DAVID OLIVER

WORLD PERCUSSION

FOR FILM AND TELEVISION

REMOTE

STUDIO

RECORDING

DYNAMIC/EXOTIC

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PERCUSSION

INSTRUMENT

LIBRARY

 

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'Working with David has been fantastic. He is a gifted, highly skilled percussionist who brings immense creativity to a project.'

Will Goodchild

Film/TV Composer and Orchestrator/Conductor

BBC, Nat Geo, PBS

'"David has a style and flair which come through on his recordings. Receiving a percussion track from him is like discovering an amazing sample, except it’s completely bespoke and unique to the project!"

Dan Brown

Producer / Songwriter

 

danbrownmusic.co.uk

ABOUT DAVID

 

David's creative percussion has featured in documentary films for: Disney Nature, National Geographic, BBC Natural World, Netflix and PBS, recorded remotely at his Somerset studio.

 

His intuitive skills are a valuable resource for film composers wishing to add percussive character and flavour with dynamic human articulation.


He creates expressive drum and percussion textures and energetic rhythms with great sensitivity to the soundtrack from single instrument stems to whole  ensembles of filmic pulses and accents.

 

A creative multi-instrumentalist and rhythmic explorer who has made a number of instruments such as the UDU pictured left, David has collaborated on award winning films some of which are listed below.

 

'I've found David to be not just creative and incredibly talented but fast and efficient too.

A real pro and a pleasure to work with.'

Barnaby Taylor

Film/TV Composer

BBC, Disney

 

'"David’s drums and percussion have lifted my album Meditteraneo (for Universal) massively. What a find. I thoroughly recommend working with him."

Al Lethbridge

Film/TV Composer

BBC

 

www.allethbridge.com

'"David is a real pleasure to work with, superb musicianship stunning performances and recordings always top notch!"

Ian Livingston

Game/Film/TV Composer

 

www.ianlivingstone.net

FILM, TV, GAME & LIBRARY WORK

 

WILD KOREA (BBC2) - 2018.

Score composed by William Goodchild.

 

LIFE AT THE LIMITS (TERRA MATER - AUSTRIA) - 2017.

Score composed by Barnaby Taylor.

 

OTTERS (BBC2) - 2017.

Score composed by William Goodchild.

Featuring Water Drums (Pictured left), drum kit and shakers.

 

MEDITERRANEO (UNIVERSAL PUBLISHING) - 2017.

Library album of 10 acoustic drum tracks.

Music composed by Al Lethbridge.

Featuring Kit Drums, shakers, hand claps.

 

WOLFBLOOD Episode 6 (CBBC) - 2017.

Score composed by Nick Holywell-Walker.

Featuring Taiko Drum Programming and live frame drums.

 

WARHAMMER GAME 2016.

Score composed by Ian Livingston.

Featuring frame drums, wicker bundle, rusty jerry cans, velcro (close mic'd), springs, scrapers, shakers, deep hits and textures.

 

GHOST OF THE MOUNTAINS DISNEY NATURE, NETFLIX 2016.

Score composed by Barnaby Taylor.

Featuring Taiko drums, gongs, frame drums, shakers, deep hits and textures.

 

WILD CORNWALL - 2016.

Score composed by Barnaby Taylor.

Featuring Cajonico (Pictured right), bass Bodrhan and frame drums, textures and Hang programming.

 

ELEPHANT FAMILY AND ME (BBC2) - 2016.

Presented by Gordon Buchanan

Score composed by Barnaby Taylor. Listen to Tsavo Intro:

Featuring a number of dramatic expressive African combo cues with inventive melodic and intense kalimbas and unusual found objects (bought in this case) including 2 weathered army jerry cans. WATCH BOTH EPISODES

 

Home made Bamboo Rainstick

Boys running on jetty - Percussion only

I was strong - Taiko style drumming

JAGO: A LIFE UNDERWATER - UNDERDOG FILMS Produced, Directed and Written by James Reed.

Watch on Netflix.

 

JAGO A Life Underwater follows the life of 80-year-old Rohani, a Bajau diver from the Togean Islands of Sulawesi, Indonesia.

 

WINNER OF GRAND TETON AWARD, Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Awards 2015. Runner up for best score Wildscreen Panda Awards 2016 and Winner for best Cinematography.

 

Score composed by William Goodchild. Listen to examples on Will's website: Featuring various home made bamboo instruments (rainsticks, slit drums, claves...) expressive Udus, bamboo marimba, textures and full non dampened drum kit played by fingers with wicker laundry lid for hi hat. One cue is natural percussion lead which I created for the Boys running on Jetty sequence.

 

I co wrote the rhythmic blueprint for the Warrior Sequence I Was Strong noted for a memorable underwater camera array scene including dramatic Taiko Style drumming.

MULTI-AWARD WINNING

INDIA NATURE'S WONDERLAND - (BBC2) - Opening titles by William Goodchild produced by Dan Brown.

