Interview with Composer Kris Dirksen

 

Meet composer Kris Dirksen who has scored for a few television shows as well as hundreds of film and TV trailers. He answered a few questions with regards to his style of music composition and so on.


 

What inspires you to compose your unique style of music?

We’ve always tried to look outside of film and trailer music for our inspiration. So much of that world is about emulating whatever the popular sound of the day is, it seems like you’re constantly chasing your tail. There are enough Hans Zimmer sound-alikes in the world, that world has never interested me and I’m not that good at it to be honest. We’ve been more informed by the bands and artists we like, which is probably why we sound like a bad Massive Attack/Mogwai cover band.

-You have scored hundreds of trailers. Which few stand out to you and why?

Our material always seems to be a good fit with David Fincher’s movies, those projects always seem to turn out well. One recent memorable project is the ethereal trailer for Jackie that my brother, Nicolas Dirksen, scored. He started off as my assistant and has developed into a great composer with his own sound. I’ve been getting more joy lately out of mentoring and guiding new composers and seeing their work pay off.

– What convinced you that composing was a future career path?

It was something I stumbled upon more than anything, I had no intention of becoming a composer. I went to law school, and ended up starting a music publishing company after graduating, getting various artists’ music into film, TV and video game projects. I started getting opportunities to write spec, custom music for trailers but could never motivate the musicians I worked with to jump on those opportunities, so I taught myself how to write trailer music at night after work on my laptop. After a couple of years of that my music eclipsed that of that the bands I worked with and I started composing full-time with my company Methodic Doubt Music.

– Are there any upcoming projects?

Yes, unfortunately it’s too early in the game to announce them. Check out my last project

Quarry, which just aired on Cinemax/HBO and is on iTunes as of last week.

– How do you approach your work when you're composing for a movie trailer? Movie or TV show?

Trailer music is like a sledge hammer, the focus is almost always on making it bigger, bolder and more brash. TV and movies are more of a delicate, restrained approach where you’re forced to make the music play nicely with dialog and sound. They’re both challenging in their own way.

Thank you to Kris for taking the time to give us some insight into his work!

Warner Chappell Production – New Music Catalogs Press Release

WARNER/CHAPPELL PRODUCTION MUSIC DEBUTS “COLOR TV”
AND “ELBROAR” CATALOGS
Warner/Chappell Production Music is proud to announce the debut of its new Color TV and Elbroar catalogs.  Color TV is comprised of German composer Curt Cress’ nearly 14,000 track collection from Curt Cress Publishing GmbH, and its sister company F.A.M.E. Recordings Publishing GmbH. Color TV and the Elbroar catalog, also from Germany, are available for licensing now.
Color TV is a comprehensive library that brings to life a wide range of TV production styles, with the initial release including nine albums:
  • Panoramic Landscapes
  • Simply Happy
  • Quirky & Eccentric
  • Piano Moods
  • Chase & Surveillance
  • Secret Service
  • Actionism
  • Drama Cuts
  • Crime Scene
Following the initial release, Warner/Chappell Production Music plans to release two new compilations from the catalog every two weeks. Color TV is available for licensing worldwide, excluding Italy and France.
“We are extremely proud to have gained access to the talented works of Curt Cress and to launch Color TV,” says Warner/Chappell Production Music President Randy Wachtler. “Curt’s unique talents have been featured in film and television broadcasts in Germany and we are excited share this catalog internationally.”
Elbroar, hailing from Hamburg, Germany, is a state-of-the-art collection ranging from epic to minimal, jazz to techno and drama to fun.  The catalog serves creatives in the fields of television, film and advertising, with a strong focus on trailers and daytime TV.  The catalog’s first release, “Epic Fairy Tales,” is an album of orchestral arrangements that set the scene for fantastic stories and epic emotions.  Elbroar is available for licensing immediately, worldwide.
About Curt Cress
German composer Curt Cress began his musical career in the 1960s, performing in acts such as Klaus Doldinger’s Passport and Snowball, as well as in Falco and Udo Lindenber’s bands.  His solo projects involved work with local and international artists including Freddie Mercury, Tina Turner, Rick Springfield, SAGA, Meat Loaf and Scorpions, as well as releasing his own solo material. He made a name for himself as a composer for popular German films and hit TV series such as SK KölschHeliCops and The Red Mile, with many of his works now featured as background music in an average of 25 leading German TV programs every year.
About Warner/Chappell Production Music
Warner/Chappell Production Music is a worldwide leader within the production music industry, with over 35 years of experience and success. It unites many of the most successful and respected independent brands in production music, including 615 Music, Non-Stop Music, Gari Music, Groove Addicts, V – The Production Library, and many others. The brands comprising Warner/Chappell Production Music have been the recipients of many industry awards, including multiple Emmys®, Tellys, ADDYs and Promax honors.
Warner/Chappell Production Music is a proud part of Warner Music Group, home to a collection of the best-known labels in the music industry, including Atlantic, Elektra, Fueled By Ramen, Rhino, and Roadrunner, as well as Warner/Chappell Music, one of the world’s leading music publishers, with a catalog of more than one million copyrights worldwide.
For additional information, visit www.warnerchappellpm.com.

