When discussing his work on the film Robert says, “The score had to evoke the sense of a strange netherworld that Raven’s Hollow exists in, combined with pagan traditions and outer world cosmic dark forces. Months before shooting took place, I began sketching musical ideas based on the script, which lead to the Raven’s reveal music cue being created, which I call “The Monster Theme”. When director Christopher Hatton first heard it, he said that he was immediately transported in his story to the revealing of the Raven. This musical sketch ended up being placed exactly in the movie, unaltered, where the Raven is revealed. I got lucky with this one!
The score is a combination of various acoustic (woodwinds, strings, choir, ethnic voices, brass and percussion) and electronic (analogue) virtual instruments mostly from Spitfire Audio, electric guitar and real flute playing multi-phonics. My son, Sebastian Ellis-Geiger, recorded eerie sounds from rubbing huge glass sliding doors, scraping chairs and brushing on the soundboard of an acoustic classical guitar. Thematic ideas were developed at the piano, written down onto manuscript in a short-hand form and then improvisations were recorded at the computer using Cubase as the DAW (digital audio workstation). I hope that listeners can still sleep after listening to my music! But there are also a few tender moments to enjoy.”
ABOUT ROBERT ELLIS-GEIGER
Robert is a multiple award nominee, Hong Kong based film composer, film score conductor, musician (piano, voice, trumpet, harmonica) and score producer who has been working with Asian filmmakers since 2002. As a composer, Robert frequently combines culturally and technologically diverse acoustic and electronic instruments ranging from small eclectic ensembles to full orchestra, computer-generated instruments, synthesis and organic soundscape design. Robert is a professional performer and studio musician (voice, piano, trumpet) of pop, blues, and folk through to classical and is also a music producer.
When Robert isn’t scoring films, he serves as associate director of the Academy of Film, Hong Kong Baptist University, which is Asia’s oldest and most prestigious film school. Robert delivers courses from music technology for musicians (department of music students) through to sound design and music production for animation and film students.
Some of Robert’s credits include Johnnie To’s Election 2, Patrick Tam’s After This Our Exile, the documentaries: Golden Gate Girls, My Voice, My Life, My Voice, My Life Revisited and We the Workers.
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