🎼 Award-Winning Composer at Your Service 🏆 Elevate your film's essence with the finesse of a three-time SOCAN award winning composer. As a dedicated multimedia composer, I collaborate intimately to breathe life into your film's vision. Let's transcend boundaries and create a sonic masterpiece together.
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I am a distinguished Canadian musician and composer with multiple awards, specializing in crafting captivating music for films, games, advertising, dance, and the concert stage. My work has graced screens at prestigious film and music festivals across Europe, Asia, and North America. Drawing inspiration from film music luminaries like Hildur Guðnadóttir (Joker), Trevor Jones (Last of the Mohicans), and Howard Shore, I bring a diverse range of styles to my compositions.
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I offer highly-tailored composition and production services for films, documentaries, advertisements, video games, and more all crafted to align seamlessly with your budget. Throughout the creative process, I provide you with rough drafts to ensure we're on the right track, guaranteeing that your project will both sound and look its absolute best.
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Interview with Sandro Manzon
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I am proud of many of my projects. One recent project was for a film I composed called Fuocchi. This was an enjoyable experience through and through and the director and I really worked beautifully together.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I am presently working on composing music for a short film, creating a main theme for a video game, producing an EP, directing a chamber ensemble and writing my own album of songs.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I haven't hired anyone else on SoundBetter, though I have noticed a few friends here and there.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Hybrid setup choice ensures warmth from analog gear and the flexibility of digital tools, a dynamic blend for contemporary compositions.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: The promise I make to all my clients is that I will work with them to strive for excellence so our project will take their project to a higher level.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I really enjoy the challenge of enhancing a film. Collaboration is really at the heart of music-making for multimedia projects, and I enjoy crafting out something specific for good works of art.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: FAQs include inquiries about my favorite instruments, go-to production techniques, and of course, whether or not I am open to bartering.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: It's not just about notes; it's about weaving an intricate sonic tapestry that amplifies the overall narrative!
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Initial questions: I delve into your project's soul – understanding the narrative, desired emotions, and visual aesthetics. I like to understand what your vision is so we can collaborate to serve the vision of your project.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Advice for clients: Seek a composer who not only understands your vision but also brings a unique sonic identity to your project. I might also suggest that you speak with the composer in person and see if you communicate well and understand one another.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Oof. This question will depend where I am in my musical pursuits. For film music these are some stranded essentials: custom Laptop, MIDI controller, my classic vintage Neumann microphone, Focal headphones, and a good interface.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: With over a decade in the industry, my journey led from classical training in composition to embracing more specific training in music composition and production for films.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I try to avoid adjectives to describe my style, my style tends to have a distinct sound while using a range of inspiration. I typically enjoy working in a somewhat post-minimalist compositional style but I also pertain to neo-classical/romantic music.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Dream collaboration: Paul Thomas Anderson
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: My pro tip: Prioritize organic sound capture, combining virtual instruments with live recordings for a richer, more authentic texture.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: While versatile, I gravitate towards contemporary genres, infusing electronic and experimental elements into my compositions.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Adept at orchestration, my strongest skill lies in crafting cinematic scores that resonate emotionally and elevate storytelling. I try to create music that is original and deeply catered to the vision of each project that I am involved with.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: My unique touch lies in merging acoustic and electronic elements, creating immersive soundscapes that heighten visual narratives.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Collaboration is key; I immerse myself in project details, sketching ideas, refining with clients, and meticulously producing the final piece.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: In my studio, top-tier virtual instruments, a custom-built PC, and high-end monitoring ensure a pristine sonic canvas. I use a combination of acoustic and electronic instruments like my vintage steinway upright piano, wurlitzer 200a, vintage synthesizers, some modular synthesizers, and so on and so fourth.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I'm inspired by a diverse range of musicians and production professionals who push creative boundaries. Regarding composers I would first mention some of my favorites and my grand-teachers: Ryuichi Sakamoto, Ennio Morricone, Morton Feldman, John Luther Adams etc.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I specialize in composing and producing music for films, shorts, video games, and feature films.