Workshop | Crossing Over with WIFE

On December 14th, RE:VIVE and SAE Institute Amsterdam will host the first edition of Crossing Over a new workshop / seminar series focusing on contemporary film and television music.

In the past 10 years, cinema and television music is changing as directors and production houses find themselves calling upon some of music’s leading boundary pushers. Whether it’s Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross’s landmark score for The Social Network, Mica Levi’s score for Under the Skin, Johnny Greenwood’s score for There Will be Blood, Jóhann Jóhannsson’s score for Arrival, Ryuchi Sakamoto’s work on The Revenant and Black Mirror the influx of composers who have made the jump from stage to cinema is unmissable.

But how do artists make this transition both creatively and professionally. With Crossing Over, a new workshop series from The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision’s RE:VIVE initiative, artists who have made this leap while remaining successful in both worlds will talk about the transition, share their experiences and give insight into their production techniques. Workshop attendees will not only learn tips and tricks but will be given a crash course in sound design and be given a scoring challenge that they’ll have a few hours to work out and share with the group.

For the first edition of Crossing Over in collaboration with SAE Institute Amsterdam, RE:VIVE has invited WIFE the alias of black metal guitarist and vocalist, turned experimental pop producer turned film and television composer / sound designer, James Kelly. As WIFE, Kelly is part of the cutting edge force of cinematic, experimental pop music coming from Tri Angle Records. Before that he fronted and played guitar in Irish Black Metal band Altar of Plagues. The combination of the two was heard in his most recent project, Bliss Signal, with “weightless grime” pioneer, Mumdance who fused the droned out ferocious guitars of black metal with propulsive 909 beats.

Somewhere along the line though, Kelly found himself making music for advertisements, TV shows and films. From brand spots with Chanel, Adidas, Nike; music and composing for BBC 4 Youngsters, and Sniper (alongside The Haxan Cloak), to mixing the music for Cannes 2019 Grand Prix winning film Atlantique. 

Join us on December 14 for Crossing Over and gain new insights into making the jump from electronic music production to film scoring and composing for moving image.

The event is free to attend but space is very limited and will be granted on a rolling application basis. Please apply via the following form:


Time: December 14, 13:00 – 17:00

What you need to bring:

Laptop with a DAW of your choice


Optional: small hardware like midi controller or soundcard