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.

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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Latest news: Conduct Deluxe on Steam – Ave Mater to Japan and more

Working hard on the score for the TV-series Svartsjön (Black Lake) season 2 it’s Always nice to recieve updates about games and earlier completed scores.

Conduct Delux

Conduct This! The app game that’s been played by more than 3 million people have earlier been transformed into an AR-version and now a Computer version that can be bought on STEAM. Check out a trailer here:

 

Here’s a couple of qoutes:

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

“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.”

Ave Mater News

Ave Mater (Vilsen) got 8.2 of 10 in the Magazine Soundtrack Dreams. Check it out and here are a couple of qoutes:

“As the main story in the movie is the occult, Simon Kolle goes on with both the choir and the cello to express that musically. I must admit the music is alluring and I want to know more, the composer manages to infuse his cues with the fascination of the occult.”

“Call me crazy but there were moments when I felt a gust of Hitchcock passing through this score, better said a gust of Bernard Herrmann like suspense. All in all “Ave mater” is an interesting listen on its own.”

“It’s little things like the way Simon Kolle uses the voices and choir throughout this score that make me want to pay attention to his future works. The way he side steps generic music and filler cues also make me really enjoy his composition. There are little exciting and unexpected nuggets of music in almost every cue. It might be my vivid imagination inspired by the music but the way “A slit throat” is constructed. sounds to me like the blood quietly flowing out of that throat.”
- Mihnea Manduteanu, Soundtrack Dreams

Ave Mater is due to be released in Japan and the date the film will air on Japanese national TV is the 4th of january 2018.

Composing for Black Lake Season 2

I can now reveal that I am composing the music for the Swedish TV-series Svartsjön or Black Lake as it is called in English. The second season will see Filip Berg and Hedda Stiernstedt play the leading roles. The first four episodes are directed by long time friend and companion Richard Jarnhed and shot by Emil Klang.

The 4 last episodes are directed by Per Simonsson and shot by Nicklas Karpaty. Lotta Westberg from Jarowskij is producing.

Photos: Jarowskij

What a year!


On the premier of The Perfect Weapon (2016) and The Legend of Dark Rider: The Beginning

What a year it has been for Simon Kölle!

THE MUSIC

It all began with finishing the last couple of cues for Vilsen (Ave Mater), making some additional music for the short Gola Inte, making some music to a roleplaying game, a logo and making the music for a computer game.

After doing a commercial Simon finished the music to the, later on, several award winning short “Legend of Dark Rider: The begining”, who became a hit. Composing for yet another commercial – this time Grabber screws and then start working on a app game called Conduct This! A game that’s now a huge hit and on the toplists in many countries. Simon revisited the game many month’s later to make even more music.

Then Simon finally made his Hollywood debut compsoing the music for The Perfect Weapon (2016) directed by Titus Paar who also directed Legend of Dark Rider: The Begining. Right after that Simon made some improvational music fot the Event/LARP The Solution were the participants listened to the music nonstop for 48 hours.

Simon helped his friends Pixelbeast at The Game Assembly out with composing the music to their examination computer game Zvonar.

Simon produced and composed the music for the short film #Ingenskitiminkropp which is a film about doping in martial arts. The film will be released early 2017. Director Richard Jarnhed co produced and directed the film.

Late in the summer, Simon started to compose music for americal trailers together with director Rasmus Tirzitis. A total of 6 trailers were done during the autumn. Simon also founded the trailer music group called STK Group.

Simon composed the music for two commercials for the company BEX with Titus Paar as the director.

Simon started working with Paradox Interactive on a small project that could lead to more. Director/editor Rasmus Tirzitis created the final trailer for Vilsen (Ave Mater) and Simon composed the music.

Director/writer Richard Jarnhed created 4 event films for Hotell Kung Carl and Simon both composed the music and worked with sound design on the project.

In November and December Simon, together with Joel Forssell, composed the music for Vitt Skräp (White Trash) yet again but this time with a different sound and approach. As some small changes are left to do early 2017 it will be counted as a 2017 production.

Writing and Producing

Together with long time friend Richard Jarnhed they founded the platform Tulpa Creatives which will work in many constellations and with different projects. The first Tulpa Creatives projects were the Hotel-films and the drama documentary #Ingenskitiminkropp.

Tulpa Creatives have during some time now developed a TV Series (with Henrik Summanen and Joel Forssell) and late in december Simon and Richard started yet another project together with actor and executive producer Mattias Lundberg. The two projects differ a lot in both style and scope. More information will come on www.tulpa.nu

Simon was also one of the producers of Vilsen (Ave Mater) and was responsible for making a distribution deal and much more.

Last but not least Simon kept on writing for martial arts on www.fightermag.se and worked as sports commentator.

2017

Several interesting projects are about to take form. Simon will early in 2017 compose the music for a feature film and record an orchestra in Lisabon. The developing of two different TV series will be something Simon work a lot with. Simon is open for job offers and collaborations as a composer, composer and writer. Simon’s main focus is always composing though but the love for writing and producing are close second.

 

Reviews of the music in Vilsen (Ave Mater)

In the wait for the proper Soundtrack release reviewers of the film itself have written and said various things about the music. An overwhelmingly positive response (all the qoutes are originaly in Swedish but now translated to English):

“The winner of the award of recognition for composing the music for Vilsen (Ave Mater), Simon Kölle”
- Hollywood Film Festival

“The Excitment is substantial and the music build the suspense in a fantastic way”

“Even though the film had a limited budget it got high procution values and most of all when it comes to the editing and music. But also the special effects that are practical and very well done”
- Filmparadiset

“The Music is outstanding and you are always on tenterhooks”
- SF Anytime

“Unusual story being a swedish film, great music”
- Plejmo

“In the action scenes and really suspensefull moments and very scary sequences the music is dead on target”

“The Music is good and it succeded to trick me to make the scenes more cool, more emotional what they really are if you had watched the scenes wihout  music”
- Famous Swedish podcasts

“Fiting music, well coreographed fights and an exciting and mystical story”
- Barrikaden

“Musiken är bra för dem lyckas lura mig, scenerna blir häftigare, mer känslomässiga än vad dem egentligen är om man bara skulle titta på scenerna utan musiken.”

“I vissa sekvenser, i ritualmorden som sker så är [musiken] väldigt otäck tycker jag. Dem har fått till själva känslan att man nästan sitter där och känner ett obehag när man tittar på detta. Och man rycks med och nästan lider med karaktärerna som råkar illa ut.”

“Musiken… Ooooooh! Oooooh! Den tänkte jag på den här gången. Den är väldigt synkad mot hur hur dom vill att man ska känna sig och det byts musik väldigt snabbt mellan klippen.”

“Det används mycket violiner, fioler det är klassiskt och så är det väldigt tydligt att såhär vill jag att du ska uppleva scenen – vilket jag tycker är fantastiskt bra, väldigt bra!”
- Swedish Podcasts