Reinier Blommaert – our new Audio Supervisor

We’re excited to welcome a new supervisor to our audio department, bringing tons of experience and a new perspective to Digipost. Here’s a little about his background and his take on the potential of the audio industry in Vietnam.

In July 2016, our new addition Reinier Blommaert was asked to supervise sound for a Vietnamese feature film, gladly accepted the challenge and moved to Vietnam with his wife and 1 year old son. After the project was finished, he was liking life in Ho Chi Minh City so much that he started looking for new job opportunities. After meeting with Digipost’s Andy Ho he was contracted as new senior of the audio department.

Reinier Blommaert has over 25 years of experience in the sound and music industry. He started playing bass guitar at the age of 9, experimenting with computers and 4-track recorders while adding electric guitar and piano to his skill sets.

After graduating with a degree in Music Technology from the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht, he earned an additional Master of Arts degree through the university of Portsmouth (UK).

He started out as a post-production sound engineer at Cinemeta Studios, working for international clients such as Walt Disney, Dreamworks, Dolby and advertising agencies.

He then switched to Cruise Control recording studios to work full-time on recording, editing and mixing music, for international clients including D-12 (Eminem), Ladysmith Black Mambazo (Paul Simon) and No Angels.

In the meantime, he founded Controverse Music, specializing in music composition & production, live performances, show production, musical direction, sound engineering and education.

Reinier has been a teacher and lecturer of sound and music lessons at various professional educations, including the international SAE institute.

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What’s the most important aspect of your role in the audio department?

The main goals of my function are to professionalize the audio department further, so it can meet the standards (international) clients require. And develop new business opportunities, build partnerships and a strong brand presence for Digipost in the audio/music industry.

What potential do you see at Digipost/in Vietnam for audio? Anything innovative, new, exciting to share?

I see the consumer market of the music, broadcast, games and film industry is shifting more and more to online, on-demand streaming services. I will have to do some more market research as I am quite new in Vietnam and Southeast Asia, but I believe some interesting developments and opportunities may arise in the coming years.

What’s changed about the field of audio production in the last five years?

What’s really changed in audio and music production, and post production in general, is that the technology that used to be available for high-end companies only, has gotten more and more accessible to anyone with a laptop and a set of speakers. The upside of this is that more talent can surface easier as more people can practice the art. The downside of this is that it gets more difficult to tell the pros from the amateurs for the rest of the industry (clients, consumers, et cetera). But I believe that in the end, people will always recognize quality over quantity. They will learn from wrong decisions and in the end, come back to you for your unique skills and personality, which cannot be bought.

DIGIPOST SHOWREEL 2017

It’s 2017! It’s the time to reflect. To introspect. To look back on a stimulating year of change. Here is a quick compilation of our body of work. Excellently curated with impeccable editing to showcase just the right moments. This is how we compress a year’s worth of blood and sweat. Here are the final outputs minus the stress, drama, hate and love involved in creating our magic.

Thank you to all the clients who put their faith in us in 2016 and we look forward to more exciting collaborations.

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‘It’s like having a dress tailored for you’

DIGIPOST’s music composer and sound designer Lucia Violino talks about the role of music composition in films and commercial videos.

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Lucia Violino working at DIGIPOST’s audio suit

Can you tell me something about yourself?

I first learned playing violin and piano, when I was 9 years old. From playing music, I gradually moved to composition. I held two degrees in violin and composition at the High Conservatory of Music of Málaga. Later I studied piano and electro-acoustic composition at the University of Music and Performing Arts of Vienna.

After graduation, I started freelancing as an orchestra violinist, a music teacher, a music composer and a sound designer for short films, TV series, video games and web series.

As both a music composer and sound designer, what do you think is the difference between the two jobs?

I don’t think there are many differences between them. Music is an international language allowing people all over the world to communicate. And, sound, in a sense, is also music.

However, when it comes to films, music composition is more about storytelling, reflecting the mood of a specific scene. So, it’s more abstract and freer. Meanwhile, sound reflects a specific action in a specific scene such as opening a door, raining and hitting.

In your opinion, why do we need music composition for commercials?

Although it is common that people use copyrighted music libraries for commercials, I think that practice may compromise the identity of their works.

If you want the best for your works, you have to ask professionals to compose music specific for them. It’s like having a dress tailored for you – you are the one and only person who can wear it beautifully.

However, in order to create a perfect music score for a commercial, it is not easy. Music composers need a good reference and understanding about the product and commercial in question. They also need to bond with everyone involved in the process, including clients and directors, to understand what they want. Open and good communication may help a lot.

Once they know what people are expecting from them, music composers will find slots in the expectations to fit their ideas in. It may sound time-consuming but it’s the best way to find the best solution in post-production industry.