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. All my vocal music is released under the project name Compendium, which you can find by going to the dedicated CompendiuM page.
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The music I make is inspired mainly by both metal and modern film music. I really love adding a lot of guitar and viola which I record myself, home made synthesizer sounds and my own sound design. The last can range from reversed piano tones to time stretched screaming with a lot of effects to create a sort of surreal ambience.
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 go to the Compendium page to listen to those.
More guitars, more horror and ambience elements and more intuïtive melodies. I've grown even more attached to ambience and horror elements during the period of writing this album.
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.
Are you looking for a music composer for your movie?
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. Alternated by silence when music would be out of place. A soundtrack that helps make your story an experience to remember. Using custom sound design and recordings of viola and guitar to make sure your story will stand out from the crowd.
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. As a composer, it gives me a better understanding of what you'd like your audience to feel, and what they need to feel at specific moments. Because let's face it, who knows better what story you want your film to tell then you?
Though I have created music for many genres I specialize in writing music for horror, thriller and fantasy movies. I like to use ambient and surreal sound effects when writing a soundtrack. Examples include a reversed piano note, people screaming with distortion or tuned down hammer strikes. If you're interested in knowing more about this you can watch the video, in which I explain a bit about how I turn everyday sounds into ambient effects. Using effects like these works especially well for genres like horror, thriller, fantasy and darker action movies, and really make them into something special.
Finally, I frequently get asked what my rates are for scoring a movie. To be honest, it is very hard to give an exact rate I charge for movie scoring simply because, as every composer will agree, no two films are the same. To give an indication, a film like Webbed, which lasts about twenty minutes and needed music for almost the entirety of the movie was done for €200,-. To get a more precise indication for your movie, please get in touch with me.
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 right here.
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. My Audiojungle portfolio is dedicated to horror and thriller music. So it's worth a look if you want ready made music for your horror or thriller movie or game, though in all honesty I always advice to work with a composer to create custom music. You can have a listen to my music there by clicking here
Do Not Open
by Dark Mind Productions
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Visakh Madhusoodanan Subha
Stalking The Fields
Horror & Thriller
by Rosemary Pierce of
Sapphire Cuthulu Productions
Strike At Dawn:
by Tom van Immerseel
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by Team Exception
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by Cameron Baxter
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For examples of my viola playing, please visit my Youtube page.
There was a time when I thought that music just wasn't for me. I've even been told that as a kid, I once asked what the point of radio was after television was invented. This was because, as a kid, I didn't realize I liked the movies and games I liked so much in great part due to the music. These soundtracks did exactly what they were supposed to do, enhance the story while remaining in the background. The problem was not that I didn't like music, the problem was that my kind of music mostly hides in plain sight.
It is the same bombastic and dark moods that you'll hear in soundtracks that eventually got me into rock and metal. Such a different style than the music on the radio, hearing it and learning about it made me finally feel at home, and realize that the music I liked was just a little bit harder to find. It became such a big part of my life so quickly that it didn't take long for me to decide to pick up an instrument and learn how to play.
I decided to pick up playing guitar to be able to write music as well. It turned out to be a great way to quickly get introduced to all kinds of music I liked.
Despite liking a lot of styles of music and learning to play a wide range of genres, I never really found a style I liked as much as hard rock and metal, simply because
it seemed that the dramatic and bombastic moods were absent in all other styles of music. Though I always hoped to find another style I loved as much.
It took years before I became truly aware of another genre of music that had that bombast, darkness and diversity I loved about metal so much, which I found in Soundtracks and film music. Soundtracks are all around us, but most people don't realize it because of the way it is presented: background music to other stories. There is of course nothing wrong with that, it is again what soundtracks should do, but it is the reason it took so long to find it though I had been listenening to it for as long as I can remember. It was through the score for Inception by Hans Zimmer that I began to realize you can just listen to soundtracks in the same way as to other music, and that a lot of people were already doing just that.
Through this kind of music I began to really love string instruments, and started thinking about learning to play the violin for myself. I was however very much in doubt because I was already seventeen at the time, and doubted whether I could still become any good at it. I finally decided to do it anyway, hoping my background in guitar would give me an advantage (which, it turns out, doesn't) . In retrospect, I'm very happy I decided to go ahead and do it despite my being older. It turned out to be really rewarding and vital to truly understanding music with string instruments and enjoying it even more.
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.
Finishing high school, everyone has to decided which way to go in life. As it was very clear that music was (and still is) the most important thing in my life, I decided to really dedicate myself to learning to compose music and enrolled 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.
I really like the idea of incorporating all things you like in music into one style rather than choosing one thing over the other. This is exactly what I like both about film music and metal. Both extremely open-minded genres that lend a lot of colors and ideas from other styles while still remaining true to itself. Metal and film music even seem to converge more and more in the ever growing scene of symphonic metal, there being bands already calling themselves cinematic metal like Dark Sarah.
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.
My favourite music to this day remaining both darker styles of film music and metal.
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. You can also chat with me directly by clicking the chat button in the bottom right corner.
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!
Have something else in mind you need my musical skills for? Like helping with the orchestration for your next metal album? Don't ever hestitate to ask, I'm sure we can figure something out!