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Hamish Brown: Music

Hello, I’m Hamish Brown. I’m a versatile and experienced music producer, media composer and mix engineer. I work with musicians and directors to help them get the best results from their project and budget. I’ve had work placed everywhere from Hollywood films and cinema ads to dance and theatre. I also record/mix/master records with artists and provide location sound. I work with clients including NPR, PRX, BBC, National Galleries etc. Get in touch.

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Photography: Daniel Dabrowski

Before doing this, I worked in journalism. I teach courses for The National Union of Journalists and EIS #JoinAUnion. Next dates: June 2024 in WordPress and Podcasting.

Production Reel 2024

I can help you finish your music and love to collaborate. Get in touch. Some recent highlights on the Production page.

Recent Work

New album: Barsini Red (2024)


New music from me. Featuring Stu Brown (drums), Norman Willmore (sax), Caroline Clarke (vocals) and several tracks recorded with string ensemble, led by Pete Harvey. Artwork: Daniel Warren. Thank you, collaborators! Available everywhere now.

Listen via Spotify, Apple Music etc.

Film soundtrack/installation: Castle of Light (2023, 2022, 2021, 2019)

2023 marks the fourth year of this unique and extraordinary event which transforms the iconic Edinburgh Castle by night into a world of colour via powerful 3D projection mapping, experienced by an audience of 100,000+ people. As part of a great team of animators and visual artists, I oversee the music and sound, contributing original music, sound design and mix/mastering to the 15+ films and installations each year. Full 2023 performer credits here. Event website: castleoflight.scot.

New track: Let’s Go to Bed (2023)

New track with Andrew Eaton-Lewis – a cover of Let’s Go To Bed for Pictures of You: A compilation of covers of songs by The Cure. All funds raised go to mental health charity MIND. £5000+ raised to date.

Film: Graham Fagen – A Portrait of Sir Geoff Palmer (2023)


Delighted to have contributed location recording and sound mix to A Portrait of Sir Geoff Palmer, a 20-minute film by Graham Fagen. On display Scottish National Portrait Gallery.

Dir: Andy McGregor. Music: Ghetto Priest / Adrian Sherwood.

New track: Swimmer One – Twenty Years Too Soon, Twenty Years Too Late (2023)

I was in the band Swimmer One 2003-2013. We made two albums, several single/remixes, seven films and two theatre shows. In 2023, we marked 20 years since we started (and 10 since we stopped) by remixing/remastering our back catalogue of 29 songs and making a new one to round it up to 30. Listen now via Spotify, Apple music etc (Keep those hard drives backed up.)

Film soundtrack/installation: Jacqueline Donachie – Imperial (2022)

Original music/location recording/sound mix for 12-minute film by artist Jacqueline Donachie, commissioned by Art in Manufacturing for the National Festival of Making 2022. The film explores the history of the mill buildings in the north of England, from their previous and present day industrial use, to their use as venues for parties during the early 90s house music and rave scene. Screened at Festival opening event and Prism Contemporary.

Director: Jacqueline Donachie. Filming / Post production: Andy McGregor. Filmed at Imperial Mill, Blackburn

Film soundtrack/installation: Jacqueline Donachie – Beautiful Sunday (2021)

Sound design/music for film Beautiful Sunday, a 12min film and sculptural installation by artist Jacqueline Donachie, commissioned for the Folkestone Triennial and that celebrates the dance floors of the town by marking out their size one-to-one on a huge stage set in the middle of a derelict gasworks site. Also screened at SWG3, Glasgow at the launch of a new energy capture technology in a club venue that converts body heat from dancers into electricity (!) used to cool and heat the building.

Production / post-production: Andy McGregor

Advertising: Mental Health Arts Festival (2022)

Original trailer music for Mental Health Arts Festival 2022. This is a custom edit of the Swimmer One track ‘Regional’.

Film soundtrack/installation: Sir Walter Scott 250 (2021)

Sound design for 3D projection mapping film at Smailholm Tower to mark Sir Walter Scott’s 250th anniversary. Fiddle by Morag Currie. Commissioned by The Abbotsford Trust.

For older work, see Projects.

Client list

  • BBC
  • NPR
  • PRX
  • NHS
  • The Times and Sunday Times
  • National Galleries
  • National Theatre
  • Mental Health Foundation

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