Interview with Michael Nielsen from Ninja Tracks

A brief interview with composer Michael Nielsen. Ninja Tracks was formerly known as Groove Addicts.

– How did Ninja Tracks come to be?

Kaveh and I had been friends for a long time. We both were working a lot, and had done some work on the same projects. So it occurred to us to team up. The first thing we did was to create a music library called Full Tilt, which had a lot of success in film and TV advertising. In 2009 we sold the Full Tilt library. We built a studio and brought in Collin Perry as a partner who interfaces with all of our clients, and we’ve been very busy working on “Revolution”, our new trailer music library ever since. Through it all, we’ve managed to score some film, tv, video games as well. Lots of fun projects!

– How did you guys both begin your venture as composers? Into the trailer music arena?

I started out on the rock and pop side of things. I think my songs were always a little too dramatic and cinematic for mainstream. But, when I started working a bit on commercials and movie trailers, everything really just clicked for me. Now I feel like my background in record production is one of my strengths. Kaveh started with piano lessons and a deep love of film music. John Williams’ score for E.T. really set it off for him. He knew he wanted to be a composer pretty early on.

– Ninja Tracks, “One” is the first release of your work on iTunes for the general public. How did it feel to see your work reach a wider audience?

When we started out, our clients wanted to keep the music discrete, so we kept everything as an industry only release. But things changed, and it’s fantastic to be able to release our music. We’ve done some very cool remixes that we’ve proud of as well, like, of Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Cash, Beck, Van Halen. It would be nice be able to release some of those as well, but there’d be a infinite amount of red tape with the record labels and publishers. “One” is the first release we did. It was a compilation of our first few Revolution albums. Ever since then we’ve been putting out a steady stream of albums. We’ll have a few more releases later this year.

– Any future projects?

We’re always working away on movie trailers. We’re always trying to come up with new ways to tell that story. It takes a good bit of experimentation. Kaveh and I recently scored the Xbox game Forza Motorsport as well. We’re excited to have some vinyl releases and deluxe releases coming of those soundtracks.

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Temp Love – Music Library


Full Service Music Company Relocates into Historic 32Ten Studios,

And Provides Original Scores, Sound Design, and

A Nearly 3,000 Track Production Music Library to Diverse Client Base

San Rafael, CA, June 18, 2018 – Rapidly rising “Audio Story-Tellers” Temp Love are celebrating their 5-Year Anniversary with a new home base, having relocated into the historic 32Ten Studios site in San Rafael (Marin County) California. The announcement was made by Temp Love Co-Owners John McDermott and Christian Hanlon.

A young, up and coming music company built from years of experience, the Temp Love team, comprised of 20 audio professionals nationwide – composers, mixers, music supervisors, and music legal specialists – brings a holistic audio approach to every one of their clients’ productions.

With their brand new creative and production studios at the legendary 32Ten Studios (the birthplace of George Lucas’s Industrial Light and Magic, and the site of numerous “Star Wars”- related film productions), Temp Love offers clients the ability to craft the perfect sounding score for each of their productions, ranging from the grandest orchestral movements to the filthiest, untamed, three-chord garage rock imaginable.

Temp Love also owns a one-stop, easy-to-clear, production music library of over 2,750 tracks (and growing), so clients can quickly find just the right song or background music track to enhance their in-progress production or campaign.

To date, the company’s narrative placements within the entertainment industry have included tracks heard within the HBO series “Girls,” A24’s “Obvious Child,” the upcoming FX/Anonymous Content series “Quarter Life Poetry,” and the Academy Award-nominated documentary film “Facing Fear.” Other Temp Love entertainment clients have also included CBS TV and Syfy.

Temp Love regularly works with such top ad agency clients as AKQA, Oglivy, Pereira O’Dell, and Weiden + Kennedy. The company’s direct corporate clients have included Google, LinkedIn, Nestlé, Twitter, Old Navy and Reddit. Additionally, Temp Love has also provided music to promotional campaigns for such other top brands as Target, Nationwide, Titleist, Hidden Valley, and NVIDIA, to name just a few.

At the core of Temp Love stand the company’s Co-Owners, John McDermott and Christian Hanlon, true collaborators and partners-in-crime. They say, “Our passion is telling stories with audio. Whether creating a custom score, finding the perfect song, or inventing compelling and exciting sound design – our goal is to always make the story sing, while having a hell of a lot of fun doing it. We also believe in ‘giving back’ to those who have helped us get to where we are today. In this regard, we regularly donate 10% of all of our license fees to children’s music programs located across the United States.”


John McDermott has toured the world (and elsewhere!) as a founding member of the band Stroke 9. He has a Gold Record and a BMI Songwriting Award, and has collaborated in the studio with super producers Jerry Harrison (Talking Heads, No Doubt), Rupert Hine (Tina Turner, Bob Geldolf, Stevie Nicks, Rush), and Butch Walker (Taylor Swift, Weezer, Pink).

