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.

In addition to workshops, forums and master classes, there are public lectures and public events, such as the presentation of the Young Talent Award with the Kaiser Quartet and the closing evening of the Nordic Media Sound Day with jazz pianist Martin Tingvall. Venues are the Elsa Brändström Haus and the Goßlerhaus in Hamburg-Blankenese. For the first time, the augenmusik series of events will take place simultaneously. It is aimed at pupils, trainees, students, teachers, lecturers and media educators and will shed light on the function of sound, noise and music in connection with moving images.


“For ten days, renowned film, game and media composers and sound designers will give tips and insights into their work. Among other things, we are discussing new technical developments and opportunities and market opportunities for future film composers,” says Achim Esser-Mamat, head of MediaSoundHamburg, explaining this year’s programme. “For all of us, the ten days are not only an intensive exchange, but more and more a family reunion with new encounters and future business contacts. The audience will not miss out either and can look forward to some small and fine musical highlights.”

The Kaiser Quartett will musically accompany the award ceremony of the Young Talent Award Media Music and perform works of this year’s prizewinners award ceremony.
13/06/2018, 7.30 pm, Elsa Brändström Haus, free admission

For the first time there will be a Nordic Media Sound Day with lectures, forums, films and workshops by film composers and sound designers from neighbouring Scandinavian countries. The highlight is the public solo programme with jazz pianist Martin Tingvall
Nordic Media Sound Day, 14/06/2018, 7.30 pm, Elsa Brändström Haus, free admission

The final evening with workshop talk, party and lots of music is also open to the public.
Farewell Party, 17/06/2018 7.30 pm, Elsa Brändström Haus, free admission

Highlights of this year’s MediaSoundHamburg for the professional audience include 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) and the MasterClass GameMusic with the Finnish composer Ari Pulkkinen, who composed the music for the video game Angry Birds and the MasterClass FilmMusic with the Danish composer Frans Bak (Commissioner Lund, Doctor Foster, Lilyhammer, Thirteen Steps Down) and the MasterClass orchestration with the jazz pianist, composer and arranger Kuno Schmid. The programme also includes lectures on natural sounds, urban sound design and sound branding.

MediaSoundHamburg is an international summer academy for film music, game music and sound design. Since 2011, national and international film composers, game musicians and sound designers meet international industry professionals and renowned experts in the Elsa Brändström Haus in Hamburg-Blankenese and this year for the first time also in the Goßlerhaus. Past guests in Hamburg were among others Patrick Doyle, Michael Nyman, Chris Huelsbeck, Randy Thom, Christopher Young, Alva Noto, Michel van Dyke, Ben Burtt, Joe Kraemer and Hauschka.


For the first time at MediaSoundHamburg, the augenmusik series of events for pupils, trainees, students, teachers, lecturers and media educators will take place. In various workshops, lectures and cinema screenings, the function of sound, noise and music in connection with moving images is illuminated. Highlights of the programme include the screening of the international cinema production Astrid by Pernille Fischer Christensen on 14 June 2018 at 2 pm at the Blankeneser Kino in the presence of Danish film composer Nicklas Schmidt, and the workshop “Wie entstehen die Geräusche im Film” for school classes from class 6. at Studio Kino (11 June 2018, 10 a.m. – 12 noon; 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.) and at Blankeneser Kino (12 June 2018, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.; 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.).

The augenmusik series of events is supported by Medienstiftung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, Bücherhallen Hamburg, MediaSoundHamburg, Blankeneser Kino and Studio Kino.


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