Bent Ear. Sound. Music.

Nominated for Best Sound Design, TV and Cinema, ICAD Awards 2013.
Nominated for two Sound Design awards in the International Music and Sound Awards in Cannes, 2013
Nominated for Best Sound Design (Cinema Advertising, Branding) in the UK MAS Awards, 2013,2012
Winner, Bronze Award for Best Sound design in a TV & Cinema campaign, by the Creative Circle, 2003

Started in 1998 by Simeon Davies & Sean Mortimer, Bent Ear create and compose sounds and music for all sorts of things - commercials, films, heritage, digital and audio branding.

We individually craft and nurture every audio aspect of the project at hand.
We go to great lengths to find the most creative and suitable sound design/music for any given project

We've used St.Paul's Cathedral as a huge echo-chamber.
We've tormented the accelerator and engine on Lewis Hamilton's F1 car to make VERY loud melodies
We've used an old onion as a maraca.

If you're thinking of commissioning original music or sound design for a project or brand, give us a call. We are always available to meet up for a chat and a drink or two.

We are based in West Didsbury, Manchester.

01614344921 / 07966796041 / 07941110754

News: We've just completed the sound design and music for the new Magna Carta Exhibition at Lincoln Castle.

Bent Ear Live: our music and sound is currently playing at:

"Oculus" and "Resurgam", St Paul's Cathedral, London.
"Our Beautiful Game", National Football Museum, Manchester.
"Kicking and Screaming", Museum of Liverpool.
"In the Race", Olympic Museum, Lausanne.
"The Story of Jersey", Jersey Museum, St Helier.

Photo by Andrew Swarbrick.

McLaren F1 & SAP - 'The Perfect Lap' Short

4'40" Promotional film for McLaren F1 and their partner, SAP about the role data plays in achieving "The Perfect Lap". One of three films: 1:Engineers, 2: Drivers, 3: Team. This is film no.2

All sound design and music by Bent Ear.

Directed by Mr Richard Oliver for Wing Films.

Produced by Viv Jaspers

Our brief was to capture the intensity of F1 and the team's technical mastery of data to enhance F1 performance, culminating with the idea of "The Perfect Lap" - and to represent that using sound.

We used multiple techniques for this, including recording Lewis Hamilton's F1 car whilst it was "on bricks" in the engineer's pit at the Norman Foster Mclaren Headquarters. We also recorded hours of atmos and machinery at the high tech McLaren 12C + P1 car manufacturing plant.

We were also given access to the telemetry readouts of F1 data, which we were then able to convert using sonification + audification techniques into audible sound. We used this together with our new acquisition, Symbolic Sound Kyma, to create a soundscape representation of the flow of data during lap testing.

The music brief from Richard was "listen to a lot of Spacemen 3 and get hammered".

A busmans holiday, really.

Many thanks to the Mclaren team and engineers for letting us make a nuisance of ourselves.