A Quiet Room In Walthamstow is an independent psychological horror film directed by Tiago Teixeira. I was invited to score the film before the film was even shot. Tiago had the idea to compose the theme before the film was shot so that the actors could hear it while shooting so as to set the horror mood - a method that was used during the creation of the Japanese horror film Hausu (also one of my favourite horror films). So I composed the theme inspired by the film's script and enlisted Phillipa Perrot to perform violin on it. After receiving the edit of the film I composed the rest of the score. I decided to create the score entirely using only violin and viola (except for some drums in the trailer). Eevie Hilyer Ziegler and Anne Han joined me for a one-day studio session performing viola and violin. We created the eerie string sounds using various extended techniques such as overbowing (loosening the hair of the bow so that the body of the instrument is between the bow hair and stick) and placing paper and pieces of metal under the strings. After the violin and viola were recorded, I used techniques that I would usually use when creating dance music to mangle the recordings such as pitching up/down, cutting, looping, reversing and collaging the raw material. I also used my Fostex Model 80 8-track tape machine to create tape loops which were used as the basis of the song 'Snooping Around'.
released March 5, 2021
Composed, produced and mixed by Lia Mice
Mastered by Alex Wallwork
Viola performed by Eevie Hilyer Ziegler
Violin by Anne Han and Phillipa Perrot
Art by Mike Zimmerman