He’s also worked closely with such top film directors such as Kevin Smith and Ron Howard, yet, somehow managed to pass on a co-write with John Mayer!

Christian Hanlon is a 15-year entertainment industry executive, most recently having served as the Executive Audio Producer at Nestlé Skin Health. There, he oversaw branded audio content for global products totaling over $900-million in yearly sales.

Christian has supervised global audio-driven ad campaigns, featuring appearances and music by Katy Perry, Adam Levine, Diddy, and Tinashe.  As a composer, Christian most recently finished work on his original score behind the upcoming FX/Anonymous Content series “Quarter Life Poetry.”

His biggest claim to fame to date? He once spilled a beer all over Eddie Vedder at a Stereolab show.


Founded in San Francisco in 2013, Temp Love is a full-service music production company that offers clients original scores, compelling sound design, and nearly 3,000 tracks of easy-to-clear production music from their rapidly-growing library.

Working closely together, company Co-Owners John McDermott and Christian Hanlon have overseen, produced, and created music and sound design for Oscar-nominated films, major national advertising campaigns, and an array of ground breaking digital projects.

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Riptide Music Update

Culver City, CA, June 19, 2018 — Riptide Music Group (Riptide), a leading synchronization, rights management, and creative company that provides music to advertising, movie trailers, TV programming and promos, major motion pictures, videogames, and multi-media productions, has announced a new alliance with music industry veteran Jonathan Palmer along with his music catalog A Suit of Leaves.

Palmer will work with Riptide’s roster in Creative Licensing, while concurrently continuing to serve the music community with A Suit of Leaves, the music licensing and consulting company he founded earlier in 2018. A Suit of Leaves’ dynamic roster includes Ziggy Marley, Nina Nesbitt, Gothic Tropic, Fantastic Negrito, Diane Birch, Noah Gundersen, Dead Horses, WAX LTD, Faction Management, and many other artists.

Palmer will be based at Riptide’s offices in Culver City.

Dan Silver, Riptide’s Vice President of Creative and A&R, said, “Jonathan is totally integrated across the full spectrum of today’s music industry – we are thrilled to welcome him to the team! He brings amazing curation and unites his own roster, A Suit of Leaves, which is now available in DIVER – our newest division representing record label releases for active touring mid-major level bands and artists. Palmer will be focused on presenting artists for entertainment and advertising placements. He’s a very welcome new player in our creative team.”

Adds Palmer, “I’d been seeking a powerful ally for my company, A Suit of Leaves – I’ve found that in Riptide Music Group, a company with a rock-solid track record that values the creative side of our business. I’m excited to expand my partnership with the team here, creating new music moments in film, TV, advertising and beyond.

Rich Goldman, President of Riptide, said, “Jonathan is one of the few people that I’ve had the pleasure to know who combines his broad musical knowledge with an enviable level of taste, to execute on the work that he loves to do – syncing great music with picture. His over-all chops are exemplary, not to mention the wide respect he enjoys from the community. We couldn’t be happier to have Jonathan and A Suit of Leaves partner with Riptide.”


Jonathan Palmer is a music industry veteran whose diverse experience encompasses music supervision, licensing, management, A&R, publishing, songwriting, production, and live performance. Past in-house positions Palmer has held include posts with Columbia Records, SONGS, Sanctuary Records, Sony/ATV and Bug Music.

During the course of his career, Palmer has worked with a number of major artists, including Adele, Beyoncé, Daft Punk, John Legend, Jack White, St. Paul & the Broken Bones, Thievery Corporation, Ryan Adams and Rosanne Cash, to name some.

Palmer recently music supervised the popular series “Ugly Delicious” for Netflix. His numerous soundtrack credits include the Oscar and Grammy Award-winning “20 Feet from Stardom.” A member of NARAS and the Guild of Music Supervisors, he is also lead vocalist for the lounge-pop band Love Jones.


Formed in early 2014 by the merger of Riptide Music and Pigfactory, Riptide Music Group is comprised of five operating units: Riptide Rights looks after publishing and master rights for administration and sync representation; Riptide One, a carefully curated catalog of independent artists, bands, producers and composers, master & publishing controlled 100% by Riptide; Pacifica Music Library, a modern production music library focused on current popular music styles; DIVER, a boutique catalog of label-signed, active and touring artists; and Incubator, Riptide’s pop and urban songwriter, producer and artist development division.

Riptide Music Group is located at 9469 Jefferson Blvd., Ste. 114, Culver City, CA 90232. The phone is 310.437.4380. For more information, please visit:

Interview with Pitch Hammer Music

I recently had a chance to speak with Veigar and Brian Brasher of Pitch Hammer Music. Feel free to check the other videos on their website. They were more than happy to speak with TMV and now we present their interview to you.

