Simon Boswell

Composer

‘If you’re a movie fan you’ll certainly know his music: Simon Boswell is one of the UK’s finest living soundtrack composers.’ TIME OUT Magazine.

Simon’s work has graced films by some of independent cinema’s incredible mavericks such as Alejandro Jodorowsky ‘Santa Sangre’, Dario Argento ‘Phenomena’, Michael Hoffman ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, Danny Boyle ‘Shallow Grave’, Alex de la Iglesias ‘Perdita Durango’ and Richard Stanley ‘Hardware and ‘Dust Devil’.

After spending several young years in bands such as Advertising and Live Wire, Simon became a highly successful record producer and remixer. In 1982, his production of Italian superstar, Renato Zero, became one of the biggest selling Italian albums of all time, shifting a staggering 6 million copies. Later on his work with 23 Skidoo on ‘Coup’ evolved into the Chemical Brothers ‘Block Rockin Beats’. He has also produced, amongst many others, Elton John, Dolly Parton, Marianne Faithful, Andrea Bocelli and Orbital.

As a composer he is well known for combining electronic elements with orchestral instruments and his music has ranged vastly in style and tone since the mid 1980s. His work for horror and fantasy cinema is key, especially the Italian giallo films, and flicks like Clive Barker’s detective horror ‘Lord of Illusions’. Then there’s the hybrid, cyberpunk riffings of ‘Hackers’ (Ian Softley) and ‘Hardware’, where he unusually combined acoustic, slide guitar with resonant, doomy synths to create a hugely popular, apocalyptic score for which he was nominated for BAFTA’s prestigious Anthony Asquith Award.

But that only tells one side of the story. Simon has also composed countless orchestral scores both melodic and experimental: ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, ‘Photographing Fairies’, ‘War Zone’, ‘Tin Man’, ‘Jason and the Argonauts’.

Along the way he has garnered many international awards and nominations including 2 BAFTAS and 1 Classical Brit. In the last 12 months he has scored three films and toured extensively worldwide with his band, The And, performing his music live with an immersive, video backdrop. Says Simon: “The Velvet Underground meets early Floyd, with an orchestra conducted by Bernard Hermann on acid…”

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