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Throughout 2016 the work of Robin Rimbaud (aka Scanner) can be heard all over Europe in many different mediums. He’s a versatile and collaborative artist, his work traversing the experimental terrain between sound, space and image, connecting a bewilderingly diverse array of genres - a partial list would include sound design, film scores, ballet, contemporary composition, large-scale multimedia performances, product design, architecture, fashion design, rock music and jazz. We caught up with him to find out what he’s up to and to gain an insight in to the way he works… So, what’s coming up? Some very special projects indeed. In June I’m premiering a new installation for the inaugural Fitzrovia Festival in London with a 24-hour long piece of music at Fitzrovia Chapel. It features recorded interviews with former staff of Middlesex Hospital that previously worked in the locality, and live musicians who will interact and accompany the piece over the duration. Recently, I’ve been super busy writing an orchestral and electronic score for Tomorrow at Sadler's Wells, choreographed by Lucie Guerin which premieres next week and can then be seen at BBC Arts Online for their Shakespeare Lives season if you want to stay at home. I’ll be back at Sadler's Wells again in July with the celebrated Russian ballerina Natalia Osipova and Russell Maliphant for a new production. Also in July I’ll be installing a permanent new sound work in Rijeka Airport in Croatia based on the sound of water drops and the Istrian musical scale, whilst at the same time designing all the new sounds for a telephone system that will be heard all around the world. Even my own voice will be heard on the Voicemail system - don’t say I didn’t warn you....! What have you been working on this year? I recently released my album SCANNI with pianist Anni Hogan, featuring a wealth of collaborators connecting the dots between jazz, funk, pop and film music, which has been received very positively. In my usual eclectic way I’ve been working with French visual artist Aurelie Hoegy for performances across Europe, composed the score to a science fiction documentary on BBC radio, scored the entire campaign for fashion company Max&Co, and will have a solo exhibition of film and sound works in Italy later this year. That’s not forgetting scoring the Stella McCartney’s POP perfume campaign and even sound designing a sonic essay for The Economist magazine. This year I’ve had the pleasure of recording with cellist Oliver Coates, producing a new record for Roddy Buttom of Faith No More and another for Lee Renaldo of American rock band Sonic Youth. I finished my first studio album in six years, Fibolae, and am aiming to get this released after the summer, hopefully accompanied by some live dates. I’m also very excited to be preparing to tour again with my epic project, Live_Trasmission: Joy Division Reworked, based on the songs of British post punk band Joy Division, working with Heritage Orchestra, which played to capacity crowds when we last toured it across the UK in 2014. Many of your projects are collaborative. Is this satisfying work? Absolutely. The notion of the solitary figure in a studio is so very dull to me that I’m always happy to collaborate, to challenge myself and see what else someone can bring out of me in a collaboration. The creative frictions can be so rewarding. Your music is used in so many different contexts. What makes it so versatile? Like many folks I like all kinds of music, films, books and so on and in my own creative output am equally content exploring something cinematic one moment, then something with live classical musicians the next, finishing by producing a rock band. I’m a happy shapeshifter and find it very easy to adapt to new situations and respond to a brief as necessary. It also helps that I’m super easy going but professional and am proud to say I’ve never missed a deadline in 25 years of professional work. Indeed, I frequently deliver before a deadline. Is there a genre in which you have not yet worked but would like to? I’ve yet to work out on a country album but I’m sure in time it will happen. Meanwhile I’ve only touched on films and games and would be keen to introduce and explore much of my work into that environment, if only to unsettle a few minds! Find out more about Scanner on his website, follow him on twitter, instagram and facebook and listen to his music on soundcloud. DATES Tomorrow Ballet Rambert choreographed by Lucy Guerin with an original score by ScannerMay 10|11|12|13|14: Sadler’s Wells, LondonOctober 6|7: Norwich Theatre Royal, UKNovember 23|24|25: Festival Theatre, Edinburgh, UKDetailsAvant Toutes Disparitions Choreographed by Thomas Lebrun with a score created by ScannerMay 17|18|19|20: Théâtre National de Chaillot, FranceMay 27: Théâtre Olympia, FranceJune 7|8: Théâtre des Salins, FranceFurther performances in 2017DetailsFresas (Ballet Bubbles)Dutch National Ballet, choreographed by Juanjo Arqués with an original score by ScannerMay 25: Parktheater Eindhoven, The Netherlands DetailsMemories 24-hour sound installation June 8|9|10: Fitzrovia Festival, London UKDetailsOutlanderChoreographed by Shobana Jeyasingh with an original score by ScannerJune 18: San Giorgio Monastery, Venice. ItalyArtist Talk - Scanner: Making Music From Ghosts And A Few CablesJune 27: Music Hackspace, LondonDetailsNatalia Osipova & GuestsNew work choreographed by Russell Maliphant with an original score by ScannerJune 29|30 July 1|2|3: Sadlers Wells, LondonAugust 12|13|14: Edinburgh International FestivalDetails

