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Tolhuistuin - Concertzaal

Talk by Frans Bak (Forbrydelsen aka "The Killing")

Frans' music for the Danish TV‐series Forbrydelsen (aka 'The Killing'), of which he scored all 3 seasons, was noticed in Hollywood where he now has scored 4 seasons of the US remake of 'Forbrydelsen': 'The Killing'. He also scored the popular series Doctor Foster for BBC One and is now working in both Europe and USA as one of the most sought after composers in the film and tv business today. In this talk, Frans will be revealing how he came across his trademark sound, what inspires him, what drives him, Frans will talk about how he works, how he draws inspiration from dialogue and atmosphere, who inspires him and how to build characters from sound.


Frans Bak (Composer Forbrydelsen aka 'The Killing', Doctor Foster, DK)


Frans Bak graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Music and started experimenting with music soon after. This led to his known fusion of classical music, Nordic soundscapes and modern technologies. Frans’ compositions are ambient and atmospheric, creating a dreamy and intense soundscape. With some 30 years music experience of scoring for the film, documentary, TV and advertising industries, Frans has received international recognition for his compositions for Nordic, French, British and American TV series such as Lilyhammer, Doctor Foster and Disparue. A pioneer of the Nordic Noir genre, his music for the internationally acclaimed and immensely popular series The Killing has contributed to setting new musical standards for crime TV and has inspired other composers to apply the 'Nordic feel'. In November 2016, the album Sound of North (SON) was released, a combination of new works and a number of Frans’ critically acclaimed compositions. Through eleven tracks, Frans encapsulates the mood of 'his North' both mentally and geographically, presenting its unique spirit and atmosphere; a coolness, a calmness, a mindfulness. Frans is now bringing SON to the live arena from behind a grand piano, and backed by a string quartet, Frans’ compositions entice the listener into a land of dreams and film music in their search for evocative sound images. Frans has recently finished the original score on Charlotte Brändström’s latest series Conspiracy of Silence, which has been published by Universal.

Introduction by:

Mark Gordon (Founder Score Draw Music, UK)


Mark Gordon runs Score Draw Music; a multi-award winning composition company working in film, television, advertising and animation. The last 12 months have seen the company win the Royal Television Society award for best music for their work with Dolly Parton on the pre-school Nickeodean Jr series ‘Lily’s Driftwood Bay’. The company also contributed a co-write to the 2018 Oscar-winning film ‘The Shape Of Water’, and more recently has had music used in shows including Netflix's 'The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina'. Alongside this the company’s current slate of work includes music and songs for an 80-part series for PBS America, the music for a 52-part series for Disney, a recent commission for a Playmobil animated series, feature documentary score work for BBC and Channel 4, and ongoing music for a range of global brands including a longstanding partnership with Adidas for whom the company supply bespoke music. Mark has also programmed and spoken on many music and image panels and discussions, including at SXSW, Primavera Pro, Paris Sync Summit and The Great Escape.