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Criminal Record – Apple TV+

Peter Capaldi and Cush Jumbo

Peter Capaldi (Doctor Who) and Cush Jumbo (The Good Fight) are on the case for the upcoming Apple TV+ series Criminal Record.

Premiering the first two episodes on Wednesday, Jan 10, the eight-episode crime thriller is a character-driven drama set in the heart of contemporary London. The story kicks off with an anonymous phone call which draws two brilliant detectives into a confrontation over an old murder case.

In the series, Capaldi portrays Detective Chief Inspector Daniel Hegarty, a well-connected man determined to protect his legacy, while Cush plays Detective Sergeant June Lenker, a young woman in the early stages of her career. The show touches on issues of race, institutional failure and the quest to find common ground in a polarised Britain.

Written by Paul Rutman
Directed by Jim Loach
Music composed by Neil Davidge and Michael ‘Mikey J’ Asante

Massive Attack

Grant Marshall and Robert Del Naja of Massive Attack

Massive Attack plan festival powered by 100% renewable energy

The band hope the festival will be a prototype for an industry they say is not doing enough to reduce its environmental impact.

Massive Attack are planning a one-day festival that will be powered by 100% renewable energy and act as a prototype for the music industry, which they believe is woefully behind where it should be on issues of sustainability.

Founding member Robert Del Naja said promoters already have the technology available to dramatically reduce the environmental impact of the sector.

“There’s always talk about ‘I’ll just wait for technology’, but the technology is available – there are ways of doing it,” he said. Del Naja, also known as 3D, said Massive Attack hoped the gig would be a “proof of concept” to the music industry that low-carbon festivals are possible.

The event, which will take place on 25 August 2024 on Clifton Down, Bristol, UK, will be 100% powered by renewables. Every energy source will be battery or solar on the site, food vendors will be vetted to ensure they use locally sourced produce and a “climate-resilient woodland plantation in the south-west region” will be created after the show.

Read more at the Guardian.


Gary Downing, managing director of MRKR and Kamila Serkebaeva, director of AIR Studios

AIR Studios partners with Gary Downing to provide full-service agency for composers in film, television and media.

AIR Studios in London has opened a composer agency wing under the name MRKR. Founded by Gary Downing and the AIR directors, and spearheaded by Kamila Serkebaeva, the philosophy of MRKR is to be a destination for full-service needs from fostering new talent to established composer career development and all while using the AIR Studios ethos to do everything necessary to help the client fulfil their creative goals.

AIR has spent the last five years investing in the growth of its brand, its facilities, and its staff to maintain its iconic status. Composer clients will benefit from collaborative relationships with AIR’s roster of freelance engineers, and mastering services, as well as being connected to a unique community of creative individuals that has been cultivated through years of experience and reputation that AIR has garnered in both the composer and production communities.

Read more at Little Black Book.

Halo 4 – 10th Anniversary

Halo 4

Ten years since Halo 4.

As we mark this milestone and look ever forwards to Halo’s future, we thought we’d gather some folks from the studio to reminisce about what Halo 4 means to them.

Read more at Halo Waypoint.

Sitting In Limbo

Characters from Sitting In Limbo

Sitting In Limbo wins BAFTA for Best Single Drama.

Read more at BAFTA and The Independent.

Directed by Stella Corradi
Written by Stephen S. Thompson
Music by Neil Davidge

Massive Attack Mezzanine 20th Anniversary

Mezzanine album cover

Album remastered with additional tracks

Movie-soundtrack programmers figured it out almost immediately: if you want to conjure a certain vibe, you go directly to Mezzanine.

Read more at Stereogum, Super Deluxe Edition and Pitchfork.

Halo 4 Soundtrack Becomes Highest-Charting Game Album Ever

Halo 4

9,000 copies of the album were sold during its first week on sale, propelling the album to #50 on the Billboard 200.

This marks the best video game album debut ever, unseating the previous record holder, Guitar Hero III’s soundtrack, which charted at #107 in 2007. Read more at IGN.

Trouble the Water

People featured in Trouble the Water

Academy Award Nominee - Best Documentary Feature and winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival.

Directed and produced by Fahrenheit 9/11 and Bowling for Columbine producers Tia Lessin and Carl Deal, Trouble the Water takes you inside Hurricane Katrina in a way never before seen on screen. The film opens the day before the storm makes landfall—just blocks away from the French Quarter but far from the New Orleans that most tourists knew. Kimberly Rivers Roberts, an aspiring rap artist, is turning her new video camera on herself and her 9th Ward neighbours trapped in the city. “It’s going to be a day to remember,” Kim declares. As the hurricane begins to rage and the floodwaters fill their world and the screen, Kim and her husband Scott continue to film their harrowing retreat to higher ground and the dramatic rescues of friends and neighbours. The filmmakers document the couple’s return to New Orleans, the devastation of their neighbourhood and the appalling repeated failures of government. Weaving an insider’s view of Katrina with a mix of verité and in-your-face filmmaking, Trouble the Water is a redemptive tale of self-described street hustlers who become heroes—two unforgettable people who survive the storm and then seize a chance for a new beginning.


Some people at the Volume installation

Volume was the result of a collaboration between United Visual Artists, Neil Davidge and Robert Del Naja (Massive Attack).

A performative work, Volume’s field of 48 luminous, sound-emitting columns respond to movement, creating a direct multi-layered relationship between the individual and a single column, and at a larger scale the powerful experience of the sculpture in its entirety as visitors weave a path through it creating their own unique journey in light and music.

The minimalist visual language and use of LEDs form a startling juxtaposition with the decorative, Italianate architecture of the original setting, the John Madejski garden at the V&A Museum in London. Since its first appearance there in 2006, Volume has toured internationally including to Hong Kong, Taiwan, St. Petersburg, Bucharest, Melbourne and Paris.

Read more at United Visual Artists.