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Best Soundtrack Album

TITLE
Woody

COMPOSER
Josh Abrahams / Davide Carbone / Russell Thornton

Rafael May

WINNER

Title: Black Water
Composer: Rafael May

Rafael May

Rafael May is an Australian composer, creator of stunning and diverse soundtracks for film, commercials and performance projects. Rafael won the 2011 Screen Music Award for Best Soundtrack for the feature, 'Road Train' (starring Sophie Lowe and Xavier Samuel) and is a multiple nominee at the awards for his commercials and for best song for the screen in a collaboration with Sophie Lowe. In 2012, Rafael won the London International Ad Award for Best Soundtrack with Levi's Ballet and the Australian Screen Sound Guild Award for Best Sound in a Commercial with Astro Zeneca 'Underwater'.

His other feature soundtracks include 'Black Water' (starring Maeve Dermody), which opened in UK cinemas to reviews like "Prepare to have your nerves sadistically shredded" (Daily Star) and "It's one of the best minimalist shockers since Open Water: 4 stars" (The Independent).  'Black Water' went on to be sold to over 40 countries. 'The Reef' was released in 2011 (“A haunting soundtrack… which projects an eerie sense of nature” – Filmwerk UK. “Enough restraint to be classy” – The Sun Herald). 'The Reef' has been sold to more than 100 countries. Rafael composed the music for two of Akira Isogawa fashion parades the evocative Botanica and the stark and eclectic Akira Paris Winter.

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Richard Tognetti
Title: Storm Surfers 3D
Composer: Richard Tognetti / Michael Yezerski

Richard Tognetti

Australian violinist, conductor and composer, Richard Tognetti has established an international reputation for his compelling performances and artistic individualism. He studied at the Sydney Conservatorium with Alice Waten, in his home town of Wollongong with William Primrose, and at the Berne Conservatory (Switzerland) with Igor Ozim, where he was awarded the Tschumi Prize as the top graduate soloist in 1989. Later that year he was appointed Leader of the Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO) and subsequently became Artistic Director. He is also Artistic Director of the Maribor Festival in Slovenia.

Tognetti has collaborated with colleagues from across various art forms and artistic styles, including Joseph Tawadros, Dawn Upshaw, James Crabb, Emmanuel Pahud, Jack Thompson, Katie Noonan, Neil Finn,Tim Freedman, Paul Capsis, Bill Henson and Michael Leunig.

In 2003, Tognetti was co-composer of the score for Peter Weir's 'Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World'; violin tutor for its star, Russell Crowe; and can also be heard performing on the award-winning soundtrack. In 2005, he co-composed the soundtrack to Tom Carroll's surf film 'Horrorscopes' and, in 2008, created 'The Red Tree', inspired by illustrator Shaun Tan's book. He co-created and starred in the 2008 documentary film 'Musica Surfica', which has won best film awards at surf film festivals in the USA, Brazil, France and South Africa. Richard Tognetti was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2010. He holds honorary doctorates from three Australian universities and was made a National Living Treasure in 1999.

michael yezerski

Michael Yezerski

Michael Yezerski is a multi-award winning composer, music producer and songwriter. He has composed the scores to some of the most acclaimed Australian films of the last few years including 'The Black Balloon', 'The Waiting City' and the Oscar winning short 'The Lost Thing'. Michael recently completed the scores for 'Storm Surfers 3D', 'Drift' (Sam Worthington) and 'Mental' (PJ Hogan, Toni Collette, Live Schreiber). His concert works include 'The Red Tree' (with Richard Tognetti) for the Australian Chamber Orchestra and Kaddish Avelim for the Sydney Chamber Choir.

Michael's music has earned him five APRA-AGSC Australian Screen Music Awards (and seven other nominations), Gold Medals at the Park City Film Music Festival, the APRA Professional Development Award, Best Classical Artist at MusicOz as well as nominations from the AFI, if Awards, MusicOz and two nominations from The Film Critics of Australia Awards. 'The Red Tree' was nominated for Best Composition by an Australian Composer at the 2008 Australian Classical Music Awards (AMC). He has been called a "rising star" of Australian music and was included in the Sydney Morning Herald's list of "People to Watch".
Michael studied musical composition under world renowned composers Peter Sculthorpe and Ross Edwards at the University of Sydney graduating with first class honours. Michael then graduated with distinction in audio technology from the Australian Institute of Music and completed film music studies at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School.
He has written for some of Australia's finest musicians including The Australian Chamber Orchestra, Gondwana Voices, Synergy Percussion, Josh Pyke and star crooner David Campell. His regular collaborators include the violinist Richard Tognetti and the artist Shaun Tan.

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Piotr Nowotnik
Title: The Journey
Composer: Piotr Nowotnik

Piotr Nowotnik

Peter is versatile composer and performer creating music in a variety of genres - from contemporary and classical to pop, folk, world music, electronic and period music. Born in Europe, he ventured onto the music career path in Australia where in 2005 he founded band Umanee, which toured Australia performing original fusion of ancient poetry with Nordic and Middle Eastern folklore. He graduated from Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne with a Degree in Music Composition. He is continuously engaging in collaborations with artists from across disciplines of arts including video games, film, experimental cinematography, dance theatre and puppetry.