A-List Music – Annihilator by composer Steve E. Williams

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Annihilator from music library A-List Music has been released. The artist behind this work was composer Steve E. Williams.

Here is a preview of the Annihilator release :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2JOyYy-zWRE

According to the YouTube description:

This album packs an extreme musical sound design journey into a world created from decimating, pounding, pulsing electronics, heavy swagger rock, orchestral hybrids and ethereal vocals. Annihilate with massive impacts, huge bass stabs, raging build-ups, hard rock guitars, bass and drums, sweeping synth atmospheres, deep pulses, edgy risers and vocal phrases. Warning: Use of these tracks creates unnerving tension, adrenaline-rush and epic suspense!

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The second one is a preview of Annihilator Tools:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5KrxjYwhfo

It’s described as:

Decimating, pounding, pulsing electronics, heavy swagger rock, orchestral hybrids and ethereal vocals. Massive impacts, huge bass stabs, raging build-ups, hard rock guitars, bass and drums, sweeping synth atmospheres, deep pulses, and edgy risers.

A-List Music website:

http://alistmusic.com

Bio:

Steve E. Williams is a television, trailer, film and ad composer, producer and keyboardist. He has written music for the motion picture and television advertising campaigns of Disney/Marvel “Ant-Man”, Warner Bros. “The 33″, CW “Arrow”, “Reign”, ABC “Agents of SHIELD”, “American Crime”, “Nashville”, CBS “Elementary”, “NCIS”, “Criminal Minds” & “Blue Bloods”. Williams’ television credits include “The Game Awards 2016”, “48 Hours”, “A Current Affair”, “CBS Sports Spectacular”, National Geographic Wild, Discovery ID, NBC’s “Life”, “Jeff Probst Show”, MSNBC “Your Business” and extensive contributions to the sound of the BBC, ESPN, CBS, Fox, Warner as well as various documentaries including the CNN special “Voices of Auschwitz” featuring an interview with Steven Spielberg.

Williams’ unique sound can be heard on Billboard Top 100 singles and Top 10 club remixes.  His diverse career includes teaming up with platinum artists and major songwriters as well as receiving five district ADDY and two Communicator Awards for trendy advertising music. His work has helped shape the brand identities of Saab, Mattel, Sears, Levi’s, Nokia/Vertu, Nissan, PF Changs, Chevy, the Dr. Phil Show, and more.

Interview with Gothic Storm

Below is an interview with the owner along with several composers of the music library known as Gothic Storm. They present some background as to the beginnings of their composing with GS as well as other influences etc.

 

First up, owner/composer Dan Graham:

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– How did you first break into the production music industry?

In 2004 my band had split up and I was unemployed. I had to decide between music and a regular job so I just Googled “ways to make money out of music” and saw production music as an option so I decided to record 10 solo piano tracks and send them to any related email address I could find. I sent out emails and demos to maybe 2,000 people in a month and got 3 good jobs from that so I suddenly needed to write 50 piano tracks which was a bit complicated but one thing led to another and I didn’t have to do much self promotion after that.

By 2010 I was earning enough royalties to invest in my own company so started Gothic Storm.

– What has inspired GSM to create your particular style of trailer music albums?

I think that because I started from a more TV-focused area where clients need the albums to be very well categorized I immediately recorded every album with its own genre or style. So it was a case of just deciding the overall theme – emotional, fast, euphoric, adventure and then asking writers to work within that, while writing very elaborate briefs to inspire them.

Doing it this way means that every album has its own style, and hopefully writers are using their imagination and being original instead of just copying other trailer music.

– What’s it like to have an array of talent to have worked on with you in the production process?