Music Sales Signs Hildur Guðnadóttir

Our US office have recently signed the amazingly talented Hildur Guðnadóttir, an Icelandic cellist, composer and singer who is at the forefront of experimental pop and contemporary music. In addition to her four critically acclaimed solo albums, Hildur has composed music for theatre, dance, film and television; most recently, you will have heard her music in The Revenant and BBC4’s successful crime drama series Trapped. A selection of her music can be heard via this link.

Music Sales Sign Deal With The A&R Department

We’re excited to announce that the Music Sales Australia team have inked a deal with promotions company The A&R Department, granting us sole worldwide publishing rights to their extensive contemporary catalogue. The A&R Department are focussed on developing singer-songwriters and represent artists across a range of genres; their current roster includes Harts (pictured), KIT, Polarhearts and Run Rabbit Run. You can find a sampler of their catalogue here.

2016 TV Placements

There’s been no shortage of fantastic telly in 2016 and Music Sales are very pleased to have music placed in a number of wonderful programmes, including BBC’s The Night Manager; the latest series of Call The Midwife; E4’s new comedy sci-fi offering The Aliens with Michaela Coel, Michael Smiley and Jim Howick; and the hit ITV series The Durrells. At the moment you can catch our composition 'Fall' by The Bug ft. Copeland as the titles music for ITV's eight-part crime drama Marcella, from acclaimed writer Hans Rosenfeldt (The Bridge) and starring Anna Friel, Laura Carmichael and Nicholas Pinnock. We've compiled a selection of music from recent TV placements in this playlist.

PJ Harvey Samples Jerry McCain On No.1 Album

Congratulations to PJ Harvey whose latest album, The Hope Six Demolition Project, is currently residing at the top of the UK album charts. Included on the album is 'The Ministry Of Social Affairs', a track which samples the Music Sales' composition 'That's What They Want' by Jerry McCain & His Upstarts. Check out 'The Ministry Of Social Affairs' here - http://uk.musicsalescreative.com/#/track/NTY3MzE1MC0yYzZlOTE/.

New Dan Michaelson Album

Dan Michaelson and the Coastguards will release their new album Memory through The state51 Conspiracy on 6th May. Written and produced by Dan Michaelson and mixed by Ash Workman (Metronomy, Christine and the Queens), the album was recorded at The Premises, London and will be available on CD, vinyl and as a download. As the album title suggests, ‘memory’ is one of the key themes explored on the record. Michaelson, who admits he has “almost zero memory”, ponders the impact and consequence of our ability, or inability, to remember and how our recollections are often warped and reinterpreted. "There's very little I could say with any authority about my past,” he says. “Memory's role in retelling a fact and slowly shaping it into a fiction without my consent, keeps rewriting my history. Songs are a way of freezing a moment recollected before it moves on without me." Memory is the follow up to 2014’s much-celebrated Distance and the final installment in an album trilogy that commenced with Blindspot in 2013. Thematically, there’s a common thread running through the trilogy; from ‘lost love’ through ‘acceptance’ and finally ‘reflection’. “I've recorded moments that were once raw, important or significant but now have layers and layers of memory overlapping and are unrealistic. I want to keep trying to pin down a moment before it's lost". The trilogy retains a type of ‘epic minimalism’ Michaelson was trying to achieve musically. "I went looking for a way to carry what I'd written. Memory is the end point of this particular story. In my small world, Blindspot is the script, Distance is the play, and Memory is the widescreen movie."

