- Chris Baker
The Galaxy on Glass Music Album
A few years ago I was fortunate enough to meet a young composer, Rob Northcott who lives in the same town and went to school with my eldest son.
Over a coffee we hatched a plan for an album of Ambient Music (Brian Eno style!) - inspired by my images of deep space.
A few months later and a lot of hard work by Rob, the Galaxy on Glass Ambient Music was born!
All my customers receive a free download card for this album enabling them to listen while looking at their artwork!
Rob says: 'Chris’s spectacular photographs of space perfectly blend science and art - they are informative, educational and enlightening as studies of astronomy, but also inspiring and enjoyable to look at as beautiful imagery. We agreed that a musical accompaniment to these images could be conceived in the same way, taking inspiration from the universe around us whilst applying some science in order to create something that is enjoyable to listen to but ultimately in keeping with the aesthetic Chris has been able to convey.'
About the music
Chris' beautiful images of 'deep sky objects' - those outside our own solar system - are on display in a number of UK art galleries and provided the inspiration for this ambient musical piece . The music is played in the galleries themselves as part of an installation and can also be enjoyed in this standalone album format.
GALAXY ON GLASS is essentially a singular piece but with four distinct sections that melt one into another - each 'track' takes it's title from the photo that inspired it.
The music, alongside the art, has also been enjoyed live by attendees of Countryfile Live at Blenheim Palace and New Scientist Live at the ExCel, London.
About the Composer
Rob Northcott is a classically trained composer, orchestrator and performer specialising in neo-classical concert works as well as music for video games, film and TV. He has also recorded albums under the name Spooky Castle Music. His music is featured in a wide variety of shows on the world's leading TV networks including BBC, ITV, Netflix and Sky.
Rob has recorded albums of his orchestral music at Abbey Road Studios for Audio Network, conducting the English Session Orchestra and London Philharmonic Choir.
He has been on the music teams for video games Fast & Furious: Crossroads and Project CARS GO from Slightly Mad Studios, as well as indie titles Pathway and Selenon Rising.
Recent film composing credits include Lycanthropy, Dolly and To Tokyo, as well as commissioned music for ad campaigns from DELL Computers and Soapbox.
Over the last 10 years, Rob has been a composing assistant to musical luminaries such as Murray Gold (Doctor Who), Trevor Jones (Last of the Mohicans), James Brett (Fast & Furious Live) and Stephen Baysted (Project CARS).
As a live musician, Rob has performed in concerts at the UK's leading venues, including the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall and Royal Festival Hall, as well as conducting the London Philharmonic Choir in a charity performance at the British Museum.
Rob studied for both his BA and MA in Music at the University of Bristol. Rob's diverse musical background as a classically trained pianist, chorister, guitarist and flautist, as well as electronic producer means he is as happy conducting an orchestra as he is experimenting with synths and guitar pedals in the studio.
At the Abbey Road Studios London
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