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An exclusive RIPPER STREET interview with composer DOMINIK SCHERRER


DAMIAN: Before we start to go into too much detail about Ripper Street and update the reader on what you’ve been up to since our last interview in 2014, I’d like to just spend some time talking about what it’s actually like to be a prolific composer for the screen. Can you talk me through an average day in the life of Dominik Scherrer please?

DOMINIK: It’s great being creative all day long. But the pressure is huge as one has to be creative all day long, and come up with ideas, if inspiration strikes or not.

After breakfast at home I cycle to my studio. It’s an easy ride, and it’s great to go past all the places in Shoreditch when it’s still very quiet, before all the hip crowds arrive. I aim to be at my studio around by 8.30am. The morning is the precious creative time for me, and I work interrupted only by a short coffee break until 2pm. More...

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UK based composer and sound designer Dominik Scherrer gives us his opinion on the RME Fireface UFX II, RME’s latest flagship audio interface.


Dominik Scherrer is an award-winning London based composer and sound designer, who’s written music for a number of well-known TV shows and independent films. His TV credits include Primeval, Agatha Christie’s Marple, and most recently Amazon’s fashion drama The Collection. He also wrote the award-winning score for the BBC / Amazon’s Ripper Street (2014 Ivor Novello Award for Best Soundtrack), and his score for the BBC / Starz’s The Missing received a Primetime Emmy Nomination in 2015. Along with his work for TV, Dominik has also composed the soundtracks for several British independent films, including the award-winning Nine Lives of Tomas Katz, Scenes of a Sexual Nature (Ewan Mc Gregor) and the Italian All About You (Charlotte Rampling). More...

Soundtracks and Trailer Music.com

Dominik Scherrer: Scoring through Mystery and Time


Ivor Novello Award-winning Composer, Dominik Scherrer is a man for all of time and all of history. If you gaze throughout his career so far, you will find a versatile range that never settles in one genre, and never gravitates towards a single style.

He grew up in a musical household, and got involved with music early on; initially classical, and then had his own bands. But he was drawn into the synergy of music and Film, and began to explore his passion in various ways. He would make art videos and compose music to them, and adapt literary works for the screen, set to music. Eventually and naturally, he was asked to score Films; starting with small ensemble scores until he was offered to do an orchestral score for a feature Film. More...


Movie Music UK

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RIPPER STREET, SEASON 4-5 – Dominik Scherrer


Ripper Street is a British TV series set in Whitechapel in the East End of London in 1889, six months after the infamous Jack the Ripper murders finally ended. H Division is the police precinct tasked with keeping order, but tensions are understandably high, as each new murder elicits fear that the Ripper may be back. The show stars Matthew Macfadyen as commander of H Division Edmund Reid, Jerome Flynn as Reid’s right-hand man Bennet Drake, and Adam Rothenberg as former US Army surgeon and Pinkerton agent Homer Jackson, who is H Division’s expert in the new field of forensics. It ran for four years beginning in 2012, with the first three seasons airing on the BBC, and the last two (essentially one season split in half) both premiering on Amazon in 2016.

The score for all five seasons of Ripper Street is by the Swiss-born British composer Dominik Scherrer, who over the past few years has established himself as one of the UK’s top TV composers. Scherrer’s score is very much rooted in the familiar sound that has come to define Victorian London in recent years.. More...

The Works Magazine

Dominik Scherrer: Delivering the Sound of Ripper Street


Dominik Scherrer's Ivor Novello award takes pride of place on a book case in his front room. The bronze statuette, which he scooped for Best Television Soundtrack at this year's ceremony, is still new enough to be a talking point.

"It's very beautiful in its own right," he says, "And very heavy too. Feel the weight of it. I was just talking with a friend the other day. We decided it was probably heavy enough to kill somebody with."

If Scherrer has murder on his mind, then there is a good reason for it. He's just started working on the soundtrack for the third series of Ripper Street, the BBC1 drama that earned him the award. More...


Soundtrack Dreams

Soundtrack Review: An Inspector Calls


A short and superb cue like “Dismissed” is ready for the hall of fame. It takes a special kind of composer to make me feel so at peace, so in love and so moved with just one minute of music. But this is just the heart of the score. The entire composition is elegant and exquisite, with soft edges and a sound as sweet and soothing as honey. “An inspector calls” is the first gentle autumn rain, before it gets truly cold. It’s that first wink of autumn telling you it’s on its way and the time for somber reflection is upon us. I absolutely loved this score and I am grateful to Dominik Scherrer for writing such a balm for the heart. More...


Soundtrack Review: Ripper Street


Ripper Street Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the television score Ripper Street by Dominik Scherrer.


This was an unexpected surprise full of fun and emotions. The emotional side blew me away at times. The beauty of that violin overwhelmed me. It’s a keeper, that’s for sure. Hope they consider releasing more music from the series in the future? More...


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