John Mills-Cockell

Composition & Sound Design for film, television, opera, theatre, dance and radio.

In September, 2013 Savitri & Sam, a new opera with libretto by playwright, director, producer Ken Gass, was given its second workshop at Citadel Theatre, Toronto. Opera critic Leslie Barcza said of it: “the ninety minutes went by like a flash. I got lost in the lusciousness of the sound, and (aside from liking the performers & their performances) I liked every character, including the one who ends up being a killer . . . this opera is as Canadian as apple pie or maple syrup. The music is really beautiful.”

Most recently, in development, is Kid Catastrophe (BirthRites), an opera with author, playwright, librettist France Ducasse and light sculptor Michael Hayden. The work utilizes multiple ensembles (soloists, chorus & instrumentalists) connected simultaneously via broadband in four performance venues around the world.

At the conclusion of its 2013 season John’s score for Blue Bridge Theatre’s Uncle Vanya, dir. by Brian Richmond, was recognized as Best Sound in a Dramatic Production by Victoria Critics Awards. Following Uncle Vanya, he was Music Director for Blue Bridge production of My Fair Lady which was nominated by Victoria Critcs’ Awards as Best Production.

John has also been working with music producer William Blakeney and Ken Gass on the complete recording of Savitri & Sam for EMF label. Blakeney & he are also preparing remastered versions of recordings John made early in his career for a 3 CD set.

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Recordings to buy


Do You Hear The Rushing River?

produced by JMC & James Bowers,
cover by Michael Hayden
CD, Kestrel Music, 1995
review & sound clip

$18.00 Cdn,+ $4.00  shipping



Free Psychedelic Poster Inside

Intersystems (Michael Hayden, Blake Parker & Dick Zander)

Allied Records, 1968, remastered by Gary Todd
CD reissue, Streamline USA, 1994

$24.00 Cdn,  + 4.00$ shipping




Intersystems, produced with Jack Boswell
Allied Records, 1967
remastered by Gary Todd
CD reissue, Streamline, USA, 1996

$24.00 Cdn, + $4.00 shipping



Stella! Black & White

Produced by JMC and Blake Parker, in collaboration with Michael Hayden and Walsh Films, 1995

Cassette & Transcript $25.00 Cdn + $7.00 S&H



Number One Intersystems

Limited edition special reissue reproduction of original 1967

Allied lp with bonus Intersystems Comic book available as vinyl only: John Mills-cockells pre-synthesizer electro-acoustic album with poet Blake Parker, album design by Michael Hayden.

Limited quantity $55.00 Cdn, or USD + $8.00S&H

Sound Clips

Sample of John Mills-Cockell’s sound clips. For more clips go to: Sound clips


Title: Spirit of Light | CD: Deliverance |Singer: Leora Cashe | Lyrics: Blake Parker  | spirit_of_light.mp3 ( 8.4 mb MP3) 


Title: Night Journey | Production: All’s Well That Ends Well| Director: Marti Maraden | Producer: National Arts Centre | night.mp3  ( 5.1 mb MP3)


Title: Magic To Me | CD: Humongous |Singer: | Director: Paul Lynch | magic_to_me.mp3  ( 3.5mb MP3)


Title:Tiger | Production: Skylight | Director: Bill Dow | Producer: Vancouver Playhouse | Singer: Justin Morisette | tiger.mp3 ( 3.2 mb MP3)


Title: The Killer Stalks | CD: Terror Train | Director: Roger Spottiswoode | stalks.mp3 ( 2.6 mb MP3)


Title: Mountain Search | Production: Strikers’ Mountain Soundtrack | Director: Alan Simmons |Producer: Wendy Wacko | mountain_search.mp3  ( 3.7 mb MP3)

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