-What exciting new projects can you tell us about?
Veigar & Brian: There are many exciting projects in the pipeline, but as you probably know, strict NDAs prohibit us from talking about a lot of them.
Some of the recent cool placements include blockbusters such as Ready Player One, Black Panther, Star Wars; The last Jedi, Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle, Deadpool 2, Jurassic World 2, Annihilation, Dunkirk, Darkest Hour, The Jungle Book, Bridge of Spies.
We also recently had the amazing opportunity to create a new music logo for the new WIZARDING WORLD film studio. It was based on John William’s “Hedwig” theme from The Harry Potter movies and we recorded it live. It was really an exciting project and opportunity for us and we are so thankful to everyone who made this possible and allowed us to be a part of this one. 
       – What was your inspiration to begin composing?

Veigar: I started my music training at the age of 10. Started on the trumpet and soon after added piano lessons and became quite proficient in playing by ear along with my classical training. In my late teens, while playing in jazz- and rock bands, I got very interested in jazz arranging and from there I gradually segued into composing. While studying composing and orchestration at The University of Miami I fell in love with film music and orchestral music and then there was no turning back.


-Your music was recently used in a trailer for ‘Ready Player One’. How does it feel to be apart of a project like that?
Veigar & Brian: That was a custom job that we started on almost a year before the first teaser aired. The head producer and co-owner at JAX, Scott Goldman, is a long-time collaborator of mine. He asked us to come up with a creative – and Trailerized ® – version of the iconic song “Pure Imagination” from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  It really turned out to be an epic mind blowing track and we are really proud for the opportunity to work with everyone involved on the creative teams on this project.  
Even though we didn’t meet Mr. Steven Spielberg in person, messages went back and forth. And it is hard to find a more legendary filmmaker to work for. It was thrilling to say the least
-What future do you envision for production and trailer music?
Veigar & Brian:  There will always be a need for it! The landscape is changing with the technical evolution. Streaming services such as Amazon, Hulu and Netflix are here to stay, and the way things are marketed is constantly changing. That’s a challenge for us all, but its also a great opportunity to stretch and create great new things.  We are excited about the future and all of the growth opportunities and great music ahead from our Pitch Hammer team!

Sky Television Music Deal





Culver City, CA, May 8, 2018 — Riptide Music Group (Riptide), a leading synchronization, rights management, and creative company that provides music to advertising, movie trailers, TV programming and promos, major motion pictures, videogames, and multi-media productions, has announced that Sky Television, “Home of Movies in the UK,” has signed Riptide to represent Sky’s newly launched trailer music label, “Wall of Noise,” across the USA and Canada. The “Wall of Noise” trailer music catalogue, joins some of the biggest names in trailer music already being represented by Riptide.


The team behind “Wall of Noise” enlisted the contributions of some of the best composers in the business today, to deliver this carefully crafted new catalogue, and tailored it specifically for producers, editors and creatives working in motion picture advertising and major network TV Promo.  The “Wall of Noise” team crafted the library from scratch, by working with Sky Television’s trailer producers to address the specific needs for its numerous movie channels. The executives at Riptide Music Group believe that the “Wall of Noise” label has a strong potential within the U.S. and Canadian marketplace.

Geoff Cox, “Wall of Noise” Producer, has overseen the project from conception to release. He said, “Riptide is a dynamic company with big ambitions – we are hugely excited about this new partnership. They have a great reputation with proven success in the trailer market, and we are confident of a long and fruitful relationship.”

Adds Keatly Haldeman, CEO, Riptide Music Group, “Sky TV produced this catalog of trailer and promo music because they couldn’t find anything previously available that matched the positioning and quality of their brand. Sky is an iconic UK network, not to mention a very prestigious partner for us. We’re truly honored that they chose Riptide to represent their official music catalog in the U.S. and Canada.”

Brandon Rauch, Riptide’s Creative Manager, Trailers, said, “The ‘Wall of Noise’ catalog is going to be a game changer! I’m excited about the catalogue’s extensive dramatic cues, its use of strings, and the variety of organic sonic elements it features. Through our collaboration with the ‘Wall of Noise’ team, we will also be creating an entirely new sound design catalog – one that will be useful on a regular basis for music supervisors and trailer editors.

“Our newly acquired ‘Wall of Noise’ catalogue is going to be a great asset to any music supervisor or editor in the trailer world!” adds Taylor Amazon, Riptide’s Creative Manager, Trailers. “From the easily searchable ‘Hard As Nails’ sound design, to organic driving drum cues, to the intimate, high quality production value of their strings, these releases will quickly become a reliable, trustworthy, ‘go-to’ resource for so many different production needs.”


Formed in early 2014 by the merger of Riptide Music and Pigfactory, Riptide Music Group is comprised of five operating units: Riptide Rights looks after publishing and master rights for administration and sync representation; Riptide One, a carefully curated catalog of independent artists, bands, producers and composers, master & publishing controlled 100% by Riptide; Pacifica Music Library, a modern production music library focused on current popular music styles; DIVER, a boutique catalog of label-signed, active and touring artists; and Incubator, Riptide’s pop and urban songwriter, producer and artist development division.

