Spring 2014

Posted on Mar 31, 2014

 

2014 looks like a promising year if it continues in the direction it has started in-

Early this January I started to involve myself with a music library company from Ireland.  It was humbling to have been contacted directly by “Score Music Interactive” to be asked to join their new venture.  They have a very unique product that differs a lot from other music libraries in that they provide an interactive interface for potential clients to create their own cues.  Potential clients at this point look to mostly be in the gaming industry but are not limited to only that.  I pretty excited to be involved with this company and hope to see business grow from it.   Check out their website:  http://scoremusicinteractive.com/

It seems to be a year for getting involved with music libraries.  Recently I have also signed a contract with a music library company based out of LA, Half Note Music.  They provide music for a range of needs including, commercials, TV series, Films, and others.  Check out their site: http://halfnotemusic.net/

This spring I’m looking forward to starting on the project “If These Mountains Could Talk”.  Commissioned by the Knowledge Network If These Mountains Could Talk is a thirty-minute documentary that tells an original and personal history of Nelson and the Kootenays.  Directed by a close colleague “Amy Bohigian”, I’m excited to be a part of this fascinating project.

 

Thanks for taking the time to check out another Knome Studios blog post!

 

-Ben

2013 so far…

Posted on Aug 16, 2013

 

 

        2013 has been a very diverse year for me, and man it’s been fun.   Here is a quick look at some of the projects worked on over the last 6 months as well as some new exciting news for Knome Studios!  For your listening interest I’ve uploaded many new works in my “audio samples” playlist.  Enjoy…

 

Knowledge Network

 

I received the great news in May that I will be writing the music for a series of shorts films to air on the Knowledge Network early next year!!  My good friend and colleague Amy Bohigian of Watershed productions was the winner of the Knowledge Network history shorts competition.  It was amazing news to find out and I’m super happy for Amy, she is so  passionate and dedicated to her film making craft and it’s great to see that rewarded.  It’s a pleasure to be working with her on all the projects we work on together.  An article on it can be viewed in the Nelson Star :

Nelson filmmaker wins Knowledge Network competition

 

 

 

 Basin Stories

This year I was privileged enough to work with the Columbia Basin Trust on a really cool film series entitled “Basin Stories”.   To be up on the CBT website in the next month or so,  this film series documents the effects of building the dams in the Columbia Basin through the stories of dozens of Kootenay elders.  In many ways this project tested my ability to step into writing  a genre that I haven’t thoroughly explored – Folk.  Much of this series deals with issues in a rural setting and folk seemed to be the natural choice for music.  It was a little slow to start to find exactly what director’s Amy Bohigian and Rachel Schmidt were looking for, but once we pinned it down it seemed as though the music creation just flowed with an effortless rhythm.  Through it I discovered a new love for a genre I haven’t completely given a chance to.  

 

 

Defensora

After the culmination of at least 2 years of work, Defensora has reached it’s final edit.  I am truly happy to be a part of this project.  I thoroughly enjoyed writing in the “Spanish” sounding film score style that was needed for this project.  The final product looks and sounds great.   From this point Rachel Schmidt and Lee Topher have the film slated for  educational screenings, production of a full Spanish language version for distribution in Central America, development of an accompanying DVD educational booklet, film festival submissions, and possible future broadcasting.

 

Ecosave Web Video for The City of Nelson

 

This was a quick and fun little project completed for the City of Nelson’s “Ecosave” program.  I’m glad to be contributing what I’m best at to such great causes.  Check out the link to the video, and if you happen to own a house in Nelson this sounds like a great program.

 

 

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It has been a very diverse year so far for me writing in genres ranging from Spanish soundtrack to folk to electronic and working on projects ranging from documentaries, web series and informational videos.  I’m really excited to see what the rest of this year will bring.

 

Thanks for all your support everyone!
Ben

 

 

A busy 2012

Posted on Dec 2, 2012

2012 has proved to be a busy year at Knome Studios.  This year I’ve had the pleasure of working on 3 big projects that I would love to share with everyone. Also, I’ve uploaded new music onto the site from all 3 projects to give you a chance to hear some of the new creativity coming from Knome studios.

 

1-  The Feature Film “The Change Agents”.

