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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June 19, 2012

Two Jerry Goldsmith Award Nominations!

I just received word that my work got nominated in two categories of the 2012 Jerry Goldsmith Awards! After the jury awarded my score for Sintel twice in last year’s installment of the Awards (Best Music in an Animated Short Film, Best Song), I’m excited and honored to be among the nominees again this year:

  • In the category Best Score for a Live Action Short Film, the jury nominated my score for Colin Levy‘s award-winning sci-fi drama The Secret Number.
  • In the category Best Score for an Animated Short Film, my score for Tyler J. Kupferer‘s Annie-nominated short The Girl and the Fox got a nomination.

The award ceremony will take place on June 28th at the International Film Music Festival in Córdoba, Spain.

June 14, 2012

“The Secret Number”: Complete Film and Score Available Online

Colin Levy’s award-winning short film The Secret Number can now be watched in its entirety on YouTube and Vimeo! Do check it out and tell us what you think.

In addition to the online premiere, I’ve released my score for the film in its entirety under a free-to-share Creative Commons license! You can listen to it on SoundCloud, or download a high-quality MP3 album from the Music page of this website.

The Secret Number marks my second collaboration with Colin Levy after Sintel. I couldn’t have had a greater time working with him and his gifted team, and I truly believe the film turned into a uniquely captivating and beautiful, see-and-see-again piece of storytelling. The quirky psychological drama, which tells the story of a psychiatrist who gets absorbed into the bizarre mathematical theories of one of his clients, has been acknowledged at numerous film festivals; among others, it was awarded Best Short at Charleston International Film Festival, Best Student Film at Savannah Film Festival, and Best Original Score at Greenville International Film Festival.

May 8, 2012

“The Secret Number” Awarded “Best Original Score” at GVIFF; Releases Online on June 15th

At this year’s Greenville International Film Festival, which took place between April 25th to 28th, my music for the short film The Secret Number was awarded Best Original Score by the competition jury! I’m very grateful for this recognition.

The film also continues to gain traction at festivals across the US, among others winning the jury award for Best Short at this year’s Charleston International Film Festival and playing in the official selection at Newport Beach Film Festival.

Lastly, with the final touches on VFX post production nearing their completion, a release date for the film has been announced: On June 15th, 2012, you will be able to watch The Secret Number online. DVD pre-orderers will have the film in their hands before that date.

May 8, 2012

Nintendo Releases “Big Buck Bunny” for 3DS

In order to promote the 3D capabilities of their 3DS handheld video game system, Nintendo has commissioned the Finnish animation wizards Studio Lumikuu to recreate the 2008 CG short film Big Buck Bunny in full stereoscopic 3D. The gorgeous result will launch on Nintendo Video in three mini-installments starting May 2nd, 2012. As the original composer and sound designer on Big Buck Bunny, I was brought on board to do a number of modifications to the original theatrical mix in order to make it fit the new 3-act structure and the technical requirements of the device. Apart from editing and remastering, this also encompassed extending the original credits music cue by some 40 seconds and remixing it from scratch. Click here to read the original Nintendo press release.

May 8, 2012

Traveling Ethiopia by Motorcycle

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.

January 10, 2012

Gone Fishin’: Music and Sound Design for “The Big Catch”

All artwork (c) Robot Riot Games, dtp entertainment AG

Developed by Robot Riot Games and published by dtp entertainment AG, The Big Catch is a fresh online 3D fishing game with extensive social features. Players can cast the rod in several beautifully rendered landscapes using a multitude of different fishing poles, lines, baits, and tools. Utilizing the advanced cross-platform Unity 3D game engine, it features state-of-the-art graphics and a slick gameplay inside the browser.

As the project’s audio director, I created a light-hearted, jazz-tinged pop soundtrack for the experience and was responsible for the complete in-game sound design.

The Big Catch is currently in an open beta state, so if you have the Unity 3D player plug-in installed, you can give it a test ride!

December 24, 2011

Happy Holidays!

I wish all of my clients, visitors and listeners a relaxing holiday season and a healthy, successful and inspiring 2012!

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (Jan’s Pastafarian Holiday Extravaganza)