Federico Ferrandina

Federico Ferrandina

Federico Ferrandina


Bio
Italian music artist: composer, songwriter, multiinstrumentalist and record producer. Born in a family of classical musicians, that heritage seemed destined to pair his irrepressible hunger for diverse musical galaxies with non-musical disciplines like literature, modern dance and sociology. This wide constellation shaped his unique and yet multi-layered grammar of sound, where classical instruments are surrounded by contemporary soundscapes. He's been able to team up with artists of all kinds: world music stars Yasmin Levy and Omar Faruk Tekbilek, alternative pop artists Sirsa and AZZURRA, classical and jazz orchestras, choreographers and filmmakers. He provided strings and brasses arrangements for Playing For Change versions of famous classic songs featuring David Crosby, Bombino and Yo-Yo Ma. His work gained attention in the entertainment industry, and many of his compositions are currently in major movies and tv shows soundtracks, such as the multi-oscar winner Dallas Buyers Club and in Netflix and HBO films and series. He's part of the Short Story Collective, an international group of composers dedicated to produce innovative and engaging music for theatrical marketing.
Website
Expertise
music industry, film scoring, music production, soundtracks, songwriting, sound design
Interests
abstract hip-hop, experimental electronic, neo-classical, film / video, soundtracks
Location
Roma

Recent Submissions

Federico Ferrandina submitted media.

Brian O'Neill

I'm not an expert in sync placements and have only done a little indie film / PBS music supervision work in that regard, but I think it's well done! Possible the orchestra is a little too loud at times (despite me being an orchestral musician hah!) I am noticing the mix a little bit; guitar seems to be close-Mic'd while strings etc are not - i.e. I am noticing mixing when I would rather not be. It's not glaring but noticeable. 

Jen Dan

Hello Federico! 
What a lovely and contemplative track that flows gently at its start and then segues into a haunting folk-steeped song. I love the wistfully trembling vocals that also possess a lamenting urgency. The gliding acoustic guitar lines accompanied by the light piano notes are beautiful, as well as the reemergence of the bittersweet strings swell and ebb.
The vulnerable emotions are tangible and the lyrics are poetic. 
Each part of the composition could stand strongly on its own; the words like a poem, the strings like a symphonic instrumental; the yearning vocals and gentle acoustic guitar notes like a folk song.
To bring all these elements together in one moving piece is very creative and a success, IMHO. Bravo!!

Eric Hillebrecht

Whoa man. thanks for getting in touch.

This is stellar. Honestly, if i heard this in a James Bond film tomorrow i wouldn't be shocked at all. Truly painting a picture with this lush arrangement and vocal. It is really hard not to be captivated and swept up in this. It isn't simply a song, but a journey and your style is just so good. From the instrumentation to the breathy almost pleading vocal this is top notch. 100%

Thanks for sending. Candidly the easiest feedback to give is "I love this" so thank you for sharing.

Well done

EH

Kristin Pedderson

Thank you for your submission. This song required a few listens, due to its emotive nature. We like it and feel it will work well in TV and Film. And depending on the album with additional tracks, would be a interesting listen for music fans and officianados.  You have done a great job here with production as well as we find the track just right. Not over produced or "crowded" but spacially intriquing. 

Nate Maingard

Love the beginning of this, immediately engaging and inviting me deeper inward, both into the song and myself.
A beautiful melody, with a strange but enticing structure. Keep waiting but also very content to just follow it as it goes. Overall an enjoyable and interesting listen. 
Feels like a melodic poem.

Benjamin Groff

Hi Frederico - I really enjoyed this piece in it's musicality and arrangement - really beautiful and the attention to detail with all the instruments across the board - so well captured!  To me, and having had some success working with Josh Groban, I feel this song is more in the contemporary classical area.  The project isn't necessarily something for my outlets, but I would suggest running targeted Instagram, Facebook and YouTube campaigns against your contemporaries and those names.  I'm pretty confident you will find fans that way as the music is so good!  I would also suggest getting your music on some of the micro synch agencies like MusicBed, Marmoset music - especially if you can license everything 100%.  I'd also put these up on those sites just as instrumental pieces too!  You might find some key synch opportunities.  Hope it's helpful and really nice work.  