Recently, he is collaborating with French group of performing artists and sculptors where his music is a dynamic medium for contemporary dance and visual arts. Peter also created sound installations for Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver (2011) and currently is a recipient of "Bayside Artist Residency" award (Melbourne, Australia) as well as a finalist of international scoring competition "Indie Gathering 2010" (Iowa, USA). His own recent solo project (Moonrise LP) is a result of study and research on forgotten musical traditions and ancient instruments from around the world – like hurdy-gurdy, overtone flutes, bagpipes or lutes - within a contemporary artistic context. Peter is currently working with GiggleUp Pty Ltd - video games studio creating series of educational iPad games and European developer - Solpeo – company creating online games on revolutionary HTML5 engine.

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Josh Abrahams
Title: Woody
Composer: Josh Abrahams / Davide Carbone / Russell Thornton

Josh abrahams

Josh Abrahams is a diverse and talented musician who emerged from the underground dance scene in the early 1990's. He has worked as a composer, performer, music director and producer on albums, film soundtracks, and in television and theatre. Josh won the ARIA for Best Dance Release in 1996 for FSOM mini-album 'Chapter One'.

In 1997 Josh signed as a solo artist to Festival Records in Australia, and began writing his next solo album, 'Sweet Distorted Holiday'. During this time, director Baz Luhrmann became interested in Josh's work and asked him to co-produce some tracks for his album 'Something For Everybody'. One of these songs became a 1998 UK #1 single, Everybody's Free (to Wear Sunscreen). Josh's own solo chart success continued with his 1999 platinum selling single, Addicted to Bass from the album 'Sweet Distorted Holiday', which was nominated for six ARIA awards.

It won two, for Best Dance Album and Best Independent Release. In 2001, Josh added to his producer credits with the platinum selling single Lovesong, and gold selling album 'Audio Out', for the Addicted singer, Amiel.

Josh continued his creative collaboration with Baz Luhrmann, working on his first large film project, 'Moulin Rouge'. He performed many roles as part of the music team on the film, ranging from developing musical ideas as part of the writing team early on, all the way through to acting as Musical Director in 2001 when he co-produced the hugely successful 'Moulin Rouge' soundtrack.

In 2003, Josh wrote and produced the original music score for the movie 'One Last Ride', co-produced by Academy Award-winning director, Ang Lee.

Josh Abrahams has composed music for numerous television commercials. He won an AWARD award in 1999 for his Vodafone theme 'I wanna be connected'.

David Carbone

Davide Carbone

Davide Carbone has been at the forefront of electronic music since the late eighties. One of the first DJ's to introduce house and techno in to Australia Davide went on to form the successful electronic act 'Future Sound Of Melbourne' (FSOM). Contracts from Frank De Wulf, Carl Cox and Jeff Mills and supporting performances for Bjork, Tricky and the Prodigy followed. As a composer Davide's breadth of work has appeared on TV, Radio, Film, Theatre and Video Games. In 2005 Davide joined leading UK music production house Delicious Digital as in-house composer for several years where he composed and produced over two hundred pieces of music. His work included composition for AMVBBDO, Clemenger, BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Radio 5 Live, Redbee, Virgin, Discovery Channel, London Weekend TV, and Samsung. His music has featured on some of the world's biggest radio and TV networks including Big 92.7FM in India, Discovery Channel in the US, Bibigon in Russia and the BBC in the UK. Since returning to Australia in 2009, Davide joined his old music cohort Josh Abrahams to form music production house 's:amplify' that has written several pieces for Australia Tourism, ICC, Cricket Australia, Channel 31, Metro, Dove and DHO. It has remixed several tracks with Carl Cox for producers including Moby, Giles Peterson and Miguel Bose. Davide and s:amplify continue to be a world leader in sound design by creating the s:amplify sample CD, iPhone and iPad app and co- developing a revolutionary new synthesiser called the KDJ One from Japan. Davide also tutors in Music Production and Sound Design at RMIT.

Russell Thornton

Russell Thornton

Russell Thornton has been composing and producing music professionally for the screen over the past 8 years specialising in an emotive, lush and eclectic musical style. His scores have accompanied national television commercials, international television series, animation series, documentaries, short and feature films.

His work has been recognised multiple times at the APRA/AGSC Screen Music Awards across many categories and in 2012 Russell won Best Original Song (Short Film) at the Long Island International Film Expo for the song “Love Finds a Way” from the short film Shopping.

Russell has worked extensively in music for children's television composing music for the animation series “The Legend of Enyo”, “Master Raindrop” and “The Woodlies”. His other television credits include the comedy/adventure series “Supernova” (series I and II starring Rob Brydon) and the documentaries “The Impossible Lens” and “The Pageant - Miss Nude Australia”.

In advertising his first high profile gig came in 2004 with Russell composing the music for “We Gave Blood”, a national television commercial for the Red Cross of Australia, winning a Cannes Bronze Lion and LA Clio. His music has also accompanied campaigns for Mitsubishi Australia, Jacob's Creek, Ergon Energy and the National Disability Service. Russell has composed the music to many Australian short films including “Woody”, “Shopping”, “Breathless”, “Possessions” and “Paul's Dream”. Russell studied music composition at the University of Newcastle Conservatorium and in 2002 commenced an Honours degree in Film Music Composition, receiving mentorship and lessons from renowned Australian composer Nigel Westlake.

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