Autorenarchive: Stephan

Speaking Engagements

In the last few years, I have been honored to receive invitations for various events around the world to give presentations, lectures and classes on music in film and television. I am looking forward to continue touring and learning from participants.

November 2016: ‚What About Film Music?‘ – HKU University of the Arts; Utrecht, Netherlands

July 2017: ‚Film Music – Conflicts and Frustrations‘ – Media Sound Hamburg; Hamburg, Germany

June 2018: ‚Film Music – Conflicts and Frustrations‘ – Media Sound Hamburg; Hamburg, Germany

November 2018: ‚Composing for Film‘ – ACCESS Music in Africa; Nairobi, Kenya

August 2019: ‚Film Music – Conflicts and Frustrations‘ – Media Sound Hamburg; Hamburg, Germany

November 2019: ‚Composing for Film‘ – ACCESS Music in Africa; Accra, Ghana

Reviews for The Struggle Behind the Soundtrack

My book, ‚The Struggle Behind the Soundtrack‘, published in August 2019, has garnered positive reviews from various magazines, professionals and university teachers. Here is a selection:

Randall Larson writes in his ‚BuySoundtrax‘ column:
„Eicke’s book is a very interesting one by investigating a topic not elsewhere covered in film music books and daring to point a spotlight at struggles that lie within the film music workplace. There’s enough information at hand here to warrant consideration, and to lend some understanding of conditions under which composers have to work.“

In the November issue of the Austrian film magazine ‚ray‚, Benjamin Moldenhauer judges:
„This book is an entertaining analysis of the working conditions for composers. It’s an especially lively read because it is built around interviews with 40 composers.“

„This is a very interesting book; the chapter on Hans Zimmer alone makes it worthwhile and I have to say I learned a lot from reading it. Recommended.“ Hellbound

„Great book!“ Joerg Magnus Pfeil, film composer

„This is a fantastic book, very well-written and with devastating (but true and important) inside knowledge. This is a must-read for any aspiring and professional media composer.“ Than van Nispen, composer and teacher at HKU, Netherlands

„If you are starting out as a composer, I highly recommend this book!“ Carly Paradis, composer

Soundfiles Interview

Marc Rohrer quizzed me on my book, ‚The Struggle Behind the Soundtrack‘, for his YouTube channel SoundFiles. The full interview can be viewed here:

The Struggle Behind the Soundtrack

“The Struggle Behind the Soundtrack” is my first book and will be published by McFarland in the fall of 2019. It examines how composers, arrangers and sound designers work and which challenges they have to face. Furthermore, I elaborate on temp tracks, sound design, ghostwriting, budgets and the set-up of Hans Zimmer’s Remote Control Productions among other topics.
Drawing on exclusive interviews with more than 40 notable composers, this book gives an in-depth analysis of the industry and reveals the creative process behind the work of such artists as Klaus Badelt, Mychael Danna, Abel Korzeniowski, Walter Murch, Rachel Portman, Alan Silvestri, Randy Thom and others.

“The Struggle Behind the Soundtrack” is available from McFarland

The Struggle Behind the Soundtrack

„The Struggle Behind the Soundtrack“ analyzes the current state of the film music industry. Published by McFarland in 2019, the book examines how composers, arrangers and sound designers work and which challenges they have to face. Stephan Eicke elaborates on temp tracks, sound design, ghostwriting, budgets and the set-up of Hans Zimmer’s Remote Control Productions among other topics.
Drawing on exclusive interviews with more than 40 notable composers, this book gives an in-depth analysis of the industry and reveals the creative process behind the work of such artists as Klaus Badelt, Mychael Danna, Abel Korzeniowski, Walter Murch, Rachel Portman, Alan Silvestri, Randy Thom and others.

„The Struggle Behind the Soundtrack“ is available from McFarland

IFMCA Nomination

I am humbled to have received a nomination from the International Film Music Critics Association (IFMCA) for my CD label Caldera Records as the best label of 2017.

Ich fühle mich geehrt, dass ich für mein CD-Label Caldera Records eine Nominierung als bestes Label 2017 von der International Film Music Critics Associtaion (IFMCA) erhalten habe.

Media Sound Hamburg

I started writing a monthly column for the homepage of the summer academy Media Sound Hamburg, shedding light on topics concerning film music and sound design. The first two essays have been published and can be accessed here.

Ich schreibe seit diesem Jahr eine monatliche Kolumne für die Homepage der Sommerakademie Media Sound Hamburg über Filmmusik und Sound Design. Die ersten beiden Essays sind veröffentlicht worden und können hier eingesehen werden.

Sherlock Holmes – Schatten der Vergangenheit

A series of cruel crimes takes place in London. They all bear the trademarks of an infamous and legendary criminal – Jack the Ripper! But can be true what must not be true, 12 years after the last murder in a series of killings in Whitechapel? In May, episode 37 of the popular audio drama series ‚Sherlock Holmes‘ was released. The music by Stephan Eicke was performed by Gabriel Rosati, playing the trombone.

Eine Reihe grauenvoller Verbrechen erschüttert London. Allesamt tragen sie die Handschrift eines ebenso gefürchteten wie legendären Verbrechers – Jack the Ripper! Doch kann wahr sein, was nicht wahr sein darf, über zwölf Jahre nach dem Ende der blutigen Mordserie in Whitechapel? Folge 37 der populären Hörspielserie ‚Sherlock Holmes – Die neuen Fälle‘ ist im Mai veröffentlicht worden. Die Musik von Stephan Eicke wird von Gabriel Rosati auf der Posaune interpretiert.

Sherlock Holmes – Der Tod des Henkers

Directed by/Regie: Gerd Naumann
Script/Buch: Marc Freund
Composer/Komponist: Stephan Eicke
Oboe: Bethan Roberts

Running time/Spieldauer: 75 Min.
Produced by/Produziert von: Allscore Media
Released/Erschienen: November 2018

Sherlock Holmes – Die rote Spinne

Directed by/Regie: Gerd Naumann
Script/Buch: Bodo Traber
Composer/Komponist: Stephan Eicke
Cello: Deryn Cullen

Running time/Spieldauer: 75 Min.
Produced by/Produziert von: Allscore Media
Released/Erschienen: September 2018