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Jane Creating Sound for Video: Creating as a composer and filmmaker

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SoundClouder Jonathan Ochmann is a freelance filmmaker and composer from western Germany. Jack of all trades, Jonathan writes screenplays, has directed short films and is a visual effects artist. He also dabbles in composing music for video.

Jonathan uses SoundCloud to showcase his experience in both composing and directing. When he connects with a filmmaker interested in his work, Jonathan also offers help with visual work advice. “That way, I’m pretty much always ending up doing work on both ends and not getting enough sleep.”

Being able to juggle both work as a sound and video creator comes down to finding creators who are even more successful and hardworking as inspiration to improve his work. “I’m always looking for people who work harder than myself, who are smarter and more creative and most importantly more critical of my own work than I could ever be due to the inevitable lack of objective distance I have to it. Obviously it becomes increasingly harder to find these people when you keep pushing yourself and try to work 15 hours every day but when you do it’s really rewarding. Very few things are as much fun as working with people who have similar work ethics but hopefully completely different backgrounds and interests that expand your creative and personal horizons.”

Stumbling across a vast network of creators was Jonathan’s biggest surprise when he signed up for SoundCloud to have a place to store his compositions.

“After I saw that beautiful waveform player on a science blog, I totally judged it by its cover, which led me to sign up with the sole intention of hosting some compositions that I had written, not knowing that there was a whole community of creators and listeners behind that initial appeal of the user interface,” he said. “And it turned out that a lot of filmmakers and game developers were already using SoundCloud to look for new material and I was approached by a number of different people who asked if they could either use my existing music for their work or if I would be interested in composing original music for projects,” Jonathan said.

In light of this, Jonathan points to personal connections that he’s made with people on SoundCloud as the best part of his SoundCloud experience.

“When you live in a digital realm almost 24/7 like I do and are almost exclusively interested in super geeky stuff, it can be a little hard to find people in your physical surroundings to bounce ideas off of, or just have a good chat without boring them to death. And I guess that extension of one’s reach is a quality of the Internet in general, but for me specifically, SoundCloud has provided a platform and an interface to connect with a bunch of really talented people.”

This wraps up our series of hearing from creators who have experimented with video. Have you ever composed or created music for video? Let us know in the comments. We’ll be sharing more stories from the community so stay tuned.

Jane Creating Sound for Video: Scoring a Documentary

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“Creating music for a film makes me think of how much I’ve grown thanks to SoundCloud,” says Montpellier, France-based SoundClouder Julie Cocq.

As a student and composer, Julie has been interested in collaborating with filmmakers for a long time — so she made it known on her profile.

Evan Bartlett from Illinois contacted her to see if she would be interested in scoring his documentary film, Discovering the Beating Path. Releasing later this year, Discovering the Beating Path is an inspiring story of cancer survivors, Evan and his friend Elijah Accola, who embark on a 47 day journey across the American west from Illinois to show that there is life after cancer.

“To me, music brings so much to movies. It’s something that emphasizes emotions, that gives a peculiar ambiance, something that you’ll remember afterwards. To me, movie and music are practically indissociable. When I make a song, my mind is always wandering, filled with pictures,” says Julie. Hear one of her inspiring compositions from the soundtrack called “Ours”.

By building this awareness and meeting people through SoundCloud also led to this opportunity. Julie and Evan initially got in touch through SoundClouder Zach Schimpf whom Julie had collaborated with on SoundCloud many times. “Meeting new people and being a part of the SoundCloud community led me here.”

Beyond this relationship, interacting with the community and receiving feedback has given her confidence as a musician. “It’s so encouraging to read all the kind words and advices from the community members. That reassurance is very much appreciated, and it’s awesome to know that people love what you’re doing and love to do.”

Stay tuned on the blog, Tumblr and Twitter this week to hear from more creators involved in creating for film and video.

Jane Creating Sound for Video: Connections that lead to opportunities

Emotional moments in video are often accompanied by sound, perhaps a musical score that strikes a chord, heightening the emotions in video. Or hear a piece of music in the context of a striking visual or scene. Video also brings context to sound. Starting today, we’ll explore the complementary relationship between sound and video. We’ll meet SoundCloud community members who have had opportunities to experiment with creating for video and film.

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Spread across four different countries, five SoundCloud community members collaborated to create the soundtrack for web tv series After Hell, a story of post-apocalyptic zombie life.

SoundClouders Cyra Morgan (based in Rochester, New York) contributed vocals, Deane Ogden (Jakarta, Indonesia and Los Angeles, CA) played drums, Dave McKeown (Devon, UK) contributed clarinet and flute, Oliver Sadie played the piano, and his wife Penny Sadie played the cello from London, UK.

The opportunity to not only score but also produce the show came directly from connecting with the show’s creator Alexander Hölzl at the 2011 G-tech creativity competition, said Oliver, who also produced the series. Oliver was a music finalist in the competition with the help of the SoundCloud community.

“Interestingly, the track which got me the finalist place at the G-Tech competition was a community-centred mass collaboration on SoundCloud, that the SoundCloud community team, in particular David Noël, helped support. By that time I had made many musician friends on SoundCloud and we collectively wrote the track that ended up doing well in that competition. I’m proud to say that some of those SoundCloud friends are now collaborators in the soundtrack to After Hell.”

Building connections with the SoundCloud community has impacted Oliver’s professional career as a composer in film and television. “I have learned so much from people of all musical backgrounds and it has been immensely rewarding.” He emphasizes that if you’re planning a similar venture, don’t do it alone.

“Do it together, collaborate, because the result is always far greater than the sum of its parts. You’re not losing out by not having full credit for the music, you’re gaining reach, learning skills, multiplying your talents and opening opportunities that simply would not exist otherwise. SoundCloud has been and always will be a game changer for the talented home musician to truly shine on a world stage. Embrace it and you will write your own musical future.”

We’re continuing to profile more creators involved in creating for video. Stay tuned on the blog, Tumblr and Twitter next week.