Annelotte studied Keys at the Pop Department of the Conservatory of Amsterdam, as well as Composing for Film at the CvA/The Netherlands Film Academy. Being a composer and live musician is a combination that Annelotte cherishes deeply. She explains: ‘While playing live I meet new people and hear new sounds, which greatly inspires me to compose. And vice versa.’ To find the best form for a story and to be able to push boundaries for imagination and creativity, she ideally gets involved in the process early, so all disciplines can inspire each other.
When scoring for film, Annelotte is always looking for an original sound or approach. She combined sounds of vintage casio keyboards, samples and strings for the coming-of-age ‘Marlon Brando’ – which has been selected for Golden Calf Short Film, Semaine de la Critique Cannes and TIFF – while choosing a completely different sound for the minimalistic documentary Als Je Later Groot Bent/When You Grow Up – which received a VPRO documentary price and nomination for Buma Music in Motion New talent 2020. For that documentary specifically she wrote a wrote a string quintet, piano and saxophone. Another example of her changing approach is the short fiction film ‘Ningyo’ (2019) where Annelotte had the chance to put her thesis ‘Pop music as an instrument in a film score’ into practice.
Her style is often described as slightly melancholic, but of course – being able to play different instruments herself and using the almost unlimited (technical) resources of today – she’s also capable and certainly willing to create something completely different!