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Geert van Gaalen

Owner / Composer / Music Supervisor

Dangerous Kitchen Music / Studio De Keuken / Soundscape Music

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS // Geert van Gaalen, born in The Netherlands, started his musical career at the age of 12, playing guitar in various bands, performing live in all major music-venues, meanwhile composing and producing original music.

He studied Music Technology at the Academy of the Arts in Utrecht, where he developed a wide range of composition- and production-skills in many styles of music and decided to try master all, instead of specializing in one to be able to adapt and always bring a surprising approach to any kind of project.

Working since 1989 as a composer, sounddesigner, engineer, music-producer/ supervisor and songwriter in various soundstudios, Geert founded his own "Studio De Keuken" in Amsterdam in 2000, which soon became one of the first-call studios for music in advertising, film, TV, web and games, sounddesign, voicecasting and audio-postproduction.

In 2004 he founded "Dangerous Kitchen Music", an in-house Record Label and Music Production Company, servicing many requests for original music from a quickly developing international client base.

To further strengthen the range of international services Geert acquired ownership of “Soundscape Music” in 2015, adding a well-respected music house to the roster with strong focus on music research, Sonic Branding and original music-composition.

In 2015 Geert was signed by “Max Steiner Agency” in Hollywood to develop musical projects in film, TV and advertising in the US. Geert's soundtracks have been awarded several Gold World Medals at New York Festivals, a Silver Clio, 2x Gold at ProMax/BDA World and works with his team on many other award-winning projects, like the Terre des Hommes - Sweetie project (Cannes Lions Grand Prix for Good / 13x Gold Lion / White, Black & Yellow Pencil at D&AD).