Ant Neely

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Ant Neely
Birth nameAntony Neely
GenresElectronic, orchestral, jazz and rock
Occupation(s)Composer, producer, musician
InstrumentsGuitar, bass, keyboards and sampling
Associated actssubthunk

Ant Neely is an English composer and musician, known for an eclectic [1] style.


Neely attended Glasgow University and holds a degree in Zoology. After graduating, he studied jazz guitar at the Musician's Institute in Hollywood, California, where he met subthunk co-founder Alex U'Ren.

Neely divides his time between writing music for film/television,[2] releasing albums, both under the subthunk banner and as a solo artist, and more recently writing screenplays. His composing credits include music on shows such as Six Feet Under,[3][4] Boston Legal, Samantha Who, Las Vegas,[5] as well as three seasons of orchestral compositions for the popular Dutch show Sprookjesboom.[6][7] Neely has been called "a creative and progressively thinking artist",[8] whose eclectic style incorporates everything from electronica[9] to "John Barry-like orchestral atmospherics".[10] His Creative Commons released album, Not Fit For Human Consumption,[11] contains elements of Morse Code, old educational film clips (courtesy of the Prelinger Archives) and is part of a Geotracking experiment.[12]

Mark Mothersbaugh is a fan of Neely and subthunk's music. He is quoted as saying "The masses are asses who need subthunk glasses".[13]

Neely co-produced, wrote the screenplay and scored the feature film Dimensions.[14] The film was voted Best Film 2012 at the 37th Boston Science Fiction Film Festival and awarded the Gort Award.[15] Previous Gort Award winners have included Duncan Jones' Moon (film).[16] Dimensions went on to win Best Film at the London Independent Film Festival [17] and Best Film at the Long Island International Film Expo.[18]


As a child, Neely's family moved frequently. He spent time in various parts of England, Scotland and several years in Qatar. He attributes this nomadic upbringing to his diverse tastes in music. An early fascination with sound developed when his father gave him his old reel-to-reel tape machine, with which he made his first experiments in ambient noise.[19]

Neely is married to Director/Production Designer/Art Director Sloane U’Ren.


  1. ^ Urb Magazine - Review of Neely's 'Not Fit For Human Consumption'[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Ant Neely on the Internet Movie Database
  3. ^ Six Feet Under on IMDB[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ HBO Episode Guide (music)
  5. ^ Las Vegas Trivia Archived February 17, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Dutch language Wikipedia
  7. ^ "CreativeMac - Interview with Ant Neely". Archived from the original on 2008-07-12. Retrieved 2009-01-16.
  8. ^ Keyboard Magazine - Profiles Ant Neely Archived 2009-01-14 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ Hybrid Magazine Review
  10. ^ Electronic Musician Magazine - interview Archived 2010-12-20 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ Not Fit For Human Consumption
  12. ^ National Public Radio - Talks about 'Not Fit For Human Consumption'
  13. ^ "Chaos Control Magazine interview". Archived from the original on 2008-06-21. Retrieved 2009-01-16.
  14. ^ [1]
  15. ^ New Empress Magazine"Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-02-25. Retrieved 2012-02-25.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  16. ^ Wired Magazine[2]
  17. ^ London Independent Film Festival"[3]"
  18. ^ IMDB"[4]"
  19. ^ IMDB bio