Riptide Music Group is located at 9469 Jefferson Blvd., Ste. 114, Culver City, CA 90232. The phone is 310.437.4380. For more information, please visit:

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Media Contact:

Dan Harary

The Asbury PR Agency


Production Music Association

Los Angeles, CA, April 23, 2018 – In recognition of the global impact of production music and the growth in international mobile, streaming and social media productions and distribution, The Production Music Association (PMA,) the leading advocacy group for the global production music industry, is expanding its focus to embrace the many opportunities and challenges of the international marketplace. This worldwide focus is reflected in its new tagline, “Creating Global Value. Forward Together,” and will be a central component of its 5th annual Production Music Conference, to be held September 26-28 at the Loews Hotel in Hollywood, CA. The announcement was made by Adam Taylor, PMA Chairman.

In addition, Taylor welcomed three new members to the PMA Board of Directors: Michael Sammis, Global President of Universal Production Music, John Clifford, SVP Global Sales, Marketing & Repertoire for BMG Production Music, and Edwin Cox, President/Creative Director for West One Music. Taylor said, “Mike, John and Edwin have made invaluable contributions to the success of the production music industry over many years. We are delighted and honored to have them join our board.”

Taylor also noted that the PMA has continued to expand its global membership with the addition of a number of internationally-based music library companies, including: Chapel of Rock (UK), JW Media (UK), Hard Music (Canada), Flipper Music (Italy), KPM (UK), Legacy (UK), MYMA (France), Sentric Music (UK), Sonoton (Germany) and UBM (Germany). These international libraries join a number of U.S. based companies that have also recently joined the PMA, including Audio Network, Beats Bakery, BMG Production Music, Extreme Music, Kingdom 2, Liquid Cinema and West One Music.

Regarding the PMA’s latest activities, Taylor said, “Last fall, Variety reported our findings that the production music industry generates $ 1billion annually on a global basis:  That number represents the massive contribution production music makes to the tens of thousands of film, television, advertising, video game and multi-media projects that are produced each year. Our goal in 2018, as it has been since our founding in 1997, is to preserve the value of music in the eyes of our clients and creators; to educate publishers, libraries, composers and songwriters; and to create a robust and open community, sharing ideas, business concepts and best practices to ensure the long term viability of our industry. Added to this mission is the embracing of the truly global nature of our business and the acknowledgement of the creative thinking and innovation that will always be required to forge our collective futures. Hence our new tagline, ‘Creating Global Value. Forward Together’.”


Founded in 1997, the Production Music Association (PMA) is the leading advocacy group of the production music community.  A non-profit organization with over 60 member companies representing over 500 music libraries around the world, plus composers and industry professionals, the mission of the PMA is to elevate the unique value of production music and to ensure the long term viability of the production music industry.

Headquartered in Los Angeles, the PMA strives to fulfill its mission by:

  • Working with performing rights organizations, legislators, legal counsel and broadcasters with the aim of improving the reporting, monitoring, collection and distribution of performance fees and royalties for PMA members;
  • Providing its members with a forum in which issues of common concern and interest can be discussed;
  • Educating its members and the marketplace about music rights and other issues affecting the production music community; and
  • Enhancing the value of PMA members’ music through research, education and public relations.

For more information about the PMA, please visit:

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Company Contact:

Morgan McKnight

Executive Director

The Production Music Association

(310) 913-2289

Media Contact:

Dan Harary

The Asbury PR Agency

(310) 859-1831

ReallySlowMotion’s 5th Year Anniversary

Hollywood, CA, April 18, 2018 – Agus Gonzalez-Lancharro, Owner and Creative Director of the original music for all media company Really Slow Motion Music & Sound Design (RSM),  has announced that 2018 marks the Five Year Anniversary of his successful enterprise.

“We love creating fresh new, high-end, cinematic music for the world’s biggest movie trailers, but we’d like the industry to know we would also love to be considered for smaller, independent films, comedies and documentaries, in addition to the blockbusters,” Gonzalez-Lancharro says.

Originally from Barcelona, Spain, Gonzalez-Lancharro launched Really Slow Motion in London in 2013, relocating to Los Angeles in 2017. The renowned musician and composer spearheads an international team of composers

and music super-visors who contribute their talents to this music and sound design company which specializes in providing sonic branding for motion picture advertising.

Since its start in 2013, Really Slow Motion has counted every major film studio and production company, as well as every top trailer house as clients. These studios and production companies include Universal Pictures, Disney,

Paramount, Sony Entertainment, Warner Bros, Marvel, 20th Century Fox, CBS TV, Lionsgate Films and Relativity Media. The company’s client base also includes Trailer Park, Ant Farm, Buddha Jones, Create, mOcean and

virtually every other noted trailer house in Hollywood.

