Craig Hamilton (He/him)
I am a Scottish musician and sound designer. The majority of my work comprises music and sound design for short films. through these projects I have developed a significant passion for videography, visual editing and storytelling.
I am a big advocate of the democratization of music-making tools and I utilise free software and virtual instruments where possible. My score for Jim Engine & Electro Volt was produced using exclusively free virtual instruments, plugins and an evaluation license of Reaper, a digital audio workstation. I also created an installation work “Tributary” which attempts to provide a platform on which to collaborate musically, without the need for extensive knowledge of music theory or equipment.
My dad became interested in flying at a very young age. Whilst he was unable to persue his dream of becoming a fighter pilot, he has enjoyed decades of flying small aircraft as a hobby. This film explores my dad’s passion for flying and it’s impact on our relationship as father and son.
Jim Engine & Electro Volt
Music and sound re-design
I created the music for this piece. My influences for this include the scores of Max Steiner, where music often closely follows the action of characters on screen and reflects on their emotional state. I also took inspiration from light-hearted animated action films, such as Walt Disney Picture’s The Incredibles, where music can establish emotional settings and characters. This is referred to as leitmotif. In this work, I created a short harmonic minor scale phrase which is present at various times throughout the film where the villian is the focus. The idea here is that the music reinforces the threat posed by the villian.
Original animation – Alan Kerr
Sound Design – Colin Black
Music – Craig Hamilton
Tributary is a collaborative music making installation whereby users can construct the arrangement of a piece of music using designated handheld games controllers.
The underlying theme of this work is the democratisation of music-making tools. It is a tool which provides an opportunity for those unfamiliar with music theory or professional equipment to participate in musical collaboration.
In this example of the tool, two controllers are presented to users. One controls the drum arrangement including kick, snare, percussion, and drum fills. The other controls melodic instruments such as piano, pads and bass. The buttons on the controllers can be pressed to activate and deactivate loops, allowing users to construct their own version of the music.
I am aware of the irony that the tool was built to allow users to collaborate and this example video shows one person operating both controllers… However, I developed the tool during lockdown, and was unable to demo with multiple users at the time.
Light and Space Art Documentary
This short documentary looks at the origins of the Light and Space art movement and contemporary artists whose work are influenced by it.
The Light and Space art movement was built on the idea that art could immerse the viewer outwith the canvas. Such as art that visibly changes depending on the angle that you observe it, or art which uses light to recontextualise the surrounding space. This was the main influencing factor in our decision to create a short documentary film on the Light and Space movement. Although we didn’t consider ourselves that knowledgeable of the origins of the movement, we certainly were familiar with contemporary artists who encourage positive environmental or societal thinking by manipulating light, such as Olafur Eliasson, Katie Paterson and Heather Lander. This seemed like an interesting avenue to pursue; where we see the influence of Light and Space today, and is the work still changing perceptions?
Visuals and editing – Ernestas Kivilsa
Sound – Craig Hamilton
Featuring Hamish Bigg – Bigg Design
In Your Head
In Your Head is a binuaral soundscape which explores the theme of mental and physical health, with a particular focus on sensory illness. It reflects on a personal experience with chronic tinnitus over a three-month period and attempts to encapsulate the progression of my emotional state through the different stages of the illness, including its onset, diagnosis, prognosis, and persistence.