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Making Music

I make music that is created & used in different ways.

Releases Releases

You can find my music on most digital stores. Physical editions are available from the online store.

Licenses Licenses

Commercial licenses are available for music from Releases or the Library. Free licenses are available for non-commercial/educational projects too. Just ask.

Soundtracks & Commissions Soundtracks & Commissions

Bespoke music written, performed & recorded for short films, exhibitions, digital publishing and live literature. Sometimes releases are soundtracks to films I wish existed.

Blog

Rambles about works in progress, ideas, inspirations, performances and that.

18 December

Songs For Spoken Words

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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, […]

17 November

Recording Nature & Unlocking Archive Sounds

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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 […]

31 August

33 1/3 – Swordfishtrombones

Another book I finished this week: David Smay’s instalment of the 33 1/3 series, about Tom Waits’ work of genius swordfishtrombones. The 33 1/3 books are a mixed bag, but what they nearly always have are a bundle of related music that you may or may not have heard. I’ve loved swordfishtrombones since picking it […]

Reviews

Nice things that people have said about the tunes I come out with

  • The Wall Breakers

    “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
  • Simon Pursehouse, Sentric Music Publishing

    “(Night Sun) is, basically, really rather lovely. And just the right amount of creepy!”

    - Simon Pursehouse, Sentric Music Publishing
  • James Sharpe, Director

    “Music maestro & purveyor of dense ear worms”

    - James Sharpe, Director
  • Michael Sargeant, Curator at QUAD

    “Richard Birkin produces beautiful, moving and memorable music. An inspirational and genial artist. Highly recommended.”

    - Michael Sargeant, Curator at QUAD
  • Norman Records

    “Ahhhh close my eyes and I’m transported from this dingy office into green pastures…”

    - Norman Records