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.
Making music for the thrill of it, releasing it into the wild on different formats, then travelling round playing it live solo or as part of a band.
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.
Me and 3 others are each #1of4 artists commissioned to produce a new work for Nottingham Light Night on Friday 28th February. Light Night happens every year on one dark evening, where the city is filled with art and installations that light up those cold dark streets. I’m writing a new piece of music for […]
My latest commission is now live inside QUAD in Derby, as part of the Event Horizon exhibition. My piece, called ‘Accretions’, is on the first floor and is accompanied by a projection by Jesc Bunyard (made in response to the music). The exhibition is on until December 1st. Soon after I’ll release Accretions as a […]
Some time last year my friend Frederic Merk, from Vevey in Switzerland, got in touch to ask if I could write some words and sing them on a track of his. I’d been to Vevey to play two shows for Fred the previous year, so of course I said yes. I’d also been really enjoying […]
Nice things that people have said about the tunes I come out with
“(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