Forum: Radical Soundtracks

18/08/2019, 10:00 – 13:00
Alexander Hacke

Strategies Against Stereotypic Film Music

The goal of this Forum is t o familiarize a new generation of emerging filmmakers with a musical approach within their medium outside of prevailing stereotypes. Alexander Hacke’s non-compliant approach to the composition of film music has been proven, alongside his long-standing work with Einstürzende Neubauten, by his uncompromising use of unusual sound sources, the consistent abolition of conventional narrative structures, and the eclectic selection and symbiosis of diverse genres in his oeuvre.

The workshop developed by Alexander Hacke is intended to provide a practical introduction to alternative processes of working with sound and music in the cinematic context, and to equip students with knowledge that should extend their horizons in the development and realization of their own projects. He will bring his experiences, collected in three decades, as a film musician, unfolding the most important steps in the development and production of innovative film music, and will deal extensively with topics such as the deconstruction and manipulation of audio material. He will explain the complementary or supporting relationship of image and sound, regardless of commercial considerations and the use of “mock ups” and “temp tracks”, the so-called provisional music. In his seminars, both essential techniques of “spotting” and the dramatic effect of minimal shifts on film music as well as the integration and interaction of music and sound design are demonstrated. Further points are the development of recognizable and connecting elements in the score, the importance of musical references during the writing process of a screenplay, as well as the use of common audio workstations for the processing of sound and music.

Tuition Fee: 50 € (incl. 19 % VAT) or
Forum Flaterate: 150 € (incl. VAT) for any numbers of forums or
1800 € (incl. 19% VAT)
for any of master classes, workshops, forums and special eventsexcl. MasterClass Sound Design with Randy Thom
2.500 € (incl. 19% VAT) for any of master classes, workshops, forums and special events – incl. MasterClass SoundDesign with Randy Thom
Student Discount: 20 %
Working Language:
Elsa Brändström Haus, Hamburg-Blankenese

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Alexander Hacke is a German musician, music producer, composer of film music and actor. He is best known as the guitarist (1980-1994) and bassist (since 1994) of the band Einstürzende Neubauten. Since 1992 Alexander Hacke has also been active as a composer of film music (see below filmography). Together with other composers he also contributed music to the successful film Gegen die Wand (2004) by Fatih Akın . In Akıns documentary film Crossing The Bridge – The Sound of Istanbul (2005) he appeared in front of the camera. As a film composer for Akin’s film The Cut, Alexander Hacke was nominated for the German Film Award 2015.

Filmography as composer (excerpt):
1987: “Nihil – Alle Zeit der Welt„ (DFFB final film by Uli M. Schüppel)
1992: “Die Terroristen”, directed by: Philip Groening (D)
1993: “Prinz in Hölleland”, directed by: Michael Stock (D)
2004 “Gegen die Wand”, directed by: Fatih Akin (D)
2006 “Das Wilde Leben”, directed by: Achim Bornhak (D)
2007 “Fuori Dalle Corde”, awarded in the “Best Music” category
26th Festival International du premiere film in Annonay, France.
Director: Fulvio Bernasconi, (Swiss-Italian co-production)
2008 “Last Cowboy Standing”, directed by Zaida Bergroth (Finland)
2009 “Hinter Kaifeck”, directed by: Esther Gronenborn (Germany)
2010 “Empire Me” wins “Prix du Film Rebell” for the interplay of music and image at the Filmfestival in Aubagne, France. Director: Paul Poet (Ö)
2011 “Generation P” (Russ / USA), directed by Victor Ginzberg
2014 “The Cut”, Alexander is nominated for the German Filmpreis 2015. Director: Fatih Akin (D) 2017 “High And Outside” (USA), directed by Evald Johnson

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