Asa Bennett is a music producer, composer and spatial sound consultant. Based in London, he has worked all over the globe over the last 10 years, from LA to Venice to New Zealand.
A keen collaborator, he has been involved in many projects across a wide range of genres both as a composer and in music and spatial sound production.
Over the past 10 years Asa has worked very closely with Illustrious Company, the company founded by Martyn Ware (Heaven 17/Human League/Tina Turner) and Vince Clarke (Erasure/Depeche Mode/Yazoo) as technical director and composer. Illustrious specialises in spatial sound installations and has done over 60 projects worldwide. More details can be found at www.illustriouscompny.co.uk
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Bakers Eddy's new single "Wallbreaker" (produced by Asa) is out now and getting great reviews. It also has a great video, see it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1HFOCsREeA
You can hear and/or download the first song from Ryan Edwards "The Cicada Sessions" EP here: http://rvrb.fm/1RIfN0U recorded live and unaccompanied other than the sound of the Cicadas coming through the open window in the summer heat of Waikanae, NZ
Rose Betts latest single was produced by Asa Bennett, you can hear it here: https://soundcloud.com/rosebetts/changing-days let us know what you think!
The new Exhibition on Screen release "Painting the Modern Garden- Monet to Matisse" is premiered on 12th April at selected cinemas around the UK and on international release from 24th May. Soundtrack by Asa Bennett. See here for details http://www.exhibitiononscreen.com/en-uk/our-films/season-3/painting-modern-garden
Asa has just returned to the UK after a month of recording in New Zealand, including a week at the fantastic Roundhead Studios in Auckland. New releases coming soon from Bakers Eddy and Ryan Edwards.
Asa continues his collaboration with "Exhibition on Screen" with "Goya- Visions of Flesh and Blood" in Cinemas from Dec 1st, a documentary about the Goya exhibition currently being shown at the National Gallery. See the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xpLA9X0gBeU
The Soundtrack to "Van Gogh- A New way of Seeing" is now available to stream on soundcloud. https://soundcloud.com/asa-bennett/sets/van-gogh-a-new-way-of-seeing-ost
Asa has recently been working with Performance Artist Mem Morrison on a new project called "Luminous" which is premiered in Birminham on the weekend of the 25th/26th September. More details here:
Asa recently composed the (spatial) soundtrack to Lucy and Jorge Orga's "Symphony for Absent Wildlife". A performance commisioned by Zegna for the occasion of the Milan Expo. Based on the sound of birdcall and natural sounds combined with bird whistles and fully spatial sound. http://www.studio-orta.com/en/artwork/560/Fabulae-Naturae-Symphony-for-Absent-Wildlife
Zahrina Bhimji's new film "Jangbar" was recently premiered in Miami. Sound by Martyn Ware and Asa Bennett
"Audrey Riley with James Woodrow - Tre Laude Dolce" is now out and available to buy, at Rough Trade records. A collection of compositions by Gavin Bryars which Asa was fortunate to be involved with editing and mixing.
The Trailer for the Van Gogh Documentary is now live: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bF3aSdLvQck&feature=youtu.be&a all music (for the Film and Trailer) by Asa. The Film is in Cinemas 14th April.
2015 is turning out to be the busiest start to the year ever. Recent projects include;
- The soundtrack for Exhibition on Screen's new documentary about Van Gogh, which premiers in April at all good Art House Cinemas (see here for details)
- An exciting new collaboration with performance Artist Mem Morrison details to come
- The release of Rose Betts "I Can Never Give my Heart" See her wonderful video here. Plus working on her upcoming EP
- An exciting new interactive with Hirsch and Mann
- Pre Production for the new Illustrious company soundscape in the city of Liverpool to celebrate the 175th anniversary of Cunard.
- Live sound with Berenice Scott who is promoting her recent album "Polarity" which featured production and mixing by Asa
- A new commision for a soundscape at the National Maritme museum.
- And finally AR records/Audrey Riley are about the release an album of Gavin Bryars pieces for solo Cello and Cello and guitar which was mixed by Asa
The Girl with a Pearl Earring Premiers at the Curzon Cinema Chelsea on Tuesday 13th Jan. More details Here: http://www.curzoncinemas.com/events/details/2627/exhibition-on-screen-girl-with-a-pearl-earring--qa/
The new Bakers Eddy Single, produced by Asa, can be heard here: http://www.theaudience.co.nz/bakers-eddy/plastic-wasteland/
"Tū mokemoke" by Aotea Cornelius is out now, hear it here https://soundcloud.com/user-mz-aotz/aotea-02-p2p-16bit44-1khz. Produced by Asa Bennett
Asa is currently scoring a feature length documentary about the life of Vincent Van Gogh, to be screened at cinemas globally in the New Year.
Asa has recently scored a new documentary about the "Girl with a Pearl Earring" picture for Seventh Art productions in association with the Mauritshuis Museum in The Hague.
Read an interview of Asa talking about spatial sound: http://gbtimes.com/life/listen-future-spatial-sound (Interview by Asa Butcher)
Bakers Eddy release their new single "Something Outside" produced and mixed by Asa Bennett. Hear it here:
2014-06-30 Asa has just relocated to a new studio space in North London, 5 minutes walk from Finsbury Park station (15 minutes from the west end). If you need to record a voice over or vocal or you need your song producing, get in touch. Live in-house rhythm section also now available, top session players who have played with many big name artists, email for details.
Website for the new studio coming soon.
2014-05-28 Berenice Scott releases her new album on 2nd June with a gig at Pizza Express in Soho. The album features production and mixing by Asa Bennett.
2014-05-01 Southwell Palace. Asa is installing a large spatial sound system as part of the renovation works at Great Hall at Southwell Minster in Nottinghamshire. The soundscape will consist of didactic information about the history of the Hall as well as sounds from the Minster and recreations of historical events. The launch date will be June 2014.
2014-04-30 New Zealand. Asa has just returned from a 3 week trip to New Zealand, producing Aotea Cornelius, Bakers Eddy, Toni Gibson and an exciting new label project, details to be announced very soon.
2013-12-20 Still Born Still Loved website is now live http://bigbuddhafilms.co.uk/films/documentary/still-born-still-loved. A teaser will be available soon and the full documentary will be finished later in the spring. Music by Asa Bennett
2013-12 The new “We are children we make noise” album is now out on AR Records, recorded and mixed by Asa Bennett. Follow them here @wacwmsmusic or their website is here: http://www.wearechildrenwemakesound.com/
2013-11-10 Photos from the spectacular opening of the Strøm Festival in Copenhagen last August.
2013-03-10 Stills from the recent British Museum “Ice Age Art” exhibition
http://www.newangle.co.uk/#!viewProject&projectID=139 and new pictures of an older project with Cadbury’s http://www.newangle.co.uk/#!viewProject&projectID=121
2013-08-12 New Album “DARK” from BEF (featuring guitar, programming and engineering from Asa Bennett) (http://www.britishelectricfoundation.com/)
2013-07-12 “House of Illustrious” 10 CD Box Set by Mute records. (http://www.clarkewareboxset.com/). Music and spatial sounds from 10 years of Illustrious Company installations.
2013-02-04 Album launch for the We Are Children (We Make Sound) album.
2013-02-01 Short Clip of the Michael Clark show at the Tate Turbine hall http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qNfFb7pt3rg Asa was involved in the spatial audio for this incredible project.