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
Res dej inte! will have it’s first public screening this sunday, January 31, at the Göteborg International Film Festival. The film will be screened three times during the festival, on sunday January 31, thursday February 4 and saturday February 6. Res dej inte! will be screened together with Swedish featurette White as blood.
Visit Göteborg International Film Festival website for information on bookings in English or in Swedish.
After being hacked back in november, the Waerloga Records Mailorder is finally back in working order and with upgraded safety to avoid it happening again. Feel free to visit the mailorder to purchase Simon’s releases, including the official soundtrack for Res dej inte! and releases by Za Frûmi, Musterion, Abnocto and more!
A trailer for the featurette Res Dej Inte is finally availiable on YouTube. This chilling story is sure to become a Swedish modern youth classic. Simon’s music has a huge part in creating the atmosphere of the film and the consequences violence among youths. Enjoy!
Simon has made music and the sound engineering for two rooms that are a part of the exhibition “Hem, ljuva hem” (Home Sweet Home) which opens on December 3 at Polismuseet (The Police Museum) in Stockholm.
The exhibition deals with domestic violence through times. The two rooms which Simon has been a part in creating tell the stories of two real cases involving domestically abused women. The first case brings us back to 1925, and the other one is based in the 21st century. Two women, 80 years a part in time and yet so similar.
A release party is being planned to celebrate the upcoming releases of the two albums The Woundrous Journey Through the Catacombs of Life by Musterion and the soundtrack for Res dej inte!. The event will take place in Stockholm on November 26 and everyone’s invited!
Come and celebrate these truly great albums and enjoy Simon’s music, appearances by Erik Bolin, Richard Jarnhed, Per Holmgren and performance art by Linus Raudsepp. Drinks and releases will be available for purchase. Admittance is free!
The event will be helt at Scenen Pipersgatan 4 (Tube: Rådhuset) on Thursday, November 26 6-11 PM.