Now this is an interesting one - we have been contacted by a certain Martyn
Swain, who has this to say:
"A friend of mine got Viv into a studio about 20 years ago to record
a selection of ‘one liners’ for use in a recording that was
"Although Vivian was paid a fee at the time most of what he was reading/recording
was his own prose - with a few suggestions and additions thrown in by
the recording engineer.
In a nutshell my project would involve taking single lines from the recordings
and inserting them into a specially written track.
Regarding my project - other contributors include Julian Lennon, Aimee
Mann, David Gray and a handful of others yet to be confirmed. The project
itself is hard to describe but ultimately involves stories of ordinary
and extraordinary lives being told in a music based format."
More information on this project will be added as and when we get it.
Meanwhile, his agency has this to say about him:
Martyn Swain, an award winning score composer and songwriter, comes from
a ‘rock ‘n roll’ background having joined The Waterboys
back in 1987 and went on to work with major superstars, including David
Bowie. Credits include Reichenbach Falls, Auf Wiedersehen Pet, The Rotters
Club, Belonging and more…
He studied composition and orchestration at London’s Guildhall School
of Music and only started scoring fulltime for film and tv in 2002, since
which time he has already achieved an impressive list of credits. These
Include Belonging, starring Brenda Blethyn, directed by Chris Menaul,
for which he won the FIPA D’OR for Best Original Score, and he was
awarded EMMYS for Allied To The Mafia and The True Story Of The Roman
Arena for the BBC’s Timewatch series. 2007 scores include the BBC’s
His other credits include the feature Inspiration, produced by Alan Rickman;
the 2005 series of Auf Wiedersehen Pet (BBC), for which he provided a
largely Afro Cuban score; The Rotters’ Club series (Company Pictures/BBC);
In Search Of Lawrence (Fulcrum/Channel 4); and Pyramid (BBC). He was second
composer, contributing music to Cracker series I (Granada); Catherine
Cookson’s The Gambling Man (ITV); Century Falls and Moon Dial (BBC).
His documentaries series cover everything from the National Geographic,
Lonely Planet, Horizon, The Mission, and Storm Chasers to Undressed and
Planet Food. Last year two of his library pieces were used in Little Britain.
Originally a bass guitarist and backing vocalist, he gained worldwide
touring, recording and tv experience with World Party, Julian Lennon,
the afore mentioned David Bowie, Toni Childs, Aimee Mann, Sinead O’Connor,
Holly Johnson and many others. He quickly developed as a songwriter and
wrote with, and for Robert Plant, Aimee Mann, Toni Childs and Julian Lennon
with whom he is currently completing an album project as songwriter, co-producer
The collaboration with Julian Lennon has carried over into a new recording
project led by Martyn which will also feature contributions from David
Gray and Will Young. Watch this space!
Martyn works from his own digital sound to picture studio in central London.
He is a member of British Academy of Composers and Songwriters and last
year was on the BAFTA panel judging Best Original TV Music.