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Hugo Martin Montgomery "Dirk" Campbell (born 30 December 1950, previously known as Mont Campbell) is a British multi-instrumentalist, composer and energy company executive. Campbell was born in the British military hospital in Ismailia, Egypt, and lived in Kenya until 1962. He studied Stravinsky and formed the progressive rock band Egg in 1968 with Dave Stewart and Clive Brooks. In 1972 he studied composition at the Royal College of Music, gaining an ARCM diploma in 1974. He composed the score to David Anderson's BAFTA-winning animated film Dreamland Express in 1983 and began a full-time career as composer in 1989 with film and commercials commissions from Redwing Films. He has since written scores for film, television, advertising, radio and stage. He is adept on a wide range of ethnic folk instruments which have led to recording work in film, television and computer games. He has created or contributed to several instrumental sound libraries (production music) distributed by ILIO Entertainments, World Winds, Origins, Music House, SOHO, Production Music Online, and others.
|Birth name||Hugo Martin Montgomery Campbell|
|Born|| (1950-12-30) 30 December 1950 (age 72)|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, composer, sustainable energy company executive|
|Instrument(s)||various wind instruments (French horn, reeds, flutes, horns, whistles, bagpipes), harps, lutes, bass guitar, electric piano, guitar, sampler, vocals, programming|
|Labels||Deram, Virgin Records, Voiceprint, East Side Digital, Hermes Records, Evolution|
|Website||Dirk Campbell homepage|
Although initially known as a member of progressive rock bands such as Egg and National Health, Campbell would later (in his own words) "forswear the genre of rock music altogether, and would begin to develop an interest in folk tradition and, increasingly, non-western music." Originally a bass guitarist, he is now a multi-instrumentalist, specializing in wind instruments from around the world, including period folk instruments. In parallel to his work as a musician, Campbell is a director of the Sussex-based alternative energy company, Ovesco.