January Song Music Video

My final video from my ‘Winter Keys’ EP!

I wanted this music to really celebrate the precious time we spend with family and friends. Quite often, we are so caught up in our busy lives, that we forget how special these times are – until the years fly by and you stop and remember them much later on.

My two sons – Dan and Lee – both play beautiful solos on this track, and I wanted them to feature on this video, with their mischievous smiles.

I hope you enjoy it, and thank you all for supporting me and enabling me to create music and videos for you

Sue X

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November Skies Music Video

Here is my new music video for ‘November Skies’.
It was inspired by the positioning of birds on a telegraph wire outside my window, which looked like music notes, and from this I created the opening motif on the piano.

Phil Aston has captured some stunning images of the starling murmurations over Marazion Marsh near where we live, and a gorgeous sunset over St Michael’s Mount which is opposite the marsh.

Massive thanks also to my son Dan Aston, who played the beautiful electric guitar solo which compliments the birds soaring in the sky.

Enormous thanks of course go to my wonderful team of patrons! You all keep me inspired and able to create my work. I hope you enjoy it! X
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November Skies is taken from the Winter Keys EP and can be downloaded from here

Sue Aston Remembrance Music Video

This music video was filmed near to my home, where there is a lovely coastal village called Perranuthnoe in Cornwall. The video is quite ethereal, and captures the idea of thinking about our loved ones who are no longer with us, as well as reminiscing about the past. The track features my husband Phil Aston on electric guitar, and I play piano, keyboards and violin.

I really hope you like it – it’s a favourite place of ours where we often go for a stroll in the evening! There will be more new music videos in production of the other tracks off the ‘Winter Keys’ EP too.

Music composed by Sue Aston

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My Interview on the BBC Heaven and Earth Show

This was filmed in 2005 I think!   I was interviewed by the well known travel journalist, Simon Calder. They were featuring ‘Saints and Sinners’ of Cornwall. My part came under the latter!

I was filmed at Roche Rock where there is the legend of Jan Tregeagle, a real nasty baddie if ever there was one! He sought sanctuary in the hermitage at Roche Rock, and this story led to me composing the track ‘Legend of Roche Rock’ off my album ‘Sacred Landscapes’.
The day of the filming was memorable in terms of the weather – it was overcast and cold – very fitting for this story!

The director wanted me to sit on top of a rock and play – it was a bit too windy for that, and the wind was blowing my bow all over the place! They very kindly placed a blanket on the rock for me to sit on – as there was a puddle of rain water where I was sitting!
Simon Calder was very kind, and kept offering me his jacket to wear in between shots!

Sue Aston

 

composer TV and Film Sue Aston Cornwall

The Freedom to Compose and Record

Since setting up my home studio, I have been able to create freely and without restraint.

I have worked with some fantastic producers in the past, and it has been a pleasure to have their input, but being able to record my work at home has meant that I can get my ideas down quickly, and work on my music whenever inspiration comes to me. Sometimes in the middle of the night!

As a classically trained musician, I studied the piano alongside my main instrument, the violin, as it was required in order for me to get a place at music college. Playing the piano as a solo instrument led to me writing a lot of my music as a result of improvising. What I love about the piano, is being able to play in a natural, fluid way, and in a commercial studio setting, I often felt that playing along to a click track was at odds to this, particularly when the music I was writing was atmospheric and soloistic in nature. Having my own piano at home – which I have played on since the age of twelve – feels comfortable when composing and recording. Many studio keyboards do not have the range of notes that a piano has, and having the use of two pedals to create an impressionist soundscape is also an important factor for me.

Nature and the landscape is an enormous source of inspiration for me, and musical ideas come quickly to me when I am able to tune into them. My studio at home is surrounded by a farmer’s field, and has views overlooking the hills. It is a wonderful base to work from – I just have to make sure the farmer isn’t driving his tractor when I’m trying to record, but that is a small price to pay!

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