I’m Jan Morgenstern and this is the website of my audio production company. I’m a composer and sound designer by nature and profession, and you can hire me to work on your projects. I have provided award-winning music and sound for numerous film and TV projects, video games, and advertisements; to get a taste of those works, check out my showreel, take a look at my references, or listen to examples of my music.

If you have any questions or feedback, or in case you’re interested in a quote for your project, please contact me.

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March 8, 2021

Scorelief 2021: Scoring Competition and Charity Fundraiser

I’ve recently had the pleasure to be a part of the jury for the Scorelief 2021 film scoring competition, a charity event organized by The Cue Tube and Northern Film Orchestra. The contest is affiliated with a fundraiser benefiting technical workers from the event and entertainment industry that lost their income as a result of the pandemic.

Contestants were asked to write and submit an original score for a segment from the 2019 animated short film SPRING, directed by Andy Goralczyk. With almost 2000 submissions, the event was an astonishing success, which turned evaluating all the entries into quite a challenge! Thankfully it was rewarding work, as we were all impressed with the creativity and quality on display in the submissions.

Congratulations to the winners, and thanks to everybody who took part in the event and donated!

February 27, 2021

Insufanten: Talking to Kids About Type-1 Diabetes

Type-1 diabetes has become a manageable disease, but it can still be a challenge to talk about it – this is doubly true for kids. In a new public awareness campaign, Norwegian support network diabetesforbundet wants to speak to kids directly to address their questions: Can I join others in playing without having to worry? Can I stay overnight at my friends’ place? How do I talk about it around other kids?

In order to convey this information in an engaging and playful manner, they turned to the help of animator and illustrator Hans Jørgen Sandnes who, along with his team, created a series of charming 2D-animated short films that recently went public. The star of the show is the Insufant, a friendly creature that helps children take control of their insulin levels and their particular physical requirements.

Since the style of choice for the campaign strongly harkens back to golden age animation of the 50s and 60s, I wrote a light-hearted and catchy jazz big band score for the shorts, and also provided the sound design and mix.

August 12, 2020

In SKYWATCH, a Lifestyle Service Takes a Turn for the Dystopian

When two outcast teens hack into a drone delivery system to pull a prank on the girl next door, they accidentally redirect a critical shipment and find themselves entangled in a life-and-death political conspiracy.

In the sci-fi action-adventure short film Skywatch, we get a glimpse of what might end up being the consequences when technology, driven by unchecked and ever-consolidating corporate power, expands into every aspect of our lives. The highly ambitious work is directed by PIXAR veteran Colin Levy, who conceived it as a proof-of-concept for a larger-scale narrative adaptation of the theme. After making a serious splash online after its release, the rights for expanding it into a full episodical series got optioned by NBC.

In my fourth collaboration with Colin (after Sintel, The Secret Number, and My Grandfather’s Memory Book), I was happy to contribute additional music to Skywatch. You can hear my work in the fictional NexPort TV commercial that opens the film and was put out online before the release of the project as part of its viral promotion.

April 30, 2019

Fell Seal: Complete Soundtrack Now Available for Purchase!

Today marks the day the tactical role-playing game Fell Seal: Arbiter’s Mark is finally hitting the big 1.0 and will be released on PC, PS4 and XBox One, and to mark the occasion, the album with my soundtrack for the game is now available for purchase on Bandcamp! €8/$9 will get you access to unlimited streaming and DRM-free downloads in all kinds of formats, including lossless, CD-quality FLAC.

The game represents over two years of work by Florida-based indie developer 6 Eyes Studios. The game has been in early access for a while and feedback has been nothing but encouraging, so we’re more than a little eager to find out how it will fare in the real world! To accentuate the epic fantasy battles, I wrote a sweeping orchestral score that’s rich on melody and captivating rhythms; the music came together over the greater part of 2018 and can now be heard in its entirety for the first time.

Head over there to check it out and, if you like what you hear, spread the word!

August 29, 2017

Get your tactics on in Fell Seal: Arbiter’s Mark!

Centuries ago, a brutal beast of destruction rent the world asunder. In this time of need, the first Immortals came into their uncanny powers, powers so great that they succeeded in destroying the beast ravaging the land. To prevent such destruction from ever happening again, they banded together to form a Council that would enforce peace and stability on a global scale.

The Immortals might be vastly powerful, but they are few. To oversee the lands, they rely upon their mortal agents, the Arbiters. It is them who range over the land, rooting out bandits, unruly monsters, and crooked officials; their word is law. But one Arbiter uncovers the deepening corruption pervading her own order, and it falls to her to halt the spread of a threat as great as the brutal beast of yore.

Fell Seal: Arbiter’s Mark is an upcoming tactical roleplaying game for PCs and consoles that features captivating turn-based combat, gorgeous hand-drawn graphics, and an intricate class system. Brainchild of game developers Pierre and Christina Leclerc and developed under their Florida-based indie game label 6 Eyes Studio, the game will conjure up the spirit of great classics like Final Fantasy Tactics and Tactics Ogre. In a trans-atlantic collaboration that I’m really excited about, I’ve been brought on board to write an extensive original soundtrack for the title.

Fell Seal: Arbiter’s Mark is set to be released on PC/Mac/Linux and XBox One systems in 2018, but you can check out the trailer and find a playable pre-alpha demo (PC) here. If you like the project, please consider supporting it on Kickstarter on September 26th! You can already join the campaign on Thunderclap to not miss a beat.

November 1, 2016

“Geitekillingen” music wins Crystal Pine Award at ISFMF 2016!

ISFMF WinnerI’m honored and excited to announce that my music for the animated TV adaption of the Norwegian children’s tale Geitekillingen som kunne telle til ti has won the Crystal Pine Award in the category of Best Original Score in a Short Film at this year’s International Sound & Film Music Festival in Rovinj, Croatia! The festival, which took place in October, was headlined by industry luminaries such as three-time Oscar® winner Michael Minkler, Oscar® winner and film audio legend Randy Thom, and jazz and film musician Kyle Eastwood. I’m immensely grateful to the jury and the organizers of the festival for the recognition, and to Geitekillingen director Hans Jørgen Sandnes and his team for trusting me with the musical side of their brainchild.

The second half of this year saw even more good news for the little goat, with my music getting a nomination in the category of Best Score in a Short Film at this year’s installment of the Fimucité film music festival in Tenerife, Spain. The festival took place in September 2016 and featured a combination of stunning film music concerts and masterclasses with film music veterans like Howard Shore, Óscar Navarro, and Richard Bellis.