This film was a major undertaking sparked by the students of LVR High School in Nelson BC.  With post production starting early this year I worked with Director, Robyn Shepard as well producer’s, Sarah Hayward, Chris Shearman, Rob Sekersky, and Joann Lowell to create a score.  The process of creating the music proved to be a huge opportunity to practice finding a middle ground between drastically varied view points while at the same time staying true to the artistic integrity that is Knome Studios.  As with any challenge I was determined to find the common ground among the group and it wasn’t until I brought Gemma Luna in to perform vocals on half a dozen cues that I had found the tie that would bind everyone’s taste’s.  The end of April through to mid-June consisted of many long meetings discussing the score, studio sessions, as well as numerous hours behind my MacBook Pro weaving the score together on my computer program Logic.  In the end I believe the score came together quite nicely in the way that I was able to satisfy the Director’s vision, but also stay close to my own vision for the score.  I was very fortunate to have been able to work with  2  past teacher’s of mine  Rick Lingard and Don MacDonald.  Rick provided me with many great ideas to help grease the wheels in creatively squeaky moments, but was also very beneficial in providing moral support as I navigated my way through the strong opinions of some producer’s.  Don MacDonald helped in the end by having a listen to the  finished draft’s and, in a matter of speaking, stamped it with his seal of approval.  With Don being such a seasoned and well known composer his approval went a long way in convincing my creative team that the score nailed the feeling that we were collectively wanting to achieve.  The film successfully premiered at Nelson BC’s, Capitol Theatre on November 1st,2012.  Currently it is being marketed to film festival’s around the globe.  For more info on the film check out the website —       The Change Agents

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2 -“Where The Trail Ends” Contour POV Camera Web Series

The Film “Where the Trail Ends” was produced by Freeride Entertainment together with Red Bull Media House.  The feature film, Directed by Jeremy Grant, documents the journey of 4 world class mountain biker’s searching around the globe for terrain never before rode. During the trips to 5 different locations, the Mountain biker’s wore helmet mounted camera’s provided by Contour.  The footage that was captured with the Contour POV camera’s is what was mainly used to edit the web series.  Synchronistically, after completing the score for “The Change Agents” I got an email from Jeremy asking if I would like to be on board to write the music for this series.  Of course I was!!  I love working with FreeRide Entertainment.  Not only are they pro’s at what they do, but they are always a great group to work with.  The 5 episode (Nepal, Gobi Desert x2 , Utah, Fraser Canyon), series stretched out over the span of 3 months.  During that time I worked closely with Freeride’s editor Bryan Ralph.  It was an extremely enjoyable web series to work on, as it challenged me to write in a number of eclectic styles in a short period of time.

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3- “Defensora” –  The Documentary

Rachel Schmidt is directing a powerful new documentary filmed in Guatemala.  This film documents 3 accounts of violence, rape and murder possibly committed by employees of a Canadian mining company working in a remote region of Guatemala.  The 3 victims of these heinous crimes are now suing the company within the laws of Canada due to the fact that the government in Guatemala is too corrupt to make any real impact or change.  Rachel contacted me in April to work on the trailer of the film which she pitched at Hot Docs Film Festival in Toronto the month of June.  In October she made a 2nd trip down to get the remaining footage and stills she needed to complete the film.  Recently the victims have caught Canadian attention as their story was aired on the CBC’s The National which featured footage from Rachel’s trailer.  Currently I’m working with the Rachel and the editor Sonja Ruebsaat to create a music score for the working length documentary.  We are due to complete Defensora early January 2013 in time to be submitted for screening at The Hot Docs Film Festival.  Rachel is still looking for contributions to support this heroic effort of her’s so please pay a visit to the Indiegogo site –   

http://www.indiegogo.com/defensora

 

 

 It’s been a productive year!!  I’ve really enjoyed the diversity of projects I’ve worked on this year and look forward to the new creative challenges in 2013.  Thanks again for taking the time to take a quick peak into Knome Studios.  Look for another blog post in early 2013. Now back to work….

 

Regards,

 

Ben

 

 

Happy New Year!!!

Posted on Jan 1, 2012

Another year over and a new one is about to begin.  A promising year it looks to be as well.  It’s been a hell of a busy holiday season and I’m looking forward to getting back to some form of routine again. 

