I’m Jan Morgenstern, and you’re looking at the website of my audio production company. I’m a composer and sound designer by nature and profession, and you can hire me to work on your projects. In the past, I’ve worked on numerous film and TV projects, video games, and advertisements; to get a taste of those works, check out my showreel, take a look at my references, or listen to examples of my music.
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En, to, tre, fire!
Life on a Scandinavian farm may not be what you traditionally expect to be a hotbed for radical ideas, but all it takes is a little goat with a recently-acquired skill of counting to ten and a bunch of animals who would really rather just tend to chewing grass rather than being counted, and you have all the ingredients for a bona fide culture clash.
With his 1957 story Geitekillingen som kunne telle til ti – The Little Goat Who Could Count to Ten –, Norwegian author Alf Prøysen successfully blended a delightful and educational children’s tale with a pointed, satirical commentary on how a conservative society responds to new ideas. Almost 60 years after his original radio broadcast, Norwegian public TV broadcaster NRK commissioned director and animator Hans Jørgen Sandnes and his team for the production of a lovingly hand-drawn, animated short film adaptation of the famous source material. After its year-long production time and its impending premiere on national TV, Geitekillingen is set to do the short film festival circuit and, eventually, reach an international audience via TV and BluRay.
In the tradition of vintage animation shorts from the mid-20th century, I’ve written and produced a lush, full-length orchestral score for Geitekillingen. I was also responsible for the audio post production and the restoration of Alf Prøysen’s original radio recording. Marking our 8th and as-of-yet most elaborate collaboration, I’m very happy that I got to work with Hans and his incredibly talented crew again, and I’m proud of what we accomplished. Stay tuned for news of where you can catch the little goatling!
Jerry Goldsmith Award for “Caminandes: Gran Dillama”!
I’m honored and proud to announce that my score for the animated short film Caminandes: Gran Dillama has won a Jerry Goldsmith Award in the category of Best Score for an Animated Short Film at this year’s International Film Music Festival in Córdoba, Spain! The film marks my second collaboration with the talented team around director and 3D artist Pablo Vazquez, and I’m grateful that they gave me the opportunity to be inspired by their work.
The win was announced in a ceremony that took place in the beautiful renaissance town of Córdoba on July 24th. Among the attending guests of the festival were award-winning composers Abel Korzeniowski, Christopher Lennertz, Debbie Wiseman, and Rolfe Kent.
I am very grateful to the jury and the festival organizers for the recognition of my work and sincerely hope for Gran Dillama and its predecessor, Llama Drama, to be only the beginning of an exciting collaboration with Pablo and his team!
Scoring a Journey Across Southern Africa
For their newest adventure, Touratech founders Herbert and Ramona Schwarz travel 3000 miles across the ever-changing landscapes of Zimbabwe, Zambia and Botswana. For the feature length travel documentary directed by Wolfgang Danner, I wrote and produced half an hour of original rock music with a cool African tinge. The film will be released on DVD soon.
Caminandes Ep. 2: “Gran Dillama” Released!
The eternal arms race between nature and man’s contrivances has entered its next round and this time, man has electricity on his side. When Koro, a rather hapless llama living in the Patagonian andes, comes across an evil-looking fence that stands between him and the snack of his dreams, the proverbial gloves quickly come off…
After close to half a million people watched the first episode of Pablo Vazquez‘ series of cartoon shorts Caminandes back in 2012, the second episode was released in late 2013 and made quite a splash online; among other recognitions, it was featured as a Staff Pick on Vimeo, and got showcased on the disney.com frontpage.
Just like with the first episode, I wrote the music and was responsible for the audio post production of Caminandes: Gran Dillama. You can watch the short online, and buy both films along with bonus material and all 3D assets for the second episode in the Blender e-shop.
TV Commercials for Glad OdorShield
I’ve recently created music and sound design for a series of commercials for Glad® ForceFlex® OdorShield® brand plastic trash bags, which are currently airing on national TV in the US. The 3d animated, cartoonish commercial spots were created by Miami-based advertising agency Alma. Check ’em out via YouTube on my References page!
New Caminandes Episode Coming Soon
The success of the first episode of Caminandes, which was released earlier this year, has blown us away. The animated short film about the adventures of the hapless llama (fine, guanaco) Koro clearly struck a nerve with cartoon lovers across the internet and has been selected for a wide range of animation festivals and events. This was more than enough encouragement to set the next episode on its rails, which is being produced in Amsterdam as I write this. That’s the good news. The great news is that the next installment will be twice as long as the first and has twice as many people on board – the original team is reinforced with 3D wunderkinds Hjalti Hjálmarsson, Andy Goralczyk and Juan Pablo Bouza, and Sergey Sharybin joins the project as technical director.
The next Caminandes episode is set for a November/December release and, once again, will feature an orchestral score and sound design by yours truly. Keep an eye on the production blog, where the team periodically shares their progress!
The World is RONDO
When medical technology specialist MED-EL introduced the world’s first single-unit processor for cochlear implants (CI) RONDO to the market, they approached Austrian animation studio arx anima for an image film that highlights the new level of freedom that the new technology can bring to hearing-impaired people. The result is an animated 2-minute journey through the world of sound: Musical instruments combine into symphonic landscapes, cities bristle with the sounds of communication, a stadium crowd erupts in jubilant cheering…
For arx anima, I provided a vibrant piece of music to accompany the spoken words of the poem that ties the images together, as well as the sound design and the audio mixing. You can watch and hear the result on YouTube or on my References page.
“Detective Agency No. 2” Nominated for Jerry Goldsmith Award
I’m very happy to announce that my music for Detective Agency No. 2, a series of detective stories for young readers written by Norwegian author Jørn Lier Horst and illustrated by Hans Jørgen Sandnes, has been nominated for Best Music in Advertisement at the 2013 Jerry Goldsmith Awards! The annual Jerry Goldsmith Award ceremony takes place as part of the International Film Music Festival in Córdoba, Spain, and in recent years has become one of the most renowned and sought-after recognitions for young media composers in Europe.
This has been my fifth nomination for the award overall, and I’m very grateful and honored for the recognition. The ceremony will take place on the 25th of June with attendance by veteran composers such as Rachel Portman (Chocolat, Oliver Twist) and last year’s Academy Award™ winner Mychael Danna (Life of Pi).