Dirk Maassen's first film score album, the soundtrack to the documentary "Schattenkind," released by Sony Classical, is out now. On this occasion, the composer and pianist accompanied the film crew around director Jo Müller over two years and transformed scenic impressions into emotional musical moods. With his minimal piano melodies, which he sometimes arranges with subtle string passages, Dirk Maassen sensitively finds a tonal contrast to the impressive images from the 90-minute documentary film.
"Schattenkind" follows the exceptional photographer Andreas Reiner in his work and shows his frugal life on a dilapidated farm. Reiner, who hails from Swabia, looks where others look away and creates sometimes provocative photographic borderline experiences, for example by photographing the faces of bereaved families or the hands of the dead. In the film "Schattenkind" (Child of the Shadows), the viewers are also close to Reiner's nerve-racking work and can see how the extreme series of images are created. He shows the emotions in front of and behind the camera. All that unfiltered! Regardless of whether he photographs multiple murderers or women who have to cope with the trauma of a miscarriage. Dirk Maassen also becomes a part of Reiner's work and can be seen in the film as he becomes Reiner's photo subject on the grand piano.
"Schattenkind" won the award for best documentary at the International Hof Film Festival.
Stream and download the album here