COMPOSITIONS

Dave completed a Masters in Composition at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and has had several of his works included in the Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB) Percussion Syllabus since 2013. He also has undertaken study at the Australian Film, Television & Radio School (AFTRS) in Music for the Screen.

His works have been recognised internationally by the Percussive Arts Society, along with local awards such as multiple nominations for the Queensland Music Awards. He was also invited to compose a work for the piano judging for the Sydney International Piano Competition along with writing for the Sydney Conservatorium Wind Symphony.

His extensive background as an educator has also produced the Vibercises series of method books along with technical etudes and concert feature works for percussion chamber ensembles along with many arrangements for jazz ensembles and big bands.  

Please find his works categorised in the drop down menu above.

All are available for purchase via Paypal links and Dave can supply custom compositions and arrangements upon request. 

Dave has also composed for screen and media. Please view some examples below.

Screen & Media

"Apart" - cute music for a cute cartoon

"Westworld" - High Tension & Drama

The brief was to be playful, yet sparse, using childlike toy sounds via the use of keyboard percussion instruments throughout. The closing credits are a fuller ensemble creating a livelier sound for a happy ending.

"Earth Hour" - Epic Soundscape

This is a reworking of a high impact action sequence for TV series Westworld full of heightened tension and specific hit points in the action.

"SPACE BETWEEN THE DOOR AND THE WALL" - SUSPENSEFUL FILM NOIR

This was a submission for the Earth Hour campaign. The brief was to create an epic and atmospheric soundscape with clearly human elements (hence the use of string orchestra and piano) over which dialogue would be placed.

The brief was to create a gripping soundtrack full of heightened tension and also a classic and nostalgic sound reminiscent of Alfred Hitchcock films. Scored for a small chamber orchestra of woodwinds, strings and timpani.

"HIGH  FASHION" - FUNKY FILM MUSIC

High Fashion Opening - David Kemp
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The brief was to create a modern and slick production, with epic orchestration at times, for this film exploring the high stakes world of the fashion industry. Sadly, the film ended up not being completed due to financial reasons.

DAVE KEMP

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