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Matt Isaac 2013.
Original version score for documentary by George Smith;
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A folk styled documentary track

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Second part; Score for Black Lotus Productions’ ‘Broken’

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Score from Black Lotus Productions’ ‘Broken’

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Acoustic Session for Nia-V on Streetstarzonline

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‘Return’

From ‘Under the Psalm Tree’.

Matt Isaac. Produced by Graham Dominy. 2012

Reflecting the drive and movement of a journey, this piece finishes off the set of tracks and represents the return, the gathering pace of a return journey contrasted with mixed lulls of melodic reflection before finally coming to a calm rest in the place where it began.

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‘Promise’

From ‘Under the Psalm Tree’.

Matt Isaac. Produced by Graham Dominy. 2012

The most recently composed piece, this drop D composition was written to explore more harmonically rich writing in a fingerstyle work, moving less towards celtic style drones and more towards a more jazz like approach to constructing harmony as a base.

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'Picket Hill / Pokarekare Ana / To the New World'

From ‘Under the Psalm Tree’.

Matt Isaac / Trad. arr Matt Isaac. Produced by Graham Dominy. 2012

This set somewhat charts the movement of a journey which I took, starting with a melodic air which was inspired by the a valley in Wiltshire in the UK. The second part is an arrangement of the traditional melody from New Zealand which then leads into a reel, inspired by a trip over the America.

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‘Misty Green’

For Elle.

From ‘Under the Psalm Tree’.

Matt Isaac. Produced by Graham Dominy. 2012

Written to combine various techniques into a fluent, melodic piece, the piece was composed with joining melody and groove together.

The track is accompanied by a live video, filmed by Adrian Baxter

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‘Water is Wide / Lark in the Clear Air’

From ‘Under the Psalm Tree’.

Trad. arr Matt Isaac. Produced by Graham Dominy. 2012

Another set of traditional melodies, arranged for slide, which gives so many vocal qualities for melodies like these. The recording was done with the authentic feel of the melodies in mind. ‘Water is Wide’ is british folk song, English, or Scottish origin, heard in many versions, still remains a really beautiful and plaintive melody. ‘The Lark in the Clear Air’ is Irish origin, another well know tune, but makes a really expressive pairing in this set.

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‘On the Plains’

From ‘Under the Psalm Tree’.

Matt Isaac. Produced by Graham Dominy. 2012

A track written from the experience of different travels, crossing large spaces. Meant to capture the imposing nature of wide spaces, the slightly mournful edge that is felt, and the pace from travelling over them. 

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'Were You There'

From 'Under the Psalm Tree'.

Trad. arr Matt Isaac. Produced by Graham Dominy. 2012

A really nice, traditional gospel hymn which I arranged as a solo guitar instrumental. The piece has been reharmonised and arranged for slide guitar. Played on Martin OMJM. Thanks to Diamond Bottlenecks for custom slides (check them out, they’re excellent).

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'Under the Psalm Tree'

I’ve recently finished a short collection of acoustic guitar tracks with Graham Dominy, which are a mix of original and arrangements of traditional melodies. I’ll be posting the tracks individually on tumblr, with a little background about each. In the mean time, you can hear the whole collection here.

Thanks to Charlotte Micklewright for the artwork.

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This mornings antics

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'The Tyre Swing'

2012 Alex Blackwood

Music - Matt Isaac

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Sample of the credits score I’ve been working on for short film ‘The Tyre Swing’ by Alex Blackwood. Film to follow soon!