Here’s a quick sound-music-design cue of mine (c/o VideoHelper’s MODULES series) appearing in HBO’s documentary series Vice. It’s in the “European Meltdown” segment of S1E4, “Love And Rockets”. The piece is called “Wirecutter” and can be heard in full here.
Here’s a cool unexpected connection to my work in MONDO VAUDE.
Vince Giordano (musician, arranger, and leader of The Nighthawks Orchestra) appears regularly on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire. He’s also a collaborator with my co-music director/producer for Mondo Vaude, Bob Barta. These spots for Boardwalk (however) feature NOT my work as a jazz composer/vaudeville producer, but as a modern electro-acoustic sound designer. Always expect the unexpected.
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.
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.
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.
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!
This is the trailer (via Viewpoint Creative) for the HBO Films/BBC production of My Zinc Bed (2008). It features 4 tracks of mine produced at Videohelper from 2000-2004 starting at :26. They are:
“The Destroyer Cometh”
Production note: The Chapman Stick at :40 in “Foreboding”.
Here’s the clip from The Sopranos (Ep. 614 “Stage 5″) where we see Christopher Moltisanti’s film Cleaver. The “score” is a track of mine called “The Unholy” via Videohelper (ASCAP) and originally aired on April 15 2007.
Clean and upfront yet flattish spot for HBO Latino featuring “The Bullitt Connection” from Videohelper (ASCAP) © 2001. The track is (just about) 10 years old and sounds it but you live + you learn (hopefully).
That’s an Access Virus B HARDWARE synth and probably the best part of the production; they sound so good and I miss it so. This track = 80′s teenage photos of my producer-dom. Seemed cool at the time to wear plaid blazers + peroxide my hair + wear Army medals.
More old website liquidation. This is a famous track from Videohelper titled “Delinquent” used for many things including recap and promo music for Season 3 of HBO’s Entourage. A fun track to produce because it’s just one take of rock. No edits or tricks.
Another piece from the archives. This is the open for HBO’s Making The Sopranos Season 6. The track is “Birth of a Notion” from POLITIK courtesy of Videohelper Production Music Library (ASCAP).
Working on a new, simpler, single-page CA70 experience. Getting rid of à la carte video links (annoying) in lieu of one updated and evolving videoreel. All music and sound design CA70 (Chris Jones) and I’m pretty sure the movie studios, networks, and production companies involved reserve ALL their rights too. Thanks!