It’s great to have a team working on every album – everyone has their own style. I think I’m lucky to have found such amazing writers and it’s always great to hear something as good or better than I could have done.

 

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– What were your most favorite aspects of creating this album?
Working with the massive strings and choirs recorded in Vienna was a cool experience and having the artistic freedom to do a Hybrid Remix with almost no limitations.

– How did you first get involved with Gothic Storm?
Through Chris Haigh. I have been a YouTube supporter of his for a while and he scouted me out to do some Hybrid Remixes for him. Also met Dan through a Skype call that I won through a Charity auction. He also gave me a cue to remix. Was a real honor and a great experience!

Short bio:

Based in Australia, Darius Moldovan (better known as Mythix) specializes in music for film, television, and video game advertising. With fifteen years experience in music production, and performance, from Classical to EDM, Mythix manifests this experience through his compositions with his hard-hitting, aggressive, hybrid orchestral signature sound birthed from his epic music studio.

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-Every Gothic Storm album is special because strings and choir are recorded live, and it really raises the quality a lot! It´s very exciting to see a track come to live once you hold the printed scores in your hands. This album was very special for me because I had the great pleasure to produce the live recordings with the Vienna Session Orchestra. Every musician had a lot of fun and I think you can hear that in the final product!

-Dan asked me some time ago if I want to write a piece for a new label he just created, The Library Of The Human Soul. I ended up doing two tracks for the first album and since then, I enjoyed working with him on many great projects.

BIO:
My name is Christoph Allerstorfer and I´m a composer and audio engineer. I´m making music since I was a child and I played in various bands. I was always a huge film music fan and after I finished studying audio engineering, I built my own studio and started writing music for movies, television and trailers.

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Johnathan Sharp

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– What were your most favorite aspects of creating this album?
As a remixer, having the opportunity to work with such amazing material.

– How did you first get involved with Gothic Storm?
As a result of doing product demos for the Gothic Instruments line.

Bio :
Classically trained musician, though not that you’d notice. He spent way to long making noisy industrial albums before stumbling into library music entirely by accident. More recently he has discovered all that noise making actually fits rather well into making trailer music.

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GABRIEL BROSTEANU:

What were your most favorite aspects of creating this album?

Well, it’s always good to challenge yourself and see how far you can push out of your comfort zone but to me, I guess the most rewarding aspect is working with live musicians, that is having live strings and choirs at your disposal, so to say. Nothing beats writing for real musicians and knowing that they would surely elevate your music to the next step.

– How did you first get involved with Gothic Storm?

At one point I’ve had the wonderful chance to write a couple of tracks for Gothic Storm’s sister label, The Library Of The Human Soul. Next, Dan (Graham) offered me to do one track for Gothic Storm’s Epic Emotional album. It all went upwards from there I guess.

KYLE KNICELEY:

kk-What were your most favorite aspects of creating this album?
-As a remixer I enjoyed working with the great themes and re-envisioning them to create an all new hybrid animal. It’s very inspiring for me personally to be able to morph material and watch it grow into my own vision. It feels more freeing and creative sometimes than starting from scratch. Especially working with such awesome writers it’s been a pleasure to do.

– How did you first get involved with Gothic Storm?

-My first Gothic Storm experience was a doing a rock remix for Gothic Action Rock several years back. It was the first remix and first trailer piece I had ever done. Since then I’ve had the privilege of producing more remixes and providing original pieces for multiple projects.

BIO:
Kyle Kniceley is a Sound Designer and Hybrid Music Producer who’s focus is on the dynamics of emotion, energy and mood. Along with traditional genres and modern techniques his work often fuses elements of the Nature, Orchestra, Rock, Industrial, EDM and Pop in new and unique ways. Creating sounds ranging from ethereal ambient atmospheres to skull crushing hybrid trailer cues.

Hummingbird Productions News

RENOWNED, MULTI-AWARD WINNING

FILM AND SOUND PRODUCTION COMPANY

HUMMINGBIRD PRODUCTIONS

CELEBRATES ITS 40TH ANNIVERSARY

 

 

Nashville, TN, October 24, 2016 — Hummingbird Productions, a renowned, multi-award winning film and sound production company which has built its reputation as one of America’s leading producers of commercials, sound design and original music, has achieved a truly rare accomplishment – it’s 40thAnniversary milestone this month. The company’s celebratory party was held at the company’s headquarters in Nashville on October 20, 2016.

