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Kia's Innovation in Electrification Stretches as Far as the Imagination

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Adelphoi Music captures a child’s imagination in synth-based score for new Kia film

Kia's Innovation in Electrification Stretches as Far as the Imagination

When it comes to innovation, Kia believes that you can go as far as your mind will let you. This thinking is captured in a story of an eight-year-old girl’s imagination, and her dad’s electric vehicle, the Kia e-Soul. For her it’s much more than a car; in her mind, her dad is an intergalactic superhero, and his car is his flying magical UFO, powered by mysterious blue sparks of lightning coming from his hands. 

This film is a tribute to the magic of what Walt Disney once called ‘our greatest natural resource’ – namely, ‘the minds of our children.’ 

With no dialogue in the film, the music was crucial in order to set the tone and help tell the story. Adelphoi Music’s head of production, Jonathan Watts, spoke of the process: “The music comes from the perspective of capturing the spirit and character of the young girl called Sterre - to create ‘Sterre’s Theme’, if you will! Exemplifying her mischief, drive, charm, and directness. 

The main melody was inspired by her imagination of UFOs and spacecraft, so we created an interweaving-grand-expansive-sounding synth melody (that’s a mouthful!), augmented with spacey sounding arpeggios, bleeps, SFX, and subtle choral (mellotron) synth pads, to evoke larger than life images of UFO’s, spacecraft. For inspiration, we went back to the early sparks of electronic music, from 1950’s BBC RadioWorkshop, 1970’s Kosmische Musik/Krautrock, Space Age Pop, Sci-Fi Film/TV theme music, 80’s Synth Pop all the way through to modern Synthwave! 

We felt a pared-back arrangement with minimal percussion worked better overall as it gave the film space (literally), whilst gradually building as the story and panoramic images unfold to almost epic and then, giving way to more stripped back quieter moments of the film, before kicking-off - without resolve - giving the music and story a sense of continuum. 

Ultimately ‘Sterre’s Theme’ is the theme tune and tribute to the limitless mindset of a childhood's imagination. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did making it!” 

The campaign, Innovation in Electrification, was created by XXS Amsterdam for Kia. 

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Client: Kia Netherlands 

Agency: XXS Amsterdam

ECD: John de Vries

PRODUCER: Marcel Ossendrijver 

Music: Adelphoi Music 

Music Producer: Jonathan Watts 

Production Company: Hazazah 

Director: Jeroen Moel 

Producer: Judith Roonstein 

Post: Glassworks Amsterdam 

Grade: Scott Harris 

Sound: Wave Studios Amsterdam

ECD: John de Vries

Producer: Marcel Ossendrijver

Genres: Music & Sound Design, People

Categories: Automotive, Cars

Adelphoi Music, Wed, 09 Sep 2020 14:34:58 GMT