© Alexander Sommer/Philipp Klein 2020
Lynxes, European minks, gophers and terrapins are among the rarest animals in the world. Thanks to several resettlement projects, these species are now about to make their comeback in German nature. The film accompanies individuals of these species on their way back to their original habitats.
Each of the animal protagonists has their own leitmotif in the soundtrack. The music itself is a colorful mix of orchestra, choir, synthesizers, and rather unusual "instruments" such as typewriter, computer mouse and biro.
© Altayfilm 2020
Great Bustards (Großtrappen) are among the heaviest flying birds on our planet. 30 years ago, those outstandingly impressive animals were on the very edge of extinction: in Brandenburg (Germany), only 50 individuals were left in the early 90s, when a group of scientists and conservationists joined their forces in a common rescue project. Their tireless commitment is proving: extinction can be stopped.
The score consists of numerous layered guitar recordings in many different styles (picking, strumming, bowed, bottle-neck), combined with rather unusual instruments such as throat singers and celesta. This special combination of musical colours creates a mystical wild-west-feel, staging those amazing animals in the vast landscape of Brandenburg.
© Florian Soest/mafilm 2020
The only reliable constant is change. An inconvenient truth, which also Horst Krause has to face in the 8th episode of the well-known and popular German movie series.
The music (score and songs) is handmade in large part and was great fun to produce. Catchy melodies and modern scoring elements coalesce into special themes for special characters.
(Fun fact: I have a short guest appearance in the movie)
© Jan Haft/nautilusfilm 2020
43 min. documentary about nature in and around the Königsee (Berchtesgadener Alpen, Bavaria, Germany). Also referred to as the "Bavarian Fjord", the 190m deep Königssee is one of the cleanest
lakes in Germany.
The electronic soundtrack (a collaboration with Dominik Eulberg) is vivid, versatile and utterly pure, just as the lake itself.
© Jan Haft/nautilusfilm 2020
95 min. documentary (cinema) about the different natural habitats in Germany, from the alps in the south to the seas in the north. This journey through nature is built around breathtaking shots
and stunning time-lapse sequences, revealing the beautiful secrets of our flora and fauna.
The soundtrack (a collaboration with Dominik Eulberg) has a clear emphasis on electronic elements and may well be my most electronic score so far. Even though nature and electronic music may seem contradictory, the pulse of both worlds allows music and picture to merge with one another most beautifully.
© mm-filmpresse 2018
104 min. drama (cinema) by Bernd Böhlich.
DDR 1952 - After years of political imprisonment in Workuta, Soviet Union, being wrongfully accused by her own political comrades, communist Antonia Berger is finally allowed to come back home. However, the price she has to pay for her freedom is not to tell anyone about the awful experiences of her recent past…
The piano-based soundtrack is inspired by highly romantic piano compositions and tied closely to the protagonist. It captures the tensions evolving from the huge relief of being released from prison on the one hand, and the new political enforcements awaiting Antonia back in the DDR on the other.
© nautilusfilm 2018
93 min. documentary (cinema) by Jan Haft about the impressive diversity of life in our meadows, exploring countless seriuously endangered animals, plants and other barely visible miracles.
The soundtrack is an atmospheric composition of orchestra and choir (composed and produced in close collaboration with Dominik Eulberg), thoroughly mixed with electronical textures and driving synthesizers that emerge more and more throughout the movie.
The vocal solo part in "Quo abiit" has been sung by myself and Lili Haft. The meaning of the Latin lyrics:
"Where has the beauty of meadows dissapeared to?
The meadows I so much loved to play in.
Full of rich diversity,
Full of flowers and animals.
Where has the beauty of meadows dissapeared to?"
© nautilusfilm 2018
45 min. documentary by Jan Haft, presenting Iceland's flora and fauna with numerous outstanding shots.
The electronic aesthetics of the score (composed and produced by me and Dominik Eulberg) merge with the stunning pictures of volcanos und glaciers into an all around impressive documentary.
Listen to the complete Soundtrack and the sounds of Iceland (Ambiance Mix):
© Michael Hegewald 2018
63 min. documentary by Max Benyo.
Silvia Sempeyu belongs to the Maasai tribe. She and her five children are living in a wooden hut, close to frontier between Tanzania and Kenya.
Despite a number of heavy personal strokes of fate, Silvia has made it her mission to fight for the rights of Maasai women in her region. This fight for equality between men and women clearly collides with the traditions of her tribe, and evokes aggressive reactions among men – and women. Not least she had to fear for her life and that of her children.
© Filmuniversität Babelsberg/stillerkamerad.de
90 min. multi award-winning documentary on an innovative horse therapy concept for soldiers suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD/PTBS).
The minimalistic Soundtrack embodies strength, progress, intimacy, graveness and a feel of breathing - one of the most important aspects of the innovative therapeutic approach.
© Lauscherlounge 2018
130 min. award-winning on location radioplay – 16 years old Tim rapes a girl under the influence of drugs on a party. Released from prison 4 years later, he is struggeling to find a way back to normal life.
The dark and subtle, yet energetic and emotional soundtrack takes up the violence and gloominess of the radioplay's story, integrating tinnitus sounds as part of the music arrangement and deeply connecting to the play's sound design.
© Jonas Walter 2017
30 min. short drama – a group of teenagers are celebrating their graduation, when things are suddenly getting out of hand.
The electronic techno score is completey diegetic and subtly supports the movie's dramaturgy, seemingly by coincidence.
© Valentin Selmke 2017
Online clip for the study "Das Vermächtnis" for the newspaper "Die Zeit".
Pop-Style music, turning into a dark counterpart.
© Marcus Lauterbach / Filmuniversität Babelsberg 2017
Short comedic chamber play. A polite controversy between primary teacher Anton Milovic and over protective mother Sarah Knappen-berger tilts into a bizarre argument.
The tango soundtrack with Xylophone, Recorder (Blockflöte) and blackboard-chalk-percussion lines out, what the movie actually is: a school comedy.
© Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg 2015
Short Drama – Clara, suffering under the breakup from her boyfriend, finds her own way to deal with the situation.
The noisy piano soundtrack picks up Clara's emotional confusion and internal unrest.