I'm a freelance composer and sound engineer working on a range of projects, from video game soundtracks to bespoke compositions. I've recently worked as part of the music supervision team for a popular TV show. My works have previously been broadcast nationally on BBC Radio 6 Music, and played by members of the RLPO. I have an MA degree in music.
Whatever you're working on - I can help. I'm a skilled multi-instrumentalist, with ABRSM Grade 8 certification in classical piano. I work full time as a professional composer and sound engineer, composing and producing tracks for brands across the world.
If you need music mixing or mastering, you're in safe hands - and safer ears! I have an MA degree centring on studio production, and received the grade of distinction I've worked extensively across a broad range of genres - from rock, to classical, to avantgarde electronica.
As a producer, I've extensively worked alongside others in both studio and live settings. I'm a professional pianist, and a high quality guitarist, and can help take your track to the next level - whether by polishing the audio, or giving it that little sparkle of 'wow' that it needs.
I've previously composed the soundtrack and sound effects for a game, and work freelance composing music for brands across the world. If you need music creating for your project, I'm able to create the highest industry-standard music for you, composed as a bespoke piece of work to match your needs.
If you've got any project you think I might be able to help with - feel free to get in touch! I'm always happy to help others :-)
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Interview with Max Richardson
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Undoubtedly my string quartet 'December', which was performed by members of the RLPO. I wrote the piece by myself, and spent hours looking at the sheet music - to hear it played back to me by world class musicians in a great acoustic space was one of the best moments of my life.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm currently working on mastering work for some other artists.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I'm new here! Say hi and I'll always be glad to make friends!
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both! It depends on the context. Analog sounds great, but can be a pain to work with - an LFO is an LFO, whether it's computerised or not.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise that you're getting my complete and whole attention on a project. I never deliver work I'm not truly happy with, and won't give you back a file until I feel it's done.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love working on so many different projects, it's great to be kept on my toes.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That mastering means you need to change a track. Often my mastering work is gentle, not making huge, sweeping changes where they're not needed. A good set of ears is crucial!
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What are you working on? What do you think it needs? What are you planning to use it for?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Whatever you're working on, I have the skills to help in some capacity. Drop me an email, and we'll see what I'm able to do!
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: AE Modular system, Synthstrom Deluge, Deepmind 12, and most importantly - an iPod and good headphones!
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I went out of school into university, and then continued to do a postgraduate degree. I then got a job working in music supervision for a popular TV show out of university, and went freelance earlier this year. I've been working full-time with music since my school days really - gigging, recording, and producing every waking hour I had. I live for music, it's my passion!
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My work is characterised by a 'full' sound, and often blends synths with real world sounds.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I'd love to work with either Trent Reznor or Radiohead - both of whom are artists I wrote about academically at university.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Reverb is a great tool in the right hands, but a very bad mess in the wrong hands! It's often a case of less is more, particularly if it's a stock plugin.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Whatever people want me to work on! My favourite genre is probably electronic, but I'm all ears.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Probably not really a skill, but my ears! I'm able to pick up on things people miss, and know what's missing from a track. Aside from that, I'm a good pianist.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Professionalism and high quality.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I generally start by communicating with the client to ensure we're on the same page. I'll then take a long time to think about what they want from me, and if it's mastering work, listen to reference tracks and their music. If I'm composing, I normally sit at the piano and play around until it feels 'right'.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My work is mainly DAW centric, as I find it offers the most flexibility. My main setup is a Deepmind 12 analogue synth fed into my audio interface, which also allows me to use it as a midi controller. I use the AE Modular system to give recordings some analogue sparkle, and polish with Native Instruments' Komplete effects.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I'm a big fan of David Bowie, and love the piano playing of Keith Jarrett and Bill Evans.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: My usual line of work is bespoke composition work, composing and producing industry standard recordings.