WSA Film Music Days
The WSA Film Music Days offer a peek behind the scenes of the film music world. This year, scoring for video games is an important focus of the many talks and masterclasses. Stephanie Economou (Assassin's Creed Valhalla: Dawn of Ragnarök) and Borislav Slavov (Baldur’s Gate 3) have extensive experience as game composers, and will be sharing their expertise. They will be accompanied by other composers such as Gordy Haab & Stephen Barton (Star Wars Jedi: Survivor) and Austin Wintory (Journey). Japanese multi-instrumentalist and composer Eiko Ishibashi will be joined on stage by frequent collaborator director Ryûsuke Hamaguchi to talk about their Creative Partnership.
These composers will attend PRESS PLAY: Music in Games
Composers Stephanie Economou (Assassin's Creed Valhalla), Borislav Slavov (Baldur's Gate III, Divinity: Original Sin II), Gordy Haab (Star Wars Battlefront, Star Wars Jedi), Stephen Barton (Star Wars: Jedi, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare) and Gustavo Santaolalla (The Last of Us) will be present at Film Fest Gent's game music concert PRESS PLAY: Music in Games on Thursday 19 October at Capitole Ghent. During the concert, a selection of their work will be performed.
Stephen Barton’s extensive credits in film, television and video games include Star Trek: Picard, all sixteen seasons of Apex Legends and penning the scores for Star Wars: Jedi games, MultiVersus, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Unlocked. The live service games he has scored (Apex, MultiVersus), have over 300 million regular players worldwide. Born in 1982, at the age of eight he won a prestigious scholarship to sing inWinchester Cathedral Choir, touring the world and performing with numerous orchestras and soloists at venues such as Sydney Opera House, Carnegie Hall and the Royal Albert Hall. He began his composing career at 19, as an assistant to Harry Gregson-Williams (Shrek, The Chronicles of Narnia, Kingdom of Heaven).
Composer Gordy Haab was named "John Williams’ heir apparent" by Billboard in 2018 for his scores for the Star Wars games. He won several awards for his music within the Star Wars universe, including the Video Game Score of the Year for Star Wars Battlefront II from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. His score for Wars: Battlefront won three awards at the 2016 Game Developers Conference: Music of the Year, Best Interactive Score, and Best Instrumental Score. Haab was also nominated for a BAFTA Games Award for his work on Star Wars: Battlefront.
There is no getting around it: video games are a worldwide phenomenon with a huge cultural impact. And Belgium has a small part to play in these exciting developments: in early August, it was announced that the best-selling game on distribution platform Steam was Baldur's Gate III, a game set in the world of the popular role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons, and developed by the Ghent-based Larian Studios. High time, then, to give the game's score due attention as well. Composer Borislav Slavov also composed the score for Larian Studios' Divinity: Original Sin II and for Crysis 2, for which he collaborated with Hollywood composer Hans Zimmer.
Earlier this year, Stephanie Economou became the first person ever to receive the Grammy for Best Score Soundtrack for Video Games and Other Interactive Media. Her music for Assassin's Creed: Valhalla was therefore widely praised. Economou does not only focus on games, however. She has composed music for series such as Step Up: High Water, Jupiter's Legacy and The Chair. Working with composer Harry Gregson-Williams, she contributed to the scores for Mulan, The Meg and The Martian, among others.
Two-time Oscar winner Gustavo Santaolalla started his career as a music producer and has two Grammys and no less than 19 Latin Grammys to his name. At the start of the new millennium, he started composing music for film and TV. He often collaborates with Alejandro González Iñárritu (Amores Perros, Babel, Biutiful) and wrote the music for Brokeback Mountain. He also has the scores for television series such as Jane the Virgin and Narcos: México to his name. In 2013, he added game composer to his CV thanks to his score for The Last of Us. The game was developed by Naughty Dog and showered with awards, including the BAFTA for Game of the Year. Santaolalla was invited to compose the music for the television series of the same name, earning a nomination for the World Soundtrack TV Composer of the Year Award. Find out whether he can cash in on the prize at the World Soundtrack Awards Gala & Concert on Saturday 21 October 2023 in Ghent.
PRESS PLAY: Music in Games will showcase the incredible diversity of the genre, focusing on both popular franchises and influential indie games. Composer Austin Wintory is a perfect link between the two. He wrote music for one of the finest indie games of the 21st century: Journey. The adventure game caught the eye of fans and critics alike. Austin Wintory's music even won a Grammy nomination. Journey, an inspiring parable, was significantly enriched by Wintory's compositions, which players could literally use as a means of communication in the game. Besides music from Journey and Abzû, another mesmerising indie game, Brussels Philharmonic will also perform a suite from Wintory's score for Assassin's Creed Syndicate, the ninth installment in Ubisoft's beloved Assassin's Creed franchise.
Colin Stetson Soundtracks
Fri 20.10 - 20:00
We are happy to welcome Canadian-American saxophonist and composer Colin Stetson for an exclusive live performance. Known for his assertive, powerful performances, Stetson has been on the forefront of cutting edge music for the last decade. Film fans and gamers will know Stetson’s striking scores for Hereditary (2018), Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2022) and The Menu (2022), and the video game Red Dead Redemption 2 (2018), among others. At VIDEODROOM, Stetson will play an exclusive live suite of music based on these scores, complemented by his soundtracks for other films and TV series.
World Premiere: Gift by Eiko Ishibashi and Ryûsuke Hamaguchi
Wed 18.10 - 20:00
Film Fest Gent and VIDEODROOM present a world premiere: Japanese composer Eiko Ishibashi will play her score live to Gift, the brand new film by Japanese director Ryûsuke Hamaguchi! This is the second time the duo have worked together: previously, Ishibashi wrote the score for Hamaguchi's Drive My Car, which won the Oscar for Best International Film in 2021.
Get to know our World Soundtrack Academy members. The World Soundtrack Academy is an international community of composers for screen and film music industry professionals.
Eloi Ragot is a Film Composer and Multi-instrumentalist with a unique approach to creating intense, sensorial and immersive soundtracks. His work includes the original music to international series such as the internationally acclaimed Belgian noir series La Trêve, the crime thriller series Keizersvrouwen, Belgium’s latest supernatural thriller Unseen (Invisible) as well as the upcoming German-Japanese football-centered thriller The Window.
Born in Lima (Peru) to Dutch parents, Selma Mutal studied composition at the National Conservatory of Amsterdam and Film Scoring at the 'École Normale de Musique' in Paris. She also studied piano improvisation with renowned improviser Misha Mengelberg.
Film scorer and interdisciplinary artist. Her approach integrates musical composition with the creation of multimedia performances, the application of new technologies, and the development of self-designed instruments.
Ruben De Gheselle
The 30-year-old film composer Ruben De Gheselle, known for his intimate, hypnotic and sometimes dark scores, is active on various international productions including some recent titles such as the Cannes nominated - and Costa Rican entry for the Academy Awards - Clara Sola (dir. Nathalie Álvarez Mesén (2021) and A Cops & Robbers Story (dir. Ilinca Calugareanu) (2020) which premiered at DOC NYC.