Laurence Chapman - Composer

Laurence Chapman is a classically - trained composer and pianist. Recent work includes the Sorcery! saga and 80 Days from Inkle Studios. 

Original Music to 'Smog' available for download

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. 

80 Days now out on Mac and PC

The multi - award winning 80 Days along with its widely - loved score is now available for Mac and PC via Steam, GoG and Humble priced at £6.99. 

Inkle, along with Meg Jayanth, have updated the game with an extra 150,000 words including two new world-spanning major plotlines

80 Days was Time Magazine's Game of The Year 2014, and was nominated for four BAFTA Game awards.

To find out more, visit inkle's Blog. 


Sorcery! 2 composing underway.

After choosing between a few different approaches, the Sorcery! 2 theme is now in the works. A quicker and more burly piece than Sorcery! 3 with all sections of the orchestra getting a good workout. 

The recording session is due to take place in November, along with the yet-to-be written theme to the final part in the saga, Sorcery! 4 The Crown of Kings. Expect yet another musical contrast in this sinister and nightmarish episode.  

Inkle Studio's News page

Inkle Studio's News page

See below for a brief snippet from the demo of the theme. 

Orchestra Records Sorcery! 3 Theme

Earlier this year the opportunity came about to record the theme to Sorcery! 3 using a live orchestra. The recording session took place in late June, and the piece has now been mixed and mastered and can be heard in the game and on soundcloud. 

The orchestra and conductor were superb, rehearsing and performing some intricate passages on a tight time schedule. 

Click here to download the music

There is a score available to view below as well as a screenshot of the mixing session. 

The orchestra was a 30 piece ensemble and comprised members of the West European Symphony Orchestra. Since the original Sorcery! theme was arranged for a 'virtual' orchestra of about 60 performers - some re-orchestration was required. I also had to add the percussion tracks and Chinese instruments from my sample library.

A screenshot from the mixing session. (Click to enlarge)

White Dreams Score Available to Buy

An album of some of the music from White Dreams is available to buy online at £1.00. It features Itinera Mortis from the dream machine sequence, as well as an extended version of Adriana's Theme, and Travelling which was part of the original demo compiled for the film. 

Click on the link below to listen/buy. 

£1.00 for the whole album, or £0.50 a track. Paypal and debit/credit cards accepted.

 

Visit the White Dreams website here and find out more about the music here

Page 1 of the sketch score to the Dream Machine Scene (Opens in new window)

Page 1 of the sketch score to the Dream Machine Scene (Opens in new window)

Orchestral Recording Session

In late May, members of the West European Symphony Orchestra recorded eight pieces, several of which had been written specifically for them, and others (such as 'The De-Smoggler') were past works that had been adapted. The ensemble performed terrifically, moving quickly through a great deal of music in a three hour session - particular credit must go to the first horn player who is prominent in 'The De-Smoggler', 'The Old Kingdom' and 'Spring Nocturne.'