My name is BRUCE ROWLAND
I'm aged 76
I work from home studio – or scoring stages in the US, Europe or Australia
I've been composing for screen for 50 years
I studied music as a child, studied orchestration with various arrangers in the 60’s and then studied conducting with Robert Rosen – a ballet conductor who taught me about accuracy. A ballerina can only remain airborne for a limited amount of time so when she lands on the ground— you’d better land with her!
The instrument I'm best at is piano.
I also play I also play Hammond & glockenspiel (badly).
I'm best known for my score(s) to The Man from Snowy River 1&2, All the Rivers Run, Phar Lap, Andre, The Cup, Lightning Jack, Anzacs, Gunsmoke 2, The Last Apache.
I’ve written over 40 movies …but I also wrote about 3000 jingles for TV & radio in the 60’s & 70’s and many hundreds of songs for The Magic Circle Club on ATVO and Adventure Island on ABC TV (with John Michael Howson writing the lyrics). Averaged 10 original songs a week for about 6 years.
A score I'm proud of but received little recognition is Cool Change.
I compose using pencil or Logic – but much prefer writing it down & using an organic orchestral approach.
The person(s) and/or institution that helped me get to where I am now are all the musicians I have worked with along the way - particularly the Symphonic players who would give me ‘’pointers’’as to why something I had written would sound better & be more easily played if ….. [for example] I could write a rest somewhere in a previous bar to allow them to get a breath…etc
The things I love about my job is everything!
The things I dislike about my job is sometimes not having enough in the budget for a bigger orchestra—but then again, it makes you try a different approach to the score & often it works out well!
My favorite piece of technology is ….don’t have one
My musical journey involved lots of learning curves & cogniscience & appreciation of lots of different styles of music
To relax I Almost never listen to music - I never have the radio on in the car and I don’t play music ever at home unless I’m working on a project.