Forum: Evolving into a working film composer

George Christopoulos
16/08/2019 19:00 – 22:00

In this seminar for film composers, George Christopoulos discusses the current situation of the film industry, its attitude to music in film, the usual practices in hiring composers and the ever-increasing difficulties film composers face as they enter the industry today. Read more

MasterClass Orchestration

13/08. – 14/08.2019, 10:00 – 17:00
Bob Zimmermann

This MasterClass is aimed at sound designers, sound engineers, musicians, composers, directors and producers. Participants will receive a homework assignment before the workshop. The results of the work will be discussed on the last day. A ProTools workstation is available for each participant. But you can also bring your own LapTops/MacBooks.

Tuition Fee: 800 € (incl. 19 % VAT) or
FlateratePLUS: 2500 € (incl. 19% VAT)
for any of master classes, workshops, forums and special events, incl. MasterClass Sound Design with Randy Thom
Flaterate:
1800 € (incl. 19% VAT)
for any of master classes, workshops, forums and special events
Student Discount: 20 %
Working Language: englisch
Location: Elsa Brändström Haus, Hamburg-Blankenese

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Bob Zimmerman wrote his first compositions at the age of seven. He studied clarinet at the Royal Conservatory in Den Haag and piano as his main instrument. After his studies, he began to work for various theatre productions, where he quickly made a name for himself. As a composer and arranger, Bob Zimmerman is involved in numerous theatre, television, CD and film productions. For example, he wrote the arrangement of Piazzolla’s Tango Adiós Nonino, which was performed at the wedding of the Dutch Crown Prince Willem-Alexander and the Crown Princess Máxima. He is one of the house arrangers of the world-famous Metropole Orchestra. Zimmerman has also composed many film soundtracks, such as for the Dutch feature films De Avonden, Tirza and Süskind, as well as for the successful Dutch nature documentaries De Nieuwe Wildernis (The New Wilderness) and Holland, natuur in de Delta. For the stage he wrote minute operas for an a cappella choir, great symphonic works and many vocal and instrumental concerts. His most recent composition Cinq ou six Bagatelles Brillantes for the internationally renowned Osiris Trio (piano, violin, cello) was released on CD last year.

Workshop: Composing Film Music

13/08. – 14/08/2019, 10:00 – 17:00
Rens Machielse

In this two days-workshop you will learn about the function of music in film and about the composition process of the film composer. There will be a short theory class in the morning, in the afternoon there are individual feedback sessions while working on a scene or short film. At the end of the workshop you present your work to your fellow students. The theory classes will address some methods and strategies to create ‘musical material’ and what to do with this material once you have decided that it is the musical motif, sound, melody, harmonic progression, rhythm, etc. you will need to score the scene or short movie. The classes will also give some insights in the possible ways music structures and reinforces the narrative that the scene or short film wants to convey. For the practical part there is a variety of scenes and short films available. You will need to bring along your own ‘workstation’ (laptop + software + if possible a MIDI-keyboard).

Tuition Fee: 300 € (incl. 19 % VAT) or
Flaterate: 1800 € (incl. 19% VAT)
for any of master classes, workshops, forums and special events, excl. MasterClass Sound Design with Randy Thom
FlateratePLUS:
2500 € (incl. 19% VAT)
for any of master classes, workshops, forums and special events, incl. MasterClass Sound Design with Randy Thom
Student Discount: 20 %
Working Language: english
Location: Elsa Brändström Haus, Hamburg-Blankenese

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Rens Machielse is the former director of HKU Music and Technology, one of the eight schools of HKU University of the Arts Utrecht. He lectured film music at a.o. the Film Academy Amsterdam, the Film Academy Baden-Württemberg and the Reid School of Music University of Edinburgh. Rens composed music for over three hundred theatre plays and audiovisuals such as TV series, feature films, documentaries, commercials and animations. He was awarded for his music several times during his career by BumaStemra and at the New York Festivals. After his retirement as HKU director Rens is active again as a composer, lecturer, researcher and advisor.

