New Short: A Madman's Manuscript

We’ve scored another piece from Cue Pictures’ ‘One Short Film a Month’ project.  

A Madman’s Manuscript is a short film written and directed by Louise C Galizia based on a short story in Dickens’ The Pickwick Papers. With references to the #MeToo campaign, this film explores what people are willing to turn a blind eye to for their own personal gain.

This was a particularly fun film to work on. It’s extremely stylish and Gothic, while also being grungy and modern. One thing that the shabby interiors and shaky, grainy footage reminded us of immediately was the music video for Breathe by the Prodigy. We worked both of those elements into the soundtrack, combining some Prodigy-inspired metallic beats with ‘period’ elements such as a Victorian era music box and violin. We also got to work with the laughter and screams of the actors, which we turned into manic sound effects.

Our brand new podcast Soundtrack Showdown is LIVE!

We've got really exciting news - we've got a podcast! It's called Soundtrack Showdown and you can find it on the iTunes store. Ella and I are really excited - this is a passion project we've been working on for a little while now. Every month we'll take two of the greatest film scores in history and break them down into their component parts. How does The Dark Knight  match up to Danny Elfman's Batman?  Which is the most effective terror score - Psycho or Jaws? We'll compare each soundtrack against the other in several key areas and try to pick a winner.  How do we do it? Scroll down to read more. 


We love everything about soundtracks. We love making them, listening to them, digging into them to find out how they work. And we wanted to share that joy and knowledge in a podcast. But there was a problem. There are already a number of very good podcasts out there where experts sit down and break down scores in great detail. We love those podcasts and listen to them all the time, but the world doesn’t need to hear our take on how many times you hear the Imperial March in Star Wars and why it works.

So, we’ve taken a different approach, one that takes advantage of our unique position as two active film composers from very different musical backgrounds. Every episode we will be comparing two film scores, or sometimes a score from games or TV, and deciding which is the winner. As a result, we will go into less detail than other podcasts that devote an hour or more to a single film. Instead, we will be more practical, talking about how two different composers have approached similar scenes or characters, why their solutions work, how they differ, and which composer has been more influential in modern film composition practice. And of course, you get to listen to some of the best film, TV and game music ever written.

We think it’s a great format and look forward to developing it through the coming months and years.

Episode one is a pair of musical heavyweights as John Willliam’s Jaws and Bernard Herrmann’s Psycho are matched against each other. Who will be the winner? You have to listen to find out!

You can find Soundtrack Showdown in the iTunes store, or click on the link below.

Watch: Bloody Tourists. Score by Tristellar Music

A tourist couple drives into the open English countryside. The landscape is beautiful, the road is empty and peaceful. They pull over in the woods, grab their cameras and take some playful shots. One of them looks at his watch and they head off into the woods…

That’s the set up to Bloody Tourists, a thrilling 4 ½ minute microshort, our first film released with Cue Pictures. Check out the film below. 


Cue Pictures is the production company run by award-winning filmmaker Louise C Galizia. She is currently a few months into a highly ambitious project of releasing one short film a month and Tristellar has come along for the ride.

Hope you enjoyed this film. Stay tuned for more films and updates as this project and collaboration progresses.

Out Now – Loose Ends by Tristellar

Last month we were pleased to announce our first film, and hinted that there might be something more coming. We can now announce that we are also making our first commercial music release. Loose Ends – the credit track from the film of the same name – is now available for purchase in all your favourite stores, and to stream on services like Spotify (for links see below). The full film itself was released, for free, on YouTube on 1 December. Watch it here

The credits music is a re-working of the track you first hear in the conversation between the two main characters around 2 mins 30 seconds in. It’s a tense mix of dark, minor harmonies and electronic textures. Because we were working with such inherently ‘heavy’ sounds, we had to keep the mix quite sparse and detached in order to allow the audience to hear the dialogue, especially Indigo Cider and his gravelly voice. But for the purposes of the credits and this release we were able to add some more rhythmic elements, which make it gel and sound more musical, while still retaining the brooding intensity of the original track. We hope you enjoy it and add it to your playlists!


You can buy the track from all your favourite music sellers and streaming services, including:




If the links do not work (which might happen if you are accessing from outside the UK) then we’ve found that a search for “Tristellar” on those services is the quickest way to find us.

Tristellar scores first short film – Loose Ends

In Loose Ends, a new short thriller by Aidan Egan Tranter, a man comes out of the darkness. But what is he after? Revenge? Resolution?

It was a real thrill to work on Loose Ends. The film is dark, moody and very stylish, we knew we wanted to work from it from the moment we saw the opening scene. To make things even better, Aidan had a great vision of how the movie should look and sound. It’s always a pleasure to work with directors who have a good ear.

The film was also a great opportunity to stretch our musical style. It called for heavy and brooding electro-orchestral music in the style of Dave Porter (Breaking Bad) and Jeff Beale (House of Cards, Blackfish). This made it the perfect debut project for Tristellar Music. The main track, “Can’t have loose ends”, underscores an extremely intense conversation in a key scene. Tristan’s string chords and dark harmonies are interspersed with beats, pads and sound design from Ellakova. It was a great challenge to find just the right emotional notes to hit while also keeping out of the way of the excellent performances of Will Brettle and the fantastically named Indigo Cider.

Loose Ends was released on YouTube on 1 December 2017. You can see it below.


We hope you enjoy it.