Exklusive Screenings- Making Waves:The Art of Cinematic Sound

13.12., 14.12, 15.12.2019 Studio Kino

The film Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound proves that sound designers are also storytellers, characterising and emotionalising characters with their sounds and noises. Director Midge Costin is a sound designer herself and works as a professor of sound design at the USC School of Cinematic Art. In her film directors such as George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, David Lynch or Sofia Coppola explaine the importance of sound design for her films. She also brings together sound designers Walter Murch (The Conversation, Apokalypse Now!), Alan Splet (The Elephant Man), Ben Burtt (Star Wars, ET) and Gary Rydstrom (Toy Story, Jurassic Park). MediaSoundHamburg presents the film, which had its German premiere at the Filmfest Munich 2019, exclusively on three evenings at the Studio Kino, Bernstorffstraße 93-95 in Hamburg. “This film is a must for all film and music enthusiasts, it is a 90-minute master class and matches perfectly with our International Summer Academy for Film Music, Gamemusic and Sound Design in Hamburg, especially as some of our friends and former guests such as Ben Burtt are part of it,” says MediaSoundHamburg director Achim Esser-Mamat.


MediaSoundHamburg presents:
Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound
Fr., 13.12. 20.30 Uhr
Sa., 14.12. 20.30 Uhr
Su., 15.12. 20 Uhr
Studio Kino, Bernstorffstraße 93-95, 22767 Hamburg

Since 2011, national and international film composers, gamemusicians and sound designers have been meeting international industry professionals and renowned experts in Hamburg. In workshops, master classes and forums, participants work on concrete projects and receive new inspiration for their artistic work. Guests included Michael Nyman, Chris Huelsbeck, Randy Thom, Alva Noto, Michel van Dyke, Hauschka, Annette Focks and one of the film’s protagonists, Ben Burtt. MediaSoundHamburg is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2020 and will take place from 11 to 16 August.

Scholarship Collaboration with ACCES 2019

Media Sound Hamburg, in partnership with ACCES 2019, is calling on young Ghanaian film music composers, video game music composers and sound designers to apply for a summer school that will take place in Hamburg, Germany, in August 2020.

The successful candidate will get to attend various masterclasses, workshops, forums and special events while interacting with international film composers and industry professionals. The application deadline is 31 October 2019. The winner of the scholarship will be announced at the 2019 Music In Africa Conference for Collaborations, Exchange and Showcases (ACCES) in Accra, Ghana, starting 28 November, where lecturer Stephan Eicke will conduct a workshop aimed at music producers who are looking to tap into the film industry. The session will also cover the basics of sound design and music for the gaming industry.

This is the third scholarship to be given under the partnership. The winner in 2018 was South African sound designer Rethabile Nyamate , while Alice Ragoi (on the photo with Media Sound Hamburg-Director Achim Esser Mamat) from Nairobi, Kenya, won the 2019 scholarship.

ACCES is a pan-African trade event for music industry players to exchange ideas, discover new talent and create business linkages. ACCES is held in a different African city every year, attracting active music industry players from across the globe. ACCES is organised by the Music In Africa Foundation, a non-profit and pan-African organisation, in partnership and with the support of Siemens Stiftung, Goethe-Institut, Reeperbahn Festival, Alliance Française, the Prince Claus Fund and the ANT Mobility Grant from Pro Helvetia Johannesburg, financed by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).


Know-how with a View

MediaSoundHamburg – Program 2019

  • Four MasterClasses, three workshops & 15 forums with international experts* & Emmy and Oscar winners*
  • African Night in the resonance rau
  • Price-Giving Ceremony Young Talent Award Media Music with the Kaiser Quartett
  • Special Events & Workshop Talks

Highlights of this year’s MediaSoundHamburg from July 9 to 18 August 2019 at the Elsa Brändström Haus in Hamburg-Blankenese are among others the MasterClass Sound Design with Randy Thom (Director Sound Design, Skywalker Sound, double Oscar winner, The Right Stuff /1984 and The Incredibles/ 2005), the “MasterClass Filmmusik” with the Danish film composer and sound designer Kristian Eidnes Andersen (Antichrist, Lars von Trier; Submarino, Thomas Vinterberg, Ida, Pawel Pawlikowski), and the “MasterClass Foley” with Sue Harding (Foley artist and Emmy-Award winner/Sherlock; involved among others in I, Daniel Blake, Quantum of Solace, In Bruges ) and Adam Méndez (Foley and ADR mixer, involved among others in Tulip Fever, Dance into Life, Florence Foster Jenkins, Exodus: Gods and Kings, Jason Bourne and Inspector Barnaby).

The musician, music producer and composer Alexander Hacke (Einstürzende Neubauten) develops strategies against stereotypical film music in his forum “Radical Soundtracks”. One week before the start of the International Summer Academy for Film Music, Gamemusic and Sound Design, the “Music Production Workshop” will take place in cooperation with HAW from August 5 to 8. Thomas Görne and Made Indrayana will give insights into the production of a sound carrier with the band Sahad & The Nataal Patchwork from Senegal.

