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James Edward Barker

James Edward Barker, a relation of the film composer Benjamin Frankel, began composing for film in his early twenties. As well as being a self-taught musician from a young age, he was classically trained at Newcastle University in the UK. His late teens were spent touring the UK in a highly acclaimed Big Band as lead guitarist and producing a ... See full bio »

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 2013 Harrigan
 2013 Tennis (Short)
 2012 Adventures of the Penguin King (Documentary)
 2012 Penguins
 2011/III Hit Girls (Short)
 2011 The Holding
 2011 Weekender
 2011/II Weekend (uncredited)
 2011 Surviving Burkitts (Documentary)
 2011 Great British Hairdresser (TV Series)
 2011 Football Focus (TV Series) (1 episode)
 2011 The Betty Driver Story (TV Movie documentary)
 2011 After the Fire (Documentary)
 2010 Cowards & Monsters (Short)
 2010 One Man and His Dog (Short)
 2010 Psych:9
 2009 Lives of the Artists (Documentary)
 2009 War School (Short)
 2009 No Way Through (Short)
 2009 Powers of Three (Documentary short)
 2009 Greek Pete
 2009 Five Miles Out (Short)
 2009 Helen (supervising composer)
 2008 Consuming Love (Short)
 2008 Reverb
 2008 The Crew
 2008 Crack Willow
 2007 The History of Mr Polly (TV Movie)
 2006 Dog's Mercury (Short)
 2006 Pocket Thief (Short)
 2006 The Chaos Theory (Video documentary)
 2005 The Best Man (as James Barker)
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Composed and produced music for three campaigns for Reckitt Benckiser in 2008 and 2009. One of which, 'Hands', was nominated for an IVCA Award at the 2009 ceremony, where James was up against Coldplay for 'Best Music'. See more »

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James Barker

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Performed the score for Psych: 9 with a 64-piece orchestra in Prague at the CNSO studio. On the score, James played a wide range of instruments including the hammered dulcimer, dilruba, vocals, piano, timpani and glockenspiel. He was also asked to write the haunting melody for the little girl, which he composed out of multiple detuned music boxes. See more »

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