Federico Ferrandina submitted media.

Meridiano Prossimo by Federico Ferrandina

Federico Ferrandina submitted media.

Abysmal by Federico Ferrandina

Federico Ferrandina submitted media.

Obscenity Law by Federico Ferrandina

Pedro Costa

Hi Federico, thanks for the submission.
This is really nice. Tastefully done. If I was going to recommend anything would be to have a B section that takes it in a slightly different direction. Although the chord progression that you have is quite long and does go on a good journey. So really don't have much to offer on improving. Nice mix and balance across the board.

As far as licensing, I have my own publishing company that represents artists and composers. So that's the music we would pitch to our clients. If you already have a publisher for this music then they would take care of getting it synchronized for you.

Keep up the great work. Really enjoy your style. Looking forward ro hear it develop.

Federico Ferrandina submitted media.

Hypermetropia I by Federico Ferrandina

Jen Dan

Wow, this is a beautiful and contemplative acoustic/synth instrumental, Federico!
Very intricate (but not overly so) and involving soundscape that tantalizes the ears/mind.
I'm enjoying the melding of classical/acoustic and electro/synths elements. Very atmospheric/cinematic, with the base of delicate and gliding acoustic guitar chime, and then layers of soft synth-strings diffusion and rustling to dotting percussion.
I really like the contrast of that with the grittier, burgeoning electronic sound that sporadically materializes, which gives the track more shadows and bite amid the shuffling, trip-hop pacing. 
I also like when the intensity rises a bit with heightened and buzzing synths towards the end of the composition. 
Overall, an absorbing and exploratory piece that engaged me all the way through. Kudos!

Mike Mineo

Lovely, gradual unveiling of flickering acoustics and electronic backing textures. I'm drawn in by the track's steadily unfolding glow, with gargles of synths -- like at 01:10 -- meshing cohesively with lush acoustical trickles. The halting at the two-minute mark, quickly followed by re-emergence of guitars, plays with a crisply invigorating feeling. Certainly, I do think this track has nice single potential, and would do well from a PR perspective in terms of nabbing some recognition among playlists and subsequent sync opportunities. Feel free to send me an email at mike@obscuresound.com if interested in discussing my PR strategies, and to let me know when this track is public. Thanks for sending! -Mike

Eric Hillebrecht

Hi Federico.

Thanks for sending. Really love this. The meditative languid and airy feel of the guitar coupled with some dark swells and undertones really kept things interesting and immersive. I kept wondering if a vocal was going to come in and I thought to myself "I hope note" because you managed to create such a great musical picture with the elements you have. I often find myself looking for non vocal music to listen to when i need less of a distraction and more of a feel and this track (along with much of what you have on Spotify hits the mark). Really like a lot of what you are doing from this, to the Bossa stuff, to the Django, and everything in between. Appreciate your art and appreciate you sending. I am now following along. Feel free to drop me a note and reference this exchange and if i ever have original composition or other work in your wheelhouse we can connect.

Best,

EH

Pedro Costa

Thanks for the submission Federico.
I like the idea a lot of combining classical guitar with all these other downtempo vibes.
For me personally, I think the experimental elements added are somewhat random sounding.
I would have liked to feel a more consistent structure. To feel a verse/bridge where the theme is clearly defined.
So perhaps toning down the other elements, simplifying them and making sure they are complimenting the guitar not only sonically but also in the overall mix.

As far as the sync world, again, with the suggested ideas above you could have some really interesting underscore ideas for music supervisors and editors to use. In fact just yesterday we were requested something similar to this idea for a docuementary series.

Keep up the great work. I like where you are going with it. All the best!

Federico Ferrandina submitted media.

mesomerism by Federico Ferrandina