Brent Knopf

Brent Knopf


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Brent Knopf

Title
producer / musician
Bio
Check out Brent's Ted talk here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=RqlIZ6bFxds

Brent Knopf is the founder of indie-rock band Ramona Falls www.ramonafalls.com. Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, as a child, Brent Knopf dreamed of becoming an inventor. He focuses his creativity these days on his true love: making music. When Brent is not on tour with his band, he's probably writing songs using homemade software, producing a friend's album in an unheated basement, or conjuring up crazy concepts for CD/LP packaging (past designs have incorporated flexagons, origami, flipbooks, palindromes, anagrams, and decoder rings). Having co-created nine full-length recordings, Brent is struck by the abundance of paradoxes that permeate the creative process and considers the intersections of contradictory elements as the most fertile regions for discovery.
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Expertise
public speaking, videography, film production, music performance, film / video
Interests
rock, electronic, indie, music, pop
Location
Portland, OR

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i think humor is probably the best way to break through all the noise.  I like how this video is funny, good work.   Maybe place the "shh I'm working on a tweet" subtitle on top of a different part of the screen because the contrast isn't great there.  

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When You Fall by Claus Zinger

Brent Knopf

i'm really impressed with the mixing and lots of the adventurous production decisions.  i'm happy i heard this.  I wasn't familiar with claus zinger before and I'll keep an eye out.   i'm pretty curious who mixed this — great work.  

i have an old-fashioned aversion to auto-tune used as an effect.  Putting that aside, the vocals were effective.   Usually I get annoyed when songs go on too long.  This stays pretty fresh despite the long play time.  Good work.

how to promote it?  stay true to yourself.  make things as awesome as you can and keep working.  combine forces when possible with music video directors or other collaborators.  

rian rochford submitted media.

Brent Knopf

it's unclear to me whether this track is still in production.  It seems feasible that it's finished.  If so, i think it's great.  I like how melodic and enveloping the chordal and singing structures are, as a counterpoint to the rapping.  

If you're looking for musical ideas, and if the track is still in production, I'd suggest inserting a short (2 phrase) instrumental section into the song a moment where something besides a human voice is the main idea and takes center stage.  An instrumental solo, if you will.  Repetitive and enlivening.

rian rochford submitted media.

Brent Knopf

It seems this track (and video) is already an unmitigated success, so it feels strange to be asked for creative feedback on it.  I think the success here is deserved.  The musical arrangements and execution are soulful, tasteful, natural.  Not overwrought, not undercooked.  

The video also succeeds where few others do.  Somehow the actors / directors have avoided overacting, not a small feat.  The surrealistic elements and moments where the line is blurred between imagination and reality are outstanding.   I'm particularly fond of the association of bicycle riding and youthfulness.  

The whole production seems super pro.  As in, excellent.  Not a word I throw around too haphazardly.