Dutch Composer David Kolder wins the Young Talent Award Media Music at MediaSoundHamburg

David Kolder won the Young Talent Award Media Music during MediaSoundHamburg, a competition where musicians, composers, game musicians and sound designers up to the age of 35 were invited to compose a theme music for Raymond Chandler’s novel Playback from 1958. The American author modified his screenplay of the same name from 1949, which was rejected at the time and published after Chandler’s death. Playback is the only Chandler novel that was not adapted for the screen.

David composed the them emusic, which was described as 'outstanding' by the jury. The jury report said: "The composition from David Kolder is very well structured and presents two very strong and memorable melodies! The music is both macabre and suspenseful which is difficult to do. Kolder has hit just the right note for the scene described. The jury all concurred that the modulation at the two minute mark is very effective, as is the accelerando towards the end."

David is a Dutch composer and sound designer who studies music technology at the University of Arts in Utrecht and is specialised in media composition, sound design and studio technology. He was raised in a musical family, and his father played piano, saxophone and the oboe. When he was six he started playing the guitar, and later on, he played as bass guitarist in different bands, including the Amy Winehouse tribute Band ‘Just Amy’. Alongside the bass, he also got to grips with the piano and the double bass, developing as a diverse multi-instrumentalist. At the age of 17, he took part in a composition competition organised by the Nederlands Blazers Ensemble (NBE). At the NBE, he was inspired to learn more about composing and arranging music. As well as making orchestral-oriented music, he also produced jingles for various radio stations and podcasts during his high school period. Due to the diversity, but also the similarities in these areas of arranging music, he decided to go to the University of Arts in Utrecht to study music technology, specialised in composition for media. In his first year at this school he became interested in sound design and studio technology. The combination of all these specialisations makes David a unique multi-disciplinary player.