A young up and coming composer, versatile in many genres from horror, drama and comedy. Recently scored the feature film - 'The Cattle Farmer', which has had success at many festivals and is set to be screened at the New York Anothology Film Archives. Also scored the Amazon TV pilot sitcom 'How to Dress for the Apocalypse' which has seen success.
Graduated from Oxford Brookes University studying Creative Music Production with a First Class Honours. A freelance composer for Film, TV, Video Games and other media. I have worked on a variety of different projects from film and TV to other new media and web-based content. While specialising in composition, I am also experienced in post-production sound and on location sound recording for films; putting me in a strong position to guide a project from start of finish on its audio workflow. I have won a number of awards for my work and am always looking for interesting projects to collaborate on; building storng working relationships with directors and producers to create something special.
As a composer my work always captures the needed atmosphere for the job, whether it's orchestral or electronic I am comfortable with both. Experienced in composing for short and feature length films of varied genres, ranging from horror to drama.
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Interview with Benjamin Doherty
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: How to Dress for the Apocalypse - Worked as the composer and boom operator. Really proud as music incorporated a range of genres and is currently available to watch on Amazon Prime.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: An indie murder mystery feature film, sci-fi short and horror short.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital as it allows to be edited easier and the music will add the emotion and character.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: To create a piece of music that tells a story and captures an atmosphere.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love creating music that supports media to create and evoke certain emotions. Music captures the tone and an amazing film score helps elevate any film.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Distribution of the film/other media, deadlines and expectations
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: To have a clear mind of what you want but an open mind for creative suggestions
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Guitar, portable sound recorder, melodica, cello and a cajon
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Started freelancing whilst studying at university in 2017, and since graduted have continued to work as a freelance composer. Working as a film composer for 3 years.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Atmospheric and cinematic film scores.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Radiohead - such a versatile and talented band, that inspire in their approach to find unique sounds.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Make sure there is space within the composition/mix to allow the instruments to standout and not seem too muddy.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Film Soundtracks - ambient, orchestral and electronic
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Composing melodies and using interesting harmonies
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: A relaxed, reflective and ambient tone that creates an easy listen.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Choose all of the sounds/instruments needed for the job, then start to compose ideas, build that into pieces and score to film if needed.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Laptop, with monitor, midi controller and keyboard. Also audio interface to live record instruments and sounds.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Jonny Greenwood, Alexandre Desplat and Ryuichi Sakamoto
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Bespoke composition for media.