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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November 30, 2011

Work on “The Secret Number” Score Finished; Short Film Wins 3 Awards at SFF

I’ve recently completed my work on the original score for Colin Levy‘s new short film The Secret Number. The 15-minute psychodrama, which is based on a short story by Igor Teper, tells the intriguing story of a brilliant mathematician who claims to have discovered a new integer between 3 and 4. Technically, the film is still in its late post production stage – which didn’t keep it from winning three awards in a pre-release screening at Savannah Film Festival 2011, where it was named Best Student Film and has received the City of Savannah Award as well as the Panavision Student Cinematography Award. Congratulations to Colin and everyone involved!

“The Secret Number” is destined for a release later this quarter. I’ll also make sure that visitors of my site will be able to listen to the score, so keep an eye on this spot!

November 1, 2011

“Sintel” Score Nominated for a Peer Raben Award

My original score for the 2010 CG short film Sintel has been nominated for a Peer Raben Award! Granted on an annual basis as part of the proceedings at Germany’s largest film music conference Soundtrack Cologne, the Peer Raben Award honors the best music in a national or international short film and is voted upon by a jury comprised of renowned filmmakers and composers.

September 20, 2011

Post Production on ABAX Mobile Home Security Advertisement

Norwegian company ABAX, who specializes in mobile solutions for trip logging, fleet control and security, asked the animation wizards at Sandnes Media to create an advertisement for their NX-Buddy technology for securing camper vans and caravans against burglary, gas leaks, and fires. The resulting 2:30 image film, created entirely in the production company’s trademark hand-drawn 2D style, showcases some of the technology’s uses and advantages for mobile home users. I’ve been responsible for the sound design, audio editing and mixing of the advertisement.

July 24, 2011

Two Jerry Goldsmith Awards for “Sintel” Score!

I’m still at the International Film Music Festival in Úbeda, Spain, so just a quick update for now – my score for the animated short film Sintel has won two Jerry Goldsmith Awards in the categories Best Score for an Animated Short Film and Best Song (for “I Move On”).

I’m incredibly excited about this recognition and have to express my sincere gratitude to the jury, everyone involved in the organization of the festival, and of course the entire “Sintel” team for making this an unforgettable ride.

June 18, 2011

Two Nominations for the 2011 Jerry Goldsmith Awards!

I’m excited and honored to announce that my work as a composer on last year’s animated short film Sintel has been nominated in two categories for the 2011 Jerry Goldmith Awards:

  • Best Score for an Animated Short Film
  • Best Song for “I Move On” (performed by Helena Fix, Lyrics by Esther Wouda)

The Jerry Goldsmith Awards, which are intended to support and recognize the work of composers for the audiovisual media, are part of the International Film Music Festival in Úbeda, Spain. The annual event is both the largest European conference for film music professionals, as well as one of the premier music festivals for soundtrack aficionados worldwide. In past years, it has featured guests such as Patrick Doyle, Christopher Lennertz, and Academy Award winners Michael Giacchino and Gabriel Yared. The nominees and recipients of the awards are being established by a jury of 50 people consisting of composers, industry professionals, film critics, and festival organizers. The award ceremony will take place on July 22nd, 2011, at the Ideal Theatre in Úbeda.

I’m truly grateful and humbled to be named one of this year’s nominees, and look forward to the event.

May 1, 2011

Scoring “The Secret Number”

I’m excited to announce that Sintel director Colin Levy has asked me to write the score for his upcoming short film The Secret Number, which is currently in post production.

Tomlin, a psychiatrist working at a mental hospital, has a disturbing session with one of his patients, a brilliant mathematician named Ersheim. Driven by a singular obsession, Ersheim seeks to prove the existence of “bleem” – a secret integer between three and four. Initially skeptical, Tomlin is unsettled by the idea. Over the course of 24 hours, the idea nags at him, causing him to question his preconceived notions of logic and reality.

Starring Daniel Jones and Tom Nowicki, The Secret Number is Colin’s senior thesis at the Savannah College of Art and Design and will run about 12 minutes. The screenplay is an adaptation of the homonymous short story written by Igor Teper. The crew is maintaining an online production diary with lots of insightful behind-the-scenes video material.

Collaborating with Colin on Sintel has been an exceptionally inspiring, productive and enjoyable experience throughout, so I’m looking forward to this opportunity to work with him and his team again on this striking and original story. Watch this space for updates in the coming weeks!

February 22, 2011

Cloudy with a Chance of Thunder

http://soundcloud.comJan MorgensternSince it went live in 2007, the music publishing platform SoundCloud has gathered a strong following of musicians and listeners alike. Its slick, no-frills Web 2.0 interface, along with its refined embedding features, makes it an excellent choice for putting music on-line; therefore I’m happy to announce that I will be hosting my music in my own SoundCloud account in the future. I’m also in the process of integrating everything they provide back into this site, so that listening to all music on these pages will get much easier and more hassle-free (of course, I will continue to provide download links to archives where it makes sense, e.g. for my short film score albums). As a start, the entire Music page is turbo-charged with dynamic SoundCloud listening facilities now; in the future, I’m also planning to add cues, excerpts and audio showcases to project entries on the References page.

Enjoy the new features, let me know if you run into any problems – and if you’re on SoundCloud yourself, maybe you’d like to follow me and be the first to know about new tracks!