Lionel Ziblat

Composer & arranger

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I will write the warm and powerful orchestral and / or string arrangement that you need. (with a live orchestra or with samples, taylored to your budget) I also create film scores; It can be a fragile intimate piece or a a kick-ass epic theme, emotional soundscapes or a modern TV show score. I also love mocking and recreating vintage recordings.

With my background (an MA in traditional classical composition and leading the Prog Rock band Modest Midget) I can offer the unique combination of high end, traditional writing for any orchestral formation (strings, brass or tutti), with an affinity with Pop, Rock, World music & Jazz.

You can book me for anything from an original film score to adding that magic touch that a live string quartet can add, a string orchestra or a full blown orchestra, with the writing abilities that only a traditionally trained composer can offer. I also work with samples and can combine both.
As I also had a Rock band and I regularly play different Latin American folk styles I am very well versed in understanding swing and time, which is sometimes a challenge with classical musicians.
Well, I know the right people and I know how to write so that you get the best performance for your production.

Because of my passion for vintage recordings, I can also recreate specific production styles according to their era, whether you're after the sound of The Beatles or a Madness ska song, saving you the cost of expensive licensing fees.

Please also visit my website: www.lionelziblat.com

Click the 'Contact' above to get in touch. Looking forward to hearing from you.

4 Reviews

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  1. Review by Zoran
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    by Zoran

    I worked with Lonny on an award winning art animation "10 Days of Lovid". He was the composer, I was the sound engineer on it. Collaborating with him was a great experience. He's talented, versatile and very easy to work with.. He's shown great patience and understanding working with our mutual client and that resulted in a great soundtrack, and I can only hope that the sound FX design and the mix that I provided for it did it justice.

  2. Review by Oksana Maksimchuk
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    by Oksana Maksimchuk

    Lionel had worked as composer for my documentary film "Adapters" a few years ago. He had created a beautiful music for the film. I think, that Lionel a very talented composer who has deep understanding what the filmmaker wants to achieve in the film. He could work hard and he did a lot to get great result. A lot of people had positive remarks that the music in the film played a big role. I truly recommend Lionel as a professional composer.

  3. Review by Randy Kent
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    by Randy Kent

    Lionel was fantastic to work with on the film he scored for me a few years ago. He got what I was going for right away and there wasn't many changes to his first pass so that's always a great find in a composer. I still think of that score as one of my favorites and still looking for a project for us to collaborate on in the future. Great guy and great work!

  4. Review by Vincent van den Ouden
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    by Vincent van den Ouden

    Working with Lonny on the score of my studentfilm The Maiden & The Gatekeeper was a wonderful experience. With Lonny, delivering something unique - somethings that will shine a new light on the visuals - and keeping the intent of the director in the back of his mind are two sides of the same coin. He truly cares for your film which doesnt't make him shy away from artistic arguments. This means he's willing to go the extra mile to give your film exactly what it means. In short, Lonny is collaborator and also a true storyteller.

Interview with Lionel Ziblat

  1. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  2. A: I apologize for the cliche answer, but I'm proud of every single thing I do. The most fresh one is usually the latest one.

  3. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  4. A: Not currently.

  5. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  6. A: It depends on the production, budget, and time schedule. If we're talking about guitars, it's my 'home base'. I would rather have them performed live. If there's a solo instrument involved it can also best be played live. In the case of an orchestra, it very much depends mostly on the budget of course, and the character of the music.

  7. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  8. A: In a song: Making it "walk" and sound authentic. In a film: Creating the magic of luring someone into a story.

  9. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  10. A: There is no one particular question that I can think of.

  11. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  12. A: As stated above: What is the impact we're trying to achieve. Depending on the kind of production, it could be useful to know who's the potential audience.

  13. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  14. A: Know exactly what you want. Either or both in terms of what you'd like to hear but not less important what is the impact you want to achieve (in the case of a movie score). The better you explain your wishes, the better I can provide the answer.

  15. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  16. A: Hmmm... 1) An Atmospheric Water generator 2) A good hat 3) Sun glasses 4) A fishing pole 5) A guitar (with a whole bunch of strings for years to come)

  17. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  18. A: I have been playing guitar professionally since 1990. I also wrote songs, and gladly branched into classical composition and Jazz guitar while in the conservatory (1998 to 2006). I studied orchestral conducting and conducted several choirs before getting back to leading a Prog Rock band for a few years (Modest Midget). While I was writing and producing all the music I kept on writing and arranging chamber music, as well as producing backing tracks for different instances. After the band I went into creating music for film & TV.

  19. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  20. A: Where film music is concerned, composer John Williams. Because he's a master in any possible level. His melodies, harmonies, his textures, the orchestrations, his abilities of expressing just the right theme for every character and every possible mood. In music production I would probably like to work with Radiohead or Bjork. They're both at home with production & sound as well as with "old school" live performance. Strong musical characters and extremely innovative still!

