Wilbert Roget, II writes scores with memorable themes for several diverse titles, including Call of Duty: WWII, Mortal Kombat 11, Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris, and Star Wars: The Old Republic. His scores have earned him several awards and nominations from the Game Audio Network Guild, the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences (D.I.C.E. Awards), and others. Roget also co-founded Impact Soundworks, a successful music software company and gives lectures about games music at the Game Developers Conference, SF Conservatory of Music and the Yale University among others.

Wilbert Roget II, Helge Borgarts

Jack Wall is an ASCAP award-winning and BAFTA nominated composer best known for his scores for popular video game franchises such as Call of Duty: Black Ops II, III & IIII, Mass Effect I & II, the Myst series, Jade Empire and several other franchises winning multiple awards for his work. Most recently Wall scored the supernatural drama television series Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments. He was co-founder of The Game Audio Network Guild and is a frequent speaker at various educational institutions such as Columbia College and Berklee College in Boston.

Jack Wall, Helge Borgarts

Michael McCann is currently working on Borderlands 3, the highly anticipated sequel to one of the best-selling franchises in gaming. As lead composer, he has scored games such as Deus Ex: Human Revolution & Mankind Divided, XCOM: Enemy Unknown & Enemy Within and Splinter Cell: Double Agent. His 20 year long career in music includes work for some of the biggest companies in entertainment, including Ubisoft, Discovery Channel and Paramount Pictures. For his music for games, television and film he received a Clio Award and nominations for prizes like the BAFTA or the Hollywood Music In Media Awards.

Michael McCann, Helge Borgarts

Panel discussion with Jack Wall (“Call of Duty: Black Ops II-IIII”), Wilbert Roget, II (“Call of Duty: WWII”, “Mortal Kombat 11”) and Michael McCann (“Deus Ex: Human Revolution”) and Helge Borgarts.

Wilbert Roget II, Jack Wall, Michael McCann, Helge Borgarts

Amelia Warner is a British neo-classical composer, who made her debut as a film composer 2016 with the feature film Mum’s List. The score for her second film Mary Shelley, which premiered at Toronto International Film Festival, was nominated for ‘Discovery of the Year’ at the World Soundtrack Awards 2018. This year she won the title of ‘Breakthrough Composer of the Year’ with the International Film Music Critics Association (IFMCA) Awards. Before starting her career as a film music composer, she first made a name for herself as an actress and indie musician Slow Moving Millie. At SoundTrack_Cologne she is going to speak in a case study about her film Mary Shelley.

Amelia Warner

John Murphy composed film scores as prominent and diverse as Kick-Ass, Sunshine, Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Miami Vice, Snatch, 28 Days Later… and 28 Weeks Later. He has worked with some of the industry's most respected and luminary filmmakers, including Danny Boyle, Guy Ritchie, Stephen Frears, Matthew Vaughn, and Michael Mann. His latest project is the critically acclaimed BBC/PBS Masterpiece mini-series Les Misérables.

John Murphy

Pianist, musician and composer Davíð Þór Jónsson is this year’s winner of the HARPA Nordic Film Composers Award, the joint Film Prize of the Nordic countries. His music is carried by a special passion for improvisation. He received numerous awards for his compositions, including both the Icelandic Music Prizeand the Icelandic Theatre Prize as well as international awards for his original soundtracks for the films Of Horses and Men and Woman at War.

David Thor Jonsson

Panel discussion with Amelia Warner ("Mary Shelley"), John Murphy ("Snatch") and David Thor Jonsson ("Of Horses and Men").

Amelia Warner, John Murphy, David Thor Jonsson

An anonymous phone number invites outsider Mira to download the App “Wishlist” promising to fulfill all of her dreams, but there is a catch: she must give a deed in return, more difficult and dangerous depending on the complexity of the initial wish. In 2016 director Marc Schießer and composer Marcel Becker-Neu founded the film production company Outside the Club, that had its first big success with the mystery web series Wishlist. At SoundTrack_Cologne they are going to talk about their successful collaboration.


Marc Schießer, Marcel Becker-Neu

Two outlaws on the run discover an abandoned space ship with a mysterious past in the desert. At the last minute they escape from their persecutors into space and start to search for a new home. But as time goes by they are increasingly torn in different directions. The collaboration between director Marcel Barion and composer Oliver Kranz was really exceptional as Barion also did the sound design for The Final Land, his first feature film. Oliver Kranz has been working as freelance film composer since 1994 and since has scored more than 60 projects for cinema, tv and tv series, including In aller Freundschaft (“In all friendship”).

Marcel Barion, Oliver Kranz

Because of a typing mistake, an e-mail from Emma Rothner accidently arrives in the mailbox of Leo Leike. He replies immediately – and very soon they entrust each other their secrets. This is the plotline for Gut gegen Nordwind, the screen adaption of the bestseller Love Virtually. The secrets of a successful work collaboration will be discussed by director Vanessa Jopp („Tatort: Amour Fou”), composer Hauschka (Volker Bertelmann) and Music Supervisor Milena Fessmann („25 km/h“). Hauschka is known for his compositions at the prepared piano. In 2017 he was nominated for an Academy Award for Lion (together with Dustin O’Halloran).

Vanessa Jopp, Hauschka, Milena Fessmann

After the zombie apocalypse: Weimar and Jena stand as last bastions of humanity. Between the two cities: the undead as far as the eye can reach. With a nearly all-female film crew, director Carolina Hellsgård („Wanja“) made the zombie film Ever After. She will chat about her work, together with film composer Franziska Henke. The award-winning composer won the German Film Music Award as Best Newcomer for the score for her debut Nelly’s Adventure.
In addition to the panel, Ever After is screened on Thursday evening, August 29th , in the Fritz Thyssen Stiftung within the scope of SoundTrack_Cologne’s SEE THE SOUND festival. Composer Franziska Henke will comment the film music live.
In cooperation with WIFT Germany.

Carolina Hellsgård, Franziska Henke

Saturday, 31.08., 9:00am - 6:00pm

This hands-on workshop takes place every other year with the focus on videogame scoring. This year Jeff is joined by music composer and video game producer Helge Borgarts.

The full-day masterclass is aimed at beginners as well as experienced composers who want to learn different composing techniques for video games. Participants will expand their skills to compose emotional and effective interactive music for different genres and styles.

After registering, they receive a short sequence from a game to which they have to compose music with the help of detailed producer's notes in the run-up to the masterclass.

In order to be able to work on their music on site at Soundtrack_Cologne and implement it as a test in an interactive audio engine, the participants will have to bring along their own mobile music rigs.

Jeff Rona composed music for games like God of War 3, Devil May Cry 5, Far Cry 4 and Du Lac and Fey as well as for numerous movies and TV series. Helge Borgarts provided music and sound for games like The Surge 2, The Surge: The Good, the Bad, the Augmented, The Climb and Bring Them Home.

The Jeff Rona Masterclass is limited to 12 active participants, selected in order of registration. The price is 175 €.

In addition to the active participation, there is the opportunity to participate as an observer. The number of observers is limited to three. Tickets cost 85 €.

>>> For participation click here! 

SoundTrack_Cologne 15

You can download the program flyer of STC15 >here.