It is a great honor for me to receive this Lifetime Achievement Award from the Women's International Film & Television Showcase, it only saddens me that my husband, Tony Blanco, cannot be with me to share this moment, as he would be as honored and proud as I am.
I congratulate you on the beautiful initiative to support and celebrate the dedication, passion and integrity of women in film everywhere, and I thank TheWIFTS Board for considering me worthy of this precious award. I am very sorry to be unable to receive it in person. Thank you!
THE WOMEN'S INTERNATIONAL FILM & TELEVISION SHOWCASE
JULY 2nd 2016
Passion & Integrity Commerce & Creativity Equality Not Hierarchy
Deborah Mollison is the recipient of TheWIFTS Music Award 2016. Highly accomplished in the art of music, this songwriter and film music composer enjoys a prolific and diverse career covering all styles of music, through the symphony of sound, covering jazz, rock, and orchestral compositions for the big and small screen.
Deborah Mollison is an award-winning songwriter and film composer, who began composing at the age of seven when it was discovered that she was gifted with an acute sense of perfect pitch. At the age of 13, Deborah was accepted to study composition, pianoforte and flute at the Royal Academy of Music, and continued on there until the age of 21.
She won the Else Cross prize for Pianoforte, gained her Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music (LRAM), Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM) and Bachelor of Music (BMus). Following on from this, Deborah went on to complete her Master's degree, studying with Elisabeth Lutyens, a pioneering female serial composer whose film scores gave Deborah an interest and insight into the art of film composition.
Deborah became bitten by the film scoring bug and continued her education across the
Atlantic, studying Film Scoring at the University of California in Los Angeles. While in the US,
Deborah scored the US feature The Boys of Sunset Ridge and in addition, the Carlton Television drama mini- series The Thing About Vince with Timothy Spall, directed by Christopher King, and No Tears featuring Brenda Fricker (My Left Foot), which won the award for Best Mini-Series at the Monte-Carlo Television Festival in 2002.
It was also around this time in her career that Deborah Mollison completed her PhD in music from Middlesex University. She sees the role of a composer in society as a commentator. Her ability to empathise with her subjects brings great emotional depth to her work. As an example, Global Nation celebrates a multi-cultural world set into England's 'green and pleasant land'; Ocean Witness highlights the suffering of whales and dolphins at the hands of Man. Her creativity allows her to combine her skills of orchestration with those of the *Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) studio programmer/musician.
As a songwriter, Deborah has worked with a roster of writers including Nick Kershaw, Marti Pellow and Brian Kennedy. She has also arranged album music for artists such as Montserrat Caballé and Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, and in addition Deborah won Song UK for her first rock song.
Deborah has worked extensively for the BBC and Channel 4 on documentary series including Wild Weather, Better Designs, and Secrets of the Ancients.
Deborah has revisited her comedy writing to complete two series of Uncle Max and the action comedy, Tied to a Chair. She also composed music for a variety of corporate advertisements including Virgin, Levis, Signal and Vodafone, and recently composed a bespoke wedding march for the marriage of a Saudi Arabian princess.
The short film Luna Park, which Deborah scored, won the Viewers' Choice prize at the 2015 Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards (LAIFF Awards).
In addition to being a skilled and versatile composer, Deborah is equally versed in orchestration, arranging and conducting. She regularly conducts her own work and has enjoyed conducting the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the BBC Concert Orchestra and the Irish Film Orchestra. Deborah Collison is also incorporates the latest technology - looking to the next generation millennial in her work. About MIDI below.
MIDI (/ˈmɪdi/; short for Musical Instrument Digital Interface) is a technical standard that describes a protocol, digital interface and connectors and allows a wide variety of electronic musical instruments, computers and other related devices to connect and communicate with one another. A single MIDI link can carry up to sixteen channels of information, each of which can be routed to a separate device.
MIDI carries event messages that specify notation, pitch and velocity, control signals for parameters such as volume, vibrato, audio panning, cues, and clock signals that set and synchronize tempo between multiple devices. These messages are sent via a MIDI cable to other devices where they control sound generation and other features. This data can also be recorded into a hardware or software device called a sequencer, which can be used to edit the data and to play it back at a later time.:4 Advantages of MIDI include compactness (an entire song can be coded in a few hundred lines, i.e. in a few kilobytes), ease of modification and manipulation and choice of instruments.
MIDI technology was standardized in 1983 by a panel of music industry representatives, and is maintained by the MIDI Manufacturers Association (MMA). All official MIDI standards are jointly developed and published by the MMA in Los Angeles, California, US, and for Japan, the MIDI Committee of the Association of Musical Electronics Industry (AMEI) in Tokyo. In 2016, the MMA established The MIDI Association (TMA) to nurture an inclusive global community of people who work, play, or create with MIDI, establishing the www.MIDI.org website as the central repository of information about anything related to MIDI technology, from classic legacy gear to next-gen protocols on the horizon.
Source courtesy Wikipedia