Inkle Studio’s long-awaited sci-fi archaeology game was released on April 16th this year. The digital download was released via bandcamp at the same time and a limited run of CDs, bought by fans all across the world, sold out after just 4 days. Find out more on the Heaven’s Vault music page
A Soundtrack album for Heaven’s Vault is on the way and to whet everyone’s appetite here is a free download. The album will be available as a download from both Bandcamp and Steam upon the game’s release and there will also be a limited run of physical CDs.
The free track, Before The Fall, features Leos Strings, the composer at the piano, and was recorded and mixed by Richard Brooker.
In early 2018 Laurence worked as an orchestrator on Richard Beddow's and Richard Birdsall's score for the latest installment of the Total War Saga set in England, 878AD.
With ten playable factions, players build and defend a kingdom to the glory of Anglo-Saxons, Gaelic clans, Welsh tribes or Viking settlers. As a result, the music features a range of folk influenced sounds and traditional instruments.
The game is out now and available from the Steam Website
Throughout the first half of 2017, Laurence worked as Music Assistant and Orchestrator for Andy Price on the upcoming History Channel’s upcoming drama Knightfall. The 10-part series tells the tale of the Knights Templar’s loss and ensuing search for the Holy Grail across medieval Europe. The score features orchestra, choir and an array of soloists who accompany us through the sieges of Acre to the taverns, court intrigue and battlefields of 13th century France.
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In another documentary from David Modell, Laurence co-wrote the original score with Klaus White. The film follows the lawyer Mark Lewis’ attempts to combat his MS through experimental stem cell treatment in Israel. The documentary airs tonight on Channel 4.
David Modell’s documentary on the UK Labour Party’s 2017 airs tonight on BBC2 at 9pm with original music from Laurence Chapman. You can hear some of the quasi-comic music in the clip below. The film follows several MPs including Stephen Kinnock and Ruth Cadbury as they attempt to hold their seats while coping with the negativity surrounding their party’s leader.
In the summer of 2017, Laurence worked with David Butterworth on the orchestrations of Tom Howe’s score to Professor Marston and The Wonder Women. The film stars Luke Evans, Rebecca Hall, Bella Heathcote and was directed by Angela Robinson. It tells the story of the development of the Wonder Woman character by William Marston, aka Professor Marston.
The album is available from iTunes
In the summer before the game’s release, Laurence worked as an Orchestrator/Transcriber on Creative Assembly’s Total War: Warhammer 2 featuring music by, among others, Richard Beddow and Simon Ravn. You can hear a clip of one of Richard Beddow's pieces below, and the game is available from the Total War Website.
The third series of the BBC's adaptation of Jacqueline Wilson's stories is now being broadcast and is available on the iplayer here. Laurence re-worked Andy Price's wonderful music from the first 2 series as well as providing some of his own.
The $99 Orchestra have developed from a 30-piece ensemble to a range of choices now including a choir and a rock band as well as smaller string groups recorded in London.
For their latest sessions, Laurence submitted a short piece for their 56 piece orchestra featuring plenty of Hollywood-esque stylistic flourishes to see what they could do in half an hour. As it turns out, they can do a fair amount.
The final installment of the Sorcery! saga is out now on iOs, Google Play and Steam. The game features music by Laurence Chapman recorded by the same orchestra that played on the second and third chapters. All of Laurence's themes to the series below are available to download via bandcamp (see below) and the sheet music can also be downloaded here.
On the hottest day of 2016 so far, four members of Leos Strings and their sound engineer Richard Brooker bravely agreed to be sealed into a studio for a few hours to perform Laurence's music to Ben Nicholson's (a.k.a Cape Guy) upcoming game.
The session was a great success with the intrepid quartet polishing off the music in a little over two hours with occasional breaks for lollies, gallons of cold water, or just to sit outside and slowly gasp. The game and the music are planned for release in November 2016.
In a recent recording session which included music for indie developer Cape Guy, Leos Strings also rehearsed extracts of Laurence's in-progress concert works. These included his 1st String Quartet and parts of 'Three Suffolk Sketches'; both works will be completed in the next few months. Extracts can be heard below.
Smog, a short fantasy film featuring music by Laurence Chapman will feature in the the London Independent Film Festival on April 22nd.
Directed by Rafe Gibbons and produced by Jack Thomas O'Brien, the film tells a story in which a giant smog cloud has blocked out the sun and turned London into a totalitarian state. Schoolgirl Molly and her grandfather come up with a plan to bring the sunlight back, building a magical airship to clear the skies.
Smog is an original story, combining live action and 2D animation. It was made for family and fantasy audiences, and has a strong environmental theme.
The original handwritten score for the extended version of 'Sorcery! 3 The Seven Serpents' is available via Issuu and YouTube. Being slightly larger than A3, the score was difficult to scan and the results are by no means perfect, but the YouTube video in full screen mode and HD should give reasonably good results.
The .pdf file is too large to host on this website, but can be seen below on Issuu. Downloads are enabled, but may require users to sign in.
During a session for an another project, the excellent Cellist Rachel Shakespeare from Leos Strings was kind enough to record Laurence's first Nocturne for solo cello. The piece is dedicated to the memory of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies and will form part of a set of 5.
The Disney Maker funded pilot of Captain Travel from Beau's Toy Farm is now on YouTube featuring music from Laurence Chapman. Our eponymous traveler's first stop is London - after narrowly missing some cows.
The more likes/comments/shares, the better chance it has of being made into a series, so watch and share now!
The first half of the Sorcery! series from inkle Studios complete with music from Laurence Chapman is out now on the Steam Store at £4.19. The music is also available to download and includes sheet music from parts 2-4.
Smog is a short film directed by Rafe Gibbons and produced by Jack Thomas O'Brien. Based in a fantastical smog-covered London where its inhabitants are blinded by convention, Molly is an inquisitive, intelligent school girl who imagines change. Her grandfather is the ageing inventor George Crockett whose magical sky-machine, the De-Smoggler, gathers dust in his workshop.
The music is available as a free download.