original music composition

I'm a composer, songwriter, producer, musician and studio engineer, with extensive experience of bringing out the best in artists in a studio environment, and bringing a commercial to life.

I have a number of projects on the go. "Dictaphonique" is my current focus in serious composition, but I'm not above getting dirty and venturing out into commercial music and pop...


Music Composition & Sound Design Showreel

Music Composition & Production Showreel: Andy Sherman
Direct Link: http://vimeo.com/19791337


Advertising / Broadcast Media / Film

From sophisticated audio branding to jingles; from television soap operas to cinema surround sound - I look for the elusive balance between the underground and the general public, keeping the cool kids happy, but still making the music approachable and sellable.

These are some examples of music that I've composed for commercials:

Advertising: TV & Cinema

Spitz "Ready to Rumble"
Music composed & produced by Andy Sherman & Francois van der Merwe
Direct link: http://www.vimeo.com/4852338
Visa "Rugby World Cup"
Music composed & produced by Andy Sherman
Direct link: http://www.vimeo.com/4852815
Ford "Territory"
Music composed & produced by Andy Sherman, Francois van der Merwe & James Macdonald.
Direct link: http://www.vimeo.com/4885712
Vodacom "Mime"
Music composed & produced by Andy Sherman.
Direct link: http://www.vimeo.com/4874024
Nissan "X-Trail"
Music composed & produced by Andy Sherman.
Direct link: http://www.vimeo.com/4873988
SAB "Draw the line"
Music composed & produced by Andy Sherman, Francois van der Merwe & James Macdonald.
Direct link: http://www.vimeo.com/4853299
Sun International "Resorts"
Music composed & produced by Andy Sherman & Francois van der Merwe.
Direct link: http://www.vimeo.com/4853011
Fanta "Sumo Wrestlers"
Music composed & produced by Andy Sherman, Francois van der Merwe & James Macdonald.
Direct link: http://www.vimeo.com/4852570
SAFRU "Soccer"
Music composed & produced by Andy Sherman, Francois van der Merwe & James Macdonald.
Direct link: http://www.vimeo.com/4853187
Kit Kat "Parkade"
Music composed & produced by Andy Sherman
Direct link: http://www.vimeo.com/4873738
Clover "Vanilla Milk"
Music composed & produced by Andy Sherman
Direct link: http://www.vimeo.com/4852708
HTC "Touch Diamond"
Music composed & produced by Andy Sherman
Direct link: http://www.vimeo.com/4873721
Fiat "Palio"
Music composed & produced by Andy Sherman, Francois van der Merwe & James Macdonald.
Direct link: http://www.vimeo.com/4885708
SABC 2 "Home"
Music composed & produced by Andy Sherman & Richard Vossgätter
Direct link: http://vimeo.com/4885764
Newscafe "Electricity"
Music composed & produced by Andy Sherman & Francois van der Merwe
Direct link: http://www.vimeo.com/4873878
Knorr "Soup"
Music composed & produced by Andy Sherman & James Macdonald.
Direct link: http://www.vimeo.com/4852854
Carnival City "You really got me"
Cover-version produced by Andy Sherman, Francois van der Merwe & James Macdonald (Track by The Kinks)
Direct link: http://vimeo.com/4885764
Fanta "Dwarves"
Music composed & produced by Andy Sherman, Francois van der Merwe & James Macdonald.
Direct link: http://www.vimeo.com/4853154
Albany "Bread"
Music composed & produced by Andy Sherman, Francois van der Merwe & James Macdonald.
Direct link: http://www.vimeo.com/4853243

Television & Casino:

Here are some examples of music that I have composed for TV and Casino use (Themes, sound design, and in-house adio branding):

High School Musical "Theme Music" (South Africa)
Music composed & produced by Andy Sherman.
Direct link: http://www.vimeo.com/4873705
Psalted "Theme Music"
Music composed & produced by Andy Sherman.
Direct link: http://www.vimeo.com/4873995
Mal Genoeg "Karaoke Game Music"
Music composed & produced by Andy Sherman & Richard Vossgätter.
Direct link: http://www.vimeo.com/4873761
Scandal "Theme Music"
Music composed & produced by Andy Sherman, Francois van der Merwe & James Macdonald
Direct link: http://www.vimeo.com/4852983
Mal Genoeg "Theme Music"
Music composed & produced by Andy Sherman.
Direct link: http://www.vimeo.com/4873803
Meropa Casino "In-house Sound Design"
Music composed & produced by Andy Sherman & Richard Vossgätter.
Direct link: http://www.vimeo.com/4873841

radio:

Fiat Palio "It's Mine"
(Co-produced with Francois van der Merwe & James Macdonald)

Honda "Honda"
(Co-produced with Francois van der Merwe & James Macdonald)

Talking Yellow Pages "Traffic Cop"
(Recorded & Mixed by Andy Sherman)

Vered "Vered Estates"
(Co-produced with Francois van der Merwe & James Macdonald)

Vespa "Opera Campaign"
(Co-produced with Francois van der Merwe & James Macdonald)


film:

Riding With Sugar "Scoring/Themes"
(Co-produced with Francois van der Merwe & James Macdonald)

The Tooth Fairy "Themes"
(Co-produced with Francois van der Merwe & James Macdonald)


Andy Sherman - The Producer

From underground hip-hop to electronica to gospel to country to pop to folk to post-classical avant-garde to rock to Number 1 hits - the studio is my second home.

I also very much enjoy the composition and song-writing process, and I combine my studio engineering knowledge with my production approach.

I've written and produced many radio hits, including number 1's on mainstream radio ("And I Wait", "DNA", A New Day", "Crowning You" and other songs by One80 all went to the Top 10 of the charts, some of them number 1, as well as "Flame in the Darkness" & "Test Me" from Draco's album).