Music Production Workshop

05/08 – 8/08/2019 10:00 – 17:00
From microphone to finished mix
Thomas Görne, Made Indrayana

In this workshop, the participants get insights about producing a record with the exciting band Sahad the Nataal Patchwork from Senegal. Some of the highlights at the beginning of the workshop are nuts-and-bolts microphone technology (including shootouts of the most famous studio microphones), room acoustics, the interdependencies of instrument, room and microphone, and setting up the microphones and mixing board including outboard effects in the recording process to support the musical goals of the band or the producer. The participants will then dive deeper into the world of effective usage from EQs, compressors, and other effects in the mixing process to sculpt the music into a professional and groovy product, mixing either in the old school analogue studio, or on the modern digital production console, or software based “in the box”. Finally, you will get a glimpse into the ‘dark arts’ of mastering, which is misunderstood very often in modern times. The workshop is suitable for musicians, composers, producers, even sound engineers who wish to gain more experience in the field.

Tuition Fee: 800 € (incl. 19 % VAT)
Student Discount: 20 %
Working Language: english
Location: Sound Lab of Hamburg University of Applied Science (HAW), Finkenau 35, 22081 Hamburg
Organizer: International Film Television & Music Academy (IFFMA) in cooperation with Hamburg University of Applied Science (HAW) and MediaSoundHamburg (MSH)

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Thomas Görne graduated in Electrical Engineering with a major in Acoustics from TU Berlin in 1991. From 1991 to 1993 he was research assistant at TU Berlin, working on artificial neural networks and pattern recognition. From 1999 to 2003 he was a member of the research staff at the Department of Physics at Potsdam University, performing research on the acoustics of the organ. In between, he worked for some 10 years as a freelance ADR, Foley and re-recording mixer with several film post production companies, including Studio Babelsberg, Arri Contrast and Berliner Synchron, working in more than 300 TV and film productions, and he founded the CD label Carpe Diem and produced a number of Early Music works. In 2004 he was appointed to a professorship for Music Transmission Theory at Detmold University of Music (HfM Detmold) and became head of Detmold’s Tonmeister education. In 2008 he moved to Hamburg, where he now is Professor of Audio Design and Audio Systems and head of the Sound Lab at Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (HAW Hamburg). He is author of several textbooks on audio, including Mikrofone – Theorie und Praxis (Microphones, Elektor 1994/2007, 9th edition), and Tontechnik (Sound Engineering, Hanser 2006, 4th edition). His last book entitled Sounddesign – Klang, Wahrnehmung, Emotion (Sound, Perception, Emotion) was published by Hanser in June 2017. Thomas Görne is Member of the Audio Engineering Society (AES) since 1991, Member of VDT and DEGA, and Audio Expert at Germany’s National Accreditation Body (DAkkS). Since 2017, he is Vice President of the AES for Central Europe Region.

Made Indrayana began at the early age of seven, when he started recording his favourite anime show’s song from his family’s television to his tape recorder. His eagerness to experiment and to try something new led him to learn many different musical instruments, and enroll in the Conservatory of Music Universitas Pelita Harapan (UPH), Indonesia, studying Sound Design and Music Production in 2008. Afterwards he worked for the university as an assistant lecturer. In 2015, Indra moved to Germany to pursue a Master’s Degree at the University of Applied Sciences in Hamburg (HAW), enrolling in the Master of Arts program, “Time-Dependent Media”. Here he expanded his skills working on projects with the Landesjugendjazzorchester (Youth Jazz Orchestra) Landesjugendorchester (Youth Orchestra) of the State of Hamburg, among others, and cooperating with the University of Music and Theater (HfMT) Hamburg. He has also participated in various film projects, among others through cooperations with the Hamburg University of Arts (HfBK) film school. He won the Silver Award in the Recording Competition at the 140th Audio Engineering Society (AES) Convention in Paris. At the same convention, he also volunteered in the Technical Team, working directly under the legendary Michael Williams and Glenn Lorbecki at the Professional Sound Exhibition (PSE) Stage. He later returned to volunteer at the 142th AES Convention Berlin, taking the same role. Active in many audio organisations, he was Chair of the AES Hamburg Student Section in 2016 until 2017, and he has been a leading organizer for three klingt gut! international conferences on sonic art and audio technology in Hamburg. Right now, he is dedicating himself in (immersive) audio for virtual reality and games with a new startup Double Shot Audio, which he founded together with his business partner Benjamin Gallagher, and he is lecturer in Music Production at Hamburg Unversity of Applied Sciences.

