Review of SKYLIGHT on Sound

In SOUND & RECORDING 03/2013 we reported about the German composer Kim Planert, who moved to LA, to show his skills in top US TV productions, some of which are also in broadcast Germany and enjoy great popularity (such as Castle).

Meanwhile, Kim has set up his own studio in his home in the Malibu Hills and written, recorded and mixed his first solo album Skylight. With this album, Kim has managed to put his flair for movie-worthy scores and his love for parachuting into 10 exciting songs - not only instrumental, as usual in scores, but also with vocals by Lisbeth Scott. He has played almost all instruments himself, as well as keyboards, live guitars and drums! He only had the strings recorded by an ensemble.

His merciless professionalism is heard in every second of every song. The song structures are reminiscent of music that you normally only hear in the cinema, and yet they are songs and not just "just" soundscapes. If you want, you can just relax while listening, but it's just as much fun to keep track of the details and skillful sound changes. "It's an epic and at times ambient and spiritual hybrid sound, mixing orchestra with synthesizer and bridging the gap between song and film music." Kim successfully created this mix of film music and song. 

Skylight is available since March 8, 2019 on all known download and streaming portals. - by Thomas Adam

TV & Film Composer Kim Planert Releases SKYLIGHT - Notes From A Logbook

Award winning TV and Film composer, Kim Planert (Castle, Missing, Skid Row Marathon) releases his first solo album SKYLIGHT inspired by his love for wingsuiting and skydiving. An ambient, spiritual hybrid sound mixing orchestra with synthesizer, SKYLIGHT is melodic string lines reminiscent of Elgar with the minimalism and emotional depth of Craig Armstrong and Michael Nyman. Combined with the cutting edge synth programing of Daft Punk and epic synth pad's a la Vangelis, SKYLIGHT bridges the gap between song and film music. ….

Title Track Skylight for upcoming album released

Award winning TV and Film composer Kim Planert (Missing, Castle, Skid Row Marathon) releases title track SKYLIGHT from first solo album to be released March 8th, 2019. Featuring UK EDM artist Waterson (UK dance charts, 'Deep in Vogue' cover, 4M streams club hit 'Tell Me'), he has collaborated with Kenny Dope (Masters at Work), Ashley Beedle, Honey Dijon, Billie Ray Martin and has a forthcoming EP with chart-topping producer KDA.

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Kim Planert Releases 'IGNITE' 2nd Single from Solo Album ‘SKYLIGHT’

Los Angeles, CA-Award winning TV and Film composer Kim Planert (Missing, Castle, Skid Row Marathon) releases IGNITE, the 2nd single from his first solo album SKYLIGHT to be released Spring 2019. Featuring Keeley Bumford on vocals (Assassin’s Creed, Dresage) and the Budapest Scoring Orchestra (Get Out, Okja, Good Kill).

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TV & Film Composer Kim Planert Releases Single, ‘Solace’ ...

Los Angeles, CA - Award winning TV and Film composer Kim Planert (Missing, Castle, Skid Row Marathon) releases the single Solace, December 7th, from his first solo album SKYLIGHT to be released Spring 2019. Featuring Lisbeth Scott (Avatar,The Chronicles of Narnia, Concussion) on vocals, Chris Bleth (First Man, Life Of Pi, The Walking Dead) on duduk and the Budapest Scoring Orchestra. SKYLIGHT is inspired by Kim’s love for wing suiting and his personal account of the beauty and peril of flying through the air from 13,000 feet at 120+ mph. An ambient, spiritual, hybrid sound, mixing orchestra with synthesizer, SKYLIGHT bridges the gap between song and film music.

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Skid Row Marathon Score wins BEST MUSIC at MIFFA

 BEST MUSIC award goes to Skid Row Marathon at Milan International Film Festival Awards (MIFF) Special thanks to Tim Williams, who conducted the Hollywood Studio Symphony Orchestra, led by concertmaster Mark Robertson. Thank you also to George Doering for his magic on guitar and bass. Thank you to you Benjamin Shirley, for sharing his story, for all your hard work, humor and support. Original score recorded at The Village Recording Studios in Los Angeles and engineered by the ever great Nicholai Baxter, Igloo music Studios. Congratulations also to Tchavdar Georgiev for Best Editing! Never forgetting Gabi Hayes and Mark Hayes for the wonderful film they made that has touched the hearts of so many with it's deeply important message.

Skid Row Marathon Awards Update

Palm Springs International Film Festival - Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature

Napa Valley Film Festival - Best Documentary Feature

Napa Valley Film Festival - Favorite Documentary Feature

LA Film Festival - Audience Award Best Documentary Film

LA Film Festival - LA Muse Award for Best Documentary Film

Port Townsend Film Festival - Audience Choice Award

Port Townsend Film Festival - Special Jury Award for Best Use of Cinematic Technique

Coronado Island Film Festival - Best Documentary Feature

Coronado Island Film Festival - Audience Favorite Documentary

Coronado Island Film Festival - Ken Fitzgerald and Ruby Carr Emerald Award

Skid Row Marathon scored by Kim Planert

Award winning documentary, Skid Row Marathon is a powerful film about Judge Craig Mitchell, a criminal court judge, who created a running club in the heart of LA's homeless district. This inspiring story follows the Midnight Mission runners as they overcome their struggles, begin to battle their addictions, and attempt to regain their self-sufficiency.

Kim Planert was compelled to compose a score to accompany such a remarkable story of second chances. He had the opportunity to record with some of the finest LA musicians at the legendary Village Studios

Skid Row Marathon is currently winning awards on the film festival circuit and the soundtrack will be available soon. Stay tuned!


Thank you to the Jerry Goldsmith AwardsMovie Score Malaga - MOSMA (Movie Score Malaga Festival) in Spain.

Kim is delighted to announce third place for the category "Best Original Free Creation" for "Solace" from his forthcoming album. With stunning vocals by Lisbeth Scott and brilliant synthesizer programming by Jörg Hüttner.

Along with a nomination for the "Best Song" category for "Running on Believing", with the ever talented song writer and artist, Nikola Bedingfield originally written for the documentary Skid Row Marathon.

Kim and Nikola were joined by singer Dan Myers and the talents of Mark Robertson with his wonderful orchestra.

"Running on Believing" was conducted and orchestrated by Tim Williams and his fantastic team.

Thank you to all of these incredibly talented individuals for their collaboration and outstanding work.

A huge thank you Jerry Goldsmith Awards.