Meerkat: A Dynasties Special - OST - by Benji Merrison & Will Slater
Acclaimed multi-disciplinary music masters in their own right, Benji Merrison and Will Slater are now creating sounds for the screen together. Both from the Midlands, UK, their paths first aligned when they were commissioned as a duo to score the popular BBC David Attenborough series Dynasties in 2018, for which they received nominations from the IFMCA and News and Documentary Emmys.
In December 2020, global audiences were charmed by Meerkat: A Dynasties Special, the spectacular opening episode of series two. Playing ‘the puppeteers of people’s emotions’, Benji and Will carved out their own palette of sounds for the score, part of which is out now as an EP, ahead of the full OST album released February 26th on Silva Screen Records. Crafting a musical language that enhances the viewing experience, the combination of stunning visuals and music makes for a wild multi-sensory adventure.
Throughout 2021, the remaining Dynasties II episodes will unfold and, from the same Sir David Attenborough-narrated stable, Green Planet is due to air early in 2022 featuring sonic adornment from Benji and Will.
With their masterfully curated synched-up individual studio setups, the duo established efficient remote working long before the 2020 pandemic. Adding to their production and engineering capability, their styles blend as Benji brings expertise with piano and woodwind, classical training and passion for digital arts and blockbuster sounds, while Will’s vibe filters through the elegance and intimacy of his guitar, keys, jazz and world music influences.
Premiering March 12th is action-movie SAS: Red Notice scored by Benji, to be followed by feature documentary The Beatles and India. Selected screen credits include General Magic, Britannia, Victoria, Tin Star, Japan: Earth’s Enchanted Islands, and Horizon, plus award nominations from the News and Documentary Emmys, IFMCA, SXSW and Royal Television Society. Events and exhibition credits include the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics, Top Gear, Tate Modern and MTV EMAs. Benji is Co-Founder of the Composer Wellbeing Collective.
Will has received award nominations from the News and Documentary Emmys (Africa and Dynasties), IFMCA (Dynasties), Hollywood Music In Media (One Strange Rock) and Royal Television Society (BBC’s Shark and Africa). Other selected credits include India In A Day, In Treatment, and Planet Earth Live. Will is Co-Director of sound design studio Slate and Ash and is part of the band The Fauns who will release new music on Invada Records in later 2021.