Making Music

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

Releases Releases

You can find my music on most digital stores. Vinyl and CD editions are available from the online store at

Licenses Licenses

Commercial licenses are available, as well as free licenses for non-commercial/educational project. Just email

Soundtracks & Commissions Soundtracks & Commissions

Bespoke music written, performed & recorded for short films, exhibitions, apps & live literature. To find out about the interactive and app based music projects visit


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

13 March

Night Sun at FORMAT Photography Festival

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FORMAT Festival in Derby is is “one of the UK’s leading international contemporary festivals of photography and related media” and I’m proud that Night Sun is a part of it this year. It’s set up at QUAD in the city centre for the next few days, up on the mezzanine above the café. UPDATE: Due […]

30 January

Songs For Spoken Words Launch Show + New Performance Software

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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 […]

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, […]


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