 

Founded by iconic advertising industry ad man and music composer Bob Farnsworth in 1976, the company has established itself as the longest standing music commercial house in Nashville, TN, and the Southern U.S. Hummingbird Productions is the second oldest such company in the nation.

 

Regarding his company’s 40th anniversary, Farnsworth said, “I am ridiculously thrilled and delighted to have been spearheading Hummingbird Productions for four decades! Our team and I have worked with the most wonderful creatives in the world on thousands of national, regional and local campaigns for every conceivable product, service and brand across every media platform. I consider myself blessed to have reached this milestone, both on a professional, as well as a personal, level.”

 

Farnsworth’s encouragement to the artistic world is this: “I think I have made about every mistake there is to make on this journey, from my first commercial, which was so crazy that I literally got thrown out of the agency, to falling off the Conductor’s Podium – flat on my face – in front of the entire Philadelphia orchestra while rehearsing the commission I had composed for them. But… you just have to get up (literally in that case) and keep on going, because someone out there loves you.”

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Seen in accompanying Group Photo, Hummingbird Productions Team Members: Joshua Stark, Michael Carnes, Evan Weaver, Dylan Steppeler, Haley Bussell, Aaron Howard, Bob Farnsworth, Kimberly Kolber, Chris Esposito, Willo Collins, Karen Espenant, and Matt Thompson.

 

Farnsworth is presently working on a book, entitled “40 Years On Music Row.” His book will be a collection of his strange experiences that demonstrate how – much like in sports – “It ain’t how many times you get knocked down. It’s how many times you can get back up.” Concurrently, Farnsworth will soon be launching, on November 1st,”Bobcasts,” a brand new online blog and podcast series which will present “crazy, funny and poignant stories that all relate to the idea of perseverance.” The entries featured within “Bobcasts” will be culled from chapters of his upcoming book.

 

Hummingbird Productions, which, in addition to its history of providing original music and sound design also produces commercials, web content and corporate communications, spearheads these projects by integrating its team of directors, sound designers, and its music group, using the Hummingbird’s FUSIC production process, which integrates the sound and music from the VERY INCEPTION of an idea through to the end.

 

Hummingbird boasts membership in the Clio Hall of Fame for its Budweiser “Frogs” commercial – renowned as one of the Top Ten TV spots of all time – and its many other award winning ads for companies like Coca-Cola, Dodge, Oscar Meyer, Wrigley’s gums, Kellogg’s, Target, and a host of other international, national, regional and local businesses. The Clios are the esteemed international awards for the creative business, founded in 1959 to celebrate high achievement in advertising that pushes boundaries and establishes new precedent. Hummingbird is renowned in the industry as a leader of that charge, winning awards year after year throughout the course of its forty-year history.

Expanding upon his unique business style, Farnsworth adds, “Basically, we take a team approach to every project by bringing together directors, sound designers and composers to work in tandem throughout the production process. Historically, everyone has tended to be compartmentalized. With what we call our FUSICprocess (the fusion of film and music), we bring everyone around the same table, right from the very beginning.”

 

Hummingbird’s goal for future TV and web advertising campaigns is to create true moments of FUSIC: to strive for at least one such moment in every piece of ilm and music work they do. Hummingbird demonstrates their FUSIC process dramatically – and regularly, around the United States – with directors who” think audio” and with composers who” think visuals,” and with content creators who always start a project with the importance of sound at top of mind.

 

RECENT FUSIC PROJECTS:

Among Hummingbird’s recent FUSIC projects are:

 

** Dolby Atmos: Dolby’s promotion of Dolby Atmos is the newest technology of speakers for movie theaters. Hummingbird was chosen to carefully integrate – or “Fuse” – sound with promotional video, directed by Hummingbird’s Garrett Nantz. Dolby took this promotional video all over the world to demonstrate the best audio visual movie theater experience possible. Hummingbird created the con- summate FUSIC piece, blending multi-directional sound and top quality video. Please see:  https://vimeo.com/116592767

 

** “I Am Israel” documentary: Hummingbird has teamed with its award winning director David Kiern to score the entire score for this documentary, which the Knesset plans to air for the 50th anniversary of the Unification of Israel. Hummingbird has scored two other full documentaries with Mr. Kiern, including “Journey to Everest” and “Living Hope.”  See: David Kiern’s Missions reel: https://vimeo.com/105199225 and “Journey to Everest” Trailer: https://vimeo.com/25041130

 