To date, Gonzalez-Lancharro and Really Slow Motion have provided original music for trailers promoting such major hit motion pictures as “Black Panther,” “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,”

“Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” “Captain America: Winter Soldier” (including a 2014 SuperBowl TV spot which premiered that trailer), “The Amazing Spider-Man,” “Star Trek

Into Darkness,” “World War Z,” “Pacific Rim,” “300: Rise of an Empire,” “The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug,” “Maleficent, “RoboCop” (2014), “47 Ronin,” and many others.

In addition to custom scoring, Gonzalez-Lancharro also oversees regular production of a constantly growing catalogue of production music ready for licensing and publishing. The Really Slow Motion library, consisting of over

3,000 tracks available for licensing, is comprised of two catalogues: The X-Motion, primarily for use for television promotion and for in-show content, and Postcards from the World, which features world music available for

all media. Recent TV commercials promoting Porsche and Samsung have featured music culled from Really Slow Motion libraries.

Gonzalez-Lancharro also regularly deals with sub-publishers in over 40 countries throughout the world, who handle licensing for Really Slow Motion’s catalogue. These include Warner Chappell, BeatBox Music,

musicDIRECTOR/BMG, Sound Machine, Echo Music, Studio Fontana, and Hi-Five, among them.

Pete Hasty, Director of Music/Associate Producer with Buddha Jones, said, “Agus provides an amazing combination of talent, consistency, and reliability – qualities that are high currency in today’s environment. I can trust him to deliver exactly what I need, and I believe that his dedication to quality and creativity is applied to everything he does.”

Adds Simone Benyacar, Head of Music/Composer with Ant Farm, “Agus and Really Slow Motion have managed to find their voice in the trailer music world with a fresh new sound.”

About Agus Gonzalez Lancharro:

Really Slow Motion founder Agus Gonzalez Lancharro was born in Barcelona, Spain. A noted guitarist, Lancharro specializes in: Music Supervision and Sync Licensing; Music Composition and Performance; Music Production; Team Management; Marketing and Sales: and Music Journalism.

He moved to London in 2005, and from 2010 to 2013 he was the Editor in Chief of several online Spanish music instrument websites for the company Cutaway and Bajos y Bajistas. He was the company’s music technology expert, and interviewed wide ranging music artists including Billy Sheehan, Reggie Hamilton, Abe Laboriel, Marco Mendoza, Jeff Berlin.

Also during this time frame, he was the Editor for Bateria & Percusion Magazine, another online publication, where he interviewed such drummers as Simon Phillips, Thomas Lang, Carl Palmer, Kenny Aronoff, and many more.

From 2007-2013, Agus was also the Editor for Cutaway Magazine, during which time he interviewed such music artists as  Eddie Van Halen, Steve Vai, Tommy Emmanuel, Albert Lee, Brent Mason, Paul Gilbert, Greg Howe, and Steve Morse.

In 2013, Agus began composing original music for movie trailers, working under the umbrella name of Really Slow Motion. He expanded the business in 2016 when he relocated to Los Angeles to continue his outreach to the top motion picture studios and trailer houses.

Agus holds a Master of Arts Degree in Composing for Film & TV from Kingston University. He also holds a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Music Performance from the University of East London. In addition he attended  the Guitar Institute in London from 2005-2006, earning a Diploma in Contemporary Music Performance.


Founded in 2013 by composer and musician Agus Gonzalez-Lancharro, Really Slow Motion is one of Hollywood’s preeminent providers of original music for motion picture advertising. The company has composed

original music featured in dozens of trailers promoting some of the biggest movie blockbusters in Hollywood history. RSM also offers over 3,000 tracks of production music for film, television, advertising,

videogames, and multi-media licensing. For more information, please see:

Media Contact:

Dan Harary

The Asbury PR Agency


More great news from SourceAudio!






link to the cloud!

Los Angeles, CA, April 5, 2018 — In conjunction with NAB 2018, SourceAudio, the world’s leading white label music digital asset management platform, has announced the beta launch of an extension of its platform which allows Adobe Premiere users to receive tracks, drag and drop, search music sites, share playlists, and export PRO formatted cue sheets directly from their timeline, without leaving their Adobe editing environments. The announcement was made today by Geoffrey Grotz, CEO/Co-Founder, SourceAudio.

The new SourceAudio platform extension is a free add-on for anyone who already has a SourceAudio user account. Currently in beta, the forthcoming full release will allow anyone to sign up and access the extension which will also be accessible in Adobe Audition.

Said Grotz, “Adobe is the industry leader in post-production, and we are incredibly excited to integrate our platform — over 1,000 websites and 24 million pieces of music and audio from thousands of labels and catalogs — into their industry-leading software. Our new platform extension makes creating cue sheets, a labor intensive and slow process, faster and easier than ever, including the ability to access required metadata from the SourceAudio platform when available. It’s a real game changer.”

For more information, please see:


Based in Los Angeles, SourceAudio is a white label B2B music technology platform for publishers, labels, broadcasters, production companies, and creative agencies. Iconic brands across the media landscape leverage SourceAudio’s industry leading music search, distribution, licensing, monitoring, and management capabilities to generate revenue, enhance creative, and maximize efficiencies.

