COMPOSITION

Steve graduated in 1980 and became a session musician, working mostly for the BBC. As well as working in studios he made many appearances on television with Lenny Henry, French & Saunders, Kirsty MacColl, Rik Mayall, Helen Lederer, Alexie Sayle, Raw Sex and as the bass player for the pop band Red Box. He also made regular appearances with the Latin Jazz band Cayenne in Ronnie Scott's Club in London. Having moved north, he now writes production music for five different companies, based both in the UK and the USA. His music can often be heard on British television, mostly on documentaries such as Horizon, Equinox, Watchdog, Crimewatch and QED as well as reality TV shows such as The Apprentice, Masterchef, Coast & Springwatch.

In the States his music is used by programmes such as Sex in the City, Mad about You & The Oprah Winfrey show. His music has also been used on Eddie Murphy, Sandra Bullock and Kurt Russell films. Steve works from his recording studio in the North West Highlands of Scotland, but records his orchestral music in London.

Steve has over a thousand published works and his music is currently used in over 100 countries worldwide.

Select some music to hear, or videos to watch...

Orchestral compilation
Guitar / Gypsy compilation
Atmospheric / mood compilation
Jazz & Salsa compilation
Watch 'Into Winter' being recorded

...or listen to some clips from past albums:

NEW HORIZONS

for Strings, Voices, Piano

& Tuned percussion

(click on the album cover to hear Warner Brothers 'digital booklet')

 

 

LIFE TIMES

for Strings, Voices, Harp & Piano

Beautiful Minds  
  Spectral Shadows  
  Inner Resolve    
  Beautiful by Design    

 

 

Crime & Punishment

(recorded in Steve's studio)

The Trial  
  Violation  
  Alone    
  The Witness    

 

 

QUIRKY

(recorded in Steve's studio)

Suburbia  
  Strangers In Town  
  Odd Fellow    

 

 

MIND MATTERS

for Strings & Piano

Deep Sorrow  
  Troubled Genius  
  Deadly Stalemate    
  Simple Memories    

 

 

MODERN PIANO CONVERSATIONS

(recorded in Steve's studio)

Marking Time
  A Simple Story
  We Can  
     

 

 

 

HUMAN STORIES

for Strings & Piano

A Field of Dreams  
  Fallen Hero  
  We Fight or we Die    

 

DRAMATIC MOODS

(recorded in Steve's studio)

Running for your life  
  Tension Point  
  Danger Ahead    

 

 

HUMAN ENDEAVOUR

for Strings, Piano, Marimba, Percussion & Guitar

Storms Ahead  
  Earth Legacy  
  The Contenders    

 

LATIN UNDERSCORES

for Piano, Bass, Horn, Guitar, Drums & Percussion

El guerrillas  
  Bossa Nova love affair  
  Mambo Jambo    

 

EMOTIONAL DEPTHS

for Strings, Piano, Guitar & Percussion

Fading Memory  
  Starting Over  
  Enquiring Mind    

 

SMOOTH JAZZ

for Drums, Bass, Piano, Guitar, Sax, Horn & Trumpet

Night Moves  
  You know it makes cents  
  Sixty Seconds    

 

LATINO RHYTHMS

for Piano, Bass, Saxes, Trombones, Trumpets, Drums & Percussion

Todo en la vida se paga  
  Solidaridad  
  Que Passa    

 

SOUNDTRACKS FOR DOCUMENTARIES 2

for Strings, Piano & Synths

Winter Sorrow  
  Time to Reflect  
  Every Second Counts    

 

DREAM DESTINATIONS

for ...well almost everything actually.

California Sun  
  Close Relations  
  Salsa Cubana    

 

SPAIN

for Flamenco Guitars, Trumpet, Bass & Percussion

La Corrida de Torros  
  El Gitano  
  Inspiration del sur    

 

THE SEASONS

for Piano, Guitar, Soprano Sax, Bass & Synths.

Winter  
  Spring  
  Autumn    

 

MODERN JAZZ THEMES

for Drums, Piano, Bass, Saxes, Trombones, Trumpets, Percussion

Drivin' Stateside  
  The Last Days of Summer  
  East Coast Surf    

 

 

MOODS & EMOTIONS

for Piano, Bass & Synths

Reflective  
  Questioning  
  Relaxed    

 

LIGHT JAZZ UNDERSCORES

for Drums, Guitars, Piano, Bass & Synths

The Right Way  
  City of Dreams  
  Pacific Blue    

Some photos from recording sessions HERE

 

all compositions: Steve Carter

Drums & Percussion: Ian Thomas, Neil Wilkinson, Robin Jones, Hernan Cortes, Miguel Diaz, Roberto Garcia, Paul Clavis, Phil Crabbe, Julian Fairbank

Piano: Alastair Gavin, Rolando Baro, Robin Aspland

Brass: Martin Shaw, Gerard Presencer, Snake Davis, Alesandro Pichardo, Jesus Ramos, Antonio Leal, Javier Zalba, Steve Dawson, Fayyaz Virgi, Phil Todd

Guitar: John Parricelli, Antonio Forcione, Edwardo Niebla, Stuart Hall, Steve Carter

Bass: Steve Carter, Paul Morgan

Keyboard programming: Steve Carter

Many string players from the London & Prague based orchestras... but including:

Alexander Balanescu, Chris Laurence, Rolf Wilson, Gillian Findlay, Jonathan Rees, Pauline Lowbury, Nick Ward, Paul Willey, Phillipa Ibbotson, Chris Clad, Lorraine McAslan, Magnus Johnston, Julian Tear, James Shenton, Yuri Kalnits, Gillian Findlay, Patrick Kiernan, Vicci Wardman, Rusen Gunes, Donald McVay, Jonayjan Tunnell, Katherine Jenkinson, Sophie Harris, Paul Willey, Nick Cooper, George Robertson, Gustav Clarkson, Donald McVay, Nick Holland, Roger Garland, Kath Jenkinson, Steve Williams.

Conducting: Alastair Gavin

Harp: Hugh Webb

Voices: RSPV voices

Albums recorded at Mark Angelo Studios, London - Battery Studios, London - Egrem Studios, Havana, Cuba

Phoenix Sound, Pinewood Studios, London - Smecky Studios, Prague, Czech Republic, Angel Studios, Islington, London

Steve's studio in the West Highlands of Scotland.

Produced by Steve Carter, Jez Poole, Roberto Borzoni

Mixed & Engineered by Steve Price, Paul Golding, Jerry Peal, Brian New

all music copyright Universal Publishing Production Music Ltd, Warner Chappll Production Music Ltd, or Zone Music Ltd.