‘Keratin’ premieres on Directors Notes

An amazing folk-horror short film I was lucky enough to compose the score for is premiering today on Directors Notes –

An Isolated Man Follows a Ritualistic Pursuit in Andrew Butler & James Wilson’s Bleak Drama ‘Keratin’

The directors were interviewed as part of the DN feature and they perfectly and very kindly summed up my compositional approach: “James Warburton captured organic sounds from the trees, branches and rivers of his local forest; stretching and distorting them through old tape decks to create a sense of the forest “breathing.” We quickly felt we both trusted James implicitly and allowed him the creative freedom to find the film’s voice and elevate the tone.”

It was a hugely enjoyable collaborative experience throughout. It’s a privilege to be trusted with complete freedom to express yourself, I’m grateful to the incredibly talented team for their faith in me.

If atmospheric, dystopian, forest-based-folklore is your thing, then I hope you enjoy watching.

‘Keratin’ was co-directed by Andrew Butler and James Wilson for Backbone Films, produced by Laurie Mahon, edited by Alex Marshall with sound-design by Shane Gravestock.

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Industrial Processes on Natural Sounds

Everything in this piece is created from slowed down and stretched acoustic instruments, processed field recordings and vintage analogue synths all distorted through tape and tubes. You can hear more of these techniques in the short film ‘Keratin’ which I recently had the pleasure of scoring, due for release in 2021 after a very successful festival run.

James Warburton 2020 from James Warburton Music on Vimeo.

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‘Fractured Piano’ Album

My “Fractured Piano” album that I finished a couple of months back is out on digital services now: https://listen.lt/JamesWarburtonFracturedPiano

It’s a collection of fragile piano and string compositions all recorded live at my studio featuring some beautiful violin and cello playing by Katrina Davies, all processed through various tape machines/pedals to break it up and give it some more texture etc

Here’s the track ‘Metamorphosis’:

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BFI x BAFTA Crew 2019/20

Found out this week I’ve been chosen for the BFI x BAFTA crew talent development programme 2019/20. Really looking forward to meeting new directors, producers, writers and crew and hopefully working with lots of new people!

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Composition for EndemolShine’s ‘Murdertown’

I’ve recently been working on the original music ‘Murdertown’ a true-crime documentary series that begins on Monday 3rd Sept at 9PM and runs for 10 weeks.

Really enjoyed working on it and the chance to try out some new production techniques and create a pallete of sounds from scratch.

Pleasure working with the team at EndemolShine as always.

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