A Bit More of Everything

MediaSoundHamburg June 23rd – July 2nd 2017
A report by Stephan Eicke

It can’t be easy to be a star. It’s not that MediaSoundHamburg hadn’t offered stars before – but the appearance of Ben Burtt certainly created a momentum that surpassed everything that had been there before. Indeed, if Ben Burtt had done the sound design for Star Wars episodes four to six, only, there would have been just as many registration for his master class. But, as it happened, Burtt has done much more than Star Wars which gave not only him but the hosts of MediaSoundHamburg plenty to talk about. Indeed, so many people registered for this year’s MSH, and for Ben Burtt’s class, that the three-day-presentation of his life, career and approaches to sound design, took place not in the Elsa Brändström Haus where everything else took place, but in the HAW university. It turned out to be the smartest of choices since the university for design, media and information in Hamburg was well prepared for the many technical challenges that a three day master class in sound design actually presents. Not only did Burtt’s master class turn out to be a success for everyone involved – not least of all for the participants – but the man behind the light-saber sound was only too happy to mingle and provide information about his creative process to the students after the class; jet-lagged as he was. It can’t be easy to be a star.

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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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Presse Bilanz

Like one big family


The 7th MSH Media Sound Hamburg ended yesterday with the last workshop day of the Master Class Sound Design under the direction of Ben Burtt.

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Presse Klangfülle an der Elbe

Full sound at the Elbe River


This year’s Media Sound Hamburg under the direction of Achim Esser-Mamat starts on Friday, 23.06.2017 with internationally top-class workshops, panels and forums.

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Presse Ben Burtt in Hamburg

Ben Burtt as guest in Hamburg


Right on time for the 40th anniversary of Star Wars, sound designer Ben Burtt is coming to Hamburg. As part of the 7th Hamburg International Summer Academy for Film Music, Gamemusic and Sounddesign from 23 June to 2 July 2017, the four-time Oscar-winner will lead a MasterClass and report on his work at a public event.

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Programm MasterClass SoundDesign Martin Hernandez

MasterClass SoundDesign

15/06/– 17/06/2018, 10:00 – 17:00
Martin Hernández

This MasterClass is aimed at sound designers, sound engineers, musicians, composers, directors and producers. Before the course starts the participants inside receive the following homework for which they are to develop a sound design. The results will be discussed on the last day of the MasterClass. We ask all participants to bring their own audio recording equipment!

Dear participants,

this is a story I did almost 4 years ago when I briefly returned (12 months) to make Radio. Between Birdman and The Revenant.

I have this radio storytelling exercise I wanted to start with. Why? Because I believe that without a narrative, without a story to share; our work as sound people is soulless and irrelevant. With all my exercises during my stay at MediaSoundHamburg I will always refer to the need of finding this narrative in everything we do, regardless of the film or the tools we use. So what will be the homework?

Well, After you hear my piece I’ll need each one of you to make a Sound Story. A piece that will combine Production Sound, real events sound, Music and a Narrator that will tell us a story. The lenght they consider holds the story interesting. Mine is not a complete story. I intend to translate and finish parts at the workshop. But you will have a piece that will tell you about Ayotzinapa in Guerrero. Where the killing of 46 students ocurred. And the local “Community Police” armed and made by the citizens caught between the corrupted authority and the narc cartels. I was there to hear it and this was part of a longer series.

Martin Hernández


Tuition Fee: 1200 € (incl. 19 % VAT) 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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Martin Hernández is a Mexican radio presenter, sound designer and sound editor. He discovered his love for radio during his college years. He discontinued his studies and worked as a radio presenter at the Mexican radio stations WFM and Radioactivo 98.5. As a sound designer and sound editor he commuted back and forth between Los Angeles and his hometown Mexico City. He is under contract at Warner Bros. and works mainly with the director Alejandro González Iñárritu, whom he met while working on the radio. Hernández was twice nominated for an Oscar: 2015 for Birdman or Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) and 2016 for The Revenant.