January 2012 update: aside from the commercial work, I'm currently developing four new musical identities. At this stage I'm not entirely sure, but it may be that they aren't referenced by or publicly linked to either Darren Durham Music or FortDax. Regardless, expect first results at some point later in the year.… Read More
January 2012 update: aside from the commercial work, I'm currently developing four new musical identities. At this stage I'm not entirely sure, but it may be that they aren't referenced by or publicly linked to either Darren Durham Music or FortDax. Regardless, expect first results at some point later in the year...
For the past decade I have been composing, recording and producing original music, which has been released by a number of record labels. It has been remarked that my work has a 'cinematic' quality, and has featured in TV shows for Channel 4, Sky and the BBC. I believe that it having being utilised in this way illustrates something inherently complementary or sympathetic between it and the moving image.
My first 7’’ single appeared in 2001, followed by the mini-album 'At Bracken' in 2002, after which I began to play live shows. My debut CD 'Folly' was released in 2003, promoted by a national tour. In 2004 I recorded a John Peel session for Radio 1, and was invited to the live broadcast. In 2006 my second full-length CD 'Divers' was released, alongside a Radio 3 'Mixing It' session and a remix for dance artist Nathan Fake which eventually became the title music to the BBC 'Newswipe' series.
Asked once to specify which genre my pseudonym FortDax existed in, I answered 'Baroquetronica'; electronic music with a classical feel. Since 2006 I have continued recording in various styles (an orchestral suite, music for video games, techno) although I've chosen to release nothing further under the FortDax guise as I consider it a dead project.
I have worked with vocalists, collaborated with dancers and film-makers, and was invited to score an American feature film ('Lisl & The Lorlok') in 2008. Although it proved impossible to remain involved beyond the developmental stage, the opportunity whetted my appetite for film scoring, gave me some insight into the process, and became the spur towards undertaking the MA in Composing for Film & Television at Kingston University. I also hold an MA in Film Studies (thesis: ‘The Anti-Erotic Cinema of Atom Egoyan’) and a BA in Communication Studies (thesis: ‘The Female Voice in Unpopular Music’).
My skills encompass musical composition, analogue & digital recording, production, sequencing, MIDI and DAW systems (utilising Apple Macs with Logic Pro, Cubase, Reaktor, Max/MSP and other applications), DSP techniques, sampling, remixing and live performance. I have always acted as my own manager / agent, and am an Associate Member of the PRS / MCPS. Read Less