David Long was a founding member of the seminal New Zealand band The Mutton Birds with whom he made 3 albums over 7 years. In 2019 he composed the score for the BBC drama The Luminaries. In 2020 he has been composing, with Stephen Gallagher, for the BBC series Mystic and developing music for a dance piece by choreographer Tupua Tugafua.
Since the late 1990s David has been writing music for film and television, alongside playing in bands and composing orchestral music.
He has composed scores for over twenty feature films including McLaren for which he won the APRA Silver Scroll award for Best Original Music, The Ground We Won, Gardening with Soul, Beyond the Edge, and additional score for Peter Jackson’s The Lovely Bones. For the The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey he wrote (in collaboration with Plan 9 Music) ‘Misty Mountain’. He wrote music and created musical sound design for Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy and King Kong (also with Plan 9 Music).
David has had a long association with contemporary dance. He has written many pieces for New Zealand’s pre-eminent choreographer Douglas Wright.
I’ll Hum the First Few Bars, a piece for orchestra, electric guitar and robotics (working with Jim Murphy of the NZSM) accompanied by a video piece created by David Downes premiered in 2016.
David is part of The Labcoats, a six piece experimental group, and Teeth, an easy-listening noise rock band with Luke Buda, Tom Callwood and Anthony Donaldson.
He was the Creative New Zealand/Jack C. Richards Composer-in-Residence at the New Zealand School of Music 2014-15.
David teaches two courses in film score composition at Victoria University of Wellington.
Mystic – TV Series (2020)
The Luminaries – TV Series (2020)
McLaren – Feature Film (2017)
The Ground We Won – Documentary (2015)
Beyond The Edge – Feature Film (2013)
Gardening With Soul – Documentary (2013)
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – Feature Film (2012)
The Wotwots – TV Series (2009)
The Untouchable Girls – Feature Film (2009)
The Lovely Bones – Feature Film (2009)
King Kong – Feature Film (2005)
The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy – Feature Film (2001-2003)