Here’s an old one from 2001 (you can tell because it’s on VHS).
Some of you know, Planet of the Apes is one of my favorite films of all time for every reason you can imagine. Back when Tim Burton’s re-imagination hit theaters, FOX ran a special about it.
A year earlier in 2000 while working at Videohelper, they requested I write some atonal music in the style of the original Jerry Goldsmith score for an upcoming specialty album (Freakshow VH018). I was definitely the guy to do it.
The FOX special is called Rule The Planet and there’s a segment giving the history of the original 1968 version using my track “Man Has No Understanding”. You can hear it all: delayed pizzicatos, cymbal scrapes, alto flutes and all. The fact they deemed it sonically legit is enough of a compliment for me. I’m honored to be even remotely connected.
Aired on 3/12/14, FOX’s American Idol paid homage to Ocean’s 11 (with a few nods to Guy Ritchie) by depicting the 11 finalists in a trailer-esque opening segment called “Idol’s Eleven”. The episode: Songs of the Cinema.
My recent track for Darkfly/Firstcom/Universal, “Catsuit Casino” (DF20) was the featured music. This, to me, is awesome. Thanks Tim Bickford (Firstcom L.A.), my favorite music supervisor EVER.
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”.
Here’s a pretty intense news promo I found using “Shellshock” (c/o Videohelper) from WXMI Fox 17 (Grand Rapids, Michigan).
The polyrhythmic cymbals are slightly lost but I’m glad they responded to their “intended unsettling effect of quiet intensity”. I usually don’t archive local news spots but this one has a moment or two of cinematic drama ipso facto it’s FOX.