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In conversation with Jacob Shea and Jasha Klebe

We were delighted to take some time out from NAMM 2017 to visit the energetic hub of creativity that is Bleeding Fingers Music, to talk with two of the composers who live there, Jacob Shea and Jasha Klebe. Based in their Santa Monica home, and in collaboration with the legendary Hans Zimmer, they have created the fabulous score to ‘Planet Earth 2’, which not only is the first BBC series created in Ultra High Definition (4k) but is the latest internationally broadcast show from famed naturalist Sir David Attenborough. The series achieved viewing figures in excess of 13 million in the UK alone on its first airing, which in a population of 65 million is pretty impressive!

Jacob and Jasha need no introduction to the composing community. Their most recent work with Hans Zimmer on ‘Planet Earth 2’ is acknowledged as a triumph of media composition. Having written over 250 minutes of music for the production, Jacob and Jasha managed to keep an extremely high production value, while their music has huge diversity, reflecting the diversity of the locations for each show, and keeping the viewer emotionally drawn in to the gradually developing stories therein.

In this interview the composers talk us through their creative process, collaboration, and how they came up with some of the unusual sounds used in their scores.