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Symbioza Bella Skyway Festival 2019

Music for Symbioza at Bella Skyway Festival 2019

Symbioza is a mapping show exhibited during Bella Skyway Festival 2019, designed and created by Water Concept (Bogumił Palewicz & Robert Kusik), a company I have worked with on The Legend of the Magic Pearl – an unusual soundtrack.

Symbioza

The mapping show was created by Water Concept / Bodigi for Bella Skyway Festival in Toruń – one of the biggest light festivals, visited by over 400 000 people. The idea of the show was inspired by symbiosis – a long-term, close interaction of biological organisms. In this project however, the term is understood in a broader sense – as a coexistance of nature and technology.

Whenever I start working on a new project, I like to think about constrains as my first, and one of the most important creative choices – in this case, the only constrain was the structure / form of the music – it needed to create a sense of duality. The soundtrack for Symbioza has two main elements that create that sense: (1) a dark, swelling riff and (2) a short vocal line, that is being used (re-used) over different harmony.

Music for Symbioza was mixed and mastered in Los Angeles by Rafał Smoleń (Dawid Podsiadło, TACO) – one the best polish mixers and sound engineers. It was a huge honor to be a part of Bella Skyway Festival 2019 and I hope to be back next year with more music.

Odbicie. Jestem jak ty zapewne - nowa instalacja w Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego

Odbicie. Jestem jak Ty zapewne – interactive AI installation with my music

On the 30th of July,a new exhibition “Odbicie. Jestem jak ty zapewne” premiered at the Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego.  The exhibition features an interactive installation, that uses AI to analyse visitors features and find his/her`s “siblings” from the Uprising.  Designed by Superskrypt / Podpunkt, it`s theirs (and mine) third collaboration with museum – thank you Anna Grzechnik for trusting me once again Multiple media outlets –  here is an article from Gazeta Wyborcza.

The soundtrack features voices, violin solo, piano and strings – all resampled and transformed to create an unusual, emotional space for the visitors.

I have written about my other project for Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego in a blog post Soundtrack for Topografia at Warsaw Rising Museum.

My score for Odbicie. Jestem jak ty zapewne will premiere today (01.08.2019) on Youtube. 

 

The Legend Of The Magic Pearl premieres

Just yesterday, the The Legend of The Magic Pearl premiered in Legendia amusement park in Chorzów. The event started at 10 p.m.

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Borys Szyc on stage as Sherlock Holmes

Borys Szyc as Sherlock Holmes – full performance & soundtrack

Watch as Borys Szyc turns into Sherlock Holmes for the 2019 Off Camera closing ceremony. I wrote the soundtrack for the full performancemusic full of unusual sounds and hard-hitting riffs, which sounds more like steam punk comic, rather than a historical novel.

Borys Szyc na Off Camera 2019

Borys Szyc jako Sherlock Holmes, Doktor Watson, Irene Adler oraz Profesor Moriarty zrobił ogromne wrażenie na publiczności Off Camera 2019! Zobaczcie cały występ Borysa i posłuchajcie więcej w Storytel 🎧

Opublikowany przez Storytel Środa, 8 maja 2019

Storytel Sherlock Holmes @ Off Camera

Storytel Sherlock Holmes soundtrack @ Off Camera

During Mastercard Off Camera closing ceremony Borys Szyc performed excerpts of Sherlock Holmes, the new audiobook by Storytel. Set in a dark concert hall with no props and no scenography, the performace was relying solely on the actor`s skills. In this setting, the music had to became the props and scenography and set the tone for the show.

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Clockwise - soundtrack album cover.

Clockwise – my score for the first Qatari movie in history

Featuring a magnificent score and shot in various locations in Qatar, including Souq Waqif, Wakra and Shamal, ‘Clockwise’ is Qatar’s first feature-length film, as well as director Khalifa Al-Muraikhi’s feature debut.

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The first movie ever done in Qatar

I was lucky enough to have scored a first movie ever produced in Qatar, and thus be a part of a significant moment in the history of Qatari cinematography – and all of that happend when I was just 24. The film, inspired by an early 20th century legend, is set in a fishing village in northern Qatar. A ship drowns and its sole survivors are Atique Bin Barood and a baby in a box. Atique saves the baby, Saad, and raises him as his own. When Saad grows up, he discovers his father’s secret relationship with a djinn. The djinn had taught Atique and three of his friends the art of playing ‘Fjiri’ – the specific repertoire of vocal music sung by the pearl divers of the Arab states. Atique and his friends soon find themselves in adverse circumstances. Help soon arrives from an unexpected quarter – Saad’s female djinn.

 

 

Score production

The score was written in late 2009 and early 2010, with the recording session taking place around June 2010. I was lucky enough to have Robert Amirian on board, a prolific polish music producer, known, among others, for founding NEXT POP label (Fis-moll, KARI, BOKKA). All the solists were recorded with Robert: Mateusz Smoczyński (violin), KARI (vocals), Marcin Rumiński (whistle & mandolin) and Kamil Rogiński (darabukas, various flutes and percussion).

The string orchestra (Sinfonia Viva) was recorded at the famous Studio Koncertowe Polskiego Radia im. Witolda Lutosławskiego by Tadeusz Mieczkowski and conducted by the renowned composer and jazz pianist, Krzysztof Herdzin. All the orchestrations were done by Radzimir Dębski, also known for his orchestral hip-hop arrangements under the alias JIMEK.

 

After the movie premiere, which I had the privilige of attending in Doha, the score got wonderful reviews  and eventually was released by an international film music label.

 

 

Lech Coaster at Legendia

Recording soundtrack for Legendia with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt muscians and Platige Image

The music was written for an animated movie, that visitors watch just before going to Lech Coaster –the biggest roller coaster in this part of Europe. Since building Lech Coaster was a huge investment and a spectacular undertaking, proper care was taken by Platige Image to create a compelling story and theme for the attraction – including the soundtrack.

To match the epicness of the ride on the roller coaster with my music, I needed to get some of the best musicians out there – I decided to hire Percival Schuttenbach as performers: theses are the musicians that co-wrote and performed on The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt soundtrack.

 

The animated movie was produced by the biggest polish post-production and vfx company Platige Image and directed by Rafał Sadowy

Clockwise - soundtrack album cover.

Keep Moving Records releases Clockwise Limited Edition CD

A film music label Keep Moving Records has justed released a Limited Edition of my score for Clockwise. I am thrilled and excited.

Directed by Khalifa al-Muraikhi, Clockwise was the first movie produced in Qatar. In order to bring some Western sensibilities to this colorful recreation of 1001 Arabian Nights-style fantasies, the director hired Polish composer Maciek Dobrowolski to do the score for the film. The score features four big themes in total, most of them are recurring in various cues. There’s a theme for female jinn Jeena, whom the composer saw as the main character. There’s one theme for Saad’s surrogate father, Maciek’s personal favorite of the bunch. The third key theme for the time-traveling represents the transition between the present and the 1920s when the main part of the movie takes place. Finally, there’s the brooding music for Kharaba (the world of the jinns) and some self-contained pieces, like an authentic dance. Clockwise is the first feature length-score from Maciek – based on its quality, we can hope to work with him on many more occasions!

– from the official release

 

Clockwise was my international debut as a film composer. The music has gathered rather fantastic reviews and was praised as magnificent. I have described the process of writing the music in another post, which you can find here: Clockwise – my score for the first Qatari movie in history.

You can buy the soundtrack directly from Keep Moving Records webstore.