Dutch Documentary Positief Getest (Positively Tested)

When Covid 19 appeared and the lockdowns started I promised myself to write music about these very strange times, I kept that promise!

It wasn’t how I imagined it but better, in other words more special! Writing Music to a Documentary that tells the story of the Elisabeth Ziekenhuis during the start of the Pandemic is very very special. 

The greatest challenge was to combine the threat of the virus with the hope everybody had to survive this and most of all honor the people that are filmed in maybe the most vulnerable situation of their life. 

I created a theme for the Virus, a melody that indicated danger and on the other hand a theme that symbolized hope. These musical themes constantly battle each other throughout the whole documentary. An ECG Beep was made from scratch that could be used tonal (writing melodies with it). It made it possible to let the music creep out of the background when needed. The melody of the virus was programmed into the synthesizer, with an option to morph it from very clean to very mean. This made it possible to turn scenes around without the viewer even noticing it. I combined this with traditional orchestral elements. The more organic sounds are used for the hope part of the story. Almost no percussion, instead a very heavy rhythmic synth was used. 

I tried with the most respect I had to honor all the heroes in this documentary.

 

to see the documentary please follow this link

https://www.etz.nl/Over-ETZ/Wat-doen-wij/Positief-getest-documentaire-coronacrisis

In collaboration with GiG Creative Film Production and Directed by Toon Donders

Brainport ‘Ons verhaal achter het shirt’

What is special about this composition is the story behind the music: Unity is strenght, in this composition I sought up the ultimate collaboration, I used the Fibonacci sequence. This is the goldenratio in a numeral sequence, in other words a unique connection between numbers. I translated this sequence to notes and coincidence or not, out of these building blocks came a composition that everybody liked! This theory is applied on everything in the orchestration and gives the movie the character #Brainport and #Eindhoven was looking for.

Read more about it in this article on Linked In

 

Xpert Clinic

Music score to the Xpert Clinic item about Diana, a pianoteacher with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

The vision from a musical point of view was that it needed to be minimalistic but still driving the picture. And of course it had to have a piano in it! The choice was the piano as a center piece in the music with some additional chamber music instruments. (String Quartet)

De Bonk

Music score to the event “De Bonk”
An award show by “Communicatie Club Bourgondië (CCB)“.

Show dates: 28 March 2019 at the Klasse Theater in Tilburg.

The Idea of the word “Bonk” in the Netherlands means a “Hit”. That was what the music should be, a hit, but elegant and proud. The orchestra used in this composition is a larger than life string session (344!) and a big brass section. All to enhance the absurd images. On top of that a real life soprano voice to sing the most inelegant word: BONK! That was the biggest mission, to incorporate that into the music.

Getuige

Music Score to the film “Getuige” (Witness).
A movie by Toon Donders.

Nominated at the Eindhoven Film Festival 2018

10 augustus 2018 in Theater het Klavier
1 december 2018 at het Eindhovens Filmfestival
This movie is not yet available online.

Soundtracks “Confrontation” and “Death is not the End”:
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Music for a short movie. The movie is about the fear of death. I chose to write everything around a short rhythmic pattern based on Morse code, the Morse code spells fear. From that point I started collecting sounds that made people afraid. (Lions, thunder, howling wolves etc…..) And made that into one signature sound. Together with the Morse and the “Sound” I wrote a theme. Everything combined made the soundtrack of the movie. 

 

 

NAC: Alles en Niets

Music Score to the documentary “NAC: Alles en Niets”.
A documentary by Fox Sports.

The broadcast date: 22 November 2018, primetime (20:30), at the FOX Sports NL channel.
Watch it at Fox Sports (Only available for Fox Sports subsribers)

Soundtracks “Enter the Arena, Pt. 2” and “The March”:
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De Illusie die Perfectie Heet

Music Score to the documentary “De Illusie die Perfectie Heet”.
A movie by Charlotte van Buuren.

Broadcasted as a two-piece documentary by LINDA.Meiden:
Schokkende waarheid achter de modellenwereld
Het was echt oorlog in mijn hoofd

Soundtrack “De Illusie die Perfectie Heet”:
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This is a musicsuite (short resume of all the music in the movie) I wrote for a documentary that is about a model. She is forced to cut off her work because she has developed an eating disorder. The movie is all about mourning. As psychologie says mourning has a certain curve. It is a “V” curve. In music you could interpret this V on all kinds of levels, from a very small cue to a very big one. (Patterns like: Loud > Soft > Loud, Theme1 > Bridge > Theme2, and many more) Besides that I wanted the music to let you know it she is far away from the world or really close. For this third dimension I chose to make the strings the outside world and the individual instruments (especially the piano) represents her.

Ploegendienst

Music Score to the aftermovie of the popular “Ploegendienst” festival in Breda

Soundtrack “Ploegendienst”:
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This is an after movie for a techno festival in Holland. The owner wanted something different then one of the techno tracks everybody heard there. I chose for a musical transition from very soft to blazing loud but with love! With in the middle the really dense part to represent time standing still.

Darklands of Adoption

Uncommisioned

This is the most personal piece of music I’ve ever made. It is my story about being adopties, in music and without words! Why? Because I’m not that good with words. And with this subject, finding words is even harder. The pain, sadness and insecurity and the feeling of loss is indescribable, but this album comes close.

It is the first part of my life, in music. As you listen through it you will notice not everything is dark, most of it is ;). I already said I’m not good with words, so please take a seat and listen through the whole piece, close your eyes and take a moment to enter my world…

Ow…. don’t get me wrong, I love my life right now! It’s not all dark anymore and I’m glad about that!