2012 Russian Horror Film Awards Honorees Include Composer Daniel Licht

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Composer Daniel LichtFilm and television composer Daniel Licht will receive Composer of the Year at the Third Annual Russian Horror Film Awards on January 28, 2012, in Moscow. Other honorees include director Stuart Gordon (Stuck), director AJ Annila (Sauna), and actress Jodelle Ferland (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse).

From the Press Release:
Supported by the Russian Ministry of Culture and the Russian Cinematography Union, this event honors both native and foreign films, actors, directors, and composers within the horror genre. Past honorees include Robert Englund (A Nightmare on Elm Street) and Jeffrey Combs (Re-Animator). Daniel Licht (pictured) will be honored with Composer of the Year for his repertoire within the horror genre, which includes Thinner, Children of the Corn, “Dexter”, and the upcoming video game Silent Hill: Downpour score.

Daniel Licht’s scoring approach has solidified him as one of a kind. Licht’s eccentric techniques create an anxious and fearful environment for his most notable work, the Emmy Award-winning “Dexter”. Licht’s scoring, described as “eerie”, employs his most diverse techniques – playing instruments upside down, sideways, and with human bones. The show follows Dexter Morgan, a serial killer turned executioner. Unable to be traced, he continues to kill only those that have committed murder themselves. In January, Showtime will be conducting a score remix contest of Daniel Licht’s “Blood Theme” from the series.

Daniel Licht enters new territory with his original score for the video game Silent Hill: Downpour. Licht stated at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, “I’m inspired by the mood and the story. I try to come up with a sound world that I feel like will amplify and augment the player’s experience. I incorporated piano, industrial sounds, and the mandolin. Composing for video games takes me back to the form of the music because it doesn’t always have to fit the visuals”.

The Third Annual Russian Horror Film Awards support the developing Russian horror industry and the Russian film service. The three-day event runs January 27-29, 2012, and includes a film festival, master classes, and an autograph signing event.

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