Rhian Sheehan

Rhian Sheehan
Name: Rhian Sheehan

Rhian Sheehan is an award-winning music producer and screen composer from New Zealand. Known for his fusion of atmospheric-post-rock with electronic and chamber music, he has released 6 albums and 2 EPs on Loop Recordings (NZ/Aus), Darla (US), Preco (Japan). His 2013 release Stories From Elsewhere has received much praise; renowned US reviewer John Diliberto (Echoes) calling it “a modern ambient chamber music masterpiece of quietly epic dimensions”. His 2018 album, A Quiet Divide, is his most orchestral album to date, merging chamber strings & piano, with emotionally charged cinematic post-rock atmospheres. Releasing the album alongside a 6 date audiovisual live tour around New Zealand, the album reached no.2 on the NZ Top 20 chart.

His work as a screen composer is diverse, actively writing scores for a wide variety of film, games, television, documentary, advertising, multi-media exhibits, and 360o Fulldome Planetarium dome shows, and even the music for a state-of-the-art Roller Coaster ride. He has written music featured on many notable TV shows and channels, including Top Gear (UK), the hit HBO series Silicon Valley, America’s Got Talent, and channels including Netflix, BBC Horizon, CNN, National Geographic Channel, Discovery Channel, History Channel, and he has written music featured during The US Super Bowl, and The Academy Awards.

Sheehan has composed music featured in various multimedia installations and exhibits around the world, including UK’s National Space Centre, The UK Space Agency, The Kennedy Space Center, Ferrari World, London’s Natural History Museum, World of WearableArt, and Weta Workshop. His score for the 12-part prime-time series The Cult won him a Qantas Film & TV Award (Best original music in a TV series), and he also wrote the score for the Emmy Award winning series Reservoir Hill. Sheehan’s music was used extensively during NBC’s prime-time coverage of the 2012 London Olympics, and he has written music featured in a variety of commercials, including spots for Google, Nike, GoPro, American Express, Sony Pictures, Universal Pictures, and Facebook. He has written for Hans Zimmer’s custom music company Bleeding Fingers and Extreme Music. Sheehan has scored music for the acclaimed films Belief: The possession of Janet Moses and Stray, and more recently scored the mixed-reality AR steampunk inspired robot shooting game, Dr. Grordbort Invaders, starring Stephen Fry, Rhys Darby & Lucy Lawless, and produced by Magic Leap & Weta Workshop (Peter Jackson & Richard Taylor’s award-winning special effects and prop company).

He has written scores for numerous UK and US produced 360o Fulldome 3D Planetarium shows, most notably, CapCom Go! The Apollo Story, We Are Astronomers (narrated by David Tennant), We Are Aliens (narrated by Rupert Grint), We Are Stars (narrated by Andy Serkis, and for which Sheehan was awarded Best Original Score at the Fiske Planetarium Awards), and Back To The Moon For Good, which was produced by Google XPRIZE, the UK National Space Centre, and Robert K. Weiss (producer of The Blues Brothers). Narrated by Tim Allen (Toy Story), Back To The Moon For Good is one of the most popular and watched Planetarium Dome shows ever made; having screened in over 450 Planetariums around the world.

Skills: Composer, Music Director, Music Producer, Music Supervisor, Programmer
Film Styles: Action, Animation, Commercials, Current Affairs, Documentary, Drama, Educational, Experimental, Games / Gaming, Horror, News, Science Fiction, Series – Episodic, Series – Mini, Sports
Music Styles: Contemporary Pop, Orchestral, Electronic, Song for Film, World / Ethnic
APRA Member: Yes
Commercial Screen Production Credit: Yes
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