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Herman Witkam

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Origin  Leiden, Netherlands
Genres  Film score
Role  Composer
Name  Herman Witkam
Years active  2005–present

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Born  19 March 1985 (age 30) (1985-03-19)
Occupation(s)  Composer, Multi-instrumentalist, Sound designer, producer
Instruments  Duduk, Shakuhachi, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Udu, Quena, Bawu, Hulusi, Low whistle, Native American flute, Recorder, Fujara, Darabuka
People also search for  Maria Peters, Barbara Bredero, Sjoerd Limberger, Filmjolk, Tijs van Marle
Music director  Regret!, App, Class of Fun, Painkillers, My Amityville Horror

Herman Witkam (born 19 March 1985) is a Dutch composer and multi-instrumentalist, best known for his scores to motion pictures. During his studies at the Utrecht School of the Arts, Witkam worked on a number of online shorts through the DVXUser online film festivals. For two of these films, Rekindled and A Little Mouth to Feed, both directed by Jack Daniel Stanley, Witkam won awards at the Shriekfest and HollyShorts Film Festival respectively.



After graduating, Witkam started working mainly on feature films and television drama, but also documentaries, such as Eric Walter's My Amityville Horror, which screened at the BFI London Film Festival and Fantastic Fest, and was named one of the top 15 festival horror films of 2012 by Bloody Disgusting. The Dutch mobile phone thriller APP, for which Witkam composed a hybrid score of orchestra and electronics was released in a limited theatrical run in the US on May 9, 2014, and uses audio digital watermarking technology to give viewers a fully integrated second screen that complements the film. Witkam also scored the youth drama Spijt (Regret), which received grand prizes at the Giffoni Film Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival's TIFF Kids and the European Film Award in the youth category, amongst a total of around 30 festival awards worldwide.

Ethnic Instruments

Witkam frequently uses traditional musical instruments like the Armenian duduk and Japanese shakuhachi in his work, which he performs himself, often using improvisation as a composing technique. As a multi-instrumentalist, Herman has performed on video game titles such as Total War Rome II and Dungeons & Dragons Tactics, and internationally co-produced pictures such as The Seven of Daran: Battle of Pareo Rock and The King Maker.


  • 2010 HollyShorts Film Festival - Best music - A Little Mouth to Feed
  • 2010 Shriekfest - Best Music - Rekindled
  • 2011 Eindhoven Film Festival - Best Music - Prosopagnosia
  • Nominations

  • 2008 Action On Film International Film Festival Best Music - Berlin
  • References

    Herman Witkam Wikipedia

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