My name is Marc v/d Meulen, a composer, guitar player and violist from the Netherlands. This website is dedicated to my work as a film score composer, session musician and to the original music I create.
Whether you've come to find someone to make music for your film, someone to play and record viola for your next album or simply to listen to my music, you've come to the right place!
I make both instrumental music with a lot of viola and vocal music with various vocalists like Dutch vocalist Mylène van den Weijer. All my vocal music is released under the project name Compendium to avoid any confusion, as I make most of my general musical ideas into both a vocal and an instrumental version.
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The music I make is heavily inspired by modern which I love because of its diversity. There are a lot of styles of music I like and modern cinematic music allows me to combine all those influences into one style,
instead of having to choose which one to create. This means that there are a lot of styles that influenced my style of composing, though bombastic film music, symphonic metal and classical music are my main influences.
I make both instrumental music featuring viola and music with vocals in collaboration with various guest vocalists. As I mentioned in the intro I release the vocal music under the name Compendium to avoid confusion, so please click the Compendium logo below to jump to that music.
The follow up album of 'Storm'. 'The Dark Side' is an album of eleven songs with more focus on the viola and on the dark side of orchestral music. It should come as no surprise that this album was largely inspired by dark fantasy and horror stories, resulting in a darker set of songs.
Compendium is all about creating music for people that like modern cinematic style music with rock vocals. Ever since hearing Children of the Sun by Thomas Bergersen and Merethe Soltvedt and Shatter Me by Lindsey Stirling and Lzzy Hale I've fallen in love with the concept of fantasy style music with vocals.
Shown below are all the original songs by Compendium. If you'd like to listen to the covers as well click here to visit the full playlist.
Whether you are looking for a complete score or would like me to write a song to contribute to the soundtrack, you've come to the right place!
There is so much a good soundtrack can do for a movie. Done right, music can help a film make a lasting impression. A sad violin tune underscoring a tragic turn of events, a dark theme for the villain or suspenseful strings to stress impending danger. Melodies specific to certain recurring events and characters to enhance story structure. Alternated by silence when music would be out of place. A soundtrack that helps make your story an experience to remember.
Decided you'd like me to create the soundtrack for your project? I already look forward to working together on the score until you've got a soundtrack we can both be excited about! Experience has taught me that this is best achieved by working together from the start, instead of only asking your input when the score is already finished. Because let's face it, who knows better what story you want your film to tell then you? This approach has for instance lead to both 'Soepsalabim' and 'Schoon Genoeg' being nominated for best score at the 48HR Challenges of both 2013 and 2015 respectively and the music for films by Home Made Productions being consistently positively noticed at film festivals.
Looking for music that is already finished and ready to be used in your project? I'm also a composer at audiojungle, through which you can license some pieces of music for your project royalty free. You can have a listen to my music there by clicking here
I also write cinematic music with vocals in support of movies just like yours as Compendium. You can listen to that music by clicking here. This means your movie will be featured in one of the next Compendium clips as an extra promotional tool for your film. You are of course allowed to use the song if you wish to do so, please contact me to discuss the possibilities!
Ready to hear more? Scroll down to listen to and look at some of the work I've done for previous movies.
Decided you'd like me to create the soundtrack to your next story? Contact info is available at the bottom of the page.
Visakh Madhusoodanan Subha Watch Film
Strike At Dawn:
by Tom van Immerseel
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Stalking The Fields:
by Rosemary Pierce of
Sapphire Cuthulu Productions
by Team Exception
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by Cameron Baxter
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For much more examples of my viola playing, please visit my Youtube page.
My interest in music was sparked at a young age by music written for films and video games. I remember the first music I enjoyed listening to being the music written by Nobuo Uematsu to accompany the games in the Final Fantasy series. At the time I had no idea how vast the world of soundtrack music really was, but soundtracks were my first step into becoming a music fanatic.
Through picking up playing guitar my interest in music quickly grew broader.
Playing in bands helped this along even further and I quickly became familiar with all kinds of styles like
Blues, Rock, Jazz, Metal and acoustic music like Gypsy Jazz.
I also got even more into modern film music through music written by people like Hans Zimmer, Atli Orvarsson, Klaus Badelt and the like.
Through my interest in orchestral film music I began listening to classical music as well.
This in turn made me fall in love with string instruments and made me want to start playing violin,
despite thinking that I was far too old to still become any good at that instrument.
About a year into my violin lessons I tried out viola and almost instantly decided to make the switch. I prefer the bigger and darker tone of the viola to that of the violin and it comined really well with the music I like to make. I never understood why so little amount of players switch to viola besides the prejudice that only bad violin players become violists.
In order to really dedicate myself to learning to compose music I decided to enroll in the Royal Conservatory of the Hague.
While I really enjoyed my time there and considered both the teachers and the students to be highly skilled composers and players,
the Conservatory is too narrowly focused on avant-garde music for my taste, and at times a bit too dismissive of other musical styles and influences.
Choosing just one style has never been for me. This is what I love most about modern film music. Composers like Klaus Badelt and Hans Zimmer choose to incorporate different elements of genres they like instead of choosing to do the one or the other, resulting in really interesting scores. A great example of this is the score for Hansel and Gretel and Mortal Instruments by Atli Orvarsson, in which rock band elements are combined with orchestral and some EDM elements.
Which brings us to the music I make, which is heavily inspired by this tradition of incorporating all different styles of music I like into one.
It's hard to name every style that has influenced me over the years, because I find new music I like everyday, and almost always feel the need to add whatever things I like about it to my current writing style.
This makes writing film music so interesting, as it allows me to focus on very specific influences and really get into them if a film requires this or that specific style.
Got questions or remarks? I'd be happy to answer anything you'd like to know! Don't be a stranger and contact me through the details provided on my contact page.
I hope you enjoy listening to the music you'll find here!
Skype name: Marc vd Meulen
If you'd like to contact me you can use the information provided to the right. I'm available through e-mail, Skype, Facebook and Phone.
If you're asking me to score your next game or movie, please tell me something about it! Do you have some ideas about how you'd like the score to sound? Don't hestitate to tell me as well! It's your story, I'm just here to help you make it even better!