Tom Hodge is a composer and pianist from London. He performs regularly around Europe with his electronic chamber music project Piano Interrupted and has released two albums (Two by Four, The Unified Field) on German experimental record label Denovali. A recent ongoing collaboration with producer Max Cooper has yielded a two-part EP, Fragmented Self, out on Fields.
He has been scoring music to picture for over ten years and his credits include 3 feature films (most recently the award-winning Common People), a handful of TV themes and over 200 synchronisations in advertising for virtually every major worldwide brand.
Tom's music has also featured in fashion shows around the world including Dior, Valentino, Ellie Saab & Phillip Lim, and in February 2013 Carolina Herrera commissioned an original composition Capriccio for Carolina for her S/S 13 runway show in New York.
Other credits include the classical remix of Daft Punk's Aerodynamic (which remains the only remix ever to be sanctioned by Daft Punk for synchronisation) released on Ministry of Sound & Paganini Rocks with Rob da Bank, Tom Middleton and Au Revoir Simone on Sunday Best.
His debut ballet, a 80 minute symphonic work with choreography by Silvana Schröder, Waiting Room, premiered on the 6th June 2014 at Thüringen Staatsballet in Germany.
"One of the few voices on the scene capable of not just mimicking the serene beauty of classical music, but of matching its compositional intricacy to boot." Tobias Fischer, Tokafi
As old steel factories go, the Weststadthalle in Essen actually feels surprisingly intimate. But without doubt one of the challenges with these types of non-traditional spaces is how to make that magical connection with the audience...
Waiting Room has five 'orchestra alones' - each one, two and a half hours long. That might sound like a lot, but for well over 80 minutes of music, it doesn't actually equate to many run-throughs, let alone detailed examinations, of the nineteen movements that correspond to the different choreographic scenes.
You may have seen the heartbreaking sixty-second story: an old man takes his lovely little fluffy white dog for a walk to deliver a bunch of flowers. It transpires he is delivering the flowers to the graveside of lost loved one. The dog comforts him with a lick and they eat dinner together, with the man preparing the dog's favourite meal, Cesar.
How does one think up a load of dance music? <em>Which comes first, the dancing chicken or the musical egg?</em> Many people have asked me whether you need to see the dance in your mind's eye, and to some degree, I found that yes, you have to- not the way a choreographer would of course, but as a musician who understands rhythm at least...
In many ways, having started my career writing music for pictures, almost all my work has been collaborative, whether it was with advertising creatives, film directors, or TV producers. From these experiences, I have learnt to look for a common 'language' between all the people involved.
Everyone has their own version of "prefix hyphen classical." For me it is that enormous melting pot where minimalism, film score, groove-based jazz, electronica, post-rock and certain bits of pop music all collide.
In our aggressively digital age, vinyl is enjoying a welcome resurgence... Vinyl is, for artists and listeners alike, a stamp of quality. Anyone can generate an mp3 now- there are so many easy-to-use programmes like ProTools, Logic, Ableton (all of them significantly harder to use well admittedly) out there for would-be music-makers.
My collaboration with Carolina Herrera began with a Google Alert. With my music appearing in so many different places, including many of which I have no prior knowledge, I have set up a Google Alert on my name to help with discoveries of any new and exciting music uses. This was one such occasion.
15/04/2013 19:28 BST
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