Solomon Grey release new video for 'Sweet 84'

The video for Solomon Grey's Sweet 84 is now available, in conjunction with the release of their self-titled debut LP on March 18th. The band tour throughout the UK and the US in April and May; full information available on their website - http://solomongrey.net/.

yndi halda release new album, 'Under Summer'

Post-rock quintet yndi halda have released their long-awaited second album, Under Summer. Released on March 4th by Big Scary Monsters in the UK, reviewers have described the album as 'absolute post-rock perfection', 'beautiful', and 'adventurous'. The band are touring throughout the UK and in March and April; full details can be found on the band's website - http://www.yndihalda.com/tour/.

Domino by Ludovico Einaudi

Domino, the new piano concerto from Ludovico Einaudi The world premiere of Domino, the new piano concerto by Ludovico Einaudi, will take place on March 10 and 11 at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall. The pianist Ji Liu will perform the concerto with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Damian Iorio. Domino was co-commissioned by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Society, to celebrate their 175th anniversary, and the West German Broadcasting Corporation. The work is scored for solo piano, harp and strings and lasts for twenty-five minutes. Wetlands, also by Einaudi, will be included in the programme for its UK premiere performances. This fifteen minute orchestral piece was commissioned by the National Centre for the Performing Arts, Beijing for the World Environmental Day concert in 2013. The concerts will also comprise Respighi’s Church Windows and Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story. Book tickets

This Beautiful Fantastic Premiere

The Music Sales Creative team enjoyed a brilliant night out at the star-studded premiere for Simon Aboud's new film This Beautiful Fantastic; a romantic comedy starring Jessica Brown Findlay, Tom Wilkinson, Jeremy Irvine & Andrew Scott. We were delighted to support our writer, Anne Nikitin, who wrote the beautiful score for the film. For more information, check out the IMDB page here.

Nico Muhly creates bespoke score for Nike mini-series 'Margot vs Lily'

Nico Muhly (The Reader, Kill Your Darlings, Me Earl & The Dying Girl) has created a bespoke score for the Nike mini-series Margot Vs Lily, an original Better For It Nike Production, directed by Tricia Brock (Orange Is The New Black, Mozart In The Jungle, Mr. Robot). The series centres around a pair of adopted sisters who live completely different lives. Lily prioritises fitness over friends, while Margot has a robust social circle and little interest in sport.On New Year's Eve, tensions boil over and the sisters make a bet.Check out the first episode on the Nike website and catch each new episode as it launches, every Monday for the next seven weeks.Nico is available for bespoke composition for Adverts, Film and TV. Please contact us for more information. Margot vs Lily Composer: Nico Muhly (The Reader, Kill Your Darlings, Me Earl & The Dying Girl) Director: Tricia Brock (Orange is the New Black, Mozart in the Jungle) Executive Producer: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl) Advertising Agency: Wieden+Kennedy (Portland) Starring: Brigette Lundy-Paine (Irrational Man) , Samantha Marie Ware (Glee)It'll all workout in the end...

Solomon Grey Announce Album & Tour

Solomon Grey announce their debut self-titled album, released on Decca. The album hits the shelves 18th March 2016 and is followed by a UK tour. The first single of the album, Sweet 84, premiered on The Line of Best Fit as Song of the Day and is available to purchase now. Check out the band's website for more information, gig tickets and pre-orders for the album.


Golden Globe wining film Joy is the story of the title character, who rose to become founder and matriarch of a powerful family business dynasty. Starring Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro the movie includes Music Sales songs 'A House with love in it', 'The Name Game', 'Somethin' Stupid', Prokofiev's Cinderella and 'Past Three O'Clock'. Watch the trailer here.


Directed by John Crowley Brooklyn is a movie about an Irish immigrant who lands in 1950s Brooklyn, where she quickly falls into a romance with a local. When her past catches up with her she must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within. Included in the soundtrack are the songs 'Zing a little Zong', with 'Dynaflow' and 'A garden in the rain' perfomed live. Watch the trailer here.

Straight Outta Compton

NWA's hit song 'Gangsta Gangsta' and 2Pac's 'California Love' feature in Straight Outta Compton. In the movie the group NWA emerges from the mean streets of Compton in Los Angeles in the mid-1980s and revolutionises Hip Hop culture with their music and tales about life in the hood. See the featurette.


Warriors is a documentary following a group of young Maasai who, in a remote region of Kenya, have remarkably formed a cricket team. Music Supervised by John Boughtwood and with music by Music Sales writers Ali Gavan and Barney Douglas, this original score was recorded mainly at Transmission Studios, Brighton. Find out more information about the film here.

