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Compose, Orchestrate, Arrange, Produce
AREA OF STUDY & SKILLS
Orchestration & Instrumentation
Tonal Harmony & Composition
Music Arrangement & Producing
Film Scoring & Video Games Music
Music Technology & Studio Production
Electronic Music & Softwares
Logic Pro, Pro tools, Reason, Ableton, Final Cut, Sibelius, Finale, Soundtrack Pro, Garage Band, Cubase, Sonar
FAVORITE TOOLS FOR MUSIC MAKING
Pencil & manuscript, piano, recorder, my trombone, evernote, iRigs keys on Logic, kitchenware, etc
Scribbling, dreaming, movies, basketball, collecting junk...
“Only the pure in heart can make a good soup”
~ Ludwig Van Beethoven
“A good composer does not imitate; he steals”
~ Igor Stravinsky
“You know what you know = You don’t know what you don’t know”
~ Alice Huang
A native of Kajang the “sataytown”, Ken Hor is originally a classically trained pianist and trombonist, and began conducting wind orchestras when he was still in high school. In college, Ken started seriously studying composition, while at the same time working his way up from a studio guy in post production house control room and playing gigs on the side to becoming an engineer, and finally an arranger in various types of productions. From this experience, Ken gained the knowledge and capability to become a versatile hand in both the technical and musical aspects of studio processes. Since 1999 Ken has been writing and producing music professionally for commercial albums, TV and radio ads, films, and sometimes writing concert-hall music.
In 2004, Ken journeyed to California to study Film Scoring at UCLA and worked as a freelanced composer in West Hollywood simultaneously. Ken was also an assistant under veteran composer William Goldstein in his first year in the States. Besides commercial albums and jingles in Los Angeles, Ken’s work were heard in several film festivals in the States, including UCLA Film Festival, Woods Hole Film Festival, The Asian American International Film Festival, Austin Woman's Film, Music and Literary Festival, and the 2nd Annual Sunscreen Film Festival.
With much enthusiasm, Ken returned home in 2008 and put together a new contemporary-ethnic ensemble to perform a full-house music showcase called "Let's Go Mamak!" at KLPac, which bagged him 4 BOH Cameronian Arts Awards. In the same year, Ken started his own company, called Inner Voices Production. Since then, Ken has delivered intense scores for first-rate productions, including UNICEF documentary "Dance Language" for Shanghai World Expo 2010 and CCTV Channel, indie album “Platform 11 十一号月台”, orchestral project “Young Malaysians Go Classic”, documentary "Immortal Shadow", award-winning director Yeo Joon Han's featured film "In The Dark 怨鬼", Astro Shaw film "Aliff Dalam 7 Deminsi", international film "Destruction Los Angeles", long-form animation for Disney Asia Channel "Harry and Bunnie". Ken has been producing and arranging songs for AIM award winner rock band Mad August for the past 3 years.
2015 onwards, guitarist arranger / composer Lo Shi Seng and Ken teams up to expand their music dreams. Last year, their music for Syafiq Yusof’s film "Abang Long Fadil 2" marked the best box office record in Malaysia history with 18.15 million (reported on October 10, 2017). Currently Ken and Lo are working on Syafiq's next film “KL Special Force” that scheduled to have its theatrical release in March this year.
Ken has collaborated with multi-talented fellow Malaysian songwriters YuHeng 宇珩 and Bell 宇田, sought-after percussionist Steve Thornton and guitarist Jamie Wilson, the pop legend Sheila Majid and her beloved husband Acis, celebrity singers Kaka Azraff and Fish Leong, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra and his youth orchestra, KLPac Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, Orkestra Tradisional Malaysia, and a group of top musicians in Malaysia as well as hollywood musicians like Ray Pizzi, Kevan Torfeh, Norman Ludwig, Carole Mukogawa, etc.
Ken is also a dedicated lecturer giving lectures and workshop at local universities for the past 7 years, focusing on film scoring, jingle production, orchestration, music arrangement, music production and composition. He is currently teaching at UiTM and Ocean Institute of Audio Technology, and has taught UCSI, ICOM, and MIA.
Ken's work involves a wide range of different compositions. His music is not only limited to score music, like solo instrumental and orchestral music, but also touches upon other types of music like pop a cappella and jazz ensemble. He is also familiar with world music and electronic sound. Ken's expertise in many genres of music means that he can create music customized to cater any purpose! Ken also conducted most of the film cues he did.
Provocatively beautiful music from Kuala Lumpur... a center of brilliantly crafted compositions and masterful performers. 5✭
~ Ray Pizzi on Ken's concert "Let's Go Mamak"