EP 132: Johannes Ringen: Writing Film Scores

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Film and TV composer Johannes Ringen is known for his eclectic approach to music, combining traditional orchestral colours with electronic instruments and textural sounds. His compositions range from action films and thrillers to documentaries, comedies, and animation.

His recent work includes an action-packed score for Netflix’s No 1 original film Troll, dark ominous music for the disaster movie The Quake, and a symphonic score for the quirky Viking comedy show Norsemen on Netflix.

After moving to Los Angeles, Ringen has contributed music and/or arrangements to major Hollywood productions such as Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, Furious 7,  (directed by James Wan,) and The Fate of the Furious, as well as TV shows such as MacGyver and Hawaii 5-0.

Ringen is a graduate from the prestigious Film Scoring Program at the University of Southern California. When not composing, he can be found at flea markets with his wife and kids, secretly hoping to find unique instruments previously unknown to mankind for his next film.


  • Why having diversity in your musical tastes is so important for composing
  • Creating music with MIDI
  • How to make virtual instruments sound realistic
  • Battling perfectionism
  • How to deal with “demoitis” and imposter syndrome
  • Ways to beat writer’s block
  • Why you should always have deadlines 
  • Delivering tracks as stems
  • Tips for evoking emotion through music

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