Biog

Philip Chambon started playing guitar at the age of nine, initially working out songs by ear from his favourite pop records. Taking up his parent's offer of guitar lessons, he studied classical guitar and later at secondary school, the violin. His interest in recording was sparked off when his grandfather loaned him a reel-to-reel Phillips tape recorder. Philip spent many a happy teenage hour recording (at 1⅞ inches per second!) his own guitar and violin compositions on this machine.

Philip went on to study music and recording on the Tonmeister course at the University of Surrey in the UK.

On graduating he joined the band Tonight as guitarist and song writer, achieving a Top 20 UK hit in 1978 with Drummer Man which Philip co-wrote. Tonight were the first UK band to be labeled Power Pop. During that year, in between hectic touring schedules, they recorded tracks for an album at Air, Wessex, Olympic and Morgan studios in London. Due to record company politics the album wasn't released. However, following a TV appearance by the band in 2008 on the BBC TV news magazine programme Inside Out, the album Drummer Man was finally released in 2010 to critical acclaim by Angel Air Records.

After finishing Uni, Philip also became involved with the International Dance Course for Professional Choreographers and Composers, held each year for 2 weeks in the summer at The University of Surrey. He worked with composer John Cage and choreographer Merce Cunningham in 1981, and with choreographer Christopher Bruce in 1984.

In 1984 Philip co-formed with Andy Arthurs and DV8 choreographer Lloyd Newson the music and contemporary dance group La Bouche. With La Bouche, Philip embraced sampling and digital technology both in composition and live MIDI performance. He co-wrote La Bouche's material with Andy Arthurs. All of the sounds were created by the human voice, the tracks being a combination of sampled programmed voices and sung vocals. Between 1984 and 1990 La Bouche toured extensively throughout the UK and Europe, and obtained record deals with Safari Records and Sony Records.

In 1987 he composed the music for Christopher Bruce's contemporary ballet Swansong. Swansong is now generally recognised as a dance classic and has been widely performed around the world. In the UK it is currently a GCSE Dance prescribed work.

Philip began composing for Film and TV in 1991. Since then he has composed many Film and TV scores, as well as music for visual art installations, marketing campaigns and production music labels.

He also continued to compose for contemporary dance and ballet, creating scores for choreographers Christopher Bruce, Sonia Rafferty, Amanda Gough, and Cathy Marston.

In 2004 Philip was appointed Senior Lecturer in Music Technology at Kingston University, and he currently lectures part-time in Popular Music Composition and Production.

Philip's most recent commissions include music for Discovery's Inside Planet Earth, the short film Office Romance 2 and the 3-part documentary series Zero, Ten, Twenty: The Children of Rio.




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