SourceAudio is also the same company behind other innovative, technology-powered music solutions like Alpha Libraries for Radio, the single largest production music resource for radio. Alpha Libraries has significantly enhanced the way radio groups, clusters, and stations license music for programming, promos, commercials, jingles, and other production elements. Recently, SourceAudio launched, a one-stop licensing solution for using music in podcasts.

For more information, please see:

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Media Contact:

Dan Harary

The Asbury PR Agency

(310) 859-1831

Icon Trailer Music’s latest!

Icon Trailer Music has released their next public album “i2”. Below you may find the press release. We hope that you’ll give it a whirl! Epic listening as always!

(January 11, 2018– Los Angeles, CA) – Los Angeles-based epic music label ICON announces the release of i2, its second ever retail-only album on December 8, 2017 (available at and all major digital providers).

Like its predecessor Dawning Promises, i2 was produced as an end-to-end listening experience specifically for the awesome community of epic music fans.

i2 is the collaboration of a small group of veteran film, trailer and game composers, each with impressive credits. “All of the composers on this album, including me, were given infinite room to explore and experiment, to push the envelope to its limit. I think the results are what happens when you let great artists loose, free from restrictions”, says ICON co-owner and composer/producer Frederik Wiedmann.
Wiedmann, an Emmy-winning composer, recently scored the thriller Hangman, starring Academy Award-winner Al Pacino, and the action drama Acts of Vengeance, starring Antonio Banderas. He also continues to work on his TV shows Mission Force One (Disney) and All hail King Julien (Dreamworks Animation).

Multi-award winning composer Gareth Coker brings strong gaming influences to the album. He recently scored the hit video game ARK: Survival Evolved, recorded at Abbey Road with the 93-player Philharmonia Orchestra. In June, Coker appeared live on stage at the E3 Expo to perform the announcement trailer for Ori and the Will of the Wisps, the sequel to 2015’s critically acclaimed game, Ori and the Blind Forest. Coker wrote the music for both games.

ICON co-owner and composer/producer Joel Goodman adds, “With this album we broke down any limitations. We asked ourselves, while looking at our past releases for film & TV, what else can we do? We decided to break down the standard trailer music form, go beyond typical durations, and reach for instruments and sounds that are totally unexpected.”
Goodman, also an Emmy-winner, recently finished scoring the film Shadowman about the life of famed street artist Richard Hambleton, and the Netflix original documentary Voyeur, which follows best-selling journalist Gay Talese as he reports one of the most controversial stories of his career. Both were released in theatres this month.

Rounding out the album are composers Zach Lemmon and Axel Tenner, both seasoned composers doing top-level work across film, TV, games and trailers.
“What I love about this album is that every single piece takes the listener on an epic journey,” says Wiedmann. “And that journey is different for everyone.”
Goodman agrees.  “Our goal is to draw fans into this alternate universe we’ve created, musically speaking, and then let their imaginations run wild. These are three-minute adventures into worlds we can really only dream of.”

i2 is available now via most major online retailers and streaming services.  To purchase the album, visit


ICON Trailer Music was founded in 2011 by veteran and award-winning film and television composers Joel Goodman and Frederik Wiedmann. ICON’s music has been featured in films, television shows, ads, promos and trailers around the world, and is composed and produced by a small group of acclaimed artists working on top properties across these fields.
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News from Concentrix Music

Charlotte, NC, February 12, 2018 – Renowned music composer Fred Story, founder of Concentrix Music and Sound Design, Inc., has announced his company’s latest projects across a number of film, TV, radio and streaming platforms.

Regarding his latest accomplishments, Story said, “Thanks to my eclectic musical upbringing, I love the opportunity to work in so many musical styles. My Dad and his brothers were great bluegrass musicians and I grew up with that music. I fell in love with classical music in grade school – and jazz in high school. In college, I played in cover bands and piano bars and was even a club deejay. I’ve been a musician in orchestras, big bands, rock bands and country bands; I’ve played funk, R&B and world music. It’s all been nourishment for my musical soul. As a composer, all these experiences allow me to write in a variety of styles from the inside – as someone who’s been on stage and in the studio making that music happen. Whatever the genre, it’s about doing it credibly…digging in to make sure the musical choices serve the material and contribute to the emotional impact.”

Details of Story’s most recent projects are as follows:

** For a new documentary film entitled “Double Take: The Art of Elizabeth King,” Story composed original music – a hybrid score for electronic instruments and a string quartet. The Bechtler Ensemble recorded Story’s score at Concentrix Studios. The film is slated for an April 2018 release.

“Double Take: The Art of Elizabeth King” engages the viewer in the work of sculptor and stop-action animator Elizabeth King, who embarks on each new project by posing a single question to herself: “How/Can this be physically done?” Tracing King’s creative flow, curiosity and obsessive drive to solve the inevitable series of artistic and technical problems that arise in creating her disconcerting sculptures and animations, balanced between realism and surrealism, the film explores King’s interest in automatons and puppetry, and the role of gesture and the body in her work.

