This music of Aardia is the work of three swedish film composers Patric Söderlund, Daniel Johansson and Gustaf Grefberg. Simon mixed and mastered thier album Conquest of the Ancient Halls that had it’s release yesterday. Here’s a medley of all songs on the album:
Simon has composed, mastered and mixed a lot during the course of the autumn. The debuting, epic, dark fantasy inspired, cinematic music group called Aardia worked closely with Simon in several month’s to create a stunning album, they before working with Simon had worked on for almost two years, which will be released on Waerloga Records early 2011. Simon has also kept working with intro’s, cues to TV-shows and mastering albums on demand throughout the autumn.
Today Simon finished a remake of a soundtrack (made by Vincent Andelmoth) to a short art film made by the famous greek multimedia artist namned John Santerineross. The Short film is called Destin and the soundtrack is more or less dark ambient horror music with hints of mysticism and psychological drama. The score, made by Simon, will be featured in a compilation released 2011. See the short film Destin, here.
The cover and digipack back on the upcomming debut album of Aardia which Simon both mixed,
mastered and worked closely with during the whole autumn
Simon is included in the Swedish book “Vägen till sångerna samtal om kreativitet och låtskrivande” (released sept. 2010).
The book is a series of interviews, one chapter each, made by swedish journalist Stefan Warnqvist and include bands such as: Backyard Babies, Miss Li, Timo Raisanen, Urban Tribe and more (a total of 22). Mainly Singer-songwriter’s from Sweden.
The book is in Swedish and is properly distributed here. Read more about it (in swedish) here. Simon foremost interviewed about his band Za Frumi but touches subjects such as composing for films and more.
Simon is making intros and other music to the webiste MMANYTT (mmanews), a website Simon also own together with some friends. The website got more than 400.000 unique readers every month. Simon is also hosting TV-shows viewed on the website. MMAnytt collaborates with among others TV4sport and Canal+sport and sponsor fighters such as Alexander Gustafsson who is fighting in the UFC.
The Swedish Arts Grants Committee has awarded Simon a grant for his work as a composer. The working party within the committee was comprised by nine members, all esteemed professionals. Considering Simon’s background in the underground scene, this award sends a clear message: the music of Simon Kolle is indeed to be taken seriously.
The Featurette Res dej inte! (Stay down) could be viewed at SVT1 the 13th of June (2010) at 23:15 (swedish time), afterwards a debate will follow about youth violence and the project. Simon’s soundtrack for film has earned great reviews so far and if you can’t wait for the viewing you can listen to some music samples here.
Simon has finished mastering the swedish duo Lost Kingdom’s (Daniel & Mikael Tjernberg) upcomming CD release “Meant for Great Things” a while ago . The music is neo-classical and cinematic and will be released soon on Waerloga Records. Read more about Lost Kingdom here. Simon also signed up recently to master a debut album for the band Aardia which as with Lost Kingdom will be released this first half of 2010. To hire Simon to master an album contact him.
The second installment of solo project Musterion has been given really good reviews in the media. Here’s a couple of qoutes:
“Swedish-born composer Simon Kölle has been touted as one of the most significant Scandinavian musicians of his generation and genre… Reminds me of masters such as Devil Doll, Pink Floyd, David Lynch and Lovecraft. The music is so unique and cinematic I nominate it to be the best dark ambient album this year  for sure… I love this album.” 5/5 stars – Ivan Racheck @ Chaindlk.com
“Simon Kölle, having a background in theatre and music, is well placed to further explore the demonic shades of the subconscious through his compositions… ‘The Wondrous Journey…’ succeeds because it places a fresh nuance on the genre, and is capable of continually challenging as well as engaging the listener within ever encroaching walls of insanity.” Michael Cunninghamn @ Judas Kiss and Compulsion
“Simon takes his music to new levels of sophistication and refinement without compromising the allure and excitement of the sound. The entertainment factor rides high throughout this gem of a release.” 5/5 – Alexander Garrett @ Row Magazine
“The music, ancient and esoteric is cinematic and arcane which contains mostly organic and electro acoustic instruments. The compositions are complex and obscure. Fluently the music takes you on this psychedelic trip with care and precision.” Remco @ Gothtronic
The soundtrack to the film “Res dej inte!” (Stay down) as been given a very good reception by the media.
Here’s a couple of qoutes:
“In summation, the soundtrack for ‘Res Dej Inte!’ is a masterful piece of work. Surely ranking as one of Kölle’s best. A marriage of styles and inspirations between director and composer seems to have given both works (visual and musical) the impetus to create an astounding document on the alpha and omega of violence. There is only darkness between each falling fist and rising blade, ‘Res Dej Inte!’ confronts this darkness and forces its naked face towards our own hiding places. An important piece of cinema bolstered by a soundtrack that asks nothing of its peers, yet has much to say.” Michael Cunninghamn @ Judas Kiss and Compulsion
“A grim, rather violent film concerning three gangs of youths. Musically this is certainly no standard soundtrack with lot’s of strings and pianos or a collection hit songs. It is more in the neighborhood of the bizarre compositions of Angelo Bandalamenti’s Twin Peaks, but much more cold and minimalistic.” Tim @ Mindview
“The score stands up with the best Hollywood has offered the last month’s and I sincerely hope Kölle follows the trail blazed by Richard Jarnhed and they embark on a road to the mainstream… Overall, this is an excellent score and if you’ve loved the music to films like Alien and The Omen you will definitely love this one as well. But you also here hints of the music of John Carpenter and Michael Suby.” 5/5 stars – Ivan Racheck @ Chaindlk.com
“This is a soundtrack for those who like dark ambient music and uncanny sounds. This is a great soundtrack to a most promising film.” Remco @ Gothtronic
“Kölle’s work is absolutely first class, mixing ethnic elements with modern and ambient, traditional and somewhat (but not so much) classical, which all pays honorable homage to its visual accompaniment. The last thing mentioned is what Simon really has a grip on, namely hitting the right spot at the right time… It’s deliberating to hear a soundtrack not sounding Hollywood with string sections and crisp orchestrations. The music is rather dirty and dark in a good suiting way. Another great thing which stands out is a series of elaborate and expressive musical phrases, each conjuring up a different facet to the story.” 9/10 – Alexander Garett @ Row Magazine
“Strident, tense atmosphere, dreary plains, mixing techniques which create a rhythmic pulse or sweep. More and more you get closer to the coldness of Popol Vuh’s Nosferatu soundtrack, the more you do it you touch the goal. Death – or rather the scare of dying.” Bil @ A Report on the next clues
“Res dej inte! (OST) is a very interesting and far from negligible album”
Roberto G @ Mentenebre