I Write Soundtracks
...for films, stories and places.
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Most recent releases, commissions, projects etc.
I make music that is created & used in different ways.
You can find my music on most digital stores. Physical editions are available from the online store.
Commercial licenses are available for music from Releases or the Library. Free licenses are available for non-commercial/educational projects too. Just ask.
Bespoke music written, performed & recorded for short films, exhibitions, digital publishing and live literature. Sometimes releases are soundtracks to films I wish existed.
Rambles about works in progress, ideas, inspirations, performances and that.
Songs For Spoken Words is officially released on 16th February on LP, download and App. It’s kind of a strange project to describe (Lauren Laverne had a good go on the radio a few weeks ago!), so I’m going to break it down into its different parts: 1. An EP of instrumental music on single-sided […]
I can finally announce the release of the project I’ve been producing for most of this year. It’s called Songs For Spoken Words, and will be released on 16th February 2015 as a six-track EP on single-sided coloured 12″ vinyl, download, and a special app. “A really beautiful project, a lovely idea.” – Lauren Laverne, […]
This month I’m collecting sounds from the natural world. It’s for a new commission to write the soundtrack for the new Nature Gallery at Derby Museum. The project kicked off with the digital transfer and restoration of an amazing artefact – a 65 year-old shellac recording of a Nightingale singing in Ticknall, Derbyshire: When the […]
Nice things that people have said about the tunes I come out with
“Night Sun is a beautifully haunting piece of music that feels like a children’s lullaby, but is one I could easily see being used to score a World War II period piece, or some other self-reflective “coming of age” performance.”- The Wall Breakers
“(Night Sun) is, basically, really rather lovely. And just the right amount of creepy!”- Simon Pursehouse, Sentric Music Publishing
“Music maestro & purveyor of dense ear worms”- James Sharpe, Director
“Richard Birkin produces beautiful, moving and memorable music. An inspirational and genial artist. Highly recommended.”- Michael Sargeant, Curator at QUAD
“Ahhhh close my eyes and I’m transported from this dingy office into green pastures…”- Norman Records