SkinMechanix
Showreel

Last updated: 29-May-18

Our Showreel

Welcome to our Showreel. This page has been put together to make it easier for you to find examples of our many and varied works as applied to TV, film and video games.

Our soundtrack work is primarily electronic in nature, albeit woven around different genres. Some of it is rock. Some of it is ambient piano. We don't just stick to one style. We like to shift direction as the mood takes us.

Rather than bombard you with a load of waffle about musical styles, technical mumbo-jumbo etc, we'll let you be the judge. Have a listen and see if anything appeals. The technical stuff - the software and hardware specifications - is at the bottom.

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Best,
David

Last updated: 29-May-18

Soundcloud Playlists : Rock

First up, the rock tracks. A mix of melodic rock tracks, a couple with some very obvious seventy's influences, others with hints of NIN & Numan.

Soundcloud Playlists : Piano / Classical

I'm a huge fan of ambient piano, especially the collaborative works by Brian Eno and Harold Budd.

Recently, I decided to throw myself into a more classical mood, just to see where the adventure would take us. I've very pleased with the first experiences and the track Fossils in particular.

Soundcloud Playlists : Electronic

A small collection of our electronic works. I'll be adding to this in the next couple of weeks.

Sirens Promo

A short promotional video for our forthcoming album, Sirens, to be released sometime in 2018

Keywords: Ambient piano, female vocals, moody atmospherics.

Mandorla Trailer

Mandorla, a film by Roberto Miller, explores a man's search for a meaningful life despite conflicts between his inner and outer worlds. Ernesto is a visual artist and seeker stuck in a corporate job, who is drawn by dark magical visions to a medieval French city. There he seeks an elusive banker to help him unlock an obscure dream that threatens his job, family, and sanity.

Logoscape was the second track on Ion's 2007 album Future Forever. A three-minute filler, Logoscape formed a bridge between the bright and optimistic opening title track with the sombre and more downbeat Minerva. It took a matter of minutes to compose. Probably not even that. And yet here it is promoting a major independent movie, which was backed by some of the best known producers in Hollywood. It even found itself in the sound studios over at Industrial Light and Magic, smoothed and caressed by none other than Oscar Winner, Randy Thom.

Pinch me. I'm still dreaming.

Newcastle Hoppings Promo

This is our promotional trailer for the 2017 Newcasltle Hoppings, Europe's biggest travelling funfair. Released through the Newcastle Evening Chronicle's coverage, the video was seen by over 12000 people on the opening weekend alone.

Keywords: rock, instrumental, electronica

Free Fall

Way back in 2012, we were asked to create a backing video for the band, Thorpe Cloud. Something of a tall order, we had to put together nearly seventy minutes of footage with an abandoned spaceship theme. The solution came in the form of a (now abandoned) set in the virtual world, Second Life, which we shamelessly pillaged for sets and atmospherics.

The end result was the movie, Free Fall.

Shown once at Thorpe Cloud's (as-far-as-we-know) only performance, it seemed a shame to leave it sitting on a shelf, ignored and unloved. Hence, I began adding my own music, tones and atmospheres to these images and, one day, I might actually get around to releasing it properly.

Romance and the Telescope

Romance and the Telescope began life as one of our stage movies - a series of short clips intended to sit behind the performer as part of a bigger performance. We liked the imagery so much that we decided to develop the themes into a short animated film.

We're quite proud of Romance. It's our first movie with a proper story. We hope you enjoy it too.

Zyra's Song

Zyra's Song was put together for one of our many concerts. We liked it so much we released the full video on Vimeo

Keywords: piano, female vocals, rhythmic electronica

Zyra's Song from SkinMechanix on Vimeo.

Technical Information

Our studio is small and compact, and comes well equipped with a good mix of state-of-the-art digital and old-fashioned analogue instruments. We also design and build our own kit (sequences, synthesisers, MIDI stuff) so there's always something new on the test bed.

However, this is the important list:

Software

  • Apple iMac running Logic Pro 10.2.4
  • Spectrasonics OmniSphere 02-00
  • Spitfire Audio Albion One
  • Heavyocity Shreddage II guitar Library
  • Heavyocity Evolve MUtations 1 & 2
  • Heavyocity Vocalise Gravity Pack
  • Arturia Minimoog
  • Arturia Modular V
  • AIR Music Hybrid, VacuumPro and Xpand 2 VSTs
  • Camel Audio Alchemy
  • Apple Alchemy
  • ... plus our large and ever expanding sample library...
  • Monitors are Spirit Studio Absolute 2's - old but still very sharp and clear...
  • Mixing is into a Soundcraft Signature 12 - small but good

Notes:

  • Yes, this is quite an old version of Logic and we will upgrade it once we're done with the latest SkinMechanix album. We follow the ancient maxim of never updating an operating system or key piece of software in the middle of a project.
  • We have not posted up a list of hardware especially the older analogue synths since this would constitute a shopping list for the local bad guys and I do not want to have my front door kicked in by a bunch of thugs intent on nicking my precious Moog. Suffice to say we have some nice old analogue gear.