Making Music

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

Releases Releases

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.

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.


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

12 August

Night Sun Online & Live In Leeds

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I’ve had my head down in the studio so much of late: recording strings for my new solo album, a new Emphemetry album (with a new line-up, a traditional band almost), and starting work on a soon-to-be-announced project funded by an Arts Council/National Lottery Grant For The Arts. All that, and a few bits of […]

27 January

Night Sun – Nottingham Light Night Commission

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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 […]

20 October

Event Horizons: ON NOW

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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 […]


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

  • 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