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I was born in 1950 in Ismailia, Egypt and lived in Kenya till the age of 11. My family moved to England in 1962. Known as Mont Campbell, I formed the original rock band Egg in 1968 with Dave Stewart and Clive Brooks. In 1972 I went on to study composition at the Royal College of Music, gaining my ARCM diploma in 1974. I began my full-time career as a composer in 1989 with several commissions from Redwing Films, one of whose directors was David Anderson. I had composed the score to David's BAFTA-winning animated film Dreamland Express in 1983. During the last 25 years, in addition to film, TV, commercials and stage composition, I have become a specialist on a wide range of ethnic folk instruments (see Performer Credits). I have created two instrumental sound libraries distributed by ILIO Entertainments (see CDs and Audio Products below). My CD Music From a Walled Garden was released in November 2009, a sequel to my 1996 release Music from a Round Tower. I lecture on music in remote antiquity, and non-western music and its role in contemporary composition (see Lectures).


STAGE


SOMETHING TO DANCE ABOUT (Paddock Productions, Lewes, 2006): 'Walking and Talking' (chor. Virginia Farman) music for four cellos and two marimbas; 'The Rise of Spring' (chor. Anna Carlisle) music for violin, two piccolos, two percussionists and border pipes


RED SUN 2003 play by David Rudkin/ajtc theatre company, director Geoff Bullen

THE CONFERENCE OF THE BIRDS 1994 opera/ballet from the original poem by Farid ud-Din Attar, theatre:X, director Maria Koripas, choreographer Darlene Stephens

CDS AND AUDIO PRODUCTS


Music from a Walled Garden 2009. To order click here


Safar/The World Wind Band Audio CD 2005 Hermes Records

Featured on BBC Radio 3 Late Junction


Origins DVD ROM 2005 'Everything on it sounds brilliant, and it recreates an exotic and faraway world, all the while hitting a niche market like a home run out of the park.' Roger Hooper, AudioMidi.com


World Winds CD ROM 2002 'This is by far the best sampled presentation of ethnic wind instruments I’ve ever found.' Ernie Rideout, Keyboard


World Winds and Origins are distributed by Ilio Entertainments

Music from a Round Tower Audio CD 1996 Voiceprint


LITERARY


Subud and Sufism The techniques and terminology of classical Sufism compared with the 20th century Subud movement. 'Especially useful are Campbell's comparisons of Idries Shah's assessments of Subud with Pak Subuh's own remarks' (Dr. Alan Godlas, University of Georgia)


Gaelic Music and Art (updated November 2009)


The Anishinabe Legacy (2006)


In Armenia with Djivan Gasparian (2000)


Impressions of La Zahara (1999)


Encounters With Greek Bagpipers (1993)


Various articles for Chanter, the Bagpipe Society journal (from 1988)


LECTURES


Music and Dance in Remote Antiquity at Brighton Early Music Festival (October 2011), Music in Remote Antiquity at Brighton Early Music Festival (October 2010), Theosophical Society (February 2010), Ancient History Forum (February 2009), Changing Times (March 2009), September 2008), Stars and Stones (April 2008, November 2008), Megalithomania (May 2008), Out of the Ordinary Festival (September 2007)


Introducing Ethnic Music into Western Composition, Goldsmiths College and Bath Spa University (2006)


The Composer in Advertising, London Metropolitan University (2011)

FILM SCORES

LOST HEARTS
(Blanche McIntyre 2007) Dramatisation of Henry James horror story


TOVARISCH I AM NOT DEAD
(Cyclops Vision 2006) The mysterious life of Soviet dissident and adventurer Garri Urban


THE SPACE BETWEEN US

(Magali Charrier 2006) Quirky and personal short by IMZ award-winner. Live action and animation


AL-GHAZZALI
(Ovidio Salazar 2004) docu-drama of the famous 11th century Khorasanian sage. 2004 winner of ‘Religions for Peace’ prize, Trento film festival.


THE WALNUT HARVEST
(Iraj Emami 2003) Feature film: romantic tragedy set in Iran


A SENSE OF GRAVITY
(David Anderson 2002) Dance For Camera


THE CASE (Mark Warner 2001) Feature film: crime thriller set in India

DEUTSCHE POST (David Anderson 2000) Launch of German Post Office on the international market

IN THE TIME OF ANGELS

(David Anderson 1995) international award winner, various festivals

DOOR

(David Anderson 1991) international award winner, various festivals

DEADSY
(David Anderson 1991) BAFTA nomination 'Best Animated Short', British Animation Awards nomination 'Best Score'


DREAMLAND EXPRESS
(David Anderson 1983) BAFTA 'Best Animated Short'


TELEVISION

VOODOO

Fulcrum TV 2006 (various directors)


HAJJ: JOURNEY OF A LIFETIME

BBC2 2001 (Ovidio Salazar/OR Media) – 2004 Best Documentary winner, Trento Film Festival

UNDER THE INFLUENCE C4 2001 (James Bates/Fulcrum Productions)

THE GOD LIST C4 2001 (James Bates/Roger Bolton Productions/Fulcrum Productions)

THIRSTING FOR WAR BBC1 2000 (Chris Mitchell/OR Media)

TRAILBLAZERS Discovery Channel 2000 (James Bates, TransatlanticFilms)

WILDLIFE ON ONE 'BUSHBABIES' BBC1 1999 (Luke Schiller, Ammonite Films)

WESTERN SAHARA: A FORGOTTEN WAR BBC2 1999 (various directors/OR Media)

LIVING IN THE DEAD ZONE 1999 (Chris Mitchell, Source Films)

WHEN THE SEAS RISE 1999 (David Mansfield, Open University)

FACES OF ISLAM BBC1 1998 (David Mansfield, OR Media)

PARADISE BLUES 1998 Channel 4 1999 (Victoria Bridges, IBT

COMMERCIALS

BAILEYS IRISH CREAM
Creative Circle Bronze ‘Best Music’

DANEPAK Cannes Gold Lion

CO-OPERATIVE BANK Cannes Silver Lion
K CIDER
Independent Cinemas Award 'Best Music'
WORLD WILDLIFE FUND

VAX
BRITVIC ORANGE JUICE
LUCOZADE
VITTEL
LANDROVER
OPEL

EUROSTAR
HYUNDAI
KWIKFIT EURO

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PONDS

PURDEYS
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Dirk Campbell