowry Productions. I had previously written several tracks in advance because this film is over an hour in length and I did not want the pressure of an entirely raw file, I wanted to be able to draw upon some audio tracks to ease the pressure and save time. Many of these tracks became tracks in my latest album release VALLEYS.
First of all, I loaded the track I had written to start the film called "Mary's Dowry track 1" but because the film starts after just a minute of titles, straight into presentation, I felt that the piece needed to finalize rather than just fade out, when the presentation starts. I decided at this point to write something new lasting about 55 seconds. I loaded in instruments from my new CELTIC ERA and was immediately inspired by my new Irish Flute.
I was able to quickly write a piece which has become the theme and mood for "England: The Dowry of Mary" and actually captured the atmosphere of what is talked about in the film. I have had this tune going round in my head ever since!
The film score encompasses several parts of music from other film scores such as Alexander Briant, Thomas Cromwell, Bega of Bees and more but I also wrote several new tracks throughout and used a mix of low flute and Irish flute for interludes.
It took me one day to compose the first 4 and a half minutes of the film and then one more day to tie it all in together, choosing which tracks to draw upon, working them in, writing new parts and finalize it. I then spent another morning on the narration audio and levels, adding SFX where necessary and I am very pleased with it. I also used about 3 tracks from my album VALLEYS. We are now on the final stages of this film and I have to say, I was very inspired and also felt it was a great privilege to write the music for this latest production.
Following on from my release of "VALLEYS" after so many years, I still felt very inspired to write! I immediately began to write "Holy Spirit of Solitude". My last Holy Spirit Album was Holy Spirit of Serenity which I completed in 2017 although it feels as if I only just released it!
|Holy Spirit of Solitude CD|
I was going to finish the series there but they are so popular I thought, a I am inspired, I will write another album. My sister has been using the tracks a lot for film trailers and says that she is always in need of new tracks like this. I began by writing two tracks similar to the style of the tracks on Spirit of Gentleness album. Last week I purchased CELTIC ERA, it came on offer for Black Friday and it's something I have been after.
Immediately the first soundscape I loaded in to try out 'Burial Ground' inspired me to write a whole new track. This track is moving, emotional and really inspired me so much! I now have already 3 whole tracks completed for this new album which I hope to finish over a short amount of time.