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Film Music

Film Music

My film music is characterized by creative sounds and unconventional sound mixtures and compositions. Hand-made for every film project, it draws on acoustic sound sources and – as far as possible – dispenses with the use of sample files. Often, I work at the interface with artistic sound design; for example, by exaggerating or alienating tonal aspects that originate in the scenic sound.

Alongside prepared strings and keys such as Zither, glockenspiel, piano, banjo and harmonium, my arsenal of instruments includes megaphones, drinking glasses, Birkhahn bird whistle and everyday objects equipped with a contact microphone. When possible, I work with renowned musicians – the allure of real people making music together in the same space at the same time cannot be artificially produced.

The focus of my work to date has been documentary films – I am interested in how artistically elaborate the music can be when set against images that show the facets of a reality. Again and again this means exploring the tension between the documentary’s authenticity on the one hand, and on the other, the possibilities of the music while always respecting the dignity of the protagonist.

Recent Work

United States Vs. Reality Winner

feature documentary
director: Sonia Kennebeck, Codebreaker Films
executive producer: Wim Wenders

This film tells the story of a young whistleblower who disclosed a classified document about Russian election interference and became the number one leak target of the Trump administration. Reality Winner has been in prison since her arrest on June 3, 2017.

Fredda Meyer

Short documentary by werkgruppe2
director: Julia Roesler

Katharina is clinic clown Fredda Meyer. At work in the children’s hospital, her child Moritz, who was suffering from cancer, grew dear to her heart. Moritz will soon die. Fredda stays and is there for the parents, for the carers, cleaning staff and for Moritz. She makes fun when nobody can laugh anymore. She cries clown tears when everyone is frozen. Fredda breaks the taboos and conventions of how we deal with death.

After the first short film MARINA, werkgruppe2 is producing another short film based exclusively on interviews. Completion is scheduled for January 2021.


#Global Goals / Zero Hunger  – “Chef’s Trash Can”

Advertising campaign on behalf of the United Nations and the Tribeca Film Festival

director: Sonia Kennebeck
agency: Grabarz & Partner

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Zero waste


Für immer jung

TV documentary – NDR
director: Tina Soliman
Song: Glimpse

Bluthandel – Dollar gegen Gesundheit

TV documentary
director: Stefanie Dodt
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Opener Song “The deal”


documentary by werkgruppe2
director: Julia Roesler

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Marina’s Song

From Journalist to Hostage

documentary – New York Times Op Docs
director: Sonia Kennebeck
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National Bird

director: Sonia Kennebeck – Ten Forward Films
executive producer: Wim Wenders, Errol Morris
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Film Score Monthly - Film Music at Tribeca 2016

by Kyle Renick

Director Sonia Kennebeck said they invested a great deal of time in the music and sound design/sound mix, which pays off in a score filled with dread.

“Insa [Rudolph, the composer] records all natural sounds, so nothing comes out of a computer; and we developed a complete sound concept for the film, working very closely with our sound designer and sound mixer. For example, Insa included real sound recordings of drones, and even the Afghanistan National Anthem into her score, and there are also some recurring themes, like the ventilator sound. She builds her own instruments, which is why her film music is unique.”

Rudolph added, “My fascination with sounds and noises is often the starting point in a creative process. I generate them with unconventional use of instruments, or I borrow sounds from daily life and re-imagine them musically. Given the film’s subject, it was clear that use of music needed to be handled delicately but precisely. I wanted to find sounds that reach out to the audience in a subtle manner, and are not only audible but also physically perceptible without telling the audience what to expect or feel. I hope the ‘soundsphere’ opens the viewer up to new levels of association.” I asked her about instrumentation, to which she responded, “The most common instruments are strings and piano, both ‘prepared’ or manipulated with materials like kitchen foil or soft rubber gum. I also use a zither and banjo played with an electric bow. Under most of the drone pictures, you hear the innards of a toy piano, and metal rods attached to a resonator played with one single hair of a violin bow. And I must not forget various tools from one of my favorite sound playgrounds—the kitchen.”

The Implant Files

TV documentary
director: B. v.d. Heide, E. Kuch
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Accomplices – VW and the Brazilian Miltary Dictatorship

TV documentary
director: S.Dodt, T. Aders – NDR (North German Broadcasting)
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The Invisible Enemy

TV documentary
director: E.Kuch, C. Adelhardt – NDR (North German Broadcasting)
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Suffocated in the Truck – The End of a Flight

TV documentary
director: E. Kuch, S. Pittelkow, A. Musawy, B. v.d. Heide – NDR (North German Broadcasting)

The VW-Thriller

TV documentary
director: Christine Adelhardt, Svea Eckert – NDR (North German Broadcasting)
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After the Golden Rain

TV documentary
director: Tina Soliman – NDR

Sex made in Germany

TV documentary
director: Tina Soliman, Sonia Kennebeck – NDR
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Ice-Cold Track

director: Björn Platz, NDR
film score: isola music
song: Insa Rudolph & isola music
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Foreign Daughter

motion picture
director: Stephan Lacant, Kurhaus production
music: Dürbeck & Dohmen
song: Insa Rudolph, Dürbeck & Dohmen
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Blind Spot

TV movie
director: Stephan Lacant
music: Dürbeck & Dohmen
song: Insa Rudolph, Dürbeck & Dohmen


Guilt – The Other

TV series
director: Maris Pfeiffer
music: Meiser & Meister
song: Insa Rudolph, Marco Meister

Hold, hold on to you


motion picture
director: André Erkau, Wüste Film
music: Dürbeck und Dohmen
song: Insa Rudolph, Dürbeck & Dohmen

Circle of lies

Soundless Wind Chime

motion picture
director: Kit Hung
music: Claudio Puntin, Insa Rudolph
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In between

Life Actually

motion picture
director: Alain Gsponer
music: Marius Felix Lange
songs: Insa Rudolph

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