Project Portfolio

Der letzte Kaffee vor der Wüste

Type: Documentary Feature
Task: Scoring
Client: Touratech AG
Year: 2012

One morning, Touratech founder Herbert Schwarz and his wife, photo journalist Ramona Schwarz, ask themselves a rather innocuous question: Were does our daily cup of coffee come from? The answer takes them on a 4300-kilometer motorcycle journey across Ethiopia. Accompanied by a film crew, the trip leads them southwards across lands formerly known as Abyssinia, from the capital of Addis Ababa through an ever-changing yet always environmentally and culturally rich landscape.

Directed by Wolfgang Danner, One Last Cup of Coffee Before the Desert provides fascinating insights into a journey of extremes. For the 90-minute DVD documentary, Touratech hired me to write a score that blends traditional African music with rock and reggae, and provides atmospherical undercurrents for impressive views of majestic mountain ranges, stark deserts, and strange volcanoes.

Listen to a montage of music from the film:

GS Trophy 2010

Type: Documentary Feature
Task: Scoring
Client: Touratech AG
Year: 2011

Score for an hour-long documentation on the BMW GS Tophy 2010 motorcycle rallye in South Africa. Check out a montage of music from the film:

TimeRide

Type: Online Game
Task: Sound Design, Music
Year: 2011

Alf Prøysens Barnesanger

Type: Animated TV Shorts
Task: Audio Post-Production
Client: Sandnes Media AS / NRK
Year: 2011

In collaboration with Norway’s largest public TV broadcaster NRK, Larvik-based design and animation house Sandnes Media has produced a series of animated shorts based on works by the famous and influential Norwegian songwriter and musician Alf Prøysen. The narrative for each short is provided by the lyrics of one of the children’s songs that Prøysen wrote and performed during his main period of work in the 1950s and 60s.

As the project’s sound designer and audio post production engineer, I’ve been responsible for the creation and mixing of a cohesive and believable soundtrack for each short.

Watch a montage of scenes from the shorts:

No Plan is a Good Plan

Type: Documentary
Task: Scoring
Client: Touratech AG
Year: 2011

Directed by Wolfgang Danner, this 50-minute documentary provides vivid and authentic insights into the street life in urban Thailand and the vast majesty of the tropical mountain landscapes. The score that I’ve written blends traditional elements of Indonesian gamelan music with more modern, upbeat styles.

The production was released in January 2011 on a two-DVD set, which includes lots of bonus material. It can be purchased worldwide at Touratech retail stores or from their Webshop.

Check out a medley of music from the film:

eRepublik Arena

Type: Online Game
Task: Sound Design
Client: eRepublik Labs Ltd.
Year: 2011

Sintel

Type: Short Film
Task: Scoring, Complete Audio Production
Client: Blender Institute
Year: 2010

Sintel

Sintel is an epic tale about a solitary young girl who finds an unlikely companion in the streets of her inhospitable hometown Ishtar. When the friends are ruthlessly torn apart, she embarks on a desperate journey during which she has to face not only deadly perils, but also come to terms with her real vulnerabilities.

The CG short film is the third “open movie” produced by Ton Roosendaal‘s Amsterdam-based media production venture, the Blender Institute. Directed by Colin Levy, it premiered on September 27th, 2010 at Netherlands Film Festival. A few days later it was released for free online and quickly gathered a lot of public attention. To this date, more than a million people have watched it on YouTube (named a “must-see in HD” and featured on the front page by the YouTube staff); it has been featured prominently on sites such as Slashdot, Cartoon Brew, and Reddit.

Download Sintel in a variety of formats (up to cinema-scale 2k resolution with 5.1 sound)

Watch Sintel on YouTube:

Just like with its spiritual predecessors Elephants Dream and Big Buck Bunny, I’ve written and produced the musical score for the film and was responsible of the sound design, foley and 5.1 mixing. For the ending and credits roll of the movie, I wrote a song based on the movie’s main theme, which was performed by jazz/pop singer Helena Fix. At the International Film Music Festival 2011 in Úbeda, Spain, my score for Sintel has won two Jerry Goldsmith Awards in the categories of Best Score for an Animated Short Film and Best Song.

If you want to support the project, please consider pre-ordering the 4-DVD set! It contains not only the movie itself (PAL, NTSC, HD formats up to 2k), but also a making-of feature, lots of commentary tracks from the creators, extensive 3d design tutorials, and not at least all production data that was used to render the film!

Back to Scotland

Type: Documentary Feature
Task: Scoring
Client: Touratech AG
Year: 2010

Produced by Touratech and directed by Wolfgang Danner, Back to Scotland offers a fascinating portrait of Scotland’s breathtaking scenery. Listen to a montage of music that I’ve written and produced for this feature:

Tube

Type: Short film
Task: Scoring
Client: Bassam Kurdali / Freefac
Year: 2010

Tube plays on the ancient Gilgamesh poem — a primordial artifact of oral history and storytelling — in a variant of the hero’s progress that becomes the animation’s own frames. The new short film by Elephants Dream director Bassam Kurdali is currently in production.

FloDesign Sonics

Type: Advertisement
Task: Scoring
Client: FloDesign Inc. / FreeFac
Year: 2009