** St. Thomas Hospital system (Clio Award nominee): Hummingbird’s full orchestra score was a major contribution in the BOHAN Agency winning Gold in the Addys, and also being a Clio Award contender for this “Nothing Shall be Impossible” campaign. The remarkable thing about this project was that the visuals were almost entirely still pictures. See: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJTuc50-POE

 

** “Cuba 2016 From the Back of a Van: Before The American Invasion:” This “documentary in progress” was actually filmed while Hummingbird was working on another project in Cuba. The doc presents a visceral reaction to Cuban communism’s detriment to its people. See:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9rswIiMtY5U

 

ABOUT BOB FARNSWORTH:

 

Bob Farnsworth graduated from Furman University in 1974, and was signed as a recording artist with ABC Records that same year. Providence kept him in Nashville, where he has spent the last 40 years building Hummingbird Productions. Farnsworth and Hummingbird have worked with innumerable and diverse artists, from Dolly Parton to Arlo Guthrie, from Ray Charles to Stevie Ray Vaughn; and with venues ranging from the Philadelphia Orchestra to the London Symphony, and organizations ranging from the United Way to the United Nations.

 

Farnsworth performs and lectures across the country about advertising, FUSIC, and the power of sonic branding. At present he has five upcoming FUSIC talks scheduled for presentations in Memphis, Nashville, Madison, WI, and Mississippi. In 2014, he delivered a well-received TedX Talk entitled “Hearing is Believing” in Colorado. And he has also discussed the topic of FUSIC in New Orleans. Pls see:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/cxj380pf7z7fxr3/New%20Orleans%20Speech%20FULL%20AUDIO.mp3?dl=0

 

In 2010, Farnsworth appeared on “The Today Show” as an industry icon. He has also been a speaker at the annual American Ad Federation Conference. He tackles tough issues on advertising, branding and ROI with a sense of joy that is infectious and exciting.

 

ABOUT HUMMINGBIRD PRODUCTIONS:

 

Founded in Nashville, TN, in 1976 by Bob Farnsworth, Hummingbird Productions brands itself as a “One Stop FUSIC Shop.” The company, historically one of the longest standing providers in the United States of original commercial, sound and music for the entertainment and advertising industries, also includes a team of film directors who have committed their future films to incorporating his unique design concept.

 

While Hummingbird is perhaps best known for its iconic Budweiser “Frogs” spot, its music also has been featured in such memorable advertising campaigns as Oscar Meyer’s “My Bologna Has a First Name,” “Always Coca-Cola,” and Wrigley’s “Double Double Your Refreshment.” Hummingbird’s sound designers, lyricists and composers also create original music for feature films/short films/documentaries, TV programs, soundtracks, web videos, radio commercials, video games, and more.

 

In addition to its Clio Hall of Fame Award for Budweiser “Frogs,” Hummingbird is the winner of numerous additional Clio and Lions Awards. The company, an acknowledged leader in the field of audio and sonic branding for the past 40 years, also offers music publishing, music licensing and music search services, all while actively working with artists from around the world.

 

Hummingbird Productions is located at 1521 Graybar, Nashville, TN, 37215. The phone is 615-385-3729and the website is: www.hummingbirdproductions.com

 

Media Contact:

Dan Harary

The Asbury PR Agency

Beverly Hills, CA

310/859-1831

dan@asburypr.com

 

WARNER/CHAPPELL PRODUCTION MUSIC AND PARTNER CATALOGS CAPTURE FIVE WINS ….

Contact: Mark Logsdon
Phone: (615) 327-0100
Email: mark.logsdon@plamedia.com

WARNER/CHAPPELL PRODUCTION MUSIC AND PARTNER CATALOGS CAPTURE FIVE WINS AT THE 2016 MARK AWARDS

(Los Angeles, CA, October 20, 2016) Warner/Chappell Production Music and partner catalogs, 9 Lives Music, Sound-Pol and MidCoast Music, took home five trophies at the 2016 Mark Awards held Tuesday evening at the Production Music Conference. The second annual awards recognized both track and usage categories.

“I’m so proud of our team at Warner/Chappell Production Music and our worldwide partners for the wins at The 2016 Mark Awards,” says Randy Wachtler, President & CEO of Warner/Chappell Production Music. “The talented professionals behind these wins, from composers to producers, musicians and licensing professionals, worked tirelessly to deliver high-quality tracks, and are so deserving of the recognition that they have received.”

