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© 2019 by ALEX BALL MUSIC

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It was the summer of 1993 and I visited my friend’s house. His older brother had just bought an electric guitar and I was transfixed by it. He taught me how to play a one-string version of “Wild Thing” using a 5p as a plectrum and I was hooked. I got a cheap acoustic guitar from the second-hand shop and learned some chords.

I took guitar, bass, drum and keyboard lessons, formed a band and we started writing and recording our own music on tape decks, four-tracks and then ultimately 16-track tape. In 2000 I first experienced a digital audio workstation when we recorded on an early Pro-Tools rig at an old BBC studio in Bristol. I was amazed by the potential of hard disk recording without the limits of physical mixing desks and tape tracks.

 

I wanted to setup my own studio and was interested in composing music for film and TV, so I enrolled on a BA in Music Composition for Professional Media 2004. I got the best computer I could afford, a cheap soundcard, a pair of speakers and a microphone and setup a “studio” in the bedroom of a flat. From there the long journey began.

Over the past 15 years I’ve carved out a full-time career as a composer, producer and supervisor and have worked on several hundred broadcast campaigns for brands such NatWest, Jameson, Douwe Egberts, Coca-Cola, Havana Club Rum, Peroni, FCA, Public Health England, Ballantine’s, Virgin Holidays, Transport for London, Amazon Prime, Currys PC World, HP, Ribena, Gulf Air, Ladbrokes, Hyundai and many, many more.

 

I’ve also composed music for the Cbeebies BAFTA nominated series “Tee & Mo” and had my music used in an episode of Netflix Stranger Things and BBC’s “The Apprentice”.

 

Along the way I’ve picked awards and nominations from British Arrows Craft Awards, One Show Awards, Music & Sound Awards, Vox Awards and Creative Circle.

 

In 2016 I took my passion onto YouTube and began creating videos demonstrating music production, composition and arranging. This evolved into synthesizer documentaries and film score breakdowns which have proved popular and had recognition from the subjects of the films. As of 2019, the channel is approaching 25,000 subscribers and has led to collaborations with Roland and Project SAM.