Research Seminar: Professor Ken Lampl

Film Composition in the 21st Century: A Universe Beyond, Harmony, Counterpoint and Orchestration

This seminar explores the sound world of the 21st century film composer which lies beyond the traditional pedagogical categories of harmony, counterpoint and orchestration. Through musical examples drawn from my most recent film 'The Furies', the seminar will examine the importance of mixing, sound design, synthesizer programming and music technology in the creation of a musical vocabulary and sound world specifically designed for the film. Broader topics covered will include the history of film composition as an extension of the romantic tradition of classical music, the influence of Hans Zimmer as the beginning of the merging of audio production techniques with traditional compositional approaches and the expansive compositional skill set which the professional world of commercial multi-media composition demands."


Kenneth Lampl received his D.M.A. in composition from the Juilliard School of Music, studying with Milton Babbitt and John Corigliano. His first international recognition came with the winning of the Prix Ravel in composition at the American Conservatory in Fontainebleau, France. Many awards soon followed including the Joseph H. Bearns Prize from Columbia University, nine ASCAP Concert Music Awards, three New Jersey State Council for the Arts Fellowships, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Awards to Young Composers, three ASCAP Awards to Young Composers, the ASCAP Raymond Hubble Fellowship, the Gretchanov Memorial Prize in Composition from the Juilliard School and fellowships from the foundations of Henry Mancini, George Gershwin, and Richard Rogers. With over twenty symphonic compositions to date, his music has been performed by such musical organizations as the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Kansas City Symphony, the Tanglewood Festival Orchestra, the Delaware Symphony, the Greenville Symphony, the Juilliard Orchestra, the Jupiter Symphony and the Absolute Ensemble.

His introduction to the world of film scoring came in 1997 with a fellowship to the Tanglewood Music Festival where he had the opportunity to study film scoring and conducting with John Williams. As a composer of film music Kenneth Lampl has scored over 80 films including: Frontera (starring Ed Harris and Eva Longoria), 35 & Ticking (starring Kevin Hart and Nicole Ari-Parker), Ninja’s Creed (starring Pat Morita and Eric Roberts), Kandisha (starring David Carradine and Hiam Abbas) and Winter of Frozen Dreams (starring Thora Birch and Keith Carradine). Lampl also composed music for Pokemon: The First Movie: Mew vs Mew Two, Pokemon Mewtwo Returns as well as music for the television series “Born Again Virgin” and “Saints and Sinners”.

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