A full overview of the awards is included below:

BEST PRODUCTION MUSIC TRACK

Best Non-Categorical Track
A Classical Drama – 9 Lives Music, Warner/Chappell Production Music
Composer: Christopher White

Best Jazz Track
The Long Road that is Short – MidCoast Music, Warner/Chappell Production Music
Composer: Paul Silbergleit

Best Hip Hop Track
Against the World – Warner/Chappell Production Music
Composers: Daniel Delaney & Chris B. Harris

Best Folk Track
Starting to Grow – Sound-Pol
Composer: Pawel Górniak

BEST USE OF PRODUCTION MUSIC

Best Use in Theatrical Film Trailer
Interstellar – Warner/Chappell Production Music (Full Tilt)
Composers: Kaveh Cohen & Michael David Nielsen

About Warner/Chappell Production Music

Warner/Chappell Production Music is a worldwide leader within the production music industry, with over 35 years of experience and success. It unites many of the most successful and respected independent brands in production music, including 615 Music, Non-Stop Music, Gari Music, Groove Addicts, V – The Production Library, and many others. The brands comprising Warner/Chappell Production Music have been the recipients of many industry awards, including multiple Emmys®, Tellys, ADDYs and Promax honors.

Warner/Chappell Production Music is a proud part of Warner Music Group, home to a collection of the best-known labels in the music industry, including Atlantic, Elektra, Fueled By Ramen, Rhino, and Roadrunner, as well as Warner/Chappell Music, one of the world’s leading music publishers, with a catalog of more than one million copyrights worldwide.

For additional information, visit www.warnerchappellpm.com.

About The Mark Awards
The Production Music Association (PMA) was proud to present the second annual Mark Awards, an awards ceremony dedicated to honoring excellence in the production music community. Named in honor of the late Andy Mark, who was a library owner and founding member of the PMA, the “Mark Awards” recognizes the very best in production music in 24 categories. The Production Music Association (PMA) is the leading advocate and voice of the production music community. This non-profit organization has over 670 music publisher members, ranging from major labels to independent boutiques.
For more information, visit www.markawards.pmamusic.com.

Warner Chappell Nominated for Eight Awards

Contact: Mark Logsdon
Phone: (615) 327-0100
Email: mark.logsdon@plamedia.com

WARNER/CHAPPELL PRODUCTION MUSIC AND PARTNER CATALOGS RECEIVE EIGHT TOTAL NOMINATIONS FOR THE MARK AWARDS

unnamed(Los Angeles, CA, October 10, 2016) The nominees were released for the 2016 Mark Awards with Warner/Chappell Production Music and partner catalogs 9 Lives Music and MidCoast Music securing a total of eight nominations. The nominations, for the second annual awards being held on October 18 at the Production Music Conference, are for both track categories and usage categories.

“Congratulations to our entire team at Warner/Chappell Production Music and our worldwide partners on the nominations for The 2016 Mark Awards,” says Randy Wachtler, President & CEO of Warner/Chappell Production Music. “Our talented and passionate team of composers, producers, musicians and licensing professionals work hard to create and deliver the very best for our clients and I’m happy they are recognized with these nominations.”

A full overview of the nominations is below:

BEST PRODUCTION MUSIC TRACK

Best Ambient Track
Zero Degree Sphere – 9 Lives Music, Warner/Chappell Production Music
Composer: Ben Cocks

Best Non-Categorical Track
A Classical Drama – 9 Lives Music, Warner/Chappell Production Music
Composer: Christopher White

Circuit Breaker – 9 Lives Music, Warner/Chappell Production Music
Composer: Ben Cocks

Best Jazz Track
The Long Road that is Short – MidCoast Music, Warner/Chappell Production Music
Composer: Paul Silbergleit

Best Hip Hop Track
Against the World – Warner/Chappell Production Music
Composers: Daniel Delaney & Chris B. Harris

Best Film Trailer Track
Hawx – Warner/Chappell Production Music (Glory Oath + Blood)
Composers: Joshua Daniel Crispin & Robert Leslie Bennett

BEST USE OF PRODUCTION MUSIC

Best Use in Online Digital Advertising
Big Dreams – Warner/Chappell Production Music
Composers: Daniel Delaney & Chris B. Harris

Best Use in Theatrical Film Trailer
Interstellar – Warner/Chappell Production Music (Full Tilt)
Composers: Kaveh Cohen & Michael David Nielsen

About Warner/Chappell Production Music

Warner/Chappell Production Music is a worldwide leader within the production music industry, with over 35 years of experience and success. It unites many of the most successful and respected independent brands in production music, including 615 Music, Non-Stop Music, Gari Music, Groove Addicts, V – The Production Library, and many others. The brands comprising Warner/Chappell Production Music have been the recipients of many industry awards, including multiple Emmys®, Tellys, ADDYs and Promax honors.

