Arhynn DESCY – composer

Arhynn is a French/South African composer and pianist who divides her time between London and LA. She has written music for feature films, shorts, documentaries, the stage as well as for orchestra and a variety of solo instruments. Blending orchestral and electronic elements, she enjoys bringing different genres and styles together, creating a sound world unique to each project.

Arhynn is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. She has served on the film music jury for the Ivor Novello awards and the Polish Film Festival in LA, she has been awarded an LAFCI fellowship with the Oscar-nominated David Newman in LA, and has earned a Masters in Composition for Film and TV as well as diplomas in Piano. She has a chapter dedicated to her in the book It’s Simply Filmmaking: A Guide to Creating a Successful Career as a Female Filmmaker by Cali Gilbert.

Her credits include the recently released award-wining, sci-fi horror film, BlankPatriot: A Nation at War and the award-winning Nine Nights. Arhynn released a ‘lockdown’ album entitled Postcards From A Pandemic, which features music for solo instruments, all recorded by the musicians at home during lockdown.

When outside of her studio, Arhynn can frequently be found flying a small airplane somewhere in the blue sky.

Film composers are a special breed of artist. No matter how much money and time you have to make a film, you never have enough. Whether studio feature or micro budget, things may be fine in the beginning, but they never are in the end. Ever. A film is a sinking ship desperately trying to make it to shore. And it is right when things are at their most dire that the film composer must do her work. The best film composers are both talented and attuned to the pressures we producers are under. For our film, Arhynn was on deck at all times. She kept communication high, always met the deadlines, accepted the extreme challenges of last minute changes and tweaks without complaint, and never compromised our vision or her extreme talent. Talk about grace under pressure. She saved the film, as all great composers do, and was terrific to work with. We’ll be hiring her again.
Michael Hayes, Prolific Studios, Patriot: A Nation At War

Arhynn is a talented, dedicated and creative composer with wonderful musicians at her disposal whenever she needs them. I had the pleasure of working with Arhynn on a feature film where she was given pretty much complete control of the creative output and I’m happy to say she did not disappoint, despite the tight deadlines. Arhynn provided music that perfectly fitted the picture, hit the different narrative points throughout and is also a narrative piece that stands alone as music. I would be delighted to recommend Arhynn’s friendly, hard working style to others!
Rachel Gold, Producer, The Tombs

Arhynn is an amazingly intuitive and talented composer. She got what I was after straight away and delivered a beautifully memorable score for the film, which really elevates it. She’s hard working and inventive and I enjoyed working with her. I look forward to the next project!
Veronica McKenzie, Director, Nine Nights

10 minutes with Arhynn Descy