Live Score Festival Stockholm 2018

I have been given the honor to both host and being the chairman of the jury at Live Score Festival Stockholm. It’s a festival truly celebrating Film Music. The Festival features short films with original scores performed live-to-picture. This is the first time such a festival is being held in Sweden and the festival is presented by The Prod in association with Kulturama, Musiker Utan Gränser (Musicians without Borders), Shortly and Musik i Film (MusiF) which is a non profit org. that wish to bring knowledge, interest and more value to Film Music in Sweden. An art sometimes overlooked. Selected film Composers have been paired with filmmakers to create an original score for the festival.

The festival is held at Kulturama in Stockholm, Sweden this sunday and the jury I’ve gathered are fantastic:

  • Richard Jarnhed (Director)
  • Thomas Lindahl (Composer, Teacher)
  • Hans Lundgren (Composer)
  • Joakim Tillman (Associate Professor in musicology and Author)
  • Shari Strandmark (Director)
  • Marina Nyström (Director, Actress)
  • Mikael Carlsson (Label Owner, Concert Producer, Composer)
  • Alexandra Nilsson (Composer, Board Member of SKAP)

 

Svartsjön (Black Lake) säsong 2 – Teaser

As you might know I composed all the Music to the second season of Svartsjön, or Black Lake as it is called internationally. In october the season premiers and Viaplay and Swedish TV3 have released a teaser.

It’s not my Music in this teaser, you have to wait to hear my score a little while longer.

 

Wonderful Screening of Moneybrother documentary

Some of you might already know that I have produced a documentary about the Swedish artist Moneybrother (Anders Wendin), the Swedish director Titus Paar and the Swedish org. Ankarstiftelsen. The Foundation (Ankarstiftelsen) build schools in South America and help the poor and those in need. This great Project resulted in a feature documentary directed by Titus Paar, edited by Lars Gustafsson (in Austin Texas). The DoP Bratislav Stankovic captured some great fotage in the jungle and in Colombia overall.

This is a really emotional and warm film that I am proud of being a part of.

I also composed the Music to the film, together with Moneybrother.

The first Review (in Swedish) came out today (4/5) after the great first screening were 350 people gave a standing ovation afterwards.

Distribution awaits and several distributors and TV stations are showing interest. HXP Production in collaboration with PAAR Production.

Funny Short film

Sometimes I compose Music to smaller Projects such as short films. This Swedish short was just too funny for me to pass up.
Director: Simon Gahmberg

 

Completed Black Lake (Svartsjön) season 2

I really had a blast from start to finish working with this great series! I composed the Music to all 8 episodes and worked with my wonderful friend and Tulpa-Brother Richard Jarnhed (who directed the first four episodes). I also, for the first time, worked with director Per Simonsson (who directed episode 5-8) whom I really enjoyed working with! I would love to Work with Per (and of course Richard) again!

The season will be aired in october so I will for sure get back to this later on! So many wonderful people involved in this Project!

Inspiring vacation

 

Inspiration is Paramount working with art. I am Always inspired by the Picture I am scoring but it’s also important to bring something to it. Other films and series are of course inspiring and also listening to podcast’s and in my case hosting podcast’s.

Nothing really compares to being out in nature though. Places were photos don’t capture the majestic feeling and the breathtaking views. Inspiration for me also comes by Reading and meeting people. If you boil it down it’s stories really and keeping the imagination going. For me imagination is like a muscle, you need to keep in shape and train it.

This summer I ran a summer camp like I normally do but for once I only took on one Group of leaders and kids. It’s so rewarding and to do something other than I normally do is lot’s of fun. It’s the warmest summer in Sweden ever (or at least since we started recording temp. some 260 years ago) which meant lot’s of bathing in the ocean and in mountain lakes. Me and my partner spent time in the most Southern parts of Sweden and also up in the North. We went canoeing in wonderful places and had a blast with friends and family.

I really needed some time “off” and probably I did not got enough time to really wind down but I should not complain.

Thank you to all of you who made this summer great! More photo’s below… Continue reading “Inspiring vacation”

Held Lecture on Stockholm University

I held a lecture on Film Music on Stockholm University tonight and I spoke for two hours. I truly like the format and I showed the students material from the films, games and TV-series I’ve composed music for. A truly honoring experience and I gladly return next semester.

Thank you for the invite Joakim Tillman, Associate Professor in musicology at the Department of Culture and Aesthetics.

Conduct AR! nominated at iMGA 14 (2018)

The award winning Northplay game Conduct This! Have it’s AR version that was nominated at the International Mobile Gaming Awards.

Recently Conduct Deluxe won at Denmark’s bigest gaming awards Spilpriesen (2018) The price as best game design.

The music to Conduct This!, Conduct Deluxe! and Conduct AR! are composed by me and I truly enjoy working with the Danish based company Northplay.

Here’s some review excerpts about the Music to all Three games in the series:

“The music and sound effects are all spot on. You get that old west type of music style. So overall, nothing to complain about, only praises.”
– ARcritic, The game scored 8,5/10

“We love this challenging puzzle game”
– Apple

“the music itself (composed by Simon Kölle) is rather charming and delightful”
– Christine Chan

“and the new music alone (composed by Simon Kölle) is rather charming and pleasant” – Gaby Baginsky

“Conduct THIS!, winner of the International Mobile Gaming Awards and played by more than 3 million people. Fantastic soundtrack by composer Simon Kölle.”

“The low-poly visuals are gorgeous, the music is incredibly well done, and the puzzles themselves are clever and challenging”
– Appadvice

“Conduct This! is one of the fresh breaths of air and originality that the app store needs from time to time”
– Applesfera

“Extremly good music and sound”
– Gaming Clerks

“The soundtrack, it is the luxurious sound of a saxophone with extra thrills when you complete each level. In conclusion, this game is quite enjoyable and a must-try if.”
– SKOAR!

“Nice little jazzy music that don’t take up to much of your brain power because you need to think about what you are doing but it does take you to that feeling ‘Oh I am playing a game’ mode.”
– Mumbles

“Great maps. Difficult but not too much. Not to easy either. Good music, engaging gameplay – a must play game for all age groups!!”
– Appgrooves

“During gameplay you hear wonderful and relaxed jazz/bigband music that improves the game”
– App gemeinde

Viking Saga: Rune of the Dead


The picture above is not associated with the film

I am still composing music for the second season of Black Lake (Svartsjön) and will go from that to compose the music (with Moneybrother) to the docuementary I produced. I have also composed the music to my long time friend Daniel Bezares’s TV-series pilot Ahmed.

During the summer (2018) the film “Viking Saga: Rune of the Dead” will be shot in Sweden. I will compose the music. Director is Rasmus Titzitis and the film is written by Faravid Svalfors af Ugglas and Rasmus Tirzitis. The film’s dialouge will be in english and film will be released worldwide by the US company behind the film called ITN. Below is a summary taken from IMDB.
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Composing with Moneybrother

As I produce more and more films I could not say no to the wonderful documentary were a camera crew led by director Titus Paar traveled to Colombia. Together with the my hand picked crew came Anders Wendin aka Moneybrother. In collaboration with HXP Films, Ankarstiftelsen (who build schools in Colombia) and Moneybrother we asked people to donate soccer shoes and sports wear. So after a short stop in Bogota were the team and Moneybrother gave away shoes and clothing to poor kids they traveled to the jungle. Very few camera teams have met with the Kogi tribe and our team ventured far into the jungle and to places no team (as we know of) have been shooting.

Now, we are in the post production part and as soon as I am finished with Black Lake season 2 I will score the documentary together with Moneybrother’s songs. It will be a blast!

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