Benjamin Messelbeck is a composer based in Southern California. He has composed original scores for award-winning documentaries and feature films, and his music has appeared in advertisements for industry-leading brands in the U.S. and around the world.
A graduate of UCLA’s Herb Albert School of Music, Ben worked as a multi-instrumentalist for dozens of artists in the studio and on the road, touring extensively throughout North America, Asia, Europe and Australia.
His introduction to film music came when he was asked to work on a song for the Wong Kar-Wai film My Blueberry Nights, which was scored by Ry Cooder. As his music began to be licensed in film and television, Ben stepped away from making records and touring to fully dedicate himself to composition and production for film, television and other media.
In 2015, Ben was asked to compose the original score for No Le Digas a Nadie (Don't Tell Anyone), which would go on to win a Peabody Award. The same year, he was approached by the New York Aquarium to compose a sound installation for its Ocean Wonders Sharks! exhibit, which opened in 2018. Recently, Ben composed music for several PBS documentaries, including VA: The Human Cost of War, Made for Each Other, and American Masters: American Ballet Theatre - A History.
Ben embraces a wide variety of musical mediums - from orchestral to electronic - and his versatility creates endless possibilities for each project.