Warner/Chappell Production Music is a proud part of Warner Music Group, home to a collection of the best-known labels in the music industry, including Atlantic, Elektra, Fueled By Ramen, Rhino, and Roadrunner, as well as Warner/Chappell Music, one of the world’s leading music publishers, with a catalog of more than one million copyrights worldwide.

For additional information, visit www.warnerchappellpm.com .

About The Mark Awards
The Production Music Association (PMA) is proud to present the second annual Mark Awards, an awards ceremony dedicated to honoring excellence in the production music community. Named in honor of the late Andy Mark, who was a library owner and founding member of the PMA, the “Mark Awards” recognizes the very best in production music in 24 categories. The Production Music Association (PMA) is the leading advocate and voice of the production music community. This non-profit organization has over 670 music publisher members, ranging from major labels to independent boutiques.
For more information, visit www.markawards.pmamusic.com.
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For more information, review copies or to request an interview with the talent or executive team, please contact Mark Logsdon of PLA Media at (615) 327-0100 or mark.logsdon@plamedia.com.

Warner/Chappell Production Music Representative:
Jennifer Stowe, Marketing Manager
Warner/Chappell Production Music
Jennifer.stowe@warnerchappellpm.com
(615) 244-6515

BRAND NEW FAMILY ADVENTURE ALBUM “TALES” RELEASED BY AWARD WINNING CUSTOM MUSIC AND SOUND DESIGN COMPANY THE HIT HOUSE

Los Angeles, CA, August 24, 2016 – Top custom music and sound design company The Hit House has released “Tales,” its latest original album. Tales has been created and produced by composers Scott Lee Miller, William Hunt, Dan Diaz, and Martyn Corbet. Sally House, Executive Producer, The Hit House, made the announcement.

Comprised of 12 pieces of original music, Tales is a new family adventure album from The Hit House, transitioning to a unique new tonal blend and style from where the company’s popular “Epic Funny Bone” series left off.

 

“We’ve crafted these ‘Tales’ for our clients, so they can more easily write their own,” said Sally House. “Everyone has their own dragon to conquer, tame and ride over the horizon. Ours is breathing new fire into a genre that had lost its magic. With Tales, we’ve crafted a fiery new tome in our ‘Epic’ anthology filled with wonder, fascination, charm, a touch of darkness, and a little bit of the ‘potion’ we mixed up at the wet bar.”

 

Adds Jesse Goodwin, The Hit House’s VP of Music Supervision, “Every note and melody featured within Tales has been meticulously curated, scrutinized and crafted, to provide our clients’ stories with the unique arrangements they deserve. Life itself is exciting, unpredictable and beautiful – and that is magnified by the Tales we tell!”

 

Among the track titles from Tales are “Tharos,””Bloodbane,” “Saphira,” “Spyro,”

“Dragotha,” “Mushu,” “Albi” and “Haku.”

According to House, numerous tracks from original music albums produced by The Hit House have been successfully placed within high-profile action, comedy and animated movie trailers, as well as many commercials. Recent placements have included:

“The Jungle Book”

“Beauty and the Beast”

“Suicide Squad”

“Pete’s Dragon”

“Resident Evil: The Final Chapter”

“Bad Moms”

The BFG”

“Ghostbusters”

“The Nice Guys”

“The Conjuring 2”

“The Boss”

“Unchartered 4”

“The Finest Hours”

“Gods of Egypt”

“Grimsby”

“The Peanuts Movie”

“Fantastic Four”

“The Road Chip”

Commercials:

Target, Playstation, Jaguar, Comcast and Lexus

About The Hit House:

A premier, multi-award winning, custom music and sound design company in Los Angeles, recent work from The Hit House has been used in national and global television campaigns for such major brand clients as Netflix, Google, Playstation, Lexus, Jaguar, Jell-O, Porsche, HBO, Honda, Toyota, and The Ritz Carlton, to name some.

In the area of motion picture marketing, music from The Hit House was recently featured within the campaigns for the hit films “The Jungle Book,” “Suicide Squad,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Nice Guys,” “The Angry Birds Movie,” “Ben Hur” and “Ghostbusters.”

