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The Annotator

105 EpisodesProduced by Christopher ColemanWebsite

The podcast where composers share thoughts and stories about their original scores. In every episode, a composer tells the creation story of their music used in some of today's top film, television and video game soundtracks.


Joe Thwaites and Jim Fowler - Blood & Truth

Jim Fowler has written music and created sound for theatre, film, animation and games since 2002. He has orchestrated for the BAFTA award winning score of Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture and, in 2018, arranged and orchestrated "PlayStation in Concert" for the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. As staff composer and orchestrator at Sony PlayStation, Fowler worked on projects such as: Wonderbook: Book of Spells (part of J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World) & LittleBigPlanet.

Joe Thwaites is currently working at Sony Playstation as a composer and is writing the music for a number of Playstation VR titles. He has contributed to projects such as Killzone: Mercenary, PotterMore, The Book of Spells and Book of Potions from J.K. Rowling.

One of the duos most recent collaborations is for the Playstation VR game, BLOOD & TRUTH.

On May 28, 2019, BLOOD & TRUTH, developed by Sony Interactive Entertainment’s London Studios, was released for PlayStation VR and in the game you become an elite Special Forces soldier, Ryan Marks. Full of epic gun play and explosive set pieces, this exhilarating adventure fires you into a desperate mission to save Marks’ loved ones from a cold-blooded criminal overlord. This is hard-hitting shooter contains all the explosive action and drama of a Hollywood blockbuster and was inspired by PlayStation VR Worlds’ massively popular ‘The London Heist’ experience.

In this episode, composers Jim Fowler and Joe Thwaites detail their experience in writing and adjusting several key themes for the game and how those themes became the starting point for rest of the music created. They discuss how they were looking to capture the "sound of London" and this led them to incorporating GRIME music into the score and working with artists such as Zdot and Kamakaze.


02:32 - Ryan's Den / Menu

05:00 - Full Marks

08:11 - Pedal to the Metal

09:15 - Swimming with Marks

12:04 - For Your Eyes, Tony

13:35 - London Streets

16:20 - Blood & Truth


The original soundtrack for Blood & Truth was released on may 28, 2019 by Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe. You can purchase both on digital and on vinyl at , iTunes, and stream it on Spotify and Apple Music.


You can find out more and hear more music by Joe Thwaites and Jim Fowler at their official sites: his official site and or follow them on twitter @jimfowlermusic and @joethwaites.


Produced by Christopher Coleman (@ccoleman) and you can Find more episodes at THEANNOTATOR.NET or you can subscribe via iTunes, Stitcher Radio or wherever you find quality podcasts.


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