18 November 2014

Leopard - Ultimate Survivor (BBC/ Nat Geo Wild)


William Goodchild's latest score for BBC Natural World and Nat Geo Wild is Leopard - Ultimate Survivor. The programme is showing first in the States on Nat Geo Wild on 29 November 2014.

Leopard - Ultimate Survivor is the extraordinary story of a mother and her two cubs, filmed by cameraman Brad Bestelink over two years. The footage is stunning and the story compelling.

William co-wrote and produced the score with Dan Brown and it features Senegalese singer Batch Gueye.

Produced by Icon Films, the programme is directed by Steve Gooder and edited by Rupert Troskie.

20 October 2014

What's The Score? Panel Discussion


"Sound is fifty per cent of the motion picture experience." George Lucas

At this informal session What's The Score? the panel will take a look at the importance of good sound and the difference it can make. Find out what can be done simply and effectively to get the most impact from the audio on a film and create a more immersive experience for the audience.

The panel discussion will feature a variety of audio and visual clips from feature films to recent wildlife BBC and National Geographic International wildlife productions.

Chair Karen Bass, National Geographic
Composer William Goodchild, Freelance
Producer/ Director David Johnson, Ram Raider Films
Editor Andy Nettley, Freelance
Re-recording Mixer Andrew Wilson, Red Six Ltd

Tuesday, 21st October 2014, 14:30 - 16:00 in the Arnolfini Dark Studio
Part of Wildscreen Festival
For more details of this event, please click HERE.

17 October 2014

Leopards: 21st Century Cats


Leopards: 21st Century Cats (BBC Natural World) has been nominated for three Awards at Wildscreen Festival 2014:
The film was scored by William Goodchild. To listen to some samples of the music, please click HERE.

18 September 2014

Concert November 2014


Carl Orff: Carmina Burana
Concert for St Peter's Hospice

Join Bristol Metropolitan Orchestra, City of Bristol Choir and other singers for a stunning full-scale performance of Carl Orff's bawdy Carmina Burana. With lyrics from the Middle Ages expressing a lusty enjoyment of early desires, Carmina Burana is a passionate and highly dramatic work written for massive choral and orchestral forces. The brass fanfare of Shostakovich's Festive Overture opens the concert followed by Dvořák's ever-popular Symphony from the New World.

Conductors William Goodchild and David Ogden
Soprano Lorna James
Tenor Alun Rhys-Jenkins
Bass Leigh Melrose

Shostakovich Festive Overture
Dvořák Symphony No. 9 ‘From the New World’
Orff Carmina Burana

Saturday 15 November 2014 at Colston Hall Bristol
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Concert in support of St Peter's Hospice


15 September 2014

The Man Who Turned Into a Sofa (BBC Radio 4)


Who needs a Freudian couch when you have the most comfortable sofa in the world?

William Goodchild's latest score is for a BBC Radio 4 Afternoon Drama about a depressed man and the sofa that sorted him out. The Man Who Turned Into a Sofa is a true story of illness overcome, written and performed by Andrew Fusek Peters, Polly Peters and Rosalind Jana Peters, with the voice of Lorcan Crannitch as the sofa. The producer is Tim Dee.

Airs on BBC Radio 4 at 2.15 pm, Wednesday 17th September.

For further details, credits and related links, please click HERE

Information about the music can be found HERE

To listen to the score, please click HERE

Review:
'The Man Who Turned into a Sofa took us right to the heart of what it feels like to be so depressed you’re terrified to leave the house and the only safety is to be found on the sitting-room sofa. Put like that it sounds absurd. A parody of a Radio 4 domestic drama. But this was different. It was less a play and more like a sequence of poems, written and told by the man himself, Andrew Peters, and his partner and teenage daughter, and woven together with music by William Goodchild that was perfectly attuned to the piece. Each of them gave us their point of view on what had happened to their once-happy and sorted family. As the 45-minute sequence progressed, we were drawn closer and closer into the crisis.

The girl is angry that her home has been turned into a care home visited by various members of the Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment team; the partner bears a ‘monstrous anger’ that her husband sits there doing nothing while she has to manage everything, running the household around his somnolent frame, which has taken up residence on the sofa. Another voice enters the scene, that of the sofa itself, which turns into Tracey Emin’s unmade bed, covered with the detritus of daily life — empty mugs, unopened post, shapeless socks, sudoku books and dried-up pens.

The sofa complains that it’s now ‘being considered a work of art’. Meanwhile the husband is treated like a naughty child, no longer trusted to do anything for himself after he has attempted suicide by accumulating his pills and taking them in one go. ‘The scream I can’t stop rises up like sick,’ admits the partner, and you know exactly how she feels. ‘Let me not be here.’

This was so powerful, so economical, so completely honest, each of the characters laying themselves bare, without pretence or excuse, it had me hooked from start to finish and then I had to listen to it again to catch the phrases that rang so true.' 

The Spectator, 18th September 2014

7 August 2014

BBC Radio 4 Drama: Recording Session

William Goodchild is writing, performing and producing music for a BBC Radio 4 drama. The play, on the subject of depression, is called The Man Who Turned into a Sofa and was written and is performed by Polly Peters, Andrew Fusek Peters and Rosalind Jana Peters. The voice of the sofa is Lorcan Cranitch. The play's Director is Tim Dee.

William performed and recorded the score at Christchurch Studios, Bristol on 6th August 2014. The sole instrument for the score is an upright piano. William wrote a number of pieces or cues for the instrument, but also uses it as a sound design source, creating a large palette of different sounds using a variety of playing techniques inside the instrument.

The Man Who Turned into a Sofa airs on BBC Radio 4, Wednesday 17 September at 2.15 pm 

Here are some images from the recording session:

Discussing the score with Director, Tim Dee
Playing a cue through

Playing inside the instrument with a soft timpani stick
Recording

Trying chordal swishes inside the instrument, with engineer Ian Humphries
All photos by Rosa Fay Photography

Beavers Behaving Badly (BBC Natural World)


William Goodchild's latest score for BBC Natural World is for its most recent production, Beavers Behaving Badly, which was filmed, written and directed by David Johnson.

The programme had its first airing on Thursday 31st July at 8 pm on BBC Two.

Full details about the programme can be found HERE.