In addition, music from The Hit House was recognized in 2016 by the winning of Three “Golden Trailer Awards” for trailers promoting Disney’s “The Jungle Book:” The awards were for “Best Original Score,” on behalf of Client Vibe Creative; and, on behalf of client Create Advertising, “Best Original Score TV Spot” and “Best Animation/Family TV Spot.” The Hit House also conceived and produced the multi-award winning arrangement of the iconic song “The Bare Necessities” that was prominently featured within “The Jungle Book” movie itself.

Other Hit House music has been heard within trailers promoting “Zootopia,” “Elvis & Nixon,” “The Boss,” “Triple 9,” “Gods of Egypt,” “Burnt,” “Dirty Grandpa,” “Where to Invade Next,” “Kung Fu Panda 3,” “Jem and the Holograms,” “Pan,” “Creed,” “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip,” “Minions,” “Million Dollar Arm,” “Anchorman 2,” “Spy,” “Ted 2,” “Pixels,” “Ricki and the Flash,” “Godzilla,” “Big Hero 6,” “Book of Life,” “Frozen,” “Thor: The Dark World” and “Iron Man 3,” and many more.

Hear more at: www.thehithouse.com

 

And please visit the company’s social media sites:

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https://twitter.com/HitHouseMusic

https://www.youtube.com/user/TheHitHouseMusic

https://soundcloud.com/thehithousemusic

https://www.instagram.com/hithousemusic/

 

 

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Hit House Contact: 

Sally House

Executive Producer

310/378-8633

sally@thehithouse.com

 

 

Media Contact: 

Dan Harary

The Asbury PR Agency

Beverly Hills, CA

310/859-1831

dan@asburypr.com

Interview with Dan Weniger

See below for the following interview with composer Dan Weniger.

– What was your purpose in creating the music for this album?

I wanted to create a soundtrack album for the listener, not music written to picture as usual. I find most soundtracks have great moments, then go off into something else, interrupting the mood because, well, they’re not written for the listener of course. ‘Tomorrow We Live Forever’ is a listening experience that keeps going right until the end.

I also feel that feature scores get boring because composers even big composers often don’t have the freedom to experiment, or they just get lazy. In a small way this album is an answer to that. I love writing sci-fi/action/horror, I truly love it. And when I hear something I could have done a better job at, I get inspired to push my own work.

The other reason for this album is to show my current and future clients what I can do. I hope to get more involved with gaming. I love the way people are pushing boundaries, it’s the wild west for experimentation. So we’ll see what the future holds.

– How challenging would you say it is to be able to come up with a fresh and exciting sounds in an increasingly saturated market?

I’m always hearing ways to improve my writing, trying to push myself to get that bigger, fatter, crazier sound. I also think it’s important to work with other people. Bouncing ideas off other great composers is a fantastic way to get inspiration for new ideas and it keeps me on my toes. Yes, the market is saturated, but with a lot of bad or so-so music. Most people are using the same sample libraries and if you don’t do something with those samples and create your own sounds then you end up sounding like everyone else. It’s also having the experience of knowing what sounds good. So I guess the answer for myself is to keep experimenting. Once I made a percussion sample library for myself, from big old machines in an abandoned warehouse. If I find something that makes a great/interesting sound, I record it.

– What was your favorite aspect for this particular album?
I like the mix of live strings and synths. There is so much potential there. It was a lot of fun experimenting and creating sounds for this album. For instance, there was a synth sound I created on a track that cross faded with the violins making the transition almost unnoticeable. I recorded the strings at Capitol Records and when I finally heard that blend with the live strings it was like magic. It’s that dance between live and synthetic that I find very interesting, introducing the two and making them fall in love or hate each other.

Weekend Revolution

What’s up epic music nation? Hope all is well. I just wanted to share some news with regards to a new EP that has been released by “Weekend Revolution.” The composers behind this work were Aram Mandossian and Alex Gabrielian. Mandossian has done some work for Future World Music as well as Ear Parade Music; Gabrielian for his part is from Pistols & Pints.

This album is the product of a two-year endeavor along with talented musicians Avena Savage, Kimera Morrell, and Sabine to co-write and perform.

These five tracks are still orchestral film music but added with pop lyrics to be used in film and trailers.

One of the songs “Save Me” was used in the trailer for the Jungle Book film.

– You can purchase the album here.

Happy listening!