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”
“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.
Hello and welcome to CA70′s 101st post!
I’ve been super busy lately re: not able to keep up with backlog. In the spirit of breaking the silence, here’s a spot. It’s the theme for CNBC’s Cuba: Forbidden Fortune and they use my track “Barrio Superstar” via VideoHelper. It originally aired on 3/26/12.
I’m flattered they chose this track because the piece is describing Cuba’s transformation from (the stereotype of) oppressed, Cold War communists to an open, 21st century nation. Whether or not that transformation is good remains to be seen. Also, the word “afro-cuban” is stuffed into the track description. Either way, my own motivation was: make an ultra-modern Latin (sounding) track. This was 2004.
Composition note: I (was trying to achieve this by) super-imposing the orchestration idiom of unison left-hand piano/upright bass (appropriated into a basic montuno rhythm) with sparse sine-gliss doubling and a jungle beat. I also played live drums for a layer.
This album came out on my first wedding anniversary.
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”.
Fight Camp 360 is produced by Showtime/CBS Sports.
Check out some scenes from the (2011) Pacquiao vs. Mosley installment.
Here’s an edit of some select scenes. All the music is CA70 and published by VideoHelper.
2:27-3:00 uses an unknown drone. Cutting it made the edit look bad!
One of these tracks is in this playlist.
Here’s a CA70 track appearing in a McDonald’s commercial.
There is other production on top (I don’t know which house/who), namely the ascending brass from :10-:17 and the McTag. Other than that, the track is called “British Guy” and comes c/o VideoHelper. Here’s another place it’s turned up. That’s me playing fretted electric bass (Fender Jazz) with a pick. Produced ca. 2008-09 while a resident at 3rd Ward.
I haven’t eaten at McDonald’s for over 13 years and I’ll just leave it at that. See if you can recognize the same orchestra hits from (the same sound library as used in) The Streets “Same Old Thing”.
Dubstep DJs: Notice the guitar skanks? Same session as “Midnight Sun“, released 3 years ago this week. Go buy a copy to celebrate!
Here’s a track of mine appearing in the premiere/recap of Showtime’s Dexter (Season 6, Episode 1, “Those Kinds of Things”). Aired October 2011.
The track is called “Dead in the Street” and is via VideoHelper. Never watched the show. But after scouring the web for this episode, I watched some. Pretty twisted premise!
Glad to see that solo piano at the end worked out! Can’t go wrong with that.
Great film by Sebastian Lange for A Design Film Festival 2011.
The whole intro is scored using VideoHelper’s MODULES series, in which, I have 73 titles and was producer on Vol. 1-3. There’s a lot going on sound-wise re: too many tracks to list. You’ll just have to trust me on this one. Excellent film!
Encounters is a short film (or long commercial, you decide) written and directed by Sébastien Spitz for Rémy Martin and Louis XIII Le Jeroboam. This is a serious luxury cognac with only 100 bottles produced. Pricetag: €16,000 / $22,800.
Read all about it here, here, and here.
The opening track is CA70, “Birth Of A Notion” from POLITIK c/o VideoHelper’s ScoreHelper Series. It’s used throughout.
Notes: Some of the best distortion I’ve used (and is all over POLITIK) is heard here, an Ensoniq DP/4+ with a dead battery. This track was also used for Making The Sopranos: Season 6.
These are some films from British photographer/filmmaker Rankin via his HUNGER TV site and his Jitrois Fall/Winter 2011 campaign/collab.
My client (in this case ) is Abaco Music Library and you can explore this release here. I produced these all while a resident at 3rd Ward.
Jitrois #3, 4, 7, 9, 11 = “Ghost Power” and “Warehouse Skirmish”
Take Me to Outer Space = “Supernatural”.
Scented Senses = “Static Jump”.
Loving these! Thanks Rankin and Abaco!
I was happy to find this. Here’s an Act 3 drop of my VideoHelper track “Revenge in D Minor”. I produced this track in 2004 and you can read a blab about it here. It is the Danish film, The Woman Who Dreamed of a Man released in 2010 and directed by Per Fly. Thanks to Upright Music!