Coke Zero Presents: The Big Dance in The Big Easy

CBS — Tags: , , , — admin @ 4:14 pm

I recently placed music in the show CBS Sports Spectacular. The episode, Coke Zero Presents: The Big Dance in The Big Easy. I believe it aired 3/31/12.

All 5 tracks are via Banshee/APM and were produced within 2009-11. They play out as follows:

Kings For A Day
“Sudden Death”
“Heart Of The Action (BKG)”

Notes/thoughts: I’m very into the string writing on “Heart” (4:36). That whole project was fun because I had to arrange for string quartet + brass trio. I usually don’t get a chance (in production music) to work with budgets for live players, especially a chamber ensemble like that. Pencil and paper makes me happier and happier nowadays.




There’s No Such Thing as News Music

ABC,Blog,CBS,FOX,NBC,Writing — Tags: , , , — admin @ 10:04 pm

I troll the internet for video spots using CA70 all the time.

I’ve gone through literally thousands of links over the year and ended up with a folder of about 100 promos, mostly news. One of my clients (VideoHelper) has a massive foothold on the promo market and here’s a sizzle reel of 10 spots. They (as a rule) vary wildly in what an on-air producer (or any average Joe) would consider “news music”.

Writing good music is first and foremost. Writing for a specific scenario (setting out to produce “news music”) risks sounding like a cliché and almost always does. Even writing on assignment, my “news music” is (at best) impressionistic.

These are all types, from every major network, and different markets. Want more proof it’s a cliché? Stop the next person you see and ask them what “news music” is. Want your track to be in a news promo? Stuff the title with newsy words.

Note: At 2:00, the track is “Waukeesha Dub”, my remix of Chris Hanson’s track “Wizard of Waukeesha”.


CBS — Tags: — admin @ 12:03 pm

Here’s an episodic (via Viewpoint Creative) for the CBS show NUMB3RS.

Two CA70 appearances (opening sound design and pay-off drums) in here c/o Videohelper: “Stalagmite Prison” and “Wolfpack”. Production note: The source material for opening design = rocks in a clay bonsai pot. Hey, whatever’s lying around.

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