Michael Price is an English composer, producer and arranger who can write in full orchestral, electronic and contemporary modes.
He is probably most famous for his prolific film soundtrack work; his Emmy award with David Arnold for the BBC TV series Sherlock; his musical editing on Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy; etc etc etc.
And because such accreditations speak volumes, his original studio albums and productions some times get a little lost in the noise – one search on Spotify and you’ll see what I mean.
This is a shame because it is exactly these compositions that sets Michael apart from other composers who balance their income with soundtrack work – his personal albums sound like real albums and not cinematic accompaniments. They have their own reason for being; their own personality; their own concept; their own story to tell. This can be heard through both his Entanglement album (2015) and his ambitious Tender Symmetry (2018) for Erased Tapes.
Tender Symmetry is a musical project that takes a series of National Trust locations across England as inspiration and turns them into unorthodox recording spaces. Sounds ambitious, right? Then factor in the sheer number of musicians and collaborators that Michael has taken along for the ride. There’s an orchestra or two; vocals from soprano, Grace Davidson; Shards (the choir who also appear on Nils Frahm’s All Melody); a brass band; with field recordings to boot.
The result is an album of contrasts: ethereal and familiar; industrial and rural; retrospective and insightful. Quintessentially English.