Forum: What does Sound Design mean?

09/08/2019, 19:00 – 22:00
Glenn Kiser

Great sound design is often considered by filmmakers to be the exclusive domain of big-budget Hollywood studio films. For years, Glenn Kiser has worked to inspire and educate a generation of independent producers, directors, and writers that sound design can have a huge impact on virtually any project, and is available at all budget ranges. In this talk, Kiser will showcase examples of how sound design has delivered significant storytelling value to all kinds of different films at all budgets. He will also discuss current trends he sees in sound design, mixing, and music in American filmmaking and how those trends are being influenced by the growing sophistication of episodic content and online storytelling. He will also discuss how new technologies like Dolby Atmos are influencing storytelling through sound.

Tuition Fee: 50 € (incl. 19 % VAT) or
Forum Flaterate: 150 € (incl. 19% VAT) or
Flaterate:1800 € (incl. 19% VAT)
for any of master classes, workshops, forums and special events, excl. MasterClass Sound Design
FlateratePLUS:
2500 € (incl. 19% VAT)
for any of master classes, workshops, forums and special events, incl. MasterClass Sound Design
Student Discount: 20 %
Working Language: english
Location: Elsa Brändström Haus, Hamburg-Blankenese

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Glenn Kiser is the Director of the Dolby Institute, Dolby’s initiative to bring education and inspiration to filmmakers and content creators about the creative use of sound and picture in storytelling. Previously, Kiser was the VP & General Manager of Lucasfilm’s Skywalker Sound, where he oversaw sound work on film projects such as Avatar, The Incredibles, the Star Wars prequels, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and the Pirates of the Caribbean and Harry Potter films. Before joining Skywalker, Kiser was a post-production executive at Propaganda Films, where he worked with directors including David Fincher, Spike Jonze, Jane Campion, and Neil LaBute.
Fun facts: Glenn played tuba in high school, and at one time Marlon Brando called him obsessively for two weeks.

MasterClass Foley

12/08 – 14/08/2019, 10:00 – 17:00
Sue Harding, Adam Méndez

This MasterClass is aimed at sound designers, sound engineers, musicians, composers, directors and producers and gives a comprehensive insight into the working world(s) of the Foley artist. After a theoretical part, the participants will be asked to record, edit and present their own sounds. A ProTools workstation is available for each participant, and their own laptops/MacBook can be brought along. Please bring your own audio recording equipment for the Foley recording sessions.

Content of the MasterClass Foley:

Day 1:
*Introduction to Foley for feature films
* Screening The Secret World of Foley
*Discussion and Q&A

Day 2:
* Practical exercises
* Group exercises
* Performing/recording sounds for a three-minute long scene

Day 3:
* Editing of songs recorded on the second day
* Presentation
* Final discussion

Tuition Fee: 1200 € (incl. 19 % VAT) or
FlateratePLUS: 2500 € (incl. 19% VAT)
for any of master classes, workshops, forums and special events, incl. MasterClass Sound Design
Flaterate:
1800 € (incl. 19% VAT)
for any of master classes, workshops, forums and special events, excl. MasterClass Sound Design
Student Discount: 20 %
Working Language: englisch
Location: Elsa Brändström Haus, Hamburg-Blankenese

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Sue Harding has been working as a freelance Foley artist for film and television for over 15 years. During this time she was involved in nearly 200 titles (The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, I, Daniel Blake, Quantum of Solace, In Bruges) and was nominated several times for an Emmy, in 2014 she received the coveted award for Sherlock. Although she spends most of her time in the studio behind the scenes, she was featured on camera in the award-winning short film and viral hit The Secret World of Foley. She also works on artistic projects for designers such as Nelly Ben Hayoun and poet Bhanu Kapil. During the “Klingt Gut! Klangsymposiums in Hamburg she performed a live foley for a version of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. Sue Harding has also conducted numerous workshops at festivals including Oslo, Brighton and Brescia.

