Jan Haak

Run

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Run

For the Shadowrun movie Run Jan created a vast mix of futuristic Synthesizers and a Rock Band. Together with guitar hero Markus Dressen and drumdevil Michael Krogmann they formed the Run Band.

In addition to that, Jan also did the Sound Effects, Sound Editing and Mixing for the movie.

Robot Rampage

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Robot Rampage is a mix of retro top down shooter with 3D graphics and real physics engine. This is the third collaboration Jan is doing with Suckerfree Games.

For the soundtrack Jan decided to use classical chiptune sounds from old Amiga Computers and lifted them up with modern sound design tools to match the oldschool pixel look with the real 3D perspective.

The Gray Whales of the Russian Far East

Grey Whales
Grey Whales
Grey Whales

This movie is a short CGI documentary about a day in the life of a whale grey mother and its calf. The documentation was made for the Russian National Aquarium in Vladivostok. For this CGI documentary, the animators were supported by Dr. Yuri M. Yakovlev, an expert for marine life.

Jan worked together with his friend and X-Score Partner Konstantine Kazantzis for the soundtrack. They created a sound that was featuring a lot of ethnic flutes and guitars to capture the breath of the wild nature shown in the film.

Endeavour

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Endeavour is an artistic project Jan always wanted to realise. Historical Filmrecordings, from the United States of America Film Archive, telling the story of the scientific and technical progress of human mankind in the last centuries, combined with music.

After a year of collecting videos and sifting the hours of video material, story and music came finally together in this video.

Victor Vran - Fractured Worlds

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Victor Vran started as a little Diablo clone, but quickly gained a big and loyal fan base. The Hack&Slay got so succesful that developer Haemimont added several DLCs to the game.

For the Fractured World DLC the composer George Strezov started a Rock Band to get the Motörhead sound that was requiered for this project.
As Jan and George have been friends for quite some time, George asked Jan to play the bass on the soundtrack.

The Guild 3

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The sequel of the popular The Guild series is a unique mixture of economic simulation, strategy game, historical life simulation and role playing game in 3D, set in the year 1400 in Europe.

The composers for the soundtrack, Robin Birner and Yannick Suess, knew Jan already for a long time and so they asked him for the recordings and arrangements of rare string instruments, like renaissance lute, irish bouzouki and wayfaring lute.

Jan recorded all instruments in his own studio.

Earthdawn

Earthdawn
Earthdawn

This award winning soundtrack was featured for the famous, old school Fantasy RPG that got its big comeback in 2016.

After working together with the creator of the game, Ross Babcock, Jan created a soundtrack that was remembering the old, archaic fantasy movies like Conan the Barbarian or Fire and Ice, mixing it up with a wide range of ethnic instruments, with mongolian throatsinging for the Orc Hordes, bulgarian Choirs for the dark woods of the elves (featuring singer Anette Enzmann) and of course a lot of medieval string instruments played by Jan. Also Konstantine Kazantzis joined Jan for several songs on this epic fantasy work.

In May 2016, the Soundtrack was awarded with the RPC Jury Award.

Sandra and Woo

Sandra and Woo
Sandra and Woo
Sandra and Woo

The videogame, featuring the teenager Sandra and her best friend, the racoon Woo, is the first Stand Alone Videogame from german Studio Feline Fuelled Games. The award winning developer team got famous for their huge Story Mods for Dragon Age: Origins.

This time, the Point and Click game, based on the famous Sandra and Woo Webcomic, takes the two main characters through a weird time-travel, fantasy adventure.

The main challenge on the soundtrack was to bring the swingy soundtrack into the medieval settings. Jan used a lot of medieval lutes and drums to create the a medieval swing ensemble for the game soundtrack

Sumerland

Sumerland
Sumerland

The „Enhanced Reality“ app from Noon Games brings you right into the fantastic World of Sumerland, a fantasy world divided by light and dark full of riddles and dangers.

While the medieval folk band Qntal wrote an atmospheric folk song, Jan wrote a classical orchestral piece, remembering the great fantasy movies of the seventies and eighties.

Sky Guardian

Sky Guardian
Sky Guardian
Sky Guardian
Sky Guardian
Sky Guardian

Sky Guardian is a selection of the works from Jan in 2014 and 2015. It features several Trailer works, for example for Space 1889 (Galaxy Ride) or The Bear Race (The Unknown Land).

It also features works from Jans early videogame soundtracks like for example Space Opera (A Space Opera), Warpac (Wasteland Raiders) and also original orchestral compositions.

Imaginations

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Imaginations was Jans first, big Orchestral Release. Together with 13 different Artists, he created the soundtrack 13 pictures and scored their story.
The final result was a 60 minute long album that Jan released on Youtube together with Videos from the picture that tell the story Jan and the Artists created. In every video is also a description about Jans interpretation and how he workded on the track for the specific artwork. You can also downlod the complete album for free right here!

Jan Haak

Music has always been the most important thing in my life

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Biography

Jan Haak

Jan Haak

Music has always been the most important thing in my life and soundtracks especially were a huge part of it. With six years I started learning classical guitar from my mother, a guitar teacher and conductor. When I was eight, I bought my first soundtrack, Aliens from James Horner. I immediately started creating my own soundtracks, back then through cutting my favourite parts together on tapes. Seventeen years old and having my first keyboard, I started writing orchestral songs.

At the time I finished my apprenticeship as software developer in 2008, I already had founded my first recording studio and was also songwriter, producer and player of traditional string instruments in the popular, medieval-folk band Capud Draconis. When we were asked to participate on the soundtrack for the fantasy movie Leuenklinge I could not resist and the work on the song reawakened the passion for soundtracks in me. After that I decided to take a brave step and to fully concentrate on composing soundtracks for film and videogames.

2014, together with my friend Konstantine Kazantzis, I founded X-Score, a composer team for soundtracks for RPG adventures, while at the same time continuing to compose music for various videogames and feature films. In 2016 my Earthdawn soundtrack was awarded with the RPC Jury Award.

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