film music

Film and game composer showreel

Samples from my over 16-year career as film and game composer.

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Franky Five Star – feature film score music

We composed score music to the film Franky Five Star together with actor-musician-composer Oona Airola. Read more…

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Score for Piggy-animation

One of my favourite score-work was for a Danish animation “Piggy” by R.S. Söderström. I recorded an intimate string section in layers to be able to control the size of the orchestra.

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Film composer

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I graduated as a film composer from Stockholm’s Royal College of Music in 2010. My special skill is that I am a musical chameleon – I can imitate almost any music genre, from synth pop to symphony orchestra pieces. However, I always add my own twist, and mixing genres together in exciting ways is also typical of me.

I’ve also been broadening my expertise in the area of game and musical music. I like strange and slightly boundary breaking ideas and approaches. One of my favorite series for its atmosphere is Twin Peaks.

I am especially proud of the score music I composed for the Piggy animation.

My first feature film score for Bekas

As the final thesis of my master’s degree, I composed the score music for the short film Bekas, directed by Karzan Kader. Our film competed for the student Oscars title in Los Angeles. The winner of the competition was to receive a place in the real Oscar competition. Eventually we came second to a Norwegian short film.

Bekas was later made into a feature film version and released in 2012. This became my first feature film work as a film composer. We recorded the string sections in the studio with 11 string players. I always like to conduct the studio sessions myself. Studio days are indeed one of the funniest days in the profession of a film composer. A large group of skilled musicians gather together and suddenly a greater sum emerges from the compositions.

The string sections were recorded at Atlantis Studio in Stockholm. I had a look at the list of bands that had previously recorded at the studio and was really impressed by the history of the place. Bekas string sections were recorded by Alar Suurna, who has recorded for example some of Roxette‘s big hits.

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Other film music work

In addition many short movies like Blott du mig älskar, Medan allt annat händer, Seaweed, Du är min, Massagen, Bekas (short film), Concrete Child, Sexy Times, Paradiset, Altona, Orka Bry Sig, Close to Your Skin, Neben Der Spur, Dreamdance and others.

“It is a great pleasure to work with Juhana, both as a sound designer mixing his multi-faceted music into a movie, computer game or VR installation, and as a co-composer to be infected by his sensitivity and always positive team spirit.”

Boris Laible / Sound designer & Composer

“The music, which artfully deepens the film’s atmosphere and convincingly radiates the local color, was composed by the Finnish Juhana Lehtiniemi.”

Source: Bekas review (freely translated) / Ilta-Sanomat

“The music was so good, awesome blend to portray the adventures, along with the two great performances, ignited the movie to emerge as a pleasant family entertainer.”

Source: Bekas-arvostelu / IMDb

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