Case Study: Unforgotten 3

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Having made a handful of sounds for the first series of Unforgotten, I was delighted when Michael Price contacted me again to make a bunch more sounds for the third series.

If you’re unaware of Unforgotten, it’s one of the best detective dramas out there. It features a duo of experienced detectives (played by Nicola Walker and Sanjeev Bhaskar) who’s speciality is investigating old cases which re-open when bodies are found. It is harrowing, intelligent stuff, run through with a dark humour, and always features a stellar cast. I highly recommend it.

Michael contacted me with some specific ideas on what he wanted from me. The Unforgotten soundtrack is very much a strings and piano affair, so he was looking for some extra sounds to use that had an organic, natural vibe to them.

Step up, Omnisphere. With its sample-mangling opportunities it was the obvious choice. Michael was particularly interested in pads and melodic keys, so I setout making a variety of simple and dark patches that primarily focused on using samples made from pianos, and plucked and bowed strings – of which there is a lot in Omnisphere 2.

I decided I’d also created a wider palette of sounds… rhythmic sequences, hybrid basses and instrumental textures, all still using piano and string sample sources (occasionally mixed in with other organic soundsources and basic synth waveforms). Michael was very pleased with the expanded sonic tool kit I created, as was I.

The series is now up to it’s final episode (which airs in a few days) and it’s utterly gripping. Michael’s sublime score provides the final sheen for an immensely engrossing and thought-provoking televisual feast. It was a real privilege to be able to work on such a high quality project.


  • Jot
    15/08/2018, 11:58 am  Reply

    Brilliant! I’ve been watching Unforgotten on ITV and really liked the sound design elements to the score. Didn’t realise you’d had a hand in it, doesn’t really surprise me though! 🙂

    • Matt
      15/08/2018, 12:02 pm

      Thanks Jot! It’s been a really brilliant series.

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