Robin Wächtershäuser

Robin Wächtershäuser is a German composer and producer of film and advertising music as well as contemporary art music and electroacoustic music. He is a multiple award nominee and winner in the category "Best Film Composer" of the Independent Days as well as winner of the creative award in the field "Film Music - Young Talent" of the Hessenfilm und Medien GmbH. 

 

Biography:

Robin Wächtershäuser was born in Wetzlar, Hessen. He studied Contemporary Composition/Contemporary Art Music in the Bachelor's programme with Hon. Prof. Claus Kühnl at Dr. Hoch's Conservatory in Frankfurt am Main. In November 2021 he completed his Master's degree in Contemporary Composition with Prof. Orm Finnendahl at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt am Main. 

 

His work includes solo and ensemble works, electroacoustic compositions, orchestral pieces, sound installations as well as activities as a sound director and sound designer for musical and scenic projects. 

As a composer, Robin Wächtershäuser is particularly interested in fragile and fine sound qualities as well as the noisy and the conscious play with the boundary between sound and noise. Extremes also play an important role in his work. Another aspect is the preoccupation with very small sound particles, also called grains, as well as the transfer of this model to macrostructure and the idea of generating a lot of material from very small units.

 

Parallel to composing art music, Robin Wächtershäuser is active as a composer and producer of film and advertising music.

In addition to various short films (mystery, horror, fairy tales), he has also scored several commercials, e.g. for BMW, TÜV Hessen, Fresenius, Casual Food and Karl Mayer.

He works closely with the companies Badehaus Film and Seehund Media, both based in Darmstadt, Hessen. 

Outside of "serious music", he devotes himself to his own electronic ambient and drone projects.

He is and was also active as a guitarist and songwriter in various bands, for example Tobi Vorwerk (2015-2016) and E.U.L.E. (2015-present). 

Additionally, he is producer and songwriter of the duo Silent & Secret (Robin Wächtershäuser & Angelina Nowak).

 

Recent activities:

In February 2020, he was involved in the light and sound installation "Linked" at the Luminale in Frankfurt am Main 2020.

He took on the task of programming and composing/conceptualising the acoustic and musical layer of the installation. The project took place in collaboration with Master's students of the Communication in Space programme of the Department of Interior Architecture/Design at Mainz University of Applied Sciences and under the supervision of Prof. Orm Finnendahl at the HfMDK.  

 

During the Covid-19 Pandemic 2020, he realised a film about Darmstadt together with Seehund Media as part of a StayHome campaign. 

 

In September 2020, he realised the composition "Anthemes II" by Pierre Boulez together with violinist Ayane Kawamura and composer Dayoung Park. 

 

In November 2020 he was involved in a staged production of Robert Schumann's Op. 42 "Frauenliebe und Leben", which was realised in collaboration with the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst and the theatre director Roland Schwab. Robin Wächtershäuser was responsible for transitions and atmospheres as sound designer and composer. 

 

In spring, Robin Wächtershäuser recorded and produced the debut album of the German band "Lynx" at Cocobolo Studios in Gießen. 

 

In April, the composer's debut album "I Saw Snowcovered Mountains, Cloaked in Darkness" was released. Since December 2021, this has been published by the Indian label reset networks. 

 

Awards:

In 2018, Robin Wächtershäuser was a fellow of the Richard Wagner Association.

 

Robin Wächtershäuser was invited to the Festival International Du Cinéma Fantastique 2020 in Menton, France, to be held in autumn 2020. Here, among other things, the short feature film "Ria" was preselected, for which the composer composed and produced an orchestral soundtrack. 

The composer was also nominated for this in the "Best Score" category at the Short Stop International Film Festival. 

 

In October 2020, Robin Wächtershäuser won the "Best Film Composer" award at the Independent Days Int. Filmfest for his score for the short film Ria. 

 

In December 2020, the artist was awarded the Creative Premium by Hessenfilm und Medien GmbH and the Hessian Ministry of Science and the Arts.