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This profile was last updated on 4/21/14  and contains information from public web pages.


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BDi Music Ltd
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BDi Composer, 21 April 2014 [cached]
JULIAN SWALES BDi Composer BDi on Facebook BDi on Twitter
JULIAN SWALES Songwriter, Feature Film, TV Docs, Theatre, TV Commercials, Library Music
Julian began his career as guitarist with the band Kitchens of Distinction, where he combined heartfelt songwriting with sonic noise experiments. With his guitar and a few effects pedals he created a soaring, symphonic sound that bands such as Radiohead have acknowledged as influential. The band released four albums on A+M and One Little Indian Records; they reached the top forty album charts in the UK but found more success in the USA where they consistently topped the college radio charts and toured many times. The band split in the late 90s and Julian has since concentrated on writing for TV and theatre. He has always written music that is powerful, expressive and resonant with emphases on memorable melody, originality and heart. He has written music for many TV documentaries including “Mountain Men� and “The Wonderful World of Albert Kahn� series for the BBC and “The Boy Who Gave Birth to His Twin� and “The Man Who Slept for 19 Years� for Channel 4. He also wrote and produced the 5.1 music soundtrack for the 3D “Mummy: the Inside Story� for the British Museum. His theatre collaborations include “On the Shore of the Wide World� for the National Theatre and Royal Exchange Manchester and “Country Music� for the Royal Court.
Radiohead's Subterranean Homesick Alien ... [cached]
Radiohead's Subterranean Homesick Alien is basically fiery final album Cowbys and Aliens distilled (Jonny Greenwood acknowledges the influence of guitarist Julian Swales, who guests here), and Patrick's complex, allusive lyrics spoke groundbreakingly about life as an unreconciled gay man.
With Kitchens guitarist Julian Swales occasionally weighing in with sonic drama, these songs are laden with beauty and imagination.The Nobel Prize Is Mine might be self-mocking, but for vision, grit and perseverance, some kind of honour is the least that he deserves.
The presence of background vocals immediately distinguishes this record from its three predecessors, yet a far more significant evolution has occurred: Guitarist Julian Swales has mothballed some of his galactic effects pedals for a more traditional sound that is less shimmery, but no less powerful.
Helen of Troy pastshowbiogs, 15 Sept 2007 [cached]
Composer - Julian Swales
Julian Swales was the guitarist in 90s alt rock band Kitchens of Distinction and toured with them extensively in the United States.He concentrated on studio-based composition in the late 90s and now writes mainly for film, television, theatre and contemporary dance.Julian's latest work includes: The Man Who Slept For 19 Years, a documentary for Channel 4, and Mummy: The Inside Story, a 3D movie currently showing at the British Museum.Capsule, a Kitchens of Distinction retrospective, was released last year.Julian's most recent theatre work includes On the Shore of the Wide World by Simon Stephens for the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester and the National Theatre.
I got to work with composer ..., 30 May 2014 [cached]
I got to work with composer Julian Swales who did the sound design (2011)
BDi Composers, 21 April 2014 [cached]
JULIAN SWALES Songwriter, Feature Film, TV Docs, Theatre, TV Commercials, Library Music
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