Martin Bayless is an American composer and entrepreneur, whose background spans various music disciplines as well as eclectic professional interests stemming from his former roles in a law partnership and the media production company Cue Audio.
He wrote the music for And Then I Woke Up (and its trailer) as well as some of Chris Aran’s other film work.
Martin Bayless | Works and Credits
Martin is increasingly identified with modern classical music that draws on influences from his occasional work in the entertainment industry, and studies with some of the world’s most notable musicians, both privately and at the Schola Cantorum in Paris. His work is heard regularly in concert, film, television and audio recordings, and his collaborative work with experimental Sundance winner, Pat O’Neill has entered the lexicon of film history as part of the permanent collections of many museums including the Tate Modern (London), the Pompidou Centre (Paris), and New York’s Museum of Modern Art.
While Martin has, like many serious composers, somewhat rejected film as a viable medium for music itself, his interest in the cinematic art form continues unabated. He has ghost written or orchestrated cues for some of Hollywood’s top composers, and his close friendship with Chris and respect for his work has turned into various writing and production projects that have incidentally included music scores for his other work.
Work on And Then I Woke Up
In fact, the prominence of music in One Day in January perhaps influenced their decision to subdue the music for And The I Woke Up such that its minimalism avoids music wherever possible in favor of musique concrète that flows from natural sounds in the cinematic environment. This necessarily led to expanded roles for And Then I Woke Up in sound design, foley, dialog editing and even the final sound mix for the film itself, all of which are frequently processed through electronic effects.
Perhaps the most notable of these effects are the recurrent scenes in the open field Prentiss finds himself when he awakes, with cicadas chirping in the summer landscape. A subtle ear for detail may hear those cicadas morph with static electricity and buzzing wires that crackle and move along with Prentiss echoing the supernatural charge of his uncertain environment.
In addition to And Then I Woke Up, Martin’s recent work spans from a light-hearted foray into electronic dance music with the top-ten hit, Believe, written for international recording artist Chris Lake, to a 45 minute large-scale commission for orchestra in progress, The Damned of a Coherent Hell.
You can follow some of his credited film work at his IMDB Internet Music Database page at: www.imdb.com/name/nm2639233/ or on his personal website with social media connections at: www.martinbayless.com