Ådne Lyngstad Nilsen

Composer for Film, TV, and Video Games

Music Portfolio


Ådne Lyngstad Nilsen

Ådne (pronounced “ODD-neh”) Lyngstad Nilsen is a Norwegian composer for film, TV, and video games, known for his epic orchestral scores, incorporation of Scandinavian mythology and folk traditions, and his booming “Viking Warrior” voice.

Ådne’s minimal and evocative score to the noir-thriller A Most Savage Beast earned him “Best Composer” at the Aphrodite Film Festival (2019) and “Best Original Score” at the Fusion International Film Festival North (2020). In 2020 he was honoured by his hometown of Hallingdal with the Musikkforum Prize, recognizing his achievements in the music industry.

Ådne’s music will be heard in the upcoming sci-fi satire Roger Roger, and the family drama Den Dagen. Ådne created an epic orchestral score for the World War II drama Arquebus: Fagert er Landet which was incoporated into Norwegian school curriculums. Ådne’s other scoring projects include commercials, podcasts, and public service announcements for companies and organizations across Norway.

Ådne’s first musical love was guitar and he played in and wrote songs for several black metal and death metal bands, often incorporating the Norwegian folk sounds that were all around him as he grew up in the mountain village of Leveld, Hallingdal. He went on to study classical guitar and musicology at the Univeristy of Oslo, and remains active as a performer, arranger, and composer for live shows and special projects, including epic dark folk band Kvedisaga, for which he serves as producer, arranger, bowed bass player, and vocalist.

Having always felt an intense connection to nature, Ådne recently relocated from downtown Oslo to the forested town of Maura, where he enjoys walking in the woods every day and reconnecting to the natural energies that have always inspired artists around the world.


Ådne gave our film a strong and legitimate "Star Wars" vibe. He has been a pure joy to work with. He is an incredibly comitted and nice person who is easy to communicate with to get the best out of the music. Furthermore, the film's soundtrack was was done in good time and great quality before the deadline. We definitely want to cooperate with Ådne on further projects.
Sam Einar Engh Syftestad & Espen Omland Hustvedt
92 Kopper Kaffe Filmproduksjon ANS
We were super happy to work with Ådne, he made a score better than my expectations. The film has received a lot of attention for its soundtrack. He is always happy to help and has a positive attitude as well as going above and beyond for his work.
Theo Hogben
Tyrant Films
Working with Ådne has been a privilege from start to finish. It felt like working with a dear friend. There was not a single moment where I did not feel heard or seen; I was always sure of that he had my best interest at heart. He specifically composed music for characters and different themes in the movie and exceeded my every expectation. He does not only make music, but he creates an experience for the audience.
Shehzad Ahmad Zahid
Director, "Bhai"
Ådne delivered impressive work, held a good dialogue with both the editor and the producer, and made himself available for necessary changes at short notice. He has a really good work ethic, and understands his subject well. I have no doubt that he has a bright future ahead of him!
Cathrine Wespestad
Perdurabo Productions
Ådne is a true pleasure to work with We worked closely together and he made sure he not only understood my notes, but he was able to throw around ideas with me and add even more depth to the piece as it was worked on. He truly has a heart for storytelling!
Mari Ørstavik
Director, Actor, Producer
Ådne is a talented and energetic person who puts all his heart and soul into the work he does, not afraid of long working days, and delivers exactly what I wanted. We will definitely be working with Ådne again!
Michael Ringdal
Michael R Productions
For my short film “Rusty Loves You” in April 2020, I asked for a Frank Sinatra-inspired song, and Ådne understood exactly what I was looking for. The result was a song that fits perfectly with my short film. Ådne works quickly and absorbs all information. He is skilled and detailed. I would not hesitate to ask Ådne to work on my next project.
Kamilla Vaile
Director, "Rusty Loves You"
Ådne makes the last pieces fall into place in my work. He has delivered stylishly both to "Hallingcast", and videos for the real estate work of Hallingdal Hytteservice. The collaboration started with a jingle for "Kantefølflak -chips for mountain people" where he hit the bulls eye from the first draft, on guitar, and worked until the final result was finished with mandolin (at my request) and several other instruments. You can listen to Ådne's work on repeat and you will always find something new. The music adds to my projects the weight I need to stand out, just right!
Anders Medhus
Multiple Business Owner
Ådne has a great musical capacity that covers many genres. He spends time understanding the client's desire and what end product they want. We communicated painlessly via email throughout the process. Ådne's commitment also brought him over to the west part of Norway when we were to premiere the film. We highly recommend Ådne. He is among the best!
Helge Bjøndal
Writer & Director, "Arquebus"


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