SKSM: Could you start with telling me a little bit about yourself? Who are you and what do you do?
Ralf Lichtenberg: I’m Ralf Lichtenberg and I am a film composer. Writing music for movies is my job.
SKSM: How did you become involved with Dedication?
Ralf Lichtenberg: I met Tyna, the director, our first day of school at UCLA. She was studying directing and production and I my specialty in film scoring. Since then we have been friends and I have scored her projects ever since. So, when Dedication came up she asked me again and I was happy to write the music for the project.
SKSM: How did you get started as a composer and what do you do on production?
Ralf Lichtenberg: I started early in my life to play piano, and later a few more instrument. I always played my own little tunes and improvised instead of playing given music. It was just easier and I had more fun doing that. I was in music specialized schools and lived in a very musical environment. After I finished my psychology degree in Mexico I decided to formally study composition for media because music is what ultimately makes me happy. Then I met Chris Young in Vienna who encouraged me to come to LA and the rest is history.
SKSM: How did you get started to write the Soundtrack for Dedication?
Ralf Lichtenberg: Dedication was, like all other Tyna projects, very different and unique. I always enjoy writing the scores for her projects because there’s always something different and new in her story telling. Also, the fact that Stephen King wrote this specific story was special for me. But, when I get a new project I do what every film composer does: watch the movie a lot of times, procrastinate a lot, and then work with all the ideas that came during procrastination.
SKSM: Is this your most challenging audio so far?
Ralf Lichtenberg: Not at all because the actors and the editing gave me a lot to work with. It helps a lot and makes my job so much easier when I can just underline the action on screen more than having the task of “making them good”.
SKSM: Was there any funny or special moment when you made the music that you would like to tell me about?
Ralf Lichtenberg: Well… It seems like that I’m always very lucky with my choice of entertainment while I’m eating. Apparently every time I eat and watch or review a movie to score, something gross happens on screen. So, it was no surprise that that happened with this one too. I remember it very clearly because I asked myself what they took to simulate the ejaculate on the bed.
SKSM: After Dedication did you write more music? If so what?
Ralf Lichtenberg: Yes. A bunch of feature and short movies. Even the music for Tynas first two feature movies.
SKSM: What are you working nowadays?
Ralf Lichtenberg: I’d love to tell you because it is pretty awesome but, I can’t talk about the projects. Hollywood is very secretive and I respect the NDAs.
SKSM: Are you a fan of Stephen King’s work?
Ralf Lichtenberg: Yes! His stories are very terrific.
SKSM: What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
Ralf Lichtenberg: Interesting question! I guess something surprising would be that I really enjoy reading and learning about physics. It’s a fascinating topic I like to spend my free time on.
SKSM: What advice would you give to those people who want to be musicians?
Ralf Lichtenberg: Don’t do it… haha no… jokes aside. It is not an easy path but certainly a very fulfilling and rewarding way of life. As long as you try to grow, know who you are and what you are capable of, you are on the right way for your success.
SKSM: Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Is there anything else you want to say to the fans that read this interview?
Ralf Lichtenberg: I hope that your love for Stephen King lets you sleep at night… or day.
SKSM: Do you like something to add?
Ralf Lichtenberg: I just want to thank you for this delightful interview and thank you for your work on this website. It takes a lot of dedication (yep… that was intended) and that is remarkable.