Featuring a combo of Indian style drumming, rainstick, bells and chimes.

 

MY GORILLA FAMILY AND ME - (BBC2) December 2015. Presented by Gordon Buchannon

Score composed by William Goodchild.

Featuring some deep heart stirring hits and and expressive, talking drums and cymbals in odd time signatures.

 

THAILAND - Earth's Tropical Paradise - (BBC2) 2016.

Score composed by William Goodchild.

Featuring a number of inventive cues in particular Hermit Crabs which features a recycled Koto I found on a wood pile and brought back to life with tlc and strimmer cables.

 

GORONGOSA - Rebirth of Paradise*. (PBS) 2015. A wildlife series about a game reserve in Mozambique that has rejuvenated and extensively repopulated it's civil war decimated wildlife over the past 20 years. Score by William Goodchild.

Dramatic drumming featuring full tribal combos and powerful hits.

 

AFRICA'S GIANT KILLERS - BBC2 (Icon Films, Bristol) Winner, Best Natural History Programme, RTS Awards 2014).  Score by William Goodchild. Listen to examples on Will's website: 1 Stalk and Prey 2 Hunting Buffalo 3 Desolation 4 Balance of Power  Featuring dramatic drumming ensembles, shakers and scraped djembe.

 

ULTIMATE HONEY BADGER (Nat Geo) (now available on DVD). Music composed by William Goodchild. Highest Rated Documentary in Nat Geo History  (2013). Score by William Goodchild.

Featuring quirky cowbells, kalimbas, scraped and rubbed drums heads, close mic'ed cajon taps and full combo tribal creations.

David  playing African Dun Duns

PERCUSSION EXAMPLES

Percussion recording for TV and Film

David plays creative percussion and records sessions from his home studio and on site. Here are a few film commissions with composer William Goodchild. David played talking drum, djembes, dun duns, congas, cajon, claves, bells, thumb pianos, udu's, bits 'n' bobs and shakers of all kinds.

Ultimate Honey Badger clip

Listen to the percussion David recorded to Will's string compositions before it was mixed and cued into the Honey Badger documentary >>>

Africa's Giant Killers clip

AWARD

WINNING

Listen to the percussion David recorded to Will's string compositions before it was mixed and cued into the Africa's Giant Killers documentary >>>

SETUP AND EQUIPMENT

PERCUSSION

CAJON - CAJONICO - DJEMBE - DARBUKA DJEMBE - CLAY UDU DRUMS - TOMS - BASS DRUMS - SNARE DRUMS - DUN DUNS - CONGAS - TALKING DRUM - VARIOUS SHAKERS - AFRICAN CAXIXI - CHEKERE - SEED PODS - SCRAPERS - CABASSA - GUIROS -  GOURD CALABASH BASS DRUM - TAMBOURINES - CYMBALS AND BELLS - BELL TREE - WOOD BLOCKS AND COWBELLS - BAMBOO SLIT DRUMS AND MARIMBA - THUMB PIANO - SANSULA - KALIMBAS (TRADITIONAL AND RAY TRACEY TUNED) - BALAFON (CMAJOR) RAINSTICKS - VIBRASLAP - JERRY CANS - SPINNING SPARK SHAKERS X 3 STREET FX CRASH AND VARIOUS EFFECTS...

 

PLEASE NOTE: This list is often changing as new projects require new sounds so if there's an instrument you don't see on the list please contact David.

 

RECORDING EQUIPMENT

IMAC - FOCUSRITE SCARLETT 18i20 (8 CHANNELS) - FOCUSRITE OCTOPRE MK2 PRE AMP - MICS: AUDIO TECHNICA AE2500 - ASTON ORIGIN - AKG C1000S - SHURE PG 81 - SHURE SM58s - SONTRONICS STC1 - RODE NT1A - SENNHEISER EVOLUTION E604 - AKG D112.

 

METHOD

"Using Logic Pro on IMAC at my studio in a converted barn in Somerset UK, I record quickly, accurately, instinctively and creatively where necessary to generate that live feel which also tightly fits the grid. I work freely when asked or to order based on a mutual understanding of the project requirements and deliver film quality stems to sync with your film or audio project.

 

After initial consultation and costs agreed for the first project I take a 20% deposit apon agreement of deadline and brief.

 

You send me the existing cue with and without library music in place and movie clip if relevant and I record percussion instruments in place in my studio, mix and return them via dropbox.

 

On your approval I then release the full separate stems after full payment unless payment is contracted by a network channel.

 

Compositional collaborations are welcomed."

RATES

For competitive rates and quotes please contact David to discuss your needs.

 

Rates inclusive of draft mixes, multiple individual un-effected stems and grouped stems by type with online dropbox or delivery of your choice.

CONTACT

Contact David to discuss  your needs.

EMAIL (CLICK HERE)

 

LANDLINE: UK 01749 870 727

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Portrait Photography by Andy Ballard

www.forestgraphics.net

 

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