Composers make music for film, TV and games at Screen SongHubs South Australia


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Composers make music for film, TV and games at Screen SongHubs South Australia

August 02, 2022

Screen Songhubs 2022 Participants and Mentors – Back Row LR: Jasper Leak, Morgan Read, Dusty Lee, Wolfjay, David Turley; Middle row LR: Amanda Brown, Bree Tranter, Ayda Akbal, Francois Tétaz, Nathaniel Morse, Luke Godson, Alison Thorsteinsen; Front row from left to right: Jacob Aedam, Jemma Burns, Mario Späte; photo by Tamara Hart, Folk House Photography

Four days of musical composition for the screen began on Sunday as part of SongHubs South Australia Screenwith ongoing writing and production sessions at Palomino sound recorders in Myponga and hosted by ARPA AMCOSin partnership with the Government of South Australia Music Development Office.

It’s a unique opportunity for composers and songwriters to create music for screen and game projects through supporting partners South Australian Film Society (SAFC)game studio mighty kingdom and IGEA (Interactive Games and Entertainment Association). Screen SongHubs SA is an Australian first and follows the success of the first Screen Songhubs held in Los Angles in 2019.

All participants collaborate under the guidance of a versatile songwriter, producer and music supervisor jasper leak. Leak’s songwriting includes credits on Sia’s chart-topping albums 1000 forms of fear and It is to act, music for amazon Transparent and those of Netflix 13 reasons why and he received an Emmy Award nomination in 2019 for Outstanding Music Supervision on the acclaimed Netflix documentary Quincy.

“It was a real privilege to work with APRA AMCOS to organize the SongHubs event. Sifting through LA’s submissions, I was reminded again how fertile the Australian music community is; filled with so many different voices, interesting perspectives, and most importantly, talent. I feel lucky to be part of this community again after returning to Australia this year and can’t wait to see what we can all imagine in Adelaide,” said Leak.

Leak’s special guests are AACTA and APRA Screen Music Award-winning composer for Judy & Punch and Grammy-winning producer Francois Tetaz; acclaimed composer Amanda Brown (The Secrets she keeps, Babyteeth – 2020 AACTA Award for Best Musical Score); composer, sound designer and musician Morgan Read from game development studio SA Mighty Kingdom (Peter Rabbit Run!, Wildlife, Shopkins) and special guest of the music supervisor Jemma Burns, whose credits include the films Lion, Judy & Punch, The True Story of the Kelly Gang and TV series top of the lake, Mystery Road, Eden and much more.

A diverse group of music creators from South Australia have been selected to participate in Screen SongHubs SA: indie-pop artist wolfjay; Elysian Field in-house songwriter, producer and composer Nathaniel Morse; songwriter and performer Alison Thorsteinsen; conductor, producer and composer dusty lee; producer and composer David Turley (Lover of electricity); multi-instrumentalist and solo artist Bree Tranter; composer/producer/songwriter/mixing engineer Mario Spate; Adelaide Luke Godsonwho plays the role of “lord of the synth” Luke Million. They are joined by the composer from Melbourne Ayda Akbal and composer and instrumental beatmaker Jacob Aedam.

SA Minister for the Arts Andrea Michaels said the Screen SongHubs initiative is an important way to foster collaboration between songwriters and screen practitioners within the creative sector in South Australia.

“We are delighted to be hosting Australia’s first Screen SongHubs in South Australia. It’s a fantastic way for South Australian musicians to collaborate and create music for the screen and gaming industries. As musicians continue to get back on their feet after the COVID-19 pandemic, these types of partnerships will help music creators diversify their revenue streams and recreate professional opportunities,” Michaels said.

The first SongHubs dedicated to music for the screen took place in Los Angeles in 2019, organized by screen composer Ashley Irwinwith music written, recorded and produced for a feature film Snake River and actor/director At Charmaine Bingwa’s short in the dark.

Since the launch of SongHubs in 2013, through 80 events worldwide, more than $4 million in performance royalties for collaborators on the initiative have been earned. SongHubs has produced commercial versions for the likes of Briggs, Troye Sivan, Tayla Parx, Morgan Evans, Peking Duk, Tkay Maidza, Ainslie Wills, The Chainsmokers, Guy Sebastian, Ecca Vandal, Chaii and much more.

Screen Songhubs 2022 is presented by APRA AMCOS, in partnership with the Music Development Office, and supported by the South Australian Film Corporation, Mighty Kingdom, IGEA and Palomino Sound Recorders.

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