Song for Film
Another personal highlight stems from a collaboration with British filmmaker Nic Roeg during the making of the film "Puffball", a tale of witchcraft in rural Ireland.
A bawdy Irish bar-song was required in a hurry and, in the time-honored tradition of these things, Nic wrote the first draft of the lyrics on the back of a napkin on the mixing stage. The song was written and recorded in 3 days, and became part of the film.
Here is the song as it appeared in the movie, sung here by Montreal's Belfast Andi.
Verses were added later and I performed them for the first time in a live show in Montreal in 2023, elsewhere on this site.
a whale of a time...
What made this project special was a bank of whale songs from the Gaspé given me by a sound FX editor I was working with at the time, and which I tried to weave into the score wherever possible.
Perhaps I overdid it, but those whales sure can sing!
On the Road with La Mouette tells the story of a family of puppeteers touring Quebec's Gaspé region in a bus.
Directed by François Aubry, and produced by the NFB, I shared the soundtrack duties with composer Réjean Garneau.