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Finally, its here: the soundtrack of the upcoming shortfilm Norwegian Night. Have a nice listening!
Like I told you earlier I am the composer of the american/swedish short film Norwegian Night. I promised to give you some more details about the film and here I am with, yes exactly, more details! Always keep your promises!
This movie is a drama about the street-life in Oslo a late night/early morning. We follow the main character Eric on his way home. He is a bartender who is dealing with his anger about the city´s criminals . While Eric is waiting for the bus, he meets a couple of nazis, one hallick and his hooker. Eric have had enough, but will he take the fight? And what happens if you refuse to move when one of the self claimed king of naziland tells you that he wants your place on the bus stop?
The film was (despited its name) shot in Los Angeles in July and is directed by Joah G. Linden.
I did most of the music in the last two weeks in July and we wanted to have a soundtrack with a smaller touch. Not anything big or epic, and not that much orchestra-instruments. What I have done is a soundtrack built on modern synthesizers, dirty guitars, some spaghetti western guitars and basses and then mixed it with more classical things like strings and woodwinds. And I have to say, I am very satisfied with the results! This is something really new for me and it has been an exciting time.
Norwegian Night was showed at a cinema in the Warner Bros headquarters on August 9th and was well received from the audience.
I have some good news and some bad. Of course I start with the bad ones. Ok? I earlier told you that the movie will be out in august or september this year, unfortunately it won´t. And for the moment I don´t have a release date. It could be out this fall or sometime next year, it all depends on if the movie will compete on some film festivals or not. But the movie will of course be released! I just don´t know when yet.
But now to the good news. The soundtrack will be released digitally tomorrow. The premiere will be on this site. So comeback tomorrow! I hope you will like it!
I am glad tell you that I am working on a soundtrack for an american/swedish short film called Norwegian Night. It is a drama with some excitement to it. The movie will be out in the end of this summer. More details later.
The examination project To Paint Emotions With The colors of Music – A study of how it is possible to create music to bring forth different kind of emotions is now online. Yet only in Swedish.
You can either download it from the DiVA Academic Archive On-line
Enjoy your reading!
Unlike the short presentation about me at the beginning of this website I am not going to talk about myself in a third person in the following text. You see, the reason I was doing that was just because I was trying to appear a little more professional so you would think that I had employees who take care of such things. But I have to be honest with you now, I am running this website by myself, and I am not so rich that I have a whole crew taking care of everything for me (yet). Anyway…
My name is Zebastian Carlson and I was born in the west side of Sweden. I am a composer and music-producer and I have specialized in music for film projects of various kinds.
I am currently living in Ystad, the new Hollywood of Sweden and the country's southernmost city. It is a beautiful place where the inspiration can flow. I don't know if it is because of the medieval architecture in the town, the open landscapes and the wonderful nature or the always present sea. But there is something about this part of this country which have a good impact of my creativity.
I started out as a guitarist and songwriter for rock, pop and blues in the early 2000's but got more and more interested in soundtracks for movies and the more classical and orchestral kind of music that is frequently used in the film industry today.
Graduated in music-production through the university programme Design Of Music And Sound where I spend a great time of my study to analyze film scoring, both compositional, orchestrational and how the music can interact with the drama. I did my traineeship with Håkan Eriksson, a swedish prominent composer for television. And I also did my examination project about film scoring, a work named Att Måla Känslor Med Musikens Färger - En studie i hur man kan skapa musik för olika typer av känslor (To Paint Emotions With The colors of Music – A study of how it is possible to create music to bring forth different kind of emotions) which were a study of how the music affects the emotions of the listener and if it is possible to communicate a certain feeling to the listener. For that work I composed seven different songs for seven different film genres and with predefined feelings. I then let 128 people listen to the songs and let them answer some questions about what feelings they got when they heard the music. To my big surprise, a big majority of the listeners were having the same feelings as I was trying to evoke. But pretty often they also imagine pictures of the same environments that I was having when I wrote the music. So my conclusion of that work was: Yes! It is most definitely possible to communicate certain feelings with instrumental music to the majority of the listeners.
In addition to this two year long education I have also studied another 85 ECTS points in different music courses such as: composing, arranging, mixing and producing but also some music history over the years.
Even if all this academic music studying has given me a lot of knowledge about a lot of things I still belive that the best way of learing music is to just take a listen to it, and be surrounded by it as much as you possibly can. The most things I have learned when it comes to music I have learned from the listeners point of view, just as a big fan of music. I would never have learned what I've learned if I haven't had such a big passion for music.
As long I can remember I have been very fascinated about the way the music can affects your mood completely and how it can strengthen the emotions in a movie and as it were "give birth" to everything that you can't see in the picture. The music can make the whole scene feel so much more alive and for real. I really don't think there is anything you can't say with music. It is a universal language, much more complete than any other language. It doesn't matter who you are or where you come from and you don't need to learn it to understand it. Isn't it fascinating?
Some of my absolute favourite film composers are Hans Zimmer, Jerry Goldsmith, John Williams, Alan Silvestri, Danny Elfman and Alan Menken to name just a few. I guess my own soundtrack-music has a flavour of all of them in some way or another, it is nearly impossible not to be inspired by the music you are listening to and I feel happy when someone says that my music sounds like some of my musical heroes, but I think it is very important to find my own style and develop it. And in many ways I think I have, but I am always looking for new ways of doing personal music. One of the most important part of being a composer is to be an individual.
I master many musical styles for a pretty wide range of different film genres. And I am a big believer that: what you can't do, you can always learn to do. And I think I will never consider myself as a fully trained composer. And the fact is, I don't want to be it either. I want to continue to develop as a musician and I think of it as a lifelong process, and since I am still young I think I will have a lot of time to improve my ability.
I am working with some of the best orchestra-samples on the market and I offer an operational end product with finished music originally written for your project. I am always looking for new missions and adventures, scoring a film is a big adventure itself, so if you are looking for a composer for anything, whatever it may be, do not hesitate to contact me. I am gonna do my best to give your project the best and most suitable music possible.
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