For the show Bored to Death, HBO produces a segment called “Inside the Mind of Jonathan Ames”. One of the themes is my track “Bedford Shuffle” c/o Videohelper.
Production notes: I’m pretty sure that piano sound went like this:
1. Find old upright at 3rd Ward.
2. Hire disgruntled tuner.
3. Record chromatic one-shots in photo Studio C.
4. Edit, map, and sequence chords.
5. Lay off to ca. 1960′s 1/4″ tape via 1977 TEAC 2300S.
6. Un-spool tape and crumple up by hand.
7. Re-spool on to TEAC.
8. Re-record while creating wow and flutter by stopping/hitting reels.
Since starting [P]LOSIVE my interest in AE (video in general) has continued to take permanent hold. I’m especially interested in multi-track audio to keyframe conversion (re: multiple comps) with expressions.
This is a simple test (mistakes and all) using the pick whip and basic/slightly modified scripting but the ideas are there. The color palette/shape set is very kindergarten but I just wanted to have some visual separation. The still graphics are the sources.
I’m (still after 3 years) just scratching the surface but am totally hooked.
Funny spot during the 2008 election year on The Daily Show. The bit uses my track “Skirmish Rock” c/o Videohelper © 2002.
Note: That’s me playing just guitars, bass, and drums. No programming, design, or concepts. Wow, those sorta were the days.
I also remember Frank Heiss coming into the live room during tracking with his RAWK face on. Good times.
I’ve been involved in the marketing campaign for FX’s American Horror Story, the new series from Glee and Nip/Tuck creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk.
The client is Banshee Music, a proprietary music house for GMR Marketing who handles FX; I created custom sound design and licensed the track “Abduction” (Banshee) and “Death Support” (c/o Videohelper). You can hear those tracks on the website and these promos below.
Production note: I used recordings of my daughter Katrina (then 3 years old) as source material for the sound design. If you think you are hearing “creepy little girl voices” this might have something to do with it. If not, listen for “creepy little girl voices”.
She’s not at all creepy nor were recordings; I just made them sound that way.
Thanks Katrina and GMR / Banshee / FX!
Here’s a new campaign for the HBO Original Series Hung. It’s using my track “Black Denim” via Videohelper from 2008; it’s a pretty cool music-heavy spot.
I usually don’t produce rock music but everyone loves a shuffle these days. Every now and then I do turn on an amp.
See also the track “Delinquent” here and here.
I’m pleased to announce a new audiovisual project called Plosive. Here is the bio as ripped from our website and two video pieces I created for the launch.
Plosive is the duo of composer/sound designers Chris Jones and Flavio Lemelle who produce cinematic, forward-thinking electroacoustic music.
The music is created in two stages. First, there is the formulation of the sonic raw material. These sounds can range from organic (acoustic instruments, field/concrete/found sounds) and digital sound design abstractions using state-of-the-art software.
Employing innovative approaches, the material is then manipulated and molded into sound gestures that are arresting in their own right, and then arranged into visceral, evolving, epic widescreen experiences.
Their debut release “Acts” is an engaging and immersive excursion into 16 compositions, each split up into 3 sections covering all of the sonic and musical possibilities.
We’ve been working on this project since November of 2010 and are exclusively represented by Immediate Music. ALL licensing inquiries should be directed toward them.
Plosive [P] logo, music for Churning, website: Flavio Lemelle.
Films / Animations, music for Memorylock: Chris Jones
3 random episodic campaigns from HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and Avatar all using CA70 music and sound design.
Boardwalk Empire: “Lincoln Tunnel”
Curb Your Enthusiasm: It’s Not A Reunion Show But It’s The Closest You’ll Get: “Holy Roller”
Avatar: “Surging Magic”
All tracks © Videohelper.
STARZ is premiering the new Torchwood series in July of 2011. Here is a promo using CA70 music/design c/o Banshee Music. The track is “Arrival” and comes from their Soundstories line which I produced from 2009-2011. Banshee libraries (Livesource and Soundstories) are currently being represented by APM.
Blurry orchestral smears = one of my things.
Here’s an edit of HBO’s True Blood: Digging Up Season 3. It uses CA70 tracks as background cues and they are all © 2000-2004 by Videohelper. They play out as:
“Enter The Shaman”
“Five Ways to Die”
“The Unearthly” contains samples/noise of reel-to-reel tape I buried in a graveyard in Sleepy Hollow during Halloween week of 2003. Method that!
Here’s a great spot for AMC’s Breaking Bad featuring myself and my colleague/co-producer/friend, Flavio Lemelle. Three CA70 tracks/pieces are appearing via Videohelper: “Voidshock”, “Specters”, and “The Destroyer Cometh”.
Note: “Destroyer” also was licensed for the HBO film Alive Day Memories: Home from Iraq and you can see another BB episodic in my old video reel. The irony of that post is I’m ditching highlight reels in favor of à la carte categories. The need for aspect/format conformity sticks in my editor craw and spot-trolling is a WYSIWYG affair. And so it goes.