Film, Television, and Video Game Music has never been bigger than it is today. Some say that it was at its best in the 1960’s, some say the 1970’s, some the 80’s, 90’s, 2000’s, and so on, but no one can argue against its usage in today’s media being at its most. There are more Composers than ever, and so naturally it is getting increasingly more difficult to get your music heard, even with the worldwide sharing facilities of things like SoundCloud and Youtube also being bigger than ever. There are people that deserve to be heard, and Rick Horrocks is one of those people. His Compositions are rich, in-depth, and filled with interesting ideas; some that are familiar, and some that you haven’t heard before. His biggest musical influence is Hans Zimmer, and it is apparent in his work, as it takes a sweeping, powerful direction in-line with the German Master. You can hear his other influences too, from Harry Gregson-Williams, to Steve Jablonsky, and although it’s of their style at times, it is not as if they composed it themselves, it is fresh, and has its own voice, the voice of Rick Horrocks.
Pieces such as this, from the short film Tora, entitled ‘Follow Kimiko.’ Though it has the percussive nature and building strings of Zimmer, it stretches past that style, and becomes something else entirely. The haunting voices that accompany you towards the end of the piece are a stylistic separation, one that makes the piece feel completely different, even venturing into some Alexandre Desplat type musings, and never settling on one single sound, which keeps the piece interesting.
Rick’s future became very apparently at an early age. At only 8 years old, he saw Ron Howard’s Backdraft, and Hans Zimmer’s music struck an internal chord in his mind, and so the musical portion of his brain was born. Not only did he listen to Zimmer’s music, but he decided to create his own; taking piano lessons and recording his own ideas onto tapes for fun. “My family’s first computer was immediately commandeered by me, and I made the transition to computer based music, something that was relatively new at the time,” he tells me.
As his childhood went on; he gained more experience by playing in several bands at school, and at the age of 15, he was given the opportunity to work at a professional recording studio, which only furthered his fascination with Composing. From then on he could only do the logical next step, which was to release his work to the world. He began in 2007 and after an encouraging response, he continued with optimism, sharing more of his work, and continuing to compose new music for Video Games and for Short Films, and of course just for fun as well, to gain experience and a wealth of sounds.
Here is one of my favourite pieces of his; entitled ‘Departure.’ It builds effortlessly, yet with an immediacy, and is perfect for trailer music, which is something a lot of his music shares; that certain quality of being both immediate and patient. He tells me; “Over recent years as trailer music has become more popular, I’ve taken a particular interest in music production companies such as Two Steps From Hell, Immediate Music and Audiomachine. Trailer music is something that I’m particularly interested in venturing into, as it can demonstrate my true potential in a relatively short space of time.”
In the Composing world, it is always an exciting thing when Composers decide to collaborate. Just hearing two different people connect musically to create something which wouldn’t have been heard otherwise, is a wonderful thing. Last year, he chose to contact German Composer Petteri Sainio, to see if he was interested in creating something together, as he was a fan of his work. “It was challenging in that we both reside in different countries and work on different platforms.” The piece, ‘Fight for Freedom,’ inspired by the Assassins Creed franchise, is a gloriously powerful ballad of rising Strings, pounding Drums, and mighty Brass, complete with some chillingly beautiful vocals. A truly great piece. A piece fit for a climactic moment in a blockbuster. It was met with a fantastic reaction from their fans, and from music lovers alike, and they have already discussed the possibility of working together again, which is an exciting thought.
When asked about his future works, and the possibility of hearing more of his brilliant music, he said; “I naturally began to take an interest in game music, which is why I was pleased when I was asked to become a Composer for Embers Of Caerus; a highly anticipated low-fantasy sandbox MMORPG, currently in development over at Forsaken Studios.” So keep a weather ‘ear’ on the horizon, because Rick Horrock’s is a name to remember, and he’s only just begun.
If you wish to learn more about Rick Horrocks, and to hear more of his work, then here are some helpful links to his various pages:
His Facebook Page
His Twitter Channel
His SoundCloud Page
His Youtube Page