David Lang's Golden Globe nomination

For "Youth," his new movie about aging friends — a musician and a filmmaker — Paolo Sorrentino chose Pultizer Prize-winning composer David Lang to write the score. Sorrentino's earlier film, "The Great Beauty," used Lang's choral piece i lie in its opening scene and he knew that Lang was the perfect choice to compose the "Youth" soundtrack. Usually a film's music is written after most of the movie is complete, if not all. The composer takes cues from what's on the screen. With "Youth," the story hinges on music that Lang wrote before the script was finished, in particular, simple song #3, which received a 2016 Golden Globe nomination for "Best Original Song." In the story, two artists vacation in the Swiss Alps: Fred, an acclaimed composer and conductor, and Mick, a renowned filmmaker. Though Mick hurries to finish the screenplay for what he expects will be his final big film, Fred has no plans to return to his music career. The two reflect on their past, and find that the present still has much in store.Starring Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel, the Fox Searchlight film opened December 4 in theaters in the USA. Watch David Lang talk about his score. Listen to simple song #3.


After wowing audiences at the Cannes Film Festival, Carol was released last month to critical acclaim. The film contains several Music Sales copyrights, including Perdido, A Garden In The Rain and Don't Blame Me.

Mrs Henderson Presents

Don't miss Mrs Henderson Presents, the hilarious, brand-new, five-star musical that's had critics in raptures, as it makes its West End debut in February 2016. Based on the much-loved film that starred Dame Judi Dench and Bob Hoskins, the show's run at the Theatre Royal Bath was hailed by the Guardian as "a shot in the arm for the British musical"and led Quentin Letts of the Daily Mail to exclaim, "I have not emerged from the theatre feeling quite so cheerful in a long time". It's London, 1937, and recently-widowed eccentric, Laura Henderson, is looking for a way of spending her time and money when her attention falls on a run-down former cinema in Great Windmill Street. Hiring feisty impresario Vivian Van Damm to look after the newly renovated Windmill Theatre, the improbable duo present a bill of non-stop variety acts. But as war looms something more is required to boost morale and box office... When Mrs Henderson comes up with the idea of The Windmill Girls - glamorous young women posing as nude statues - audiences flock. And as the Blitz hits London, The Windmill provides a refuge for all, boasting the spirit-raising slogan "We Never Close". With book and direction by the Tony Award-winning Terry Johnson (La Cage Aux Folles), lyrics by the multi-award-winning Don Black (Sunset Boulevard) and music by George Fenton and Simon Chamberlain, this glorious and heartwarming new production stars Tracie Bennett (Les Misérables, End of the Rainbow, ITV's Coronation Street), Olivier-nominated Ian Bartholomew (Into the Woods) and Emma Williams (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang).'It's bright as a showgirl's sequin and patriotic as a jam sandwich.' - The IndependentBOOK TICKETS Watch 'If mountains were easy to climb' performed by Emma Williams here.

The Lady In The Van

The Lady in the Van is a box office hit! Directed by Nicholas Hytner, written by Alan Bennett and starring Vanessa Redgrave, George Fenton has scored this gorgeous film and also has a cameo role - so keep an eye out for him! Find out more here or watch the trailer!