  21. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  22. A: The first tip is to try to clear your mind before you make a judgement. Try to avoid taking big decisions when you're tired or stressed. I know it's more easily said than done but in my experience it's the most efficient way.

  23. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  24. A: This can be quite varied. I love working on different styles and genres. All the above mentioned genres take place, and I'm always open to learn and expand into new territories.

  25. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  26. A: I'm persistent. When I offer a finished product it's after I've been through a long and tedious process of experimentation, decision making and. I strive to completely stand behind every production, quality-wise as well as artistically.

  27. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  28. A: I approach a song in the simplest manner possible, and I never add or change anything unless I feel it's absolutely necessary. The rest; style, genre, attitude, mood, tempo and rhythmic approach (or not) is all up to you, the client ;-)

  29. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  30. A: I compose, arrange and produce music. Anything from songs to orchestral pieces. A big passion of mine that combines all of this is writing music for film and media. Anything from feature films to documentaries, TV shows, games and other media.

  31. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  32. A: I'm finishing a brilliant gypsy-like track with a bunch of friends, all fantastic musicians. I'll be uploading a video soon enough ;-)

  33. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  34. A: I always give my utmost best.

  35. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  36. A: I don't think in terms of misconceptions. I am aware, however, that sometimes people are so involved in their own activities that they sometimes forget to keep their eyes open and realize that what I'm offering them is my utmost best. It often happens that my first suggested track seems "too soft" or "too complex" because the stress creates grave expectations probably. I often heard directors admit that my first suggestion was the strongest.

  37. Q: How would you describe your style?

  38. A: As I mentioned it before, I feed on variety, but people do seem to recognize an imprint of my style. I wouldn't be able to put it into words, but I one of the rare characteristics of my work is that I understand Classical music as well as other styles, having conducted and written a lot of chamber music, as well as having played in Rock & folklore bands.

  39. Q: What's your typical work process?

  40. A: I first talk to the director and try to get into his mind, understand his challenges and wishes, as well as his taste. I then watch the relevant movie (or footage) and allow it to sink in. I find that the most important work happens in my mind when I meditate or take a stroll along the beautiful Amstel river near my home. I then write the basic musical idea(s), usually the old fashioned way; with a pencil and a piece of paper, and I start molding it in my studio.

  41. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  42. A: I have a simple and very focused set up consisting of Cubase, a Komplete Kontrol keyboard, sibelius (for writing scores for real musicians if applicable) and a variety of sample and sound libraries, from Native Instruments through East West, Spitfire etc.

  43. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  44. A: Although I use the most current and modern sample libraries and recording platforms, I'm still mostly inspired by the 'old gang' of traditional film composers (and classical composers) like John Williams, Bernard Hermann & Alex North. Besides I have great affinity with classical music (my favorite composer is Ravel), Latin American Folklore, Gypsy music from the Balkan, Jazz, Progressive Rock, Contemporary Classical Music and other world music styles.

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1. Don’t Stop Me Now 2. Deadline For Duty (original composition) 3. Here Comes The Earth (original composition) 4. What Does The Fox Say 5. Cover: ‘Baggy Trouses’ (Madness) 6. Cautious, Optimistic Uncle Bert (original) 7. Godzilla (original)

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Terms Of Service

Please provide:
I) For an arrangement: The original song and style & structural requests.
II)For a film: Synopsis, script, picture-lock version, description - style & mood. 2 revisions possible.

GenresSounds Like
  • John Williams
  • Ramin Djawadi
  • Hans Zimmer
Gear Highlights
  • Ample sample based library. E.guitar
  • 2x ac guitars
  • 2x nylon str.
  • Hofner bass
  • Mandoline
  • Ukelele. 32GB Ram 3
  • 30GHz Intel Core win sys
  • Lynx card
  • V3 pre-amp + NT1000 condenser. Cubase
  • Sibelius
  • Waves FX library
  • Vienna Ens.Pro
  • Kontakt 6
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SoundBetter Deal

For first job I offer a %30 discount on up to 3 minutes of music. Intimate piano music can be made for half the price (%50 off)

  • New album - Dream Hunting (on vinyl)Sep 03, 2021

    Includes 10 tracks, half are intimate, acoustic songs, the rest more 'produced'. The album includes Another Day & Stuck.


    Purchase: https://li.sten.to/ah6o0GQ


    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/2RMCeKG520kwrhVbkVKhQx?si=ioRfIoYhTOu9xM78lvhNoA&dl_branch=1


    Videos:


    Stuck - https://youtu.be/C04QCPleIDQ
    Another Day - https://youtu.be/GLNNtHQkWmo

  • A new single - Kingdom of The PenguinsJan 12, 2021

    I recently produced this new track I wrote, with the help of a group of fine musicians, all in our own home-studios.


    Kingdom of The Penguins can be heard on Spotify, iTunes, Amazon, Facebook & Youtube