BEHIND THE MUSIC OF RAVENDOR STUDIOS

Founders Benjamin Pawlak and Molly Sanford have versatile musical careers. Learn more about the background of Ravendor Studios and their professional music journey.



BENJAMIN PAWLAK

​Benjamin Pawlak is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Collaborative Piano at The Juilliard School. He holds a Master of Music in Piano Performance from Texas Christian University and a Bachelor's degree from Ithaca College. More information about his piano career can be seen on his website.

Although always interested in composing music, Ben did not take his first composition class until the fall of 2015. In 2017, he continued lessons at TCU. His works have since been premiered in venues from Texas to upstate New York to Italy. Ben has composed, performed, and produced a 5-song EP and a 75-minute solo piano collection. He has also recorded his "Two Nocturnal Songs for Voice and Piano" with bass Michael Galvin.

Ben has extensively composed for orchestra in the form of film scores. Outside of independent projects totaling over 6 hours of music, he has participated in three short scoring competitions and was selected as a finalist in the Indie Film Music Contest of November 2020. He favors the large orchestral style of composers such as John Williams, and has used music production skills to realize these works in Logic Pro. Currently, he is working on a score for an upcoming short film by director Tyler Zachary.

During 2020, Ben focused on publishing and producing his music as professional audio tracks, sheet music scores, and audiovisual works. He developed video production skills through the Music Academy of the West's Remote Learning Institute Digital Challenge, in which his multimedia collaborative project "Small Hills, NY" was featured. This would later develop into the EP Empty Corners, with Ben contributing both the film and the music. He continues to compose and perform new works, collaborating with Molly Sanford to present them digitally.

MOLLY SANFORD

Music Editor, Mixing & Mastering Engineer

sanforml@mail.uc.edu

​Molly is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Piano Performance at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. She specializes in contemporary music with research interests in the music of Charles Ives and in film scores. Her website for her performing and teaching career can be seen here.

Molly has worked as a music editor and mixing and mastering engineer in a variety of settings. What began as a hobby through restoration work on audio from films grew into a productive skillset with work on solo recital recordings for herself and colleagues. She now has experience in editing, mixing, and mastering for strings and piano solo and chamber works, vocal ensembles, conference presentations, temp scoring for films, and with digital orchestra samples.

With composer Benjamin Pawlak, she has been the music editor for over 6 hours of independent film music and has performed extensive mixing and mastering to orchestral sample libraries for the final results; she provided the mix and master for the 5-song EP Empty Corners and the album Solo Piano Works: Volume I, and for several piano and collaborative pieces throughout 2020. With composer Jacy Pedersen and recording engineer Abi Seguin, she worked as the mixing and mastering engineer for the premiere of Pedersen's opera "Pretentious Hermeneutic Drivel: A Guide to Graduate School." Molly has edited and mastered several piano and violin performances at CCM along with using subsidiary skills in video editing to produce final recital presentations. Most recently, she worked on the final mix and master for a living room concert series in Horseheads, NY (in which she is also featured with Benjamin Pawlak as a piano duo).

At Ravendor Studios, Molly has taken on many production roles, developing skills as a creative consultant and web designer as the studio was established. She continues to provide organizational cataloguing and graphic design in addition to mixing and mastering work for new projects by Benjamin Pawlak.



Benjamin and Molly met in 2017 and quickly discovered a shared love of film scores. It has since been their goal to develop their respective skills and establish themselves as a team in the industry. While working towards that goal, they have been able to work on a variety of composition and editing projects in the classical and film music worlds.

Ravendor Studios was started in 2019 to produce composition projects. This became an outlet to develop and showcase their work in music composition and music editing respectively. They have since published many solo piano pieces, orchestral scores for short films, chamber music, and collaborative digital works. They have independently produced over 6 hours of music for film scores. Their multimedia work "Small Hills, NY" was featured in the Music Academy of the West's Remote Learning Institute Digital Challenge, and their score for "Caminandes 3 - Llamigos" was selected as a finalist in the November 2020 Indie Film Music Contest. They recently created a 5-song EP titled Empty Corners. Both pianists, they have also collaborated on duo repertoire in a concert later produced digitally by Ravendor Studios. Future works will be added to their Music Library.