2016 Grawemeyer Award for Hans Abrahamsen

The prestigious Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition has this year been given to Edition Wilhelm Hansen composer Hans Abrahamsen for his orchestral song cycle let me tell you. The work, setting a text by Paul Griffiths, was premiered in 2013 by the Berlin Philharmonic conducted by Andris Nelsons. The soprano part was sung by Barbara Hannigan to whom the work is dedicated. The Grawemeyer Awards announcement states: ’My words may be poor but they will have to do,’ intones Ophelia in the opening poem. Abrahamsen’s score infuses those limited words with emotional nuance and depth, said Grawemeyer award director Marc Satterwhite.’The vocal lines exquisitely mirror Griffiths’ fragile texts of the doomed Ophelia,’ said Satterwhite. ’The orchestra is a partner rather than mere accompanist and the composer draws a huge array of colors from the orchestra, delicate and shimmering more often than not, but occasionally in fuller force.’Hans Abrahamsen is the first Dane to receive the Grawemeyer Award. let me tell you is the second Grawemeyer Award-winning work on which music critic, poet and novelist Paul Griffiths collaborated. He also wrote the libretto for Marco Polo, which won Tan Dun the 1998 Grawemeyer Award in Music Composition. let me tell you has had an overwhelming 18 performances since its world premiere in December 2013 and more are planned, including the US premiere in January 2016 with the Cleveland Orchestra, to be conducted by Frans Welser-Möst with Barbara Hannigan as the soloist. The Cleveland Orchestra will give the New York Premiere at Carnegie Hall, then the Boston Symphony Orchestra will be perform the work in February. let me tell you also received the Royal Philharmonic Society Award for Large-Scale Composition in 2015.The work has been recorded and is scheduled for release on Winter&Winter in early January 2016. The artists are Barbara Hannigan and Andris Nelsons with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. - See more at: http://www.musicsalesclassical.com/news/3336#sthash.Yfa9gxy6.dpuf

Jed Kurzel wins APRA Screen Music Award

Jed Kurzel has won the APRA Screen Music Award for Slow West (music supervised by Music Sales Creative). You can see his acceptance speech here. You can see the trailer for Slow West (featuring some of Jed’s score) here or you can buy the soundtrack here.

Jimmy Webb signs to Eaton Music

The multi Grammy award-winning and Songswriters Hall of Fame legend Jimmy Webb has signed to Eaton Music, part of the Music Sales Group. Copyrights in the agreement include: Snow Covered Christmas Rider From Nowhere Belmont Avenue Just like Marilyn Only One Life Who Under Heaven Right As Rain These Are All Mine and many more... Jimmy Webb comments: ‘I create the songs that connect words and music with emotions. Eaton Music and Music Sales will take my creations and connect them with people. I worked with Eaton Music many years ago - I am so pleased to reunite with Mandy Oates and hand her and her team a whole new cache of songs. I know they will take good care of them.’ Mandy Oates, Eaton Music comments: ‘It is really exciting to be representing Jimmy again - so many wonderful songs still to be heard. I’m looking forward to us working together.’ Chris Butler, Head of Publishing & Rights for the Music Sales Group of Companies, says: ‘We're thrilled to have to opportunity to work with Jimmy. He is a writer of the highest calibre and I have been a huge fan for many years. I'm sure that this new relationship will be happy and fruitful.’ 'Jimmy Webb is one of the few modern songwriters comparable to the old masters like Rogers and Hart.' Linda Ronstadt About Jimmy Webb Jimmy Webb is an American songwriter, composer, and singer known worldwide as a master of his trade. His platinum selling classics include ‘Up, Up and Away’, ‘By the Time I Get to Phoenix’, ‘Wichita Lineman’, ‘Galveston’, ‘The Worst that Could Happen’, ‘All I Know’, and ‘MacArthur Park’. His songs have been recorded or performed by the best including Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Judy Collins, Isaac Hayes, Art Garfunkel, Linda Ronstadt, R.E.M., Michael Feinstein, and Carly Simon. Webb has received numerous accolades, including a prestigious Ivor Novello International Award in 2012. He received his first gold record at the age of 18, was the youngest inductee into the National Songwriters Hall of Fame and is the current Chairman. He also serves proudly as the Vice Chair of ASCAP. He is dedicated to the preserving the rights and the craft of the songwriter. His book, Tunesmith: Inside the Art of Songwriting, is considered a “bible" among musicians. Webb has released 12 solo albums since the 1970s, while continuing to write for other artists. His album, Just Across the River features duets on some of his biggest songs with friends Billy Joel, Jackson Browne, Vince Gill, Willie Nelson, Linda Ronstadt, JD Souther, and Glen Campbell plus Lucinda Williams, Michael McDonald and Mark Knopfler. Webb’s latest release, ‘Still Within the Sound of My Voice’, featuring Brian Wilson, Art Garfunkel, David Crosby, Graham Nash, Lyle Lovett, Carly Simon, Keith Urban, and more, was released in 2013. jimmywebb.com

Andrea Bocelli 'Cinema'

We are proud to have two songs on the Andrea Bocelli album Cinema which is in the charts all around the world. The album brings together the singer’s favourite songs from films and includes “Mi Mancherai” from Il Postino and “Historia de Amor” from Love Story. You can buy the album here.

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