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The Golden Compass is a 2007 fantasy-adventure film based on Northern Lights, the first novel in Philip Pullman's trilogy His Dark Materials. Directed by Chris Weitz, it stars Dakota Blue Richards, Daniel Craig, Eva Green, Tom Courtenay, Christopher Lee, Nicole Kidman and Sam Elliot.

Michael was contacted by Alexandre Desplat the composer for the Golden Compass Film.

He spent a creative day at the famous Abbey Road Studios recording various scenes. Singing Mongolian Khöömii, Overtone and Undertones singing and vocalising as well as a little Morin Khuur. He appears on the soundtrack CD

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We Were Soldiers is a 2002 war film that dramatizes the Battle of Ia Drang on November 14, 1965.

The film was directed by Randall Wallace and stars Mel Gibson. It is based on the book  We Were Soldiers Once… And Young by Lieutenant General (Ret.) Hal Moore and reporter Joseph L. Galloway, both of whom were at the battle.

Michael’s Mongolian Khöömii singing can be heard on some of the scenes from this film and is on the soundtrack CD

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Planet Earth is the acclaimed BBC series presented by Sir David Attenborough.

George Fenton the composer invited Michael to a session to sing overtones

on the Mountains section which are also on the Soundtrack CD.


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Edge of Blue Heaven

Michael helped with the planning and gave contacts and information regarding Mongolia

To Bendict Allen & Salim Salam the producer of the 6 part BBC TV series.

He along with flautist Keith Waithe composed the title music

And original backing music for the series.


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The Last of The Medicine Men

Salim Salam, the producer of this epic six part BBC TV series

approached Michael and Keith Waithe to compose the original music for the series.

“The last of the Medicine Men” involved Benedict travelling to four different countries and cultures, namely the Tuvans of south Siberia, the Huitchol of Mexico, the Haitians of the carribean and the Kerai of Siberut Island of Sumatra in Indonesia.

The CD of the series music is available, please email for details.

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Echoes from Blue Heaven

Michael wrote, researched and presented this four part series about Mongolian Traditional music for BBC Radio3.

He used his extensive collection of recordings, his own private field recordings

and his wealth of experience with Mongolian musicians in Mongolia to realise this project.

Please contact Michael on if you wish to find out more.


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The Whispering of the Stars

Michael wrote, researched and presented the first major series of

radio programmes about Siberian Music for BBC Radio3. The six episodes featured music from the Urals to the Bering Straits.

With songs from the Old Believers, Chuckchi throat rasping and

The first appearance on BBC Rdaio 3 of the Tuvan Throat Singing rock group Yat-kha

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Islam Unveiled

This series explores the global issues involving women in Islam today, looking both at the history and roots of the religion. Channel 4 News presenter Samira Ahmed adds a personal insight as she travels across the Islamic world to show Muslim women of spirited faith and fortitude She examines Islam through the position of Muslim women across four continents and 14 centuries. Michael was invited to compose the theme and incidental music by the producer Ruhi Hamid

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"Forbidden Iran" In July 2003, Canadian journalist Zahra Kazemi was tortured & murdered by Iranian security agents after she attempted to report on the growing opposition movement in Iran. FRONTLINE/World correspondent Jane Kokan risks her personal safety to follow in Kazemi's footsteps, travelling undercover to Iran to investigate the clerical regime's latest crackdown on students, journalists and dissidents. "I want to find out what happened to [Kazemi]," says Kokan, "& the story she died trying to tell." Reported & Filmed Jane Kokan. Produced Directed Carla Garapedian Executive Producer David Henshaw. Music Michael Ormiston. A Hardcash Productions Film for FRONTLINE/World and Channel 4

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Iraq, The Road to Kirkuk

In February 2003, FRONTLINE/World correspondent Sam Kiley went to Iraq to cover a war that everyone knew was coming. He was reporting from the northern front, an area controlled by the Kurds since the first Gulf War. In the weeks Kiley spent in Kurdistan, he would discover a land and a people haunted by Saddam Hussein. Reporter Sam Kiley. Filmed and Directed by Nick Hughes, Co-Director Gerry Gregg, Music Michael Ormiston. Executive Producer David Henshaw

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The Child Sex Trade Channel 4 Cutting Edge series. Liviu Tipurita returns to his homeland of Romania to investigate stories he has heard that there has been a sudden rise in the trafficking of children into the sex trade. He meets an old friend, fifteen-year-old street kid Laurentiu, who tells him he’s been selling sex to foreign Overseas Press Club of America: Eric and Amy Burger Award Best international reporting in the broadcast media dealing with human rights. Michael was commissioned to write the theme and incidental music. For more info please visit