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What is Real? This is The Matrix Episode.

A picture of Neo and Morphus from The Matrix with Dog Heads.

I am often asked, 'Do you use real instruments?'

And I used to give the answer, 'Yes, of course I do.'

But now, this question is no longer easy to answer.

Because, what is defined as 'real?'

In this video I explain how 'real' instruments can be used without ever playing the 'real' instrument.

And importantly, I outline why this is really good news for videographers, filmmakers and podcasters who want bespoke emotive and engaging music for their project.

If you would like to know more about how bespoke, emotive and engaging music can really increase your audience engagement, then lets have a virtual coffee and a chat. You can book one here

Speak soon


Michael Coltham from Black Lab Music

Michael Coltham is a film and media Composer and audio wrangler who specialises in composing emotion through the medium of music. He runs a artisan, boutique Music Production Company called Black Lab Music, that specialises in helping build an emotional connection with audiences. He is a published Indie-classical/Neoclassical composer and artist. You can find his personal work at or visit his website at



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