TV & Film Composer
BAFTA-nominated, Belfast-born composer Sheridan Tongue is best-known for working on award-winning series and documentaries from the BBC, ITV and The Discovery Channel that have reached a global audience.
Having started his career working in London recording studios with icons such as Robert Plant and Blur, Sheridan was presented with a gold record for his work on the album ‘Prodigal Sista’ by Beverly Knight. He segued into film and television composition and worked on SPOOKS for the BBC, which secured him a BAFTA nomination for Best Original Music.Full Biography
Over the last year one of the unexpected surprises of performing live again with musicians is how my music changes with each performance. There is a spontaneity and excitement every time we run though a track, and it is lovely to react in different ways to this musically.
One of the questions I get asked the most is how long does it take to compose the music for a show? The answer depends on a number of factors.
For a new series or ‘one off’ drama I like to come ‘on board’ the production while the show is in the rough edit stage. This enables me to compose various music sketches and send them over to the editor & director to try out in the rough assembly.
I suddenly realised that I could not ‘hear’ my music, I was unable to work and it really scared me. It’s hard to explain how the sensation affected me – but I liken it to a painter suddenly becoming blind and unable to see the canvas.
Whilst I could still hear the sound coming out of the speakers my ears could not discern the individual elements of my composition – the ringing sound in my ears (tinnitus) was very disturbing.