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.
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 […]
I’ve just finished reading Murakami’s new book Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage. I really enjoyed it (more on that in a minute), particularly the musical references. Murakami’s got a few traits that always come up in his novels. Cooking, sex, music. His musical references are important, the details aren’t just the writer […]
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