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Toby is a UK-based Composer, Sound Designer & session drummer best known for his music for Award Winning Short Animated Film & Video Games. He has established over seven years of experience working professionally within music, film and interactive multimedia, with proven industry successes on over thirty diverse creative projects in a range of varying multimedia disciplines including composing for interactivity in games, television placements. animated shorts, real-life documentaries, dramas, sci-fi/fantasy/action-adventure.

 

Recently, he has begun writing and developing bespoke music and sound design in-house creative at G-Gaming Limited (2021) and composed the music for Global Documentary TV Album 'War Stories' with Bespoke Production Label True Stories, Universal Studios Production Music UK (2020). In doing so, he has gained multiple audio management credits for his sound on upcoming iOS & Android game titles and broadcast television music placements on The One Show, BBC One, Disney ABC Family, Channel 5, Network 10, TV3 & VTM.

 

Toby continues his drive as a freelance creative sonic & technical lead on collaborative independent industry projects for independent game developments, freelance festival films and animations respectively. Most notably, his team finishing as frontrunners in the peoples choice at the annual community Global Game Jam with Astraeology (NUA, 2021), Lancaster (NUA, 2020) and writing the original score to the Award Winning 2D Animated Short Film Imaginary (2020) by Megan Ryan.

AWARDS & HONOURS
University of Hertfordshire, Graduate Scholarship - First Class Honours (2018)


Norfolk County Children's Services, Norfolk County Scholarship - (2016) 
Distinction, MSc Music & Sound for Film and Games, University of Hertfordshire


First Class Honours, BSc Music Composition and Technology for Film & Games, University of Hertfordshire
Toby Ellis Music
"Toby is excellent to work with and his skills as a composer are high grade. He brought enthusiasm, ideas and energy to the project since day one. Without his creativity we wouldn't have such superb music. Throughout the process he was professional, punctual and eager. I couldn't recommend him more!"
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ORGANISATIONAL OUTREACH
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Toby is an active member of the Ivors Academy (BASCA) community, Wildlife Film Network and has worked closely for over three years on award winning films alongside some of the most promising minds in visual effects and animation at the number one visual effects school in the UK (7th Best Visual Effects School in the World, Rookies World School Rankings®)University of Hertfordshire. He earned his First Class Honours Degree with graduate scholarship and Distinction Postgraduate qualification in Hertfordshire, where he studied film and games works for three years under Into Light (2015) & Planet of the Apes: Last Frontier (2017) games composer Steven Coltart. 

His 6 years of significant demonstrative working practice culminating in a wide variety of disciplines to name a few: Interactive Games Composer & Sound Designer (G-Games, 2021), Original TV Music Composition (Universal, 2020), Live Stage Sound for Band/Orchestra Trainee (Theatre Royal Norwich, 2020), Event Performance & Management (Platform & Maddermarket Theatre, UH Big Swing Band, 2015, 2019) Music Supervision & Post Production Sound Editing Intern (BBC, 2017) clearly promoting his undeniable passion for in house technical project roles; as much as harvesting stories and bespoke audio visual storytelling on a colourful collection industry projects. Toby's work reflects wholeheartedly on his passion for music-telling, creating and curating bespoke immersive and exciting new experiences for visual storytelling across all multitude of genres, global multimedia platforms and subject matters. 

In 2015, Toby completed a Charity World Record Attempt for the 'Longest Drumming Marathon Completed By A Team'! Himself along with 7 others set the record at 72 consecutive hours of drumming. Please take a visit J.D.T and the Mad As A Drummer Webpage for more information of our cause and the event. 

Toby has an early learning and teaching background in mentoring selections of school and band percussionists from the age of 11-16 in secondary sch. and for the workshop band K-OS LIVE based at J.D.T. Music Academy. As a band member for 3 years Toby was part of on their European Tour in Spring 2015 playing in front of over 40,000 audience members at peak times at the Disneyland Paris Park & Resort.

 

He has performed as part of Norwich Indie/Rock and Soul/Jazz based groups Urban Calamity, Lakeside View Apartments Suite; and in many musical theatre company pit bands including Platform Theatre Norwich's unique production of 'The Witches Of Eastwick', Norwich Young Peoples Theatre, Dereham Theatre Company and Voices mixed vocal group.

COMPOSITION & PERFORMANCE TRAINING
Contemporary: Steven Coltart, University of Hertfordshire, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom

Baroque & Classical: Dave Smith, Amanda Paley-Mensies, Timothy Blinko, University of Hertfordshire, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom

Jazz & Vocals: Matt Hodges, Laura Hodges, Norwich City College of Further & Higher Education, Norfolk, United Kingdom

Drums/Percussion: Aaron Housego, Janel Spalding, JDT Music Academy: Community Music Centre, Norfolk, United Kingdom
PC, DAW & MIDDLEWARE COMPETENCE
Cubase 11, Logic Pro X - Avid Pro Tools 12, Reaper 6, Sibelius

Wwise, FMOD, Elias Adaptive Music Engine

Unreal Engine, Unity C# & CodeAcademy C++ Certificate

Windows 10 Desktop, Apple MacBook Pro.

Available For Hire