November was a great creative month working with Rachel Schmidt on the CLBC films.  There are about 6 or 7 short films in total high lighting some of the contributions from CLBC around the Province. Working with Rachel has been an enriching experience with her easy going attitude yet clarity of vision.  Rachel is going to be producing an amazing new film in the new year down in South America called “Of Earth and Sky”.  Its a documentary about greed, canadian mining, justice and the heroic women of Guatemala.  It proves to be an epic, and brave documentary and I commend her for taking on the heroic task of producing this film.  She can use all the help she can get too!!  To find out more about the film and opportunities to donate follow this link to her “IndieGoGo” page   http://www.indiegogo.com/ofearthandsky.

When December came around I got a call from my friends at Freeride Entertainment looking for music to be produced for the new Whitewater Web Promo Video.  Of course I jumped on board with both feet.  The concept of the film was put in place with the clear vision of Director Jonnie Broi.  Gotta say working with him was awesome.  He knew exactly what he wanted and didn’t want to settle for anything less which, although made my job extra challenging, it also pushed me and my craft outside of the normal boundaries.  I really appreciated his drive to make the film perfect.  With that it turned out amazing. Follow the link  for your viewing pleasure.  Enjoy!

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With January now on the horizon I have a few big projects that are lining themselves up.  The feature film “Project Turquoise Snowflake” still has great momentum!  I’ll be working on the music for this film fairly steadily between now and mid-march.  Watch for it’s release sometime in Spring of 2012.

Amy Bohigian has called me up as well for some more music on her newest government funded project.  The film is raising awareness around the issue of Violence against Woman in an interesting photo/voice format.  It’s a pretty heavy topic and it’s geared to provide information to government officials. We want it to really hit home so expect it to be a pretty dark and foreboding score.

So that’s what the New Year is looking like at Knome Studios so far.  Thanks for staying posted everyone, and I wish you all the best for an inspiring 2012!!

Ben

 

Autumn Update

Posted on Oct 26, 2011

It’s been a really busy past couple months.  Besides purchasing a home, which is a huge project unto itself, I’m also working on a few new music projects which I’m really excited to be a part of!

First off the Film “Conceiving Family”which I composed the score for  had a premier screening in Nelson BC’s Capitol Theater on Sept. 17.  It was awesome to see such a good turn out for this event as well as a hugely positive response from the audience.   Finger’s crossed that this film will go far.  With the likes of the Director Amy Bohigian behind it I’m positive it will.  Also when you have time check out Amy’s site, it’s well worth the visit –  www.watershedproductions.ca

Another project I’ve got myself involved with is spearheaded by an old friend of mine Erez Barzilay.  Erez gave me my first opportunity to compose for a feature length film when he hired me on board to compose for his documentary “Surreal – A Glance at a Land that no Longer Exists” in 2006.  He’s recently changed his career path from Documentary Film Production to Digital Media.  I’m not at liberty to say too much about this new project but what what I can say is that it is an App. for a mobile device that is very innovative, and there is nothing else out there like it.  I’ll be directing the music aspect of this App.  Keep posted for further developments.

Also, I’m writing the music for a series of films produced by Rachel Schmidt for Community Living BC.  This series will  be a 3 part video (for now) designed to shed light on the importance of the Crown Agency, CLBC.  It will be shot in HD and destined to be screened by various Television Programmers and Internet Websites.

Last but not least I’m very excited to be hired on as the Composer for the Film ” Turquoise Snowflake”.  The Feature Film is being shot in Nelson BC and directed by the high school drama teacher at LVR, Robyn Shepard.  This film is an amazing opportunity to work with the very well seasoned Producer, Sarah Hayward  as well as Producer/Director of Photography, Rob Sekersky.  Turquoise Snowflake shows a lot of promise by being the only film in Canada (and possibly North America) to be shot at a high school.  I’ll be working closely with the music supervisor Ohan Vandemeer of Serpico Audio to create the score destined to be mixed down to Dolby Digital Surround Sound.  At this stage of the game the film is yet to be in post production as the crew is wrapping up filming.  Stay posted for updates on this unique project but in the meantime take a peak at their Facebook page by searching “Project Turquoise Snowflake” on FB.

So as you can see busyness is the theme of life at Knome Studios right now which is awesome.  So to all of my friends…. please don’t be offended if I don’t call back right away -hahah.   Also I’d like to say that originally I thought I would do a blog post once a week but realized quickly that this was a pretty lofty target.  It’s looking a lot more like once a month so please keep your ears perked for more activity at Knome Studios in November. Thanks for paying attention to my blog everyone!

 

Ben