Red Kingdom Rising EP

by Martin Thornton

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'Red Kingdom Rising' is a feature-length fantasy/horror film inspired by 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland'. Mary Ann, a troubled young woman, has been tormented her whole life by dreams of a sinister figure called the Red King and his morbid fairytale kingdom. Following the death of her father, Mary Ann returns to her family home where she recalls the childhood stories of the Red King and Alice from 'Through the Looking-Glass' that her father once read to her. Haunting events and suppressed memories propel Mary Ann through the dark corridors of her parental home into the realms of her nightmares where she must finally confront the Red King and gain closure to her scarred past.

The majority of the music for this feature-length fantasy/horror was, like my work on director Navin Dev’s previous short film The Tree Man, composed using the rules for twelve-tone composition. I also made substantial use of modernist orchestration techniques to emphasise the surreal nature of Mary Ann’s descent into her own personal horrific wonderland. The score itself was for the most part intended to be insidious and atmospheric, rather than grand and thematic, but the timbral “motif” of the Red King was anything but subtle! The instrumentation varies from upright piano and strings for Mary Ann through eerie woodwinds and whispers for Alice to pounding percussion and blaring brass for the Red King.


released February 7, 2017

music composed, orchestrated & produced by Martin Thornton
cello recorded at Crimson Noise
cover photography by Marc Hankins
title design by Gareth Martin
many thanks to Navin Dev, Alfredo Paz, Guillem Serrano, David Caron & Dominik Scherrer



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Martin Thornton UK

Martin's first professional commission was in 1997 working with Theatre of Widdershins on their theatrical production of Rumpelstiltskin. He has since continued to compose music for film, theatre, concert hall and various exhibitions. Notable commissions include 2006 Edinburgh Festival Fringe award winner The King’s Got Donkey’s Ears! and 2011 Puppets On Film Festival award winner The Tree Man. ... more

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