For this project, Concentrix’s client was Durham, NC-based Producer/Director Olympia Stone and her company, Floating Stone Productions. Regarding Story’s contributions to her film, Stone said, “Working with Fred is a total pleasure!  He manages to be completely ego-free, and his instincts for what the music needed to be for our film, how to illustrate it with his score, was always spot on. He comes up with the most beautiful music, not to mention the fact that he’s an incredibly creative and kind person – very generous of spirit. His music has enhanced my film 200% – it’s added so much. I feel very lucky to have worked with him.”

** For the syndicated radio program zMax Racing Country from PRN (the Performance Racing Network), Story is currently working on an upcoming theme music package which will feature Nashville musicians.

zMax Racing Country, now in its 27th year, is a weekly, two-hour, music intensive variety show featuring insights and interviews from behind the scenes of NASCAR and Nashville. zMax Racing Country reaches millions of listeners weekly, playing the best selection of country music and original interviews straight from the NASCAR Garage and Nashville recording studios.

For this project, Concentrix’s client is Speedway Motorsports, Inc., and zMax Racing Country’s show producers Kelly Watts and Doug Rice. Regarding Story’s work, Rice said, “Fred is always able to interpret our wishes and turn them into reality. He has always furnished PRN with the highest quality music imaginable.”

** Story and Concentrix have just created and delivered a new package of background music for client Wells Fargo. The new music, described as contemporary, soft rock and smooth jazz, will be heard by customers in 6,000 Wells Fargo banking stores, coast to coast. This is the sixth consecutive year for which Story/Concentrix have provided Wells Fargo with this background, in-store music. Wells Fargo recently ran a profile of Story on their website:

In addition to Story having written most of the music himself, an additional one dozen composers from around the country also contributed to this new initiative as well.

For this project, Concentrix’s client was Dave Warlick, Corporate Communications, Wells Fargo, who is based in Charlotte, NC. Regarding Story’s new music, Warlick said,

“There are two important points in working with Fred: when doing music for us – he has always been extremely responsive to the feedback we give him from our internal partners and marketing research about our customers. He’s really attentive to that and gets the exact sound we’re looking for. Another of his strongest points is his ability to talk to people who are not musicians and understand the feelings and goals they are trying to achieve. He can then translate that input and reflect it back into his music through the musicians he’s working with to record a new score. I’ve worked with Fred for a long time, and he’s absolutely fabulous.”

 ** Story contributed his work as a string arranger on a new studio contemporary Christian single from Elevation Worship, written by songwriter/composer Aaron Robertson. The new song, which was mixed in Nashville, will be released soon. For this project, Story supervised a remote recording session with The Bow Tie Orchestra in Moscow, one of the best symphony orchestras in Russia. The orchestra, which was formed specifically for online remote recordings, was conducted by Vladimir Podgoretsky.

Based in Charlotte, NC, Elevation Worship is the group name given to a series of album releases related to the Elevation Church located in Charlotte, North Carolina. The first Elevation Worship release, “Live Worship,” was released in 2006. In 2016, Elevation

had their greatest success yet, releasing a live album, “Here As In Heaven,” which debuted at the top of the Billboard Christian chart and broke into the Top 20. To date, Elevation Worship has 13 albums available on Apple iTunes.

For the new studio single project, Concentrix’s client was Garrett Davis, Head of Audio Engineering, for Elevation Worship. He said, “Fred took our orchestration and arranged it perfectly to fit in with a real orchestra and helped facilitate the session. He’s a great guy to work with, and he cares a lot about his craft. We love Fred.”

** Story recently did the audio post production and mix for a  new TV pilot entitled “Paint,” which made its debut at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, in the festival’s new “Indie Episodic” category.

“Paint” is a half-hour comedy/drama that follows the adventures and exploits of three young artists living in Brooklyn, as they struggle to make it not only in the art world but in life.

For “Paint,” Concentrix’s client was director Michael Walker. Previously, Story had also done all of the audio post production and mixing for another of Walker’s films, entitled “Cut Shoot Kill.” Walker’s earlier directing credits include “Price Check,” which featured Parker Posey and Amy Schumer, and “Chasing Sleep,” which starred Jeff Daniels. Regarding “Paint,” Walker said, “Concentrix and Fred Story did the post sound work and final mix for my last two projects. Although I was working from New York most of the time, Fred did an excellent job down in North Carolina.  He is great to work with, has a ton of experience, and is very quick and responsive to notes. I was with Fred in N.C. for the final mix of my feature film – his facility is top notch and his work is equal to or better than anyone I could find in New York.”

** Story recently scored, and Concentrix recently provided the audio post production and mix for, a new documentary entitled “A Spark of Nerve.” That film has just become available for streaming on Amazon Prime Video.