Sound Engineering / Audio Production:

My knowledge of contemporary music production and engineering techniques ensures that I am well equipped to be able to take a musical project from the initial concept right through to broadcast:

Here are some examples of music that I've produced:

Draco
Draco "The Arrival"
Genre: Hip Hop
Label: Black Economics Records
Visit Draco at myspace.com/dracothearrival
Listen / Buy online
Produced by Andy Sherman
Bonehead & Killjoy
Bonehead & Killjoy "Buffalo State Library 1"
Genre: Glitch / Broken Beats
Pub: Wounded Buffalo Publishing)
Produced by Andy Sherman & James "Killjoy" Macdonald
Fashion Boyz
Fashion Boyz "Buffalo State Library 2"
Genre: Lounge / Sexy Beats
Pub: Wounded Buffalo Publishing
Produced by Andy Sherman, James Macdonald & Richard Vossgätter
Reann
Reann Daniel "View from my window"
Genre: R'n'B
Listen / Buy on Thirsty Tunes
Co-produced by Andy Sherman & Francois van der Merwe as 1TrickPony
Wikki Why-T
Wikki Why-T "Supahero"
Genre: Hip-hop / Pop
Produced by Andy Sherman
S'Java
S'Java "True Story"
Genre: Hip-hop / Pop
Label: Black Economics
Produced by Andy Sherman
Melville Junction
Melville Junction "Worship"
Genre: Rock / Gospel
Produced by Andy Sherman, Co-produced with Zechariah Jordaan, David Warby, Alexander Davison, Bevan Gould
One80
One80 "Against the grain"
Genre: Modern Rock
Label: Superhuman Records
Co-Produced by Andy Sherman and One80
One80
One80 "One world bleeds to another"
Genre: Modern Rock
Label: Brettian Records
Co-Produced by Andy Sherman and One80 / Danny Anthill
Bounty Arms
Bounty Arms "Computer Game Theme"
(Theme music & Sound design)
Co-Produced by Andy Sherman and Dave Waugh, additional sound design by Richard Vossgätter
Synthetiek
Synthetiek "Buffalo State Library 3"
(Spacepoptronica / Wounded Buffalo Publishing)
Produced by Andy Sherman, James Macdonald & Richard Vossgätter
Hi Fivers
Hi Fivers "Buffalo State Library 4"
(Retro feel-good grooves / Wounded Buffalo Publishing)
Produced by Andy Sherman, James Macdonald & Richard Vossgätter
Jane Rademeyer
Jane Rademeyer "I think a halo"
(Electronica / Uncorp Records)
2 Tracks ("The Brave" & "Een Vir Een")
Visit Jane at myspace.com/janerademeyer
Listen / Buy online
Gavin Knox-Grant
Gavin Knox-Grant "The Salt Road"
Genre: Rock / Pop
Produced by Andy Sherman, co-production by Francois van der Merwe & James Macdonald.
Kid's Album
"Kid's Album"
(Nursery Rhymes)
Produced by Andy Sherman
Jack Gaton
Jack Gaton "Down Africa Way"
Genre: Country
Produced by Andy Sherman
Visit Jack at myspace.com/jackgaton
One80
One80 "Radiate"
Genre: Modern Rock (Superhuman Records / Brettian Records)
Live Album - Co-Produced by Andy Sherman and One80
One80
One80 "Intoxication"
Genre: Modern Rock
Label: Brettian Records
Co-Produced by Andy Sherman and One80 / Danny Anthill

Dictaphonique

Press Release: Uncorp Records

Contemporary composer Andrew John Sherman has a long-standing fascination with noise, and the digital manipulation thereof. His latest venture, titled "Dictaphonique", consists of musical works composed exclusively of Dictaphone-originated sounds - converted from their humble analogue beginnings into an ultra-high definition digital environment.

From there the sounds are cut up, re-assembled, processed, synthesised, sampled, effected and generally used (and abused) to provide the raw material for this compositional project. Far from being an excuse for some post-modern noise experimentation falsely labelled as serious music, Dictaphonique is an exploration, yes, but also a destination - everyday noise elevated to the level of sublime discord and harmony. Andrew John Sherman stands surveying the urban condition, with mixed feelings, and conducts it at will in a fantastical world of infinite possibility.

Conceptually the project originated in 2006, between the composer and his brother, Martin Sherman. Armed with a Dictaphone and three sixty minute cassette tapes, Martin ventured into the urban metropolis of present-day Johannesburg, recording snippets of everything and anything - capturing noise: from private conversations to public road-works, from other people's music and their father's piano playing to the indifferent tones of industrial noise. Thus gathered, the 'raw material' or 'captured noise' was put into the hands of older brother Andrew John Sherman, to be taken and transformed within the digital realm. This compositional process of 'noise rearrangement' is still underway - however certain 'audio sketches' are currently available: studies and explorations in the process of rendering the final work.

For those who are, in listening to these (sound sketches), convinced that certain sounds can be recognised in the music - be assured; their origin lies exclusively in the recorded sound of the supplied Dictaphone tapes. Audio material has been put through no small amount of trauma to arrive in a state often far removed from its original condition; other-times being more distinctly recognisable. The act of recording specific noises and sounds, by Martin Sherman, gave the composer a fixed palette from which to work, and in certain cases provided an inspirational starting point for the themes.

Ultimately, it has been (and is) the goal of the composer to remove the captured noise from its sometimes banal origin; to move the listener through newly created worlds of beauty and destruction; to find rest and holy silence in the cacophony of life.

Dictaphonique

Dictaphonique

Listen to work in progress from Dictaphonique:


Goldfish

Goldfish "Cruising Through"
(Sherman's Summer Luv Remix)
Produced by Andy Sherman for a BPM Competition