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Master Studies: Major in Media Music and Film Scoring With Johannes Vogel

From  winter semester 2018 the Austrian composer Johannes Vogel will be lecturer for music for film and media at JAM MUSIC LAB.

Applications for the entrance examination are possible as for now.

Johannes Vogel was born 1967 in Vienna, studied and graduated at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Vienna.

Starting his career as a timpanist and percussionist at Vienna Volksoper and Staatsoper he also joined orchestras like Wiener Philharmoniker, Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien, Opernhaus Graz, Camerata Academica Salzburg, Chamberorchestra of Europe, Österreichisch- Ungarische Haydn-Philharmonie, Opernhaus Zürich und Bayrische Staatsoper München.

He was inspired and shaped by working with conductors as Claudio Abbado, Bernard Haitink, Lorin Maazel, Christoph von Dohnányi, Riccardo Muti, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, James Levine, Franz Welser-Möst, Carlo Maria Giulini, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Seiji Ozawa, Pierre Boulez, Georg Solti, Leonard Bernstein, Carlos Kleiber etc.

Simultaneously he was constantly working on building up his own studio, composing music of different styles including electronics.

He frequently worked together with the spanish filmcomposer Fernando Velázquez on Hollywood-productions like Mama, Mariah Mundi , The Impossible, Hercules, Crimson Peak (Guillermo del Toro), A Monster Calls (J.A.Bayona), Colonia Dignidad (Florian Gallenberger) a.s.o.

For the Austrian broadcast-company ORF  Johannes composed and produced the music-layout for the Austrian elections, the political talkshow „Im Zentrum“ and the TV-show „Thema“.

In 2013 he created the filmscore for the german TV-feature Helden – wenn dein Land dich braucht (RTL),

2015 - 17 together with Dirk Leupolz the music for the 9th and 10th season of Der Bergdoktor.

At international Kalat Nissa Film Festival in Italy Johannes Vogel and Fernando Velazquez were awarded „Best music for shortfilm 2016“ for the score of the science-fiction-film Ceniso.

2017 Johannes was working on music for the documentary Zeit für Utopien ( Kurt Langbein).

He is connected closely as a conductor of filmscores  with the Slovak National Symphony Orchestra and is principal conductor of Synchron Stage Vienna. He took also part at numerous filmsessions at studios in London, Brussels, Prague and Budapest in the function of a conductor or music-supervisor.

As orchestrator und arranger  Johannes is working for composers like Hans Zimmer, John Paesano, Fernando Velazquez, Dirk Leupolz and for the show  Hollywood in Vienna.

Since 2017 he is lecturer at the international summer-workshops for filmmusicians „Hollywood Music Workshop“ located in Baden (Austria) and is a frequently asked keynote-speaker at international companies.

Contents Of Studies

To find a successful way to professional mediamusic-design which is up to date in musical, technical and practical terms, JAM MUSIC LAB Private University offers a 4-semester master study major in media music and film scoring. It mainly covers 3 fields of work:

1. analysing/reflection

The creation of modern media music and filmscores needs as a first step the reflection of the effects and esthetical structures of filmmusic already known. Looking at dramaturgical developments in opera and theater could be the base to get the feel for audiovisual co-existance in expression and timing.

  • esthetic of sounds
  • time-timing-no music
  • analysis of effects in filmmusic
  • film genres
  • history of filmmusic
  • dramaturgy/opera/theater
  • text and music in film

2. composition for media

As a second step it would be necessary to learn about the musical parameters in media composition, i.e. musical theme, rhythm and harmonic structure as well as instrumentation, different techniques applied in order to create a special sound including electronics.

  • intuition, inspiration, association: the creative process in a audiovisual context
  • theme-rhythm-harmony
  • instrumentation
  • instruments, technique of playing
  • filmscoring
  • practical application in film, TV, advertisment, games, stage

3. production

After finishing the score students would have to deal with the technical process of production, which includes Protools management, studio engineering, orchestration and music prep, as well as conducting an orchestra or choir and musical supervision.

  • planning and executing a project
  • computertechnique, Protools
  • Studiotechniques, soundlibraries
  • orchestration, music prep
  • musical supervising
  • session-conducting, choir as well as orchestra
  • mixing


Authored on January 25th, 2018