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Rhian Sheehan unveils his cinematic opus ‘A Quiet Divide’

October 5, 2018 — Today, New Zealand’s award-winning musician, Rhian Sheehan, is proud to unveil, A Quiet Divide. The epic new odyessy marks Sheehan’s first original release in five years. Throughout his career, Sheehan has been at the forefront of ambient/post-rock genre and this latest release sees a more refined and contemplative tone with meditative orchestrations and a nod to neo-classical compositions. Here’s what a closer listen had to say about the record,

“This has been a slow year for post-rock, with many top performers silent and no rush to fill the gap.  That’s why it’s particularly surprising to hear Sheehan turn in one of the year’s best tracks in “We Danced Under a Broken Sky,” six succinct minutes that encapsulate all that is great about the genre: the build, the eventual euphoria, the resulting catharsis.  If music can help transcend a broken heart, here is the evidence.”


This release follows lead single, “Soma Dreams,” that premiered on CLASH Music last month and “The Absence of You” which premiered on PopMatters.


Rhian Sheehan is an award-winning music producer and screen composer from New Zealand. Known for his fusion of atmospheric-post-rock with electronic and chamber music, he has released 5 albums and 2 EP’s. His 2013 release Stories From Elsewhere has received much praise; renowned US reviewer John Diliberto (Echoes) calling it “a modern ambient chamber music masterpiece of quietly epic dimensions”.

His work as a screen composer is diverse, actively writing scores for a wide variety of film, television, documentary, advertising, multi-media exhibits, and 360o Fulldome Planetarium dome show projects around the world. Having worked on projects with luminaries including Andy SerkisJared Leto.  Tim AllenDavid TennantMartin Scorsese and Rupert GrintHe has written music featured on many notable TV shows and channels, including Top Gear (UK), the hit HBO series Silicon ValleyBBC HorizonCNNNational Geographic ChannelDiscovery ChannelHistory Channel, NetflixAmerica’s Got Talentand has written music featured during The US Super Bowl, and The Academy Awards.

Sheehan has composed music for various multimedia installations and exhibits around the world, including UK’s National Space CentreThe Kennedy Space CenterLondon’s Natural History Museum, Ferrari World, World of Wearable Art , and Weta Workshop. His score for the 12-part prime-time series The Cult won him a Qantas Film & TV Award (Best original music in a TV series), and he also wrote the score for the Emmy Award-winning series Reservoir Hill. Sheehan’s music was used extensively during NBC’s prime-time coverage of the 2012 London Olympics, and he has written music featured in a variety of commercials, including spots for GoogleNike, GoProAmerican ExpressSony PicturesUniversal Picturesand Facebook. He has written for Hans Zimmer’s custom music company Bleeding Fingers and Extreme MusicSheehan wrote and produced the score for the acclaimed feature-length documentary film Belief: The possession of Janet Moses, and more recently he wrote the orchestral score for Magic Leap’s mixed-reality game Dr.Grordbort’s Invaders, which has been created with Weta Workshop.

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