Dan Morrissey is originally from the UK and has toured extensively as a guitarist in rock bands throughout Britain and the USA. He now spends his time composing and recording music for media production.
2015 had an unexpected start this January when I was honoured to be included in a mural in Stevenage (Hertfordshire) recognising people working in the arts, who grew up in the town.
Arts personalities from the worlds of theatre, film, sculpture and literature joined the guest list for the event at Stevenage Leisure Centre.
The life size photo murals were unveiled by Stevenage Mayor and Gordon Craig Theatre patron, actress Vikki Michelle.
An earlier set of panels saluting some of the town’s sporting stars, including Lewis Hamilton, was unveiled last year.
The unveiling event was a lovely, relaxed affair attended by most of the artists in the mural, including author Ken Follet and fellow Spice Fusion Big Band member Giles Terera!
The photo used (taken by the wonderful composer Lester Barnes) was from a recent album launch concert where I was playing a Steinway D concert grand, my Roland 700NX and Korg x50.
I’ve been concentrating on piano playing throughout 2014 (I’m back working on the smartassmusic.com again now!) and for a look at the kind of thing I’ve been doing over the past year here’s a great video featuring fellow Stevenage mural artists myself (James Treweek) on piano and Giles Terera on vocals.
Passion of Love is a stunning composition. Beautiful romantic orchestral music perfect for any Valentines promo or romantic film. “Beautiful, romantic, uplifting orchestral music recorded by a live orchestra. Sophisticated, rich, warm, beauty, Hollywood, soundtrack” Cinematic Romantic is a collection of 7 full length tracks by composer James Bennett. “A collection beautiful, emotional, romantic tracks with piano and strings. Modern romantic film music. Perfect background track for video or film use.” Romeo And Juliet Excerpt speaks for itself! A beautiful arrangement by David Hamilton of Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet from the ballet.
I’ve added some great new music to the royalty free library recently and I’m in the process of adding a lot more!
There’s some more superb quality commercial music from top composer James Bennett and we welcome new composer John Sommerfield who has a wide variety of excellent music.
I’ve made the FREE Christmas loops pack live again on the Facebook page.
Just visit the “FREE” Facebook page and hit “like” and you can download a folder of free Christmas loops as well as the FREE 29mb audio pack.
Ok, it may be a bad pun but I just came across this really good site and video with advice on sound recording in your films.
There’s some great advice here on audio perspective and mic placement.
It’s surprising what a huge difference audio can make in your films. It can have the effect of making your video captivating and slick or off-putting and cheap!
There’s some great resources here at lights online film school blog with some more audio tutorials including advice on noise reduction and removing background hiss.
If you need an arranger we’ll work with you and make the process as simple and smooth as possible until you receive your completed arrangement. We don’t require up front fees and we keep you updated as to progress, with guaranteed deadlines.
In house arranger James Treweek has been a busy music arranger since 2000 and has arranged music for high profile chart acts, TV, theatre, live shows, studio sessions, cruise ships shows and function bands. If you need a music arranger for your latest musical, your touring show, next hit single or just for fun, get in touch and ask anything you like. We’ll be happy to help. We pride ourselves on clear, intelligent scores that are easy to read and sound great.
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“Checked it and all looks good – very good. We are all very pleased Great job “Colin, UK, (Playwright)
“James has arranged several numbers for us superbly. We love playing his arrangements. They really are wonderful. I can’t recommend him highly enough.” – Lynette, UK (professional musician)