Film score and sound design for documentary 'Spuren im Stein: Die Geschichte der Schwäbischen Alb'

Photo: SWR/Dirk Neumann Photo: SWR/Dirk Neumann

The Swabian Alb has much more to offer than their already beautiful landscapes. So researchers discovered fossils of marine animals from the Jurassic era, when the Alb was still covered by a sea, or flute fragments of what is believed to be the oldest musical instruments of humanity.

In Dirk Neumann's documentary "The History of the Swabian Alb", presenters Sven Plöger and Lena Ganschow go on an expedition and introduce the fascinating features of the Swabian Alb. Not only do they go on a journey into the past, they also deal with current topics.

The film score accompanies this journey and has in many parts orchestral character, but often works with electric or acoustic guitars. The music is usually relatively small, even in larger occupations, in order to do justice to the sometimes barren and raw beauty of the Swabian Alb and to avoid over-subscription.

For contemporary themes, the music is usually characterized by more modern sounds. So groovy, eletronic tracks can be heard, if e.g. machines of the textile industry or lens sorting machines do their work, but also relaxed or distorted guitar sounds are in the music of the movie.

In addition, a detailed sound design not only brings to life the elaborate animations or slow motion sequences of the film, but also supports many other scenes almost imperceptibly.

"The History of the Swabian Alb" is the first of a total of four episodes from the series "Spuren im Stein" and can be found in the webspecial of the series under the following link:


Additional Info

  • Credits:


    • Filmmusik: Frank Schreiber
    • Sounddesign: Frank Schreiber


    • Regie: Dirk Neumann
    • Produktion: SWR
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