Adam Méndez is an experienced and award-winning Foley and ADR mixer for the film and television industry. He has participated in films and series such as Tulip Fever, Finding your Feet, Florence Foster Jenkins, Exodus: Gods and Kings, Jason Bourne and Inspector Barnaby. Depending on the story, he transforms his studio into a spaceship, a Mars surface, an ocean or a swampy moor. Adam Méndez currently works at Twickenham Studios in London.

MasterClass SoundDesign

09/08/ – 11/08/2019 10:00 – 17:00
Randy Thom

This MasterClass is aimed at sound designers, sound engineers, musicians, composer, directors and producers and offers the unique opportunity to gain practical experience and personal feedback on one’s own work in close collaboration with one of the most renowned sound designers of our time. Read more

Farewell Party & Talk

16/06/2018, 19:30
Farewell Party

On our last evening of MSH MediaSoundHamburg 2018 we invite all participants, partners and guests to enjoy a relaxed summer evening with a lot of program and music in our wonderful location. The evening will be hosted by actress Laura Ehrich. DJ MAECK takes care of the party music.

We start the evening with our traditional workshop talk in cooperation with Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein. The Hamburg film composers Martin Lingnau and Ingmar Süberkrüb are our special guests. Together they composed the soundtracks for the animated film Luis and the Aliens by Wolfgang Lauenstein and Christoph Lauenstein as well as for feature film Draußen in meinem Kopf by Eibe Maleen Krebs. In an interview with presenter André Feldhaus and producers Emely Christians and Verena Gräfe-Höft, they explain the respective compositional process, talk about the special challenges and about the cooperation with direction and production.

Admission: free
Location: Elsa Brändström Haus, Hamburg-Blankenese
Supported by: Coppola Wine

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Special Event: Young Talent Award Media Music

13/06/2018, 19:30
Award Ceremony with the Kaiser Quartett & Frans Bak

For this year’s Young Talent Award Media Music, young musicians, composers, game musicians and sound designer had to set short stories by renowned American authors such as Stephen King, Michael Connelly, Lee Child, Joyce Carol Oate to music, who in turn were inspired by Edward Hopper’s pictures for their stories. The short stories are summarized in the anthology “In Sunlight or in Shadow”

A three-member jury picks the winner. The first three award-winning compositions will be performed live by the Kaiser Quartet at the award ceremony. This year’s director of MeisterClass Filmmusik, Frans Bak, will also perform live.

Admission: free
Location: Elsa Brändström Haus, Hamburg-Blankenese

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Forum: Loudness Wars & Tipping Point

14/06/2018, 14:00 – 17:00
Thomas Lund

“The Tipping Point” refers to the fact that content starts to play softer on loudness-normalized platforms (Broadcast, Podcast, Apple, Spotify, games etc.) if too much dynamics processing is applied during production, mix or mastering.

Part I: Loudness in Streaming, Gaming, Podcast, Broadcast and Film.
„Loudness wars“ in music. Loudness standards and metering.
Track and Album Normalisation. Ideal leveling and the Tipping Point.

Part II: Reference Monitoring. In-room and Headphone. Stereo and Immersive.
Loudspeaker and Headphone Monitoring. Calibration.
Listening Level and Prevention of Listener Fatigue.

Tuition Fee: 50 € (incl. 19 % VAT) or
Forum Flaterate: 150 € (incl. VAT) for any numbers of forums or
Flaterate:
1800 € (incl. 19% VAT) for any of master classes, workshops, forums and special events
Student Discount:
20 %
Working Language:
englisch
Location:
Elsa Brändström Haus, Hamburg-Blankenese

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Thomas Lund is a global authority on loudness and level standardization, and is current chairman of the EU committee to prevent hearing loss from the use of personal devices, e.g. smartphones and VR. Thomas has written numerous papers on loudness and true-peak measurement, audio quality and sound exposure. He comes from of a medical background, specialized in perception, and holds position as senior technologist at Genelec. Prior to that he was CTO at TC Electronic, responsible for the development of some of the tools creating audio problems today.