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Max de Wardener

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Max has a long resume of works for film and TV and his output and continued success in this area includes the BAFTA Award winning feature film Last Resort (Dir: Pawel Pawlikowski, 2000); Edinburgh Film Festival Michael Powell Award winning Gas Attack (Dir: Kenneth Glenaan, 2001); Directors’ Guild of Great Britain (DGGB) Award winner Comfortably Numb (Dir: Leo Regan, 2004); DNA - the Emmy Award winning five-part documentary on the history of DNA for Channel 4/PBS (Dir: David Glover, 2004); Secret Life – the Channel 4 drama starring Matthew Macfadyen (Dir: Rowan Joffe, 2007); The Doctor who Hears Voices (Dir: Leo Regan, 2008); a feature documentary about a unique punk band called Heavy Load (Dir: Jerry Rothwell, 2008), which won the audience award at BritDoc 2008. Most recently Max created a new score to Eisenstein's The Old and the New which was commissioned by the BFI for its Russian film season, completed the original music for Woman in the Fifth (Dir: Pawel Pawlikowski, 2011), starring Ethan Hawke and Kristen Scott Thomas and composed a score with Jonas Colstrop for Sarah Gavron's new documentary Village at the End of the World, which won the Czech Radio Award at the One World Festival 2013 for best sound and music.
Since 2002 Max has been releasing his own music in association with Matthew Herbert’s Accidental label. He released a 12” of church organ music called Stops (2003) and a CD entitled Where I Am Today (2004), which allowed him to explore his interest in diverse and contrasting instrumentation using, for example, Harry Partch’s cloud-chamber bowls, transistors and the sound of wires. He has also researched new ways of specifically controlling live amplification, which consequently led to repertoire for the specially formed Max de Wardener Group, who toured this work as a double bill alongside Michael Gordon's (Bang on a Can band) as part of a Contemporary Music Network tour and also performed live in the spectacular setting of the National Portrait Gallery – where Max was one of four composers commissioned to create a new work to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the NPG.
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