“A Spark of Nerve” is the story of a brutally stabbed teenage girl and other desperate patients who find hope with Dr. Susan Mackinnon and her pioneering nerve transfer surgeries. The St. Louis-based Dr. Mackinnon is renowned for restoring movement to limbs that many other doctors believe to be permanently paralyzed.

For this project, Concentrix’s client was the San Francisco-based Fogline Features, and the film’s co-directors Linda and Tim Schaller. Regarding Story’s contributions to “A Spark of Nerve,” Linda Schaller said, “’Serendipity’ on all levels surrounded our amazing experience with Fred Story on this project. We were introduced by a mutual friend via email since we live on opposite coasts. When we sent him a copy of our rough cut to preview, it was Fred’s incredibly intuitive response that made us decide he was the right composer and audio mixer for us – he completely got it. Working by long distance, Fred made us truly comfortable with this process at every stage. We didn’t even meet him in person until the film festival premiere. Our score is outstanding. And so is Fred!”

** Finally, Story has recently composed and produced the original score for an upcoming biographical documentary entitled “Robert Shaw: Man of Many Voices.” The documentary was the recent winner of the “Best Music” Award at the prestigious Breckinridge Film Festival, and also won “Best Documentary Film” at that same event.

Story’s original score, written for a chamber string ensemble, was performed by The Bechtler Ensemble, with Alan Yamamoto serving as conductor. The documentary was mentioned by the New York Times in an article honoring Robert Shaw’s remarkable career:

Story’s client for this project was the program’s executive producer Kiki Wilson, a longtime member of the Atlanta Symphony Chorus, and Directors Pamela Roberts and Peter Miller. Regarding Story’s work on “Man of Many Voices,” Wilson said, “Fred is unbelievably wonderful to work with in general. The way he works, his speed for turning things around, and the quality that he produces is just terrific. Anybody who took on original music for a film like this – a documentary jam-packed with some of the greatest classic pieces of music of the past century – would be facing a daunting task. But Fred did it wonderfully. His music balances so nicely with those classic original recordings, which were very high quality. I would work with him again in a heartbeat – he’s just a delight to work with, and an exceptional human being.”


Fred Story is President/Composer of Concentrix Music and Sound Design, Inc., of Charlotte, NC. Story has been composing for film, television, and advertising since 1990. Since that time, he has scored dozens of independent feature films and documentaries. In addition, his music for television has been heard on major network and cable outlets including PBS, ABC, Discovery, A&E, History Channel, HGTV, Food Network, and more, as well as on numerous regional public TV affiliates across the country. Films scored by Story consistently receive honors at major film festivals.

Having majored in Music Education in college, Story next found himself in a career in broadcasting, and relocated to Charlotte in the early 1980s to work at an album rock radio station. What began as an effort to improve his jazz piano chops turned instead into seven years of private study in composition with the great Ziggy Hurwitz (who’d written, arranged and performed with everyone from Woody Herman to the London Symphony), during which time Story focused on orchestral writing. His broadcast industry connections next led him to numerous scoring opportunities, and his demand as a composer flourished. In 1990, Story left the radio industry and launched Concentrix.

In addition to his most recent projects cited above, Story has also contributed original music to such TV programs as “Red October” for Discovery, “Pope John Paul II – A Light for the Nations” originally for ABC Network, “Food Finds” on Food Network (for which he was the composer for seven seasons,) and for the PBS programs “Margaret Mitchell: American Rebel,” “Thank You Eddie Hart,” “Marching Once More” and “Laugh At Us.” Fred and his wife Becky, an Emmy Award winning lyricist, composed songs and score and managed the music team for 195 episodes of the international children’s show “Raggs”. He also contributed the scores to a number of feature and documentary films, including “A Man Named Pearl” (a film which the New York Times said was “aided by Fred Story’s jazzy score”), as well as the films “Children of all Ages,” “In the Footsteps of Elie Weisel,” “War Bonds: The Songs and Letters of World War II,” “Redneck Roots,” “Among Brothers,” “Fudgie and Jane,” “Liberating Jesse” and “Saying Goodbye.”

Story is the winner of 14 Regional Emmy Awards, as well as four Telly Awards, 18 Addy Awards, a “Best Music” New York Festival Award, a Cine Golden Eagle Award, a “Best Music” Breckenridge Film Festival Award, and dozens of Silver Microphone Awards. He is a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, ASCAP, NATAS, and the Production Music Association.


Founded by Fred Story in Charlotte, NC, in 1990, Concentrix Music and Sound Design, Inc., is a leading, original music production company spearheaded by Story, and owned and managed by Story and his wife Becky.

Regarding the origin of his company’s name, Story says, “Sound moves in concentric circles. But the laws of physics don’t explain how sound can and does elicit emotion. Our specialty at Concentrix Music is to help create emotion through sound. We provide original music and audio production for film, television, radio, advertising, streaming, and multi-media presentations across the United States and beyond.”

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