We had the good fortune of connecting with Or Oren and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Or, do you have any habits that you feel contribute to your effectiveness?
Believe in your own voice. Coming from a very competitive schools and a huge industry we tend to think that we are bound to structure and that there are right or wrong. In music there are no rules, and you will only stand out if you release yourself from structure and let your inner voice and ideas stand out. Don’t be afraid to try something new, and at the same time don’t be afraid to try something old. Release your mind from the gravity of fears and keep putting yourself out there in the world. You never know what will resonate with people.
Never stop learning new things. I am a curious person, and a lot of times I find myself reading and investigating subjects that are not always related to Music. As a composer for picture and stage I produce and sketch most of my music on the computer, a tool which is constantly evolving and with it all the production softwares most composers use. And it does not always stay around that, you can find me reading articles about the new generation of desktop processors, while listening to Ravel, or reading Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind while listening to the newest works by pop artists.
Knowledge shapes who we are as a person, society and eventually artists.
And at the same time,
It is ok to take a break sometimes. I am coming from a world with tight deadlines of network television shows or film productions where you need to know how to manage your time well. But life is not all about work, and if it is, work is done better when you dedicate time for yourself, maybe with friends and family. I appreciate the time spent on achieving my career goals I set for myself as much as the time spent for my well being.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Writing my first compositions at age 15 I knew that there is a whole world of creation and freedom in composing music. It reached and touched people, in ways that I could have never done in other ways. At age 16 I wrote my First Suite in Bb for full Wind Orchestra – I was always astonished working together as a group before concerts along my friends under the baton of the orchestra’s conductor, When I wrote that piece it was for the musicians, I knew all of the 60 young musicians that will play my notes. Since then I have written concert music and arrangements such as “The Debbie Friedman Suite” based on the music of Debbie Friedman, an American singer-songwriter of Jewish religious songs and melodies. The “Debbie Friedman Suite” was recorded and performed in Israel, Boston, Brazil and Holland.
While having a classical background, I was influenced a lot by musicians around me along the way. I went to study Jazz after meeting new musician friends at the IDF orchestra, and performed with pop, soul and eastern musicians.
All these influences and knowledge shaped who I am as a musician and a person today, and it came handy when I decided to study Film Scoring at Berklee College of Music.
Suddenly I discovered the world of composing to picture, you are not scoring for the musicians but you still are, you are not composing for the audience but you do that also. First of all you get the picture and what it needs to resonate with the viewers, what are the unspoken words, what emotions need to be emphasized. Collaborating with non musicians creatives amazes me at any given opportunity, translating their dramatic arc into music, and giving my experience and thoughts into the creative process of post production.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
First of all, my mom. When I first came home with the trombone at age 8, she didn’t understand how and why a kid would want to play this instrument. But she knew that if you want to be good at something you need to spend time and effort on it, and ignore the other kids who didn’t like the fact that I naturally knew how to master the instrument faster. I was about to quit at that young age because of that, but thanks to my mom I am here in Los Angeles recording and composing for TV and Film. Of course all the teachers along the way gave me so much input and inspiration along the way, starting with the conservatory in my home city, Netanya, through Rimon School of Music in Ramat HaSharon and Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. Moving around the globe from Israel to Boston and then LA I met a lot of friends along the way that shaped me as a person and inspired me a lot as talented musicians.