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Contributor


David Long

Performer, Composer

Biography

David Long composes and performs music. He has recently released a new album, Ash and Bone, through Rattle Records. It is recorded and mixed by Graham Kennedy and features Carolyn Mills, Bridget Douglas, Pat Barry, Rachel Vernon, Andrew Jarvis and Mark Carter of the NZSO and Riki Gooch. He is soon to release a new album featuring Stroma performing his piece I’ll Hum the First Few Bars and work he made for choreographer Douglas Wright. The feature film Punch which he scored is to be released in 2022.

In 2020-21 he completed the score for the BBC adaptation of Eleanor Catton’s The Luminaries for which he won the APRA 2020 award for Best Music for a Television Series. He also composed the music for Atamira Dance Company’s Ngā Wai, created by Sean Mac Donald and composed the score for Tupua Tigafua’s dance show, Ciggy Butts In the Sand.

Since the late 1990s David has been writing music for film and television, alongside playing in bands and composing orchestral music. He has composed scores for over twenty feature films including McLaren (for which he won the APRA Silver Scroll award for Best Original Music), The Ground We Won, 25 April, 6 Days, Gardening with Soul, Beyond the Edge, and additional score for Peter Jackson’s The Lovely Bones. For The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey he wrote (in collaboration with Plan 9 Music) ‘Misty Mountain’ (endlessly covered by metal bands, national orchestras and the Third Marine Aircraft Wing Band on YouTube). He wrote music and created musical sound design for Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy and King Kong (also with Plan 9 Music). He also wrote the score for the childrens’ TV shows The Wotwots and Kiddets that have played in over 100 countries.

David was a founding member of The Mutton Birds with whom he made three albums. He plays in the bands Teeth and the Labcoats.

davidlongnz@gmail.com

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Selected Work:

  • Ash and Bone (album released through Rattle Records)
  • Punch (dir. Welby Ing) 2021
  • Mystic (various directors, BBC) 2020
  • Ngā Wai (Sean MacDonald), 2020
  • The Luminaries (dir. Claire McCarthy) 2020
  • We Need To Talk About AI (dir. Leanne Pooley) 2019
  • For My Father's Kingdom (composed with Briar Prastiti) (Dir.s Vea Mafile'o and Jeremiah Tauamiti) 2019
  • Six Days (dir. Toa Fraser) additional score 2017
  • Where There Is Life (Dir. Gwen Isaac) 2017
  • Taking Stock (Dir. Maeve Murphy) UK, 2015
  • Hot Air (Dir. Alister Barry) 2014
  • Two Little Boys (Dir. Robert Sarkies) 2012
  • The Red House (Dir. Alyx Duncan) 2012
  • Pictures of Susan (Dir. Dan Salmon) 2012
  • Rest for the Wicked (Dir. Simon Pattison) 2011
  • Russian Snark (with Stephen Gallagher) (Dir. Stephen Sinclair) 2010
  • The Lovely Bones (additional score) (Dir. Peter Jackson) 2009
  • King Kong (additional ambient music design in collaboration with Plan 9) (dir. Peter Jackson) 2005

Composed (51)

A Beekeeper from Tuakau

for orchestra, soloists, taonga puoro, and electronics


A Fine Day

for orchestra, soloists, taonga puoro, and electronics


A Second Glance

for chamber ensemble with electronics, 6m


A Strange Place

for orchestra, soloists, taonga puoro, and electronics


Ash and Bone

for chamber ensemble with electronics, 4m 30s


Begin Again

for taonga pūoro and various instruments, 5m 57s


Blind Men

for mixed chamber quintet


Celestial Dog

for taonga pūoro and various instruments, 4m 50s


City of Green

for taonga pūoro and various instruments, 4m 19s


Cross Creek

for large chamber ensemble and electronics


Departure

for cello, violin/viola, and guitar/ukulele


First Attempt

for orchestra, soloists, taonga puoro and electronics


Hidden Cameras

for taonga pūoro and various instruments, 1m 54s


High Emotions

for orchestra, soloists, taonga puoro and electronics


I Follow It

for chamber ensemble with electronics, 5m 30s


Insomnia

for cello, violin/viola and ukulele


Kathmandu

for orchestra, soloists, taonga puoro and electronics


Khumbu Icefall

for orchestra, soloists, taonga puoro and electronics


Mercury

for taonga pūoro and various instruments, 2m 12s


Morpheus

for mixed chamber quintet


Old Shadows

for taonga pūoro and various instruments, 6m 30s


Perilous Knowledge

for taonga pūoro and various instruments, 3m 23s


Running into the Past

for harp and banjo


Seventeen Days of Marches

for orchestra, soloists, taonga puoro and electronics


Spider Shell

for taonga pūoro and various instruments, 46s


Summiting

for orchestra, soloists, taonga puoro and electronics


The Hermaphrodite's Dance

for mixed chamber quintet


The Hilary Step

for orchestra, soloists, taonga puoro and electronics


The Lhotse Face

for orchestra, soloists, taonga puoro and electronics


The Long Long Walk

for flute, harp and electronics, 5m


The Nearest Clear Liquid

for taonga pūoro and various instruments, 2m 5s


The Plan

for orchestra, soloists, taonga puoro and electronics


The Puppet's Baby

for tuba and electric guitar


Underground

for chamber ensemble with electronics, 8m


Unwrapping

for viola, harp, banjo and percussion


Upper Circle, Lower Case

for taonga pūoro and various instruments, 2m 53s


Wash Your Mouth Out

for chamber ensemble with electronics, 4m


Water the Earth

for chamber ensemble with electronics, 5m 30s


We Died Once

for taonga pūoro and various instruments, 1m 18s


What We Are

for banjo, guitar, organ, percussion and sampled sounds


You Want to Fight Everything

for chamber ensemble with electronics, 4m 40s