This section of the website is all about music from artists that are either in a similar genre to Craig Armstrong or people who I like, which means you might like them as well.
Please feel free to contact me with any albums or tracks you think should be on this page.
I hope you find something new on here that you like.
Whitetree is a collaboration between the Italian classical composer Ludovico Einaudi, and electronic/post rock artists Robert and Ronald Lippok, from To Rococo Rot.
Check out this collaboration album which showcases all the artists seperately developed talents together in a dense, unexpected sequence of songs.
Track highlights are 'Koepenik' and 'Tangerine'.
This Is What I Live For
Richard Anthony Jay
Richard Anthony Jay's debut album is a collection of contemporary classical tracks, featuring Davy Spillane and members of the Hallé Orchestra.
It's a beautiful album which is definitely worth checking out if you enjoy modern classical music featuring piano and lush strings arrangements. Enjoy!
'Float' is a mainly instrumental work featuring delicate piano playing and muted orchestral swells and embelishments. It is incredibly elevating and far more than background music. Broaderick is an American living in Denmark, and the album captures a genuine sense of wonder of the dramatic Scandinavian landscapes.
Stand out tracks are 'Another Glacier' and 'Broken Patterns'.
One of the more unlikely transformations of recent times is that of Clint Mansell, once of late Eighties/early Nineties Stourbridge electro-punks Pop Will Eat Itself, into Darren Arronovsky’s go to soundtrack provider. Mansell’s latest work is for Duncan Jones’s sci-fi flick Moon.
The soundtrack contains plenty of analogue gated synths, subdued piano parts, and adrenaline driven beats. The film's extremely catchy two-note theme is repeated throughout the score and is most prominently featured on the track 'Welcome to Lunar Industries (Three Year Stretch....)'
Með Suð Í Eyrum Við Spilum Endalaust
Með Suð Í Eyrum Við Spilum Endalaust, the fifth album from the Icelandic group Sigur Rós, offers up another aspect of its enigmatic, orchestral indie rock sound. Working with famed producer Flood, the group sounds more minimal — even tribal on "Gobbledigook" — while maintaining its cathartic bliss on "Festival". Track "Ára Bátur" was recorded at Abbey Road studios and features a full choir and orchestra, resulting in one of the groups most outstanding pieces of work to date - and is worth the price of the CD alone.
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
Nick Cave & Warren Ellis
The Assassination of Jesse James was sadly pretty much overlooked on its release. Which is a real shame as it's an incredible film which feature one of the best sound tracks of recent years. Nick Cave and Warren Ellis created some beautifully haunting pieces which compliment the film's somber greyness of the mid-winter Missouri skyline. The score's very thematic, featuring period instruments yet in a contemporary style.
Track highlights are "Rather Lovely Thing", "The Money Train" and "Song For Bob".
This is a truly amazing score by Dario Marinanelli. It manages to capture perfectly the mood of the book and the film. The use of the type-writer throughout is very clever as he uses it not only to represent Briony's character, but as a percussive instrument that builds tension. "Elegy to Dunkirk" has to be one of the most beautiful piece of music to be inspired by war. The way the piece moves around the group of soldiers singing Jerusealem is very clever and terribly moving. Definitely deserves the Oscar and all the other awards.
James Newton Howard
James Newton Howard has scored all of M. Night Shyamalan films since The Sixth Sense and it's a collaboration which always produces great work.
The Unbreakable score is very poweful and emotive, and is a great example of classical and electronic music working in harmony. Track highlights are 'Visions', 'Unbreakable' and 'Mr.Glass/End Credits'. Not least because of the fantastic drum beat that features in each of them - brilliant!
A great collection of funky/electronic instrumental tracks is the similar style to Craig Armstrong and Rob Dougan. Well worth checking out.
This track featured in the Audi A5 UK advert. It's an elegant piano and string piece which is now available to buy.
Max Avery Lichtenstein
Really beautiful track, currently being used in the UK on an Impulse advert. You can download the track for free.
Ludovico Einaudi is a composer of great subtlety and artistic judgement with an ear for wonderful melody. With Divenire, Einaudi has developed his musical style by introducing orchestral arrangements and delicate electronica. His genius, as always, is knowing exactly what is the right mixture.
The electronic samples and effects surface occasionally, effectively add atmosphere, but without dominating the music. Album's highlights include Primavera and L'origine Nascosta.
The Soundtrack to The Fountain is an intense and emotional experience, but be warned! this is not the run of the mill, orchestral style that seems to permeate movies these days. This is more a case of Clint Mansell and The kronos Quartet meets Mogwai in a dark alley for a good dust-up.
