Martyn Swain

Media Composer


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Martyn Swain is an award-winning Media Composer working in TV, Film and Trailer Music.

Now back within walking distance of the editing suites in Fitzrovia he can once again offer the invaluable ‘personal touch’ when working with clients. In the last year, following a long and distinguished career as a musician and working on various more personal projects (see the ‘Ruby’ trailer below) Martyn has returned to his Central London Studio base to focus on what he loves most – writing to picture.

Feel free to look through the website, listen to the music – and get in touch.

Theatre Events

Over the past few weeks Martyn has been revising what he calls his ‘Musical Event’, a show called ‘Ruby & the 13th Door’ and is currently looking for a team to put the show on again. Rather than go into detail here, why not check out the website here: http://www.rubythemusical.com … or go straight to the music here: http://www.rubythemusical.com/music/




Please ask Martyn for a personalised Showreel if the style you’re after doesn’t appear here …



About - Martyn Swain

Martyn Swain is an Emmy and FIPA D’Or Award-Winning Composer, Musician and Sound Designer working from his own Digital ‘Sound to Picture’ studio in Central London.

In 1994 Martyn joined the Waterboys as a Bass Guitarist / Backing Vocalist. From there he gained worldwide touring, recording, and TV experience with World Party, Aimee Mann, Toni Childs, Julian Lennon, Sinead O’Connor, Holly Johnson and David Bowie and Ron Sexsmith amongst others. During this time, he studied orchestration at the Guildhall School of Music, and moved from “hired hand” to prolific singer and songwriter, writing with and for Robert Plant, Aimee Mann, Toni Childs, and Julian Lennon, as well as fronting his unique and critically acclaimed band Secret Circus.

Martyn is now focused on a career as a Composer and Producer, working on numerous commissions for all the terrestrial channels. He has already won two Emmy Awards for his contributions to BBC 2’s Timewatch programmes, “Allied to the Mafia” and “The True Story of the Roman Arena” as well as the FIPA D’Or, a prestigious global award for ‘Best Original Score for a TV Drama’.

Following early successes in drama with contributions to Cracker, The Ruth Rendell Mysteries and various others, Martyn wrote and recorded the score for the BBC’s epic ‘Pyramid’ a score that blended Wagnerian orchestral power with ethnic simplicity.

Other highlights include the Afro Cuban score for the last series of ’Auf Weidersehen Pet’, the BBC TV film ‘Belonging’ starring Brenda Blethyn, for which Martyn’s poignant and melodic score won the coveted FIPA D’or.

After moving away to North Yorkshire and working on a number of ‘vanity projects’, Martyn has now returned to Central London and is keen to re-engage with the world of Media Music, as well as continuing to promote various solo and joint projects such as ‘Ruby & the 13th Door’.

Martyn says:

“If you want to work as a Media Composer in the UK, even today, I think you need to be in London, within easy reach of your clients.

I love writing to picture – that’s why I came back!”


Film & TV




Production Music

Production Albums




Sound to Picture Studio

Sound to Picture Studio




In 2005 Martyn bought a flat within easy walking distance of Fitzrovia with the aim of becoming a user-friendly local Media Composer.
Considerable renovations ensued – partition walls were knocked out, soundproofing was put in and the power supply stabilised – and the all important ‘studio spec’ raised to a professional level.
The result? A fully-fitted digital sound-to-picture studio in NW1. The only thing missing?
A water cooler …