ACCES 2018


In cooperation with ACCES 2018 (Africa Conference for Collaborations, Exchange and Showcases) Media Sound Hamburg announces a scholarship for young Kenyan filmmusic composers, gamemusicians and sound designers.

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International Networking


This years’s Media Sound Hamburg ended with the last workshop day of the MasterClass Sound Design under the direction of the Mexican sound designer Martin Hernández, who was twice nominated for the Academy Award.

For ten days, film composers*, game musicians* and sound designers* from all over the world worked on concrete projects in various workshops, master classes and forums. International industry professionals and renowned experts*from 14 countries gave participants*from 14 countries valuable tips for their further professional careers. From 8 to 17 June 2018, around 500 visitors*attended lectures, public forums, awards ceremonies, film talks and the Farewell Party at the Elsa-Brändström-Haus in Hamburg-Blankenese, including scholarship holders including Yohanan Bekele from Ethiopia, Louis Edlinger from Switzerland, Dora Filipovic from Serbia, Mert Gencer and Hans Nieuwenhuijsen from the Netherlands and Rethabile Nyamate from South Africa.

“We are very happy about the great cooperation and the support of the online portal Music in Africa. Thanks to a scholarship we were able to invite the very talented sound designer Rethabile Nyamate to Hamburg. In general, the support of young composers is very important to us,” says Achim Esser-Mamat, director of MediasSoundHamburg.

Highlights of this year’s MediaSoundHamburg for the professional audience included the Masterclass SoundDesign with the Mexican sound editor and sound designer Martin Hernández (Oscar nominations for Birdman or The unexpected power of ignorance and The Revenant), the MasterClass GameMusic with the Finnish composer Ari Pulkkinen, who composed the music for the video game Angry Birds, the MasterClass FilmMusic with the Danish composer Frans Bak (Doctor Foster, Lilyhammer, Thirteen Steps Down) and the MasterClass Orchestration with the jazz pianist, composer and arranger Kuno Schmid. The lectures on natural sounds, urban sound design, artificial intelligence and sound branding were very well attended.

For the fifth time, the Young Talent Award Media Music was presented as part of Media Sound Hamburg. This year, the expert jury awarded two first prizes to Lev Tyrnov from Ukraine and Rune Eskildsen from Denmark. Her submitted works for string quartet were premiered by the renowned Kaiser Quartet on the evening of the award ceremony.

This year saw the first Nordic Media Sound Day with films and workshops by film composers and sound designers from neighbouring Scandinavian countries. Among others, the Finnish sound artist Kirsi Ihalainen presented her new sound art and design product KELOSOUND, Thomas Lund from Genelec spoke about Loudness Wars & Tipping Point. At the end of the day, jazz pianist Martin Tingvall played some pieces from his programme. The Nordic Media Sound Day was supported by the Danish composer network BFM (Brancheklubben for Film- og Mediekomponister).

Parallel to MediaSoundHamburg, the augenmusik series of events for pupils*, trainees, students, teachers*, lecturers* and media educators* took place at the same time. In various workshops, lectures and cinema screenings, the function of sound, noise and music in connection with moving images was examined. Highlights of the programme were the fully booked workshops “Wie entstehen Geräusche im Film” for school classes from grade 6 and the film screening of the international cinema film Astrid by Pernille Fischer Christensen in the presence of Danish film composer Nicklas Schmidt.

MSH Media Sound Hamburg is a project of the International Film, Television & Music Academy. In addition to the Department of Media and Culture of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, long-standing sponsors and partners include the Fondation SUISA, Buma Cultuur, Berufsvereinigung Filmton, DEFKOM, Composers Club e.V., Interessengemeinschaft Hamburger Musikwirtschaft, Hamburg Kreativ Gesellschaft, HAW and Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein.

The 9th International Summer Academy for Film Music, Gamemusic and Sounddesign will take place in Hamburg from August 9 to 18, 2019.


Learn from the Experts

For the eighth time, Hamburg is a meeting place for film composers, musicians and sound designers from all over the world: With the MediaSoundHamburg the participants work from 8. to 17 June 2018 on concrete projects and receive from considerable and price-crowned experts ins new suggestions for their artistic work. Read more

Presse Programm

Programm-Highlights 2018


Highlights of this year’s MediaSoundHamburg from 8 to 17 June 2018 at the Elsa Brändström Haus in Hamburg-Blankenese include the Masterclass SoundDesign (15 – 17 June 2018).2018) with the Mexican sound editor and sound designer Martin Hernandéz (Oscar nominations for Birdman or The unexpected power of ignorance and The Revenant) and the MasterClass GameMusic (8. 10.6.2018) with the Finnish composer Ari Pulkkinen, who composed the music for the well-known video game Angry Birds.

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Presse Young Talent Award

Inspired by …. Edward Hopper


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 May 2018, and this year’s task is to set short stories based on paintings by the famous American painter Edward Hopper to music. The prize will be awarded at this year’s MediaSoundHamburg (June 8 to 17, 2018).

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Presse Score das Filmscreening

Film presentation at Abaton

Score: A Film Music Documentary by Matt Schrader

The film Score: A Film Music Documentary unites Hollywood’s top composers in front of the camera and provides a comprehensive insight into the musical challenges and creative secrets of the world’s most multi-faceted musical genre: film music. The film celebrated its German premiere at Filmfest Hamburg 2017 and will be released in German cinemas on January 4, 2018. The screening will be presented on January 9, 2018 at 8 pm at the Abaton Cinema of Media Sound Hamburg, the annual International Summer School for Film Music, Gamemusic and Sounddesign (June 8-17, 2018).

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