Siddhartha Barnhoorn started his journey into composing in his mid/late teens. Influenced by bands like Camel, Pink Floyd, Blind Guardian and film composers like John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith and James Horner, he taught himself to play the guitar and started composing his own music with it. Consequently, in 2004, he started his study of Composition for the Media at the School of the Arts in Utrecht, where he graduated cum laude as Master of Arts in Composition in Context in 2008.
Sid composed his first orchestral suite in 2003: Space Suite - The Undiscovered Journey. During his studies, Sid took a great interest in ethnic music, especially traditional Japanese music. He decided to learn the Shakuhachi, the Japanese bamboo flute. He also took interest in various other instruments like the Armenian duduk, the bouzouki (8-string lute), Turkish ney and soprano sax to name a few. During his studies Sid also worked on various international film projects.
In 2004 Sid scored his first short film Temple Tumble by Niels Philipsen. That same year, another short film he scored made it to national television in the Netherlands. In 2005, he was tasked to score Paradox, a short by award-winning director Jeremy Haccoun. That same year he was introduced to conductor Lex Veelo of the Hofstads Jeugd Orkest, the oldest Youth Orchestra in the world and got commissioned to write a concert piece, Overture to the Snow Goose, for them to be performed at the National Youth Orchestra Contest.
In april 2010 he was honoured with the Undergraduate Festival Craft Award for Original Score for the sci-fi film Paradise Regained at the First Run Film Festival of New York University, hosted by Doug Jones. It was also the year the seatbelt ad Embrace Life was released on YouTube.
In 2011, Sid composed for the Chinese OPPO Mobile Campaign, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, directed by Jeremy Haccoun. This same year he started work on the music for the game Antichamber.
In 2012 was also busy year full of music for films and commercials, among them Jeremy Haccoun's latest project the interactive film Subaru - The BIG Night.
In 2013 Antichamber was released, which was a big success! The track The Floating World from his ambient solo album Pillars of Light was used in the succesful game The Stanley Parable and Sid started work on two new games called Out There and Don't Kill Her. He also began the successful collaboration with director/producer Frank Mirbach of Mineworks Film in Germany, resulting in the orchestral score for the multiple award winning documentary SNOW WARS, broadcasted worldwide. During that time, work began on Mirbach´s dark scifi prison satire REAL BUDDY, starring Steve Hudson, which was finished in 2014.
In 2014, Sid started work on various project including an extended soundtrack for the pc version of the game Out There 'Omega Edition'.
Siddhartha is responsible for the scores of over 70 films, not to mention documentaries, games, commercials and more. But he is most known for his music for the games Antichamber and Out There and usage of the track The Floating World (from his solo album Pillars of Light) in the game The Stanley Parable. One of his most viewed works is the public service announcement Embrace Life - always wear your seatbelt, which went viral on YouTube in 2010.
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