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Sid Barnhoorn
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What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
film, television, multimedia, Orchestra, Small Ensemble, Big Ensemble, Contemporary Ensembles
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
There are so many...
Is music your main income source?
Where do you live?
The Netherlands, Katwijk Zh, EU
About Me (Must include at least one paragraph of biographical information about you as a composer) - blank or minimal answers on this line will cause your request to be rejected. Include a link to your website if you have one.

BIOGRAPHY Composer Siddhartha Barnhoorn got into music when he was 17 years old. His first instrument was an old electric guitar. He learned to play it himself by playing along with the music of bands like Camel, Pink Floyd and Blind Guardian. After a year he started composing his own music using the guitar as his main instrument. In the first few years the main styles he composed in were rock and metal mixed with orchestral elements. He took a great interest in working with samples. With these samples he could create the sound of an orchestra. His main influences came from bands like Camel, Pink Floyd, Blind Guardian but also filmcomposers like John Williams, James Horner, Jerry Goldsmith and more.

Having worked with samples for a while, Sid composed his first concert piece in 2003: "Space Suite - The Undiscovered Journey". This was his first big epic orchestral piece which had a film music feel to it. After hearing a lot of comments about his music sounding like film and game music, he started thinking about actually composing for film. A friend of his got him into contact with an animator and gave him the idea to study music in Hilversum.

In 2004 Sid started his studies of Composition in Context, at the Utrecht School of the Arts, Faculty of Art, Media & Design in Hilversum. In August 2008 Sid graduates with the title, Master of Composition in Context.

In the early years of his studies Sid was confronted with various new ways of composing and various music that was new to him, encountering electronic soundscapes, counterpoint, the Twelve-Tone System, the polytonal / contemporary techniques of Stravinski, Ligeti and Bartok, the beautiful sound of the Javanese Gamelan, African polyrhythmic music and medieval, other ethnic music and renaissance vocal music. The music of György Ligeti made a great impact on him even before he started his study. Ligeti’s instrumental soundscapes inspired Sid to compose very atonal music, using clusters. Experimenting with these techniques gave him a wider knowledge of form, structure and sonic detail. His concertwork can be described as evolving piece of music.

Sid took a great interest in ethnic music, especially traditional Japanese music. Through this music he decided to learn the shakuhachi, the Japanese bamboo flute. He took lessons from shakuhachi teacher and musician Kees Kort. Aside from the shakuhachi, Sid also took interest in various other instruments like the Armenian Duduk, the bouzouki (8-string lute), Turkish Ney and Soprano Sax to name a few.

Aside from composing for film and other media, Sid also composes his own (prog)rock albums and works in collaboration with other musicians and composers. His rock albums are usually mixed with electronica, orchestral and ethnic elements.

From 2004 to 2009 Sid scored over 50 films and the work continues...

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At 2:42pm on May 2, 2009, Jim Hughes said…
Oh by the way, this is Jim. We have chatted before on other networks.
At 2:41pm on May 2, 2009, Jim Hughes said…
beware of The Composers Collective! I just want to let you know it is a scam. You can check out my comments on it at -

How are things going? Doing good here. Your new music is great! I mean really great.
At 12:58am on April 26, 2009, Scotty Max said…
Gday, thanks for the request, your music sounds great - fantastic dynamics
At 12:23pm on April 23, 2009, Josellyn Osuna said…
Your music is so intriguing from the very first three notes! Any words of advice for amateur composers like me?
At 5:17pm on April 4, 2009, Josellyn Osuna said…
hello :)
At 7:44pm on December 22, 2008, Fernando said…
Fascinatind and very powerful. Outstanding compositions
At 10:03pm on May 19, 2008, Javier Lynch said…
Hi sid,
Thank you for adding me in your list, it is very interesting to know about you and your work.
Best regards,
At 1:53pm on May 19, 2008, Adrian Peek said…
Hi Sid:

Great music!!!! It all sounds so "cinematic". Quite brilliant, actually!
I'm quite happy to accept your invitation. Thanks!

At 11:12am on May 19, 2008, Chris Merritt said…
Hi Sid! Welcome to the Composer's Forum!
At 8:59am on May 19, 2008, Carlos da Silveira said…
Hi Sid,
thanks for the add. I listening to your music now and really enjoying it. I like Lazarus orchestration and development. Will keep listening to your work in the future.



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