David Long
David Long

David Long composes, performs and produces music. He has just completed the score for Beyond The Edge, a feature documentary on Ed Hillary’s ascent of Mount Everest directed by Leanne Pooley. It is a score combining orchestra, viola camparas and strange electronic sounds, and performances by Riki Gooch (percussion), Richard Nunns (taonga puoro) and Natalia Mann (harp). Beyond the Edge is premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2013.

David has worked on all of Peter Jackson’s films of the last decade. In 2009 he composed additional score for Peter Jackson’s The Lovely Bones. For The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey he wrote Misty Mountain in collaboration with Plan 9 Music, a song for the dwarves that also features as the major theme in the score, and that was also used as the basis for the credits song by Neil Finn. He wrote music and created musical sound design for Jackson’s Lord of the Rings Trilogy and King Kong (also with Plan 9 Music).

He has written scores for Jess Feast's festival hit Gardening With Soul (2013), Robert Sarkies’ Two Little Boys, Alyx Duncan’s The Red House, and Dan Salmon’s feature documentary Pictures of Susan (2012), Simon Pattison’s Rest for the Wicked (2011), and Stephen Sinclair’s Russian Snark (2010).

David has composed for many television dramas and documentaries. Between 2009 and 2011 he created the music for the Weta Workshop children’s series The WotWots (78 episodes), which has screened in over 100 countries. In 2009-10 he scored two series of Paradise Café, a NZ/UK (BBC) co-production, and in 2010 scored Ice, a mini-series for the UK’s Power TV (starring Richard Roxburgh and Sam Neill). He won Achievement in Original Music at the Air New Zealand Film and Television Awards two years in a row for scoring the television series Insiders Guide to Happiness (2005), and Insiders Guide to Love (2006).

For the 2011 Auckland Arts Festival he composed the music for Douglas Wright’s dance show Rapt, which toured Holland in 2013. He also written a piece for the New Zealand String Quartet which is being developed to be performed at the 2014 NZ Festival of the Arts, and has released two solo albums.

David was a founding member of the seminal New Zealand band The Mutton Birds. In 2012 they reformed for a wineries tour and returned to London to perform in October of that year. The Mutton Birds were asked by Peter Jackson to record a version of Don’t Fear the Reaper for the credits of The Frighteners. He has produced albums for a wide variety of artists, including Dave Dobbyn’s Available Light (2005), two albums for Barry Saunders, Red Morning (2005) and Zodiac (2009), Lucid 3’s Dawn Planes (2007), and Leila Adu’s Cherry Pie (2006), to name only a few. He was awarded Producer of the Year at the 2002 New Zealand Music Awards for Fur Patrol’s Pet.


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