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Ben Nils Kopec
Ben Kopec – Hollywood Film and TV Composer
Ben Kopec – Hollywood Film and TV Composer
Background information
Birth nameBenjamin Nils Kopec
Born (1981-11-10) November 10, 1981 (age 38)
Derby, Connecticut, United States
GenresIndustrial rock, industrial metal, electronic music, film score, video game music
Occupation(s)Musician, song writer, composer
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, bass, programming, drums, piano, synthesizer
Years active1999–present
LabelsIndependent
Associated actsIntricate Unit
Websitehttps://web.archive.org/web/20081119134949/http://www.benkopec.com/

Benjamin Nils Kopec (born November 10, 1981), known better by his stage name, Ben Kopec, is an American-based musician and composer.

As a composer, Kopec has had his music used in feature film trailers including The Tall Man, Never Surrender, and The Curse of Micah Rood. He formed the American-based Industrial rock band Intricate Unit in 1999, but did not start performing live until 2003. Since then Intricate Unit has opened for bands on the East Coast, and headlined their own tour in 2006.[1]

in 2006, Kopec launched Epitome Music Library. The primary goal of the company is to place music into film, TV, video games, advertising campaigns, and other mediums. Previous companies Kopec has started include a Rock Band Authoring service, called The Rock Pulse, to help bands get their music into the Rock Band Network.

Early life and education[edit]

Kopec studied Music and Sound Recording at the University of New Haven for 2 years before attending and receiving his 4-year Bachelor of Science degree in Audio Engineering at the University of Hartford. He went on to also receive his minor in Communication Studies. Kopec also received his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering.[2] Kopec is currently taking classes for his Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering.

While attending the University of New Haven, Kopec inherited an 8-year-running industrial music radio station called The Industrial Revolution. The station itself was called WNHU 88.7 FM. Kopec would go on the air every Wednesday from 6 pm to 8 pm for over 2 years.[3]

Career[edit]

Kopec started the band Intricate Unit. Having played many shows at Toad's Place in New Haven, CT, the band eventually started playing many shows in the Tri-state area and touring across the country;[4] notably, playing to thousands of people in Ohio in 2006 at the Gathering of the Juggalos.[5]

Kopec composes for film, TV, and video games.[6]

Kopec has placed twice at the Hollywood Reporter Film and TV Music Conference in Los Angeles for his music in trailers and video games.[7][8]

Kopec also works with Massachusetts-based company Sonicbids for music licensing opportunities.[9] Kopec has been an ASCAP (American Society for Composers and Publishers) member since 2005.[10] Kopec also has a music publishing company called Jukebox Johnny with ASCAP.[11]

In late 2009, Kopec started a company called The Rock Pulse. The mission of this company is to provide a service for bands to get into the Rock Band Network. The Rock Pulse has authored songs for Intricate Unit and Dead By Wednesday. However, Kopec decided in 2011 to focus more of hsi energy on his other companies.[12]

On 10–10–10 Kopec relocated his home and studio to Los Angeles, CA. On June 1, 2011, Kopec's release, Epic Orchestral and Cinematic Rock for Film Trailers, was reviewed and nominated for Best CD of the Year.[by whom?][13]

In late 2012, Kopec launched Epitome Music Library which represents artists and bands. Some of EML's clients include CBS, Discovery, and Bunnim-Murray.[14]

Discography[edit]

Ben Kopec[edit]

  • 2004: Film and Game Trax 1
  • 2005: Film and Game Trax 2
  • 2005: Diverse Dance Music
  • 2005: Acoustic Guitar Works
  • 2006: Piano Pieces 1
  • 2006: Sports Music Vol. 1
  • 2007: High Energy Sports Music Vol. 2
  • 2008: Cutting Edge Orchestral Music Vol. 1
  • 2009: High Energy Sports Music Vol. 3
  • 2009: High Impact Trailer Music Vol. 1
  • 2010: High Impact Trailer Music Vol. 2
  • 2010: Music for Advertising
  • 2010: Tension and Drama Music for Modern TV
  • 2011: Music for Advertising Vol. 2
  • 2011: Music for Video Games
  • 2011: Epic Orchestral and Cinematic Rock for Film Trailers

Intricate Unit[edit]

  • 1999: Deception
  • 2000: Denial
  • 2002: Detached
  • 2005: Thru-Hole
  • 2011: To Live is Pain[15]

TV credits[edit]

  • MTV / MTV2 / MTV3- Real World Road Rules Challenge, Dr. Drew, Parental Control, Rock Dinner
  • CBSAs the World Turns
  • Showtime – UFC Fight
  • Sony Pictures – The Greg Behrendt Show
  • A&E – Ice Road Truckers (History Ch.), Gene Simons Family Values
  • FOX Sports – NASCAR
  • E! – 10 Vampires We Love
  • Oxygen – Bad Girls Club

Filmography[edit]

  • Promised Land (Soundtrack) (2012)
  • Thinking Speed (Score) (2011)
  • We Are the Future (Score) (2011)
  • Peril on Cemetery Road (Score) (2010)
  • The Curse of Micah Rood (Trailer) (2010)
  • Never Surrender (2 songs) (2009)
  • Regret (composer) (2009)
  • Train (Additional Music) (2008)
  • This is the Sea 4 (2 songs) (2008)
  • This is the Sea 3 (2 songs) (2007)[16]
  • This is the Sea 2 (4 songs) (2005)
  • This is the Sea 2 (4 songs) (2005)
  • Silly (2 songs) (2005)
  • That Tiny Little Crevice in the Back of Your Mind (3 songs) (2004)[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Intricate Unit official website". Ben Kopec. Archived from the original on September 25, 2013.
  2. ^ "Ben Kopec's LinkedIn profile". LinkedIn.
  3. ^ Meet the DJs, WNHU, November 17, 2007, retrieved May 6, 2007
  4. ^ Intricate Unit tour log, archived from the original on March 4, 2016
  5. ^ 2006 Gathering of the Juggalos news, May 25, 2006, archived from the original on July 12, 2006
  6. ^ About Ben Kopec, Indie911, June 17, 2008, retrieved February 2, 2009[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ Scoring Contest, Hollywood Reporter, November 17, 2008, archived from the original on August 4, 2008, retrieved February 2, 2009
  8. ^ Seeking Film Opportunities, Versus Media, November 17, 2007, archived from the original on May 9, 2008, retrieved February 2, 2009
  9. ^ Ben Kopec Music Licensing, Sonicbids, August 5, 2008, retrieved February 2, 2009
  10. ^ ASCAP Member search, ASCAP, November 17, 2007, retrieved February 2, 2009
  11. ^ ASCAP Member search, ASCAP, November 17, 2007, archived from the original on May 10, 2000, retrieved February 2, 2009
  12. ^ Rock Pulse LinkedIn, RockPulse
  13. ^ Kopec, Ben. "CD Review for Epic Orchestral and Cinematic Rock". Indie Music Digest. Archived from the original on March 24, 2012. Retrieved May 31, 2011.
  14. ^ Kopec, Ben. "Epitome Music official website". Epitome Music.
  15. ^ Intricate Unit discography, Intricate Unit, archived from the original on March 4, 2016
  16. ^ Cackle TV, Cackle TV, November 17, 2006, archived from the original on December 29, 2008, retrieved February 2, 2009
  17. ^ That Tiny Little Crevice in the Back of your Mind, Neil McKay, November 17, 2004, archived from the original on July 14, 2011, retrieved February 2, 2009

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