The Magnum Photos Endowment Fund is digitizing its most iconic photos at the highest possible resolution for posterity. To promote this effort, Magnum produced a series of videos telling the stories behind the photos and capturing the portrayed historical figures through sound. I was tasked with capturing the essence of Che Guevara. I created a tapestry of relevant sounds: the lighting of a cigar, the revving of a motorcycle, a public domain sample of JFK on the Cuban Missile Crisis, etc. However I did not have access to any public domain samples of Che himself. Hoping to recreate his voice, I tracked down a spanish-speaking singer and friend, Carlos Mora. I edited together some key passages from Che’s most famous speeches and directed Carlos to bring out the passion. The spot went on to receive two awards for sound design from Adfest and the London International Awards respectively.
Frames is an international collaboration resulting from an Animation Exchange Forum sponsored by the Filmfest Dresden and the DEFA Foundation. Directed by Martin Thoburn (Michigan) and Matti Adoma (Estonia), Frames is a mixed media animation using pixilation, stop motion animation, green screen compositing, paper cutout, and live action video. It tells the story of a character who is thrust into various disorienting worlds after discovering the artificiality of his own world. The film went on to be featured in a variety of film festivals around the world.
I was tasked with composing original music, sourcing and editing public domain music, providing sound design and completing the final audio mix. This was easily the most fun composing project I have ever had the pleasure to work on!
Australian composer, Adrian Sergovich, called upon my services to provide intense, glitchy backing beats for a live orchestral performance at the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival 2017 opening ceremony. The brief was to create frenetic Aphex Twin-inspired rhythms that become increasingly complex and ‘insane’ until it becomes overwhelming. The sample below has been stripped down to be purely my own contribution to this project.
I was recruited by director/animator, Martin Thoburn, to compose some deep, dark, industrial beats for this Ann Arbor Film Festival promotional video. It was a pleasure working with Martin’s evocative montage of experimental film clips!
I was recruited by director, Leo Poloniecki, to provide sound design, audio clean-ups, and the final audio mix for this short film.
Written, shot and edited in just 48 hours, this film had to be in the Detective/cop genre; it had to include the line of dialogue “Look at what you just did, you…” as well as a character named Mr or Mrs Anderson, President; and had to include the mandatory prop of a set of BBQ tongs! The film was shot on location at the Pearl’s Centre, Singapore.
Singapore’s winning entry for the 48 Hour Film Project 2015!
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Music composed by Steve Dannemiller
More examples of compositions in this style:
Music and Sound Design by Steve Dannemiller for Adidas Essentials online and in-store promotional video
All sounds produced and edited by Steve Dannemiller
Crystal Tiger Beer (Musical Sound Design)
Aerosol Disco (Musical Sound Design)