“Every year great international film composers*, industry professionals and artists* come to our international summer academy in Hamburg to pass on their knowledge in our wonderful location overlooking the Elbe and to exchange ideas with the participants*. This year, we would like to offer our guests an even bigger stage and open ourselves more to a wider audience than before with public concerts in the city centre. We are delighted to be hosting two events in the resonance room for the first time this year,” says MediaSoundHamburg-director Achim Esser-Mamat.

At the African Night on 10 August 2019, Sahad & The Nataal Patchwork from Senegal, Topher Jaxx from Zanzibar/Tanzania and Eric Wainaina from Kenya will play in the resonance room from 9 p.m. onwards. (Advance booking:15 €, box office: 20 €)

The award ceremony for the Young Talent Award Media Music will also take place in the resonanzraum. On August 14, at 8 pm, the Kaiser Quartett will premiere the award-winning compositions of the first three prizewinners, David Kolder (Netherlands), Tharcisio Vaz (Brazil) and Deanna H. Choi (Canada). Also on the programme are pieces by Gijs Knol and Rinkie Bartels, who won this year’s Buma Music in Motion Awards, and Levente Kovacs, who won this year’s German Game Music Award. All winners will receive a scholarship to MediaSoundHamburg. The Dutch composer and arranger Bob Zimmerman will play his own compositions as a special guest together with the Kaiser Quartett. The event is open to the public and free of charge.

The Kenyan singer/songwriter Eric Wainaina will talk about his work as a film composer at the audience event An Evening with … on 11 August 2019 at the Elsa Brändström Haus. Among other things, he wrote the film music for the project One Fine Day Films initiated by Tom Tykwer, produced the 52-part British Kenyan children’s TV series Tinga Tinga Tales and also wrote the music. The musical Tinga Tinga Tales has been performed on Broadway since last summer. (Admission: 5 €)

MediaSoundHamburg is an international summer school for film music, gamemusic and sound design supported by national and international partners and sponsors including Dolby Institute (USA), Genelec (Finland), Buma (Netherlands), Körber Stiftung, Hamburg Kreativ Gesellschaft and HAW Hamburg. Since 2011, national and international film composers, gamemusicians and sound designers have been meeting international industry professionals and renowned experts at the Elsa Brändström House in Hamburg-Blankenese. In various workshops, master classes and forums, the participants work for ten days on concrete projects and receive new inspiration for their artistic work. Previous guests in Hamburg included Patrick Doyle, Michael Nyman, Chris Huelsbeck, Christopher Young, Ben Burtt, Alva Noto, Michel van Dyke and Hauschka.



Theme music desired


Young musicians, composers, game musicians and sound designers up to 35 years of age can now submit their compositions for the Young Talent Award Media Music. The deadline for entries is 1 June 2019, and this year’s task is to o compose a theme music for Raymond Chandler’s novel Playback. The prize will be awarded on 14 August 2019 as part of this year’s MediaSoundHamburg (9 to 18 August 2019).

Playback from 1958 is Chandler’s last complete detective novel with the melancholic private detective Philip Marlow. For the seventh case, the American author revised his screenplay of the same name from 1949, which was rejected at the time and only published after Chandler’s death. Playback is Chandler’s only novel that was not filmed.

For this year’s Young Talent Award Media Music, MediaSound Hamburg invites young musicians, composers, game musicians and sound designers up to the age of 35 to write title music for the renowned Kaiser String Quartet. The entire material, including audio files, score for string quartet, and a brief written explanation of the composition process must be submitted by 1 June 2019. A jury of three experts consisting of the Dutch, German and Danish composers Than van Nispen, Stefan Eicke and Kristian Eidnes Andersen will decide on the winners. The first three award-winning compositions will be performed live by the Kaiser Quartett at this year’s MediaSoundHamburg at the award ceremony on 14 August 2019 in the resonanzraum. The winner of the first prize will receive an invitation to MediaSoundHamburg including free accommodation and board

The Young Talent Award Media Music will be presented for the sixth time at MediaSoundHamburg in 2019. The winners of the past years were Lev Tyrnov / Ukraine and Rune Eskildsen / Denmark (2018), Maxime Hervé / France (2017), Hayat Selim / Egypt (2016), Simon Schmidt / Germany (2015) and Alin Oprea / Germany (2014).

Workshop with Band


In the four-day Music Production Workshop (August 5 to 8, 2019) with the band Sahad the Nataal Patchwork, Thomas Görne and Made Indrayana from the Hamburg University of Applied Media (HAW) give insights about producing a record. The event is organised by the International Film, Television and Music Academy (IFFMA) in cooperation with HAW and MediaSoundHamburg. The following public concert with the well-known band from Senegal on 9th August 2019 at 9 p.m. in the Resonanzraum will conclude the workshop and start the 9th International Hamburg Summer Academy for Film Music, Gamemusic and Sound Design.

The practical workshop “From microphone to finished mix” is aimed at musicians, composers, producers and sound engineers who would like to gain more experience in the field of recording and mixing. Among other things, it is about room acoustics, the interaction of instrument, room and microphone as well as the placement of the microphones and the mixing console including outboard effects in the recording process to support the musical goals of the band or producer. On-site work will be done with the band Sahad the Nataal Patchwork. Frontman Sahad Sarr and his musicians build a bridge between different cultures and mix many musical styles: from Senegalese Mbalax to Malian desert blues, Afrobeat, Cuban music to rock and jazz.