Niamh Houston, better known as Chipzel, a musician, composer and producer from Northern Ireland, is this year nominated for a Women in Games Creative Impact Award. This award nomination recognises creative achievements in games development over the last year for music & sound design for an individual who has been working in games development for more than four years. A pioneer of Chiptune, her live performances take original 8bit sound and manipulate it into something frantically hard-hitting with retro-gaming appeal.
In spite of the pandemic, Niamh teamed up with Craig Fairweather and Andrew Dyce from We Throw Switches to create a prototype using her powerful beats to get inter-generational communities more active. Meet the team in this video post as they talk about the importance of sound at Spatial Sound in the new immersive venue The Market Hall, Plymouth.
This nomination comes just as HotHouse Music mark their 20th anniversary.
For two decades, HotHouse Music have provided award-winning music supervision and score arrangement for some of the world’s most successful feature films and television series. Under the new leadership of Lynden Campbell, the newly expanded HotHouse Composer Agency, enjoys a vibrant, central London location on Duke Street opposite the Selfridges Dolby Atmos cinema – a nod to their immersive, future-friendly, sonic initiative Spatial Sound.
HotHouse Music was founded in 2002 and over two decades have developed an exciting portfolio of internationally acclaimed big-screen titles that include the recently Academy Award nominated Belfast, directed by Kenneth Branagh, and Joe Wright’s Cyrano. Further highlights feature Academy Award winners Bohemian Rhapsody, Judy and The Lord of the Rings trilogy, alongside favourites Everybody’s Talking About Jamie and Mamma Mia! and TV shows Dracula and Sherlock.
“We’re incredibly proud of the highly-accomplished services delivered by our female founders and we are building on this legacy as a 21st century music supervision company with a contemporary and forward-thinking approach. HotHouse Music will remain a first-class music supervision and score coordination agency for traditional film and TV projects, whilst championing tek savvy composers and producers who are able to orchestrate immersive and interactive soundtracks.” Lynden Campbell, Managing Director
Relaunching with a new look website, HotHouse Music introduces a unique roster of innovative composer, arranger, producer and digital talent. The bias of the agency is a proficiency in music production across a variety of game engines in order to better support immersive and spatial audio rendering for 21st century cinematic, real-life and virtual experiences.
Introducing the new composer roster
In addition to Niamh Houston, HotHouse Music welcome an exciting set of sonic pioneers that embrace the future-tek sensibilities of its new MD.
Known to HotHouse Music as part of the PsySisters Collective, Elena Alekseeva joins HotHouse Music as a classical pianist and electro artist. Elena is specialist in composition and digital media having recently engaged in VR game to be played on Oculus. Finnish film and TV composer, producer and choral/orchestral arranger Veera Lummi is proficient in traditional and digital orchestral production. As well as the go-to Scandinavian drama sound for film and TV, collaborations include work for Modulus Quartet and popular RnB arrangements for Grammy nominee, Royce Wood Junior. Dutch, electro-pop/RnB composer Chagall, is an expert in movement sensor technology and interactive visuals able to create authentic pop music. French-English commercial singer-songwriter Alessi Laurent-Marke provides vocal covers and develops immersive storytelling for Full Dome.
Adding to the games flavour of the roster, the award-winning partnership Paul Arnold and Andrew Barnabas (MediEvil, Dead Pixels) are equally accomplished film and TV soundtrack composers having recently won Best Documentary Score at The International Sound and Film Music Festival for Netflix documentary “Hating Peter Tatchell”. The duo’s CV includes music for advertising (EE, Audi). Musical polymath Steve Pretty (2012 Olympics closing ceremony, Globe Theatre) is also the leader and arranger of the Hackney Colliery Band. Steve delivers a diverse range of score, arrangements and music direction to film, TV and advertising from brass to ancient instruments taking inspiration from Nigeria to India.
For further composer talent for branded content, HotHouse Music represent bespoke soundtrack creators David McEwan and James Turner, together known as Blank Note Music, adept at cross-genre compositions for big brand commercials such as Eurostar and E.On.