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Norwegian Sounds
Norwegian Sounds was formed in November 2009, and consists of the two composers Magnus Murel and Joachim Knoph. The duo is mainly composing for film and TV, and has delivered music for a large number of projects in various genres such as documentaries, animation, commercials, short films and short feature films.
Norwegian Sounds can deliver scores in a wide range of musical styles, from classical to action and popular music.
The company possesses cutting-edge software and studio equipment able of delivering full-scale orchestra sounds, and is aiming at finding the "emotional core" of each project as a basis for the work.
Norwegian Sounds is based in Oslo, Norway, but has also worked on international projects such as the animation series "Armchair Detectives" in Boston, USA.
Magnus Murel
Magnus Murel (b. 1985) is an award-winning composer for Film and Television. For over ten years he has composed music for a variety of films and tv projects. He is well known for having a strong music identify which can be recognized in all the different genres he writes. He is an expert in capturing the right mood for every project, and his harmonies and melodies is easily remembered and recognizable.

- The music from the dance perfomance "Iustitia" gained a lot of focus and attention.
- His score for the short feature “The Time In Between” won best score at the Los Angeles Movie Awards in the international section 2010.
- The music he wrote for the critically acclaimed short film “The Devil’s Ballroom”, which won the best short film under 15 minutes at the Palm Springs International ShortFest, was regarded as one of the key elements of the film.

He also composes popular and other art music, which is available at most streaming services.

Magnus Murel was educated at The Norwegian State academy of Music with Bjørn Kruse, Henrik Hellstenius and Olav Anton Thommessen as his supervisors, and is currently writing music for theatre, dance, film and television. He has a classical background, and has played a number of instruments including piano and violoncello.

He studied for several years both composition and piano with Wolfgang Plagge as his teacher. In 2005-2007 he studied at MGK in Denmark with Martin Lohse and Martin Åkerwall as his supervisors, and he also took private lessons with Karsten Fundal and attended studiorecordings with the Danish film composer Søren Hyldgaard.

Magnus Murel has taken classes in recording techniques, music studio and mixing, and has attended several filmmusic seminars. In autumn 2006 he attended a film scoring course at Berkleemusic with Michael Rendish as his supervisor.
In January 2009 he began a cooperation with Joachim Knoph, and in November 2009 they formed the company Norwegian Sounds.
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Joachim Knoph
Joachim Knoph (b. 1979) was educated as a pianist from The Norwegian State academy of Music, and continued his diploma studies under the Czech professor Jirí Hlinka at Malmö Academy of Music/Barratt Due Institute of Music.
He graduated by appearing as soloist with the Norwegian Radio orchestra, and received the highest possible degree. Joachim has also been a student at "Ecole Normale de Musique Alfred Cortot" in Paris with Nelson Delle-Vigne Fabbri.
Joachim Knoph has performed at numerous concerts in his home country Norway and abroad, and has received a large number of prizes and scholarships like the YAMAHA YMFE prize.

Since an early age, Joachim has also been active as a composer - studying for several years with Wolfgang Plagge and others. He has composed chamber music and choral music, and a number of his works have been performed publicly.
Joachim has found a particular interest in the field of film music, receiving impulses from Randall Meyers (Herman, Sophie´s world) and others.

He has composed music for a large number of productions for TV and film, and in January 2009 he began an extensive cooperation with Magnus Murel - with whom he in November 2009 formed the company Norwegian Sounds. Joachim Knoph´s concert music is published by Musikk-Husets Forlag A/S and 2L Electronic scores. (Photo: Ranveig Bøe)
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