Scott Twynholm

Award: Develop Your Skills (Transmission)

Year: 2020

Genre: Contemporary Classical

Instrument/voice type: Composer

Location: Scotland


Scott Twynholm is a Scottish composer and musician.
He works in film, dance, theatre and art. With a focus on melody and sonic texture his work often spans the worlds of contemporary classical and experimental electronic composition.
His band compositions have appeared in numerous films including Palme d’Or nominated The Edukators, Cameron Crow’s Vanilla Sky and in advertising campaigns for XEROX and IBM. Increasingly in demand in the world of film score composition recent credits include Kevin Cameron’s Alasdair Gray, A Life In Progress and acclaimed artist Rachel Maclean's 2018 feature Make Me Up. A Life In Progress was released as a soundtrack album by De-Fence Records which was was critically acclaimed and picked up airplay on BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio 6 Music. Other scores include the soundtrack to Scottish BAFTA winning BBC Two documentary Marty Goes To Hollywood.
He was a member of the band Looper, went on to form electro-pop band Hoboken and released solo records under the name Metrovavan, the first release of which picked up single of the month in Record Collector Magazine. In 2015 a Looper retrospective was released on Mute Records.
He has also scored music for many theatre and dance companies including The National Theatre, The National Theatre of Scotland, BalletLORENT and The Traverse. His score to Luke Pell’s In the Ink Dark for string quartet, piano and electronics also received an album release in 2019.
Inspired by Brahms, Morricone and Shostakovich, Twynholm’s latest Waltzer EP, released in November 2019 plays with the idea of how composers of the pre-electronic age might have made use of electronic sound quality as texture in the orchestra.
After many years as a professional electronic musician he went on to study orchestration and composition and earned his Master of Music in Composition from Glasgow University in 2019.
The music of Scott Twynholm is exclusively published by Mute Song Ltd.
Through the Transmission Fund I will undertake a short course in composing for Film, TV and Games. The course is run by The National Film and Television School (NFTS) in Beaconsfield and is led by Danish composer Mathias Nielsen.
The course is aimed at active composers wishing to make a sustainable career in writing for visual media. It will provide valuable guidance and instruction about composing techniques for film, different musical approaches, writing for dialogue, running orchestral sessions, instrumentation choices, workflow and deadlines, working with editors, how to deal with the practicalities of budgets, as well as in-depth analysis of successful film music. It will also provide the opportunity to share experiences with other composers on the course and learn from each other.