Mansell lets his inspirations show thru with a few nods to Phillip Glass, with a brooding emotional score, which is built on repetition of piano and string themes, that gradually build into a stirring and epic finale on "Death is the road to Awe". The album is worth it, just for this track alone.
Max Richter is a composer in the increasingly popular post classical / neo classical movement. His three albums feature lush piano and string pieces, intertwined with found sounds, normally to add atmosphere, and lines of text read out from novels. His albums have a unique sound, which at times feel like sound installation from an art gallery. Which is quite fitting, as each CD feels like one whole piece of artwork.
It’s hard to pick out certain tracks from his albums, as they should be experienced as a whole. However, the track ‘Last Days’ from Memoryhouse is stunning and from The Blue Notebook, the tracks ‘On the Nature of Daylight’ and ‘Shadow Journal’ are defiantly worth checking out.
The Heritage Orchestra
The Heritage Orchestra is made up of around 45 classically trained young musicians. Their ear-catching sound, mixes live vocalists, nu-jazz rhythms, sweeping film score-esque arrangements and far-out compositions. They’ve recently collaborated with 4Hero and The Arctic Monkeys.
Their first album is a great chillout experience with some beautiful string arrangements. One of the stand out tracks is Track 5 - Tell Me Stories. It has this amazing string swirling opener - this is a really impressive piece of work.
The group Globus are the commercial outlet for the stock movie music company Immediate Music. Their music has featured in the trailers for The Island, Spiderman and X-Men 3.
Globus were launched in 2006 in response to an influx of requests to Immediate Music to make their distinctive, rousing orchestral cues available to the general public by means of a conventional CD release.
The style of Globus can be described as modern cinematic orchestral music fused with contemporary and world music rhythms. I've also heard the term 'Cinematic Hybrid'.
Stand out tracks are: Preliator, Prelude (On Earth As In Heaven), La Coronacion and Diem Ex Dei (this track features the awesome music used in The Island trailer) .
Cliff Martinez's score perfectly matches this high brow sci-fi movie film by Steven Soderbergh.
Before composing the film, Martinez research the work of Gyorgy Ligeti, who worked on Kubrick's 2001 film. The score has a very similar style to 2001. Using soft rhythms and tones which flow in and out of this aural landscape, knitted together by an undercurrent of rich strings, or gently throbbing steel drums. At times it's very minimalistic and even non existent, but it always holds your attention.
Kingdom of Heaven
This is a stirring soundtrack with just the right mix of both orchestral overtones, ethnic music with a middle-eastern flare and a sense of the underlying religious connotations of Crusades with the almost Gregorian chants/vocals.
The whole CD just sweeps on by, through it's ups and downs, matching the emotions of the movie very well, and while no one track really sticks out from the others, the CD as a whole is beautiful.
It goes without saying that Guy Ritchie's film wasn't what people were expecting, but the film had a great soundtrack which is defiantly worth a listen. Tracks that stand out are Fear Me by Nathaniel Mechaly, Mucchio Selvaggio (Remix) by 2raumwohnung & Ennio Morricone and the awesome track Opera by Antonio Vivaldi & Emmanuel.
You’ll have heard Rob D’s music on The Matrix soundtracks, Top Gear and many TV / Promo Adverts. His album Furious Angels is a mix of classical and funky beats – similar to some of Armstrong’s work. Make sure you get the CD that comes with the bonus instrumental CD.
The sound of the Icelandic rock band Sigur Ros is actually quite hard to describe. They play their instruments in unconventional ways, sometimes using drumstick to play the guitar, and they normally sing in Icelandic or Hopelandic (their own invented language). Of their albums, ‘Agaetis Byrjun’ and ‘Takk’ are the most accessible. It was their track - Hoppipolla - which featured on the trailers of the BBC's Planet Earth documentary.
Michael Nyman’s most famous score, has to be for the film The Piano, however, I prefer his work on Andrew Niccol's film Gattaca. The score features two main themes; the first is heard in ‘The Morrow’ and the second motif can be heard in the rousing track ‘The One Moment’.
E.S Posthumus’ album ‘Unearthed’ features funky trippy beats mixed with lush orchestrations and massive voice choirs. The CD started of as an underground hit, before been picked up by the ‘Hollywood Trailer Makers’ who brought their music to the masses via trailers for The Matrix and Minority Report.
The Thin Red Line
How Hans Zimmer’s music for ‘The Thin Red Line’ didn’t win an Oscar, I’ll never know. It’s one of Zimmer’s most accomplished pieces of work, and is well worth checking out. The theme that most people will have heard before, is featured in the tracks ‘Journey to the Line’ and ‘Silence’.
recent projects highlights of craig armstrong
- Victor Frankenstein
- It's Nearly Tomorrow