Film and TV
The Queen’s Gambit on Netflix: We Reveal the Soundtrack, Score Composer, Piano Music & Cast (Classic FM)
Seven episodes tracking Harmon’s extraordinary early life, based on a 1983 thriller novel by Walter Tevis, features a strings- and piano-heavy soundtrack suitable for the brilliant series’ exploration of loss, genius, addiction – and chess moves.
Ranking Jonny Greenwood’s Film Scores in Order of Greatness (Far Out Magazine)
Jonny Greenwood, the famed English musician and composer, built his imperious reputation as the lead guitarist and keyboardist of Radiohead but, as his musical maturity has expanded, so has his evolvement into the world of cinema.
Cheryl Tiano, Agent for Film, TV and Game Composers, Dies at 59 (Variety)
The agency issued this statement Tuesday night: “It is with deepest sorrow that we mourn the passing of our dear friend and colleague Cheryl Tiano. Cheryl was a beloved member of our GSA family for nearly 30 years… It is impossible to express how deeply we will miss her.”
Jake Bugg is Writing Music for a Movie About Ronaldinho (NME)
He’s written “about an hour-and-a-half” of music for the documentary about the Brazilian footballer. “I’ve been trying to write an uplifting song for the goal he banged in against England,” he said, referring to the free-kick he scored against England in the 2002 World Cup quarter-final.
Future, Trippie Redd, Burna Boy Feature on True To The Game 2 Soundtrack (Variety)
Future, Trippie Redd, Burna Boy and Waka Flocka Flame are among the rappers that lent their talents to songs on the movie’s soundtrack. Wheezy Beatz and Manny Halley serve as executive producers for the project.
What is it That Makes Horror Soundtracks so Scary? (ForgeToday)
Films in this hair-raising genre have various qualities that cause us to quiver in fear. Visuals, narratives and cinematography all play a part, however, the soundtrack is quite possibly the most important part, adding to the intense atmosphere created on screen and enhancing the audiences’ experience.
Frozen II Beats Frozen for Most Weeks Ever at No. 1 on Billboard’s Soundtracks Chart (Billboard)
The album, the companion set to the 2019 film Frozen II, ices out the previous record holder, the soundtrack to 2013’s Frozen, on the same label, with 44 nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1.
Top TV Song Last Week – “Amazing Grace” by The Redemption Harmonizers (Tunefind)
Limited series drama The Good Lord Bird premiered on Showtime on October 4th. The series includes Christian/Gospel music from The Zion Travelers, a theme song by Mahalia Jackson, and last week’s most popular song, by The Redemption Harmonizers.
Pixar’s Soul Will Have Two Soundtracks, One for the Score and Another with All That Jazz (/FILM)
One of the soundtracks will feature the score from composers Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross. The other soundtrack will have all the jazz songs and arrangements written and performed by Jon Batiste.
The Sounds of Season 2 of The Mandalorian (The Ringer)
Slightly less burdened by the overwhelming shadow of John Williams, series composer Ludwig Göransson explains how he’s brought Swedish heavy metal and modern music to the galaxy far, far away.
The Surprising Stories Behind 11 TV Show Theme Songs (Mental Floss)
From The Sopranos’s gritty intro to Sesame Street‘s much sunnier one, here’s how 11 iconic TV theme songs came to be.
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Blends Traditional Viking Sounds with a Modern Gaming Soundtrack (Spin)
Not only does it feature Norwegian folk and metal artist Einar Selvik (who some may know from History Channel’s Vikings), but it also brings together two composers of the series’ past.
Controlling the Score in Video Game Music (ABC)
Where a film tells a story in front of you, a game asks you to step into its world and create one of your own. Where the music of a film is fixed to the same moment in time, the music of a game changes and adapts to your choices. It becomes an entirely different relationship between sound, story, character, and yourself.
Interview: Godfall Composer Talks Elements, Inspirations, and Identity (Pushsquare)
Join us on this adventure as we chat about the inspirations for the sound of the game, what the hell a Swamp Koto is, and how the player influences the sound of the game. Or do they?
Akira Yamaoka: the Silent Hill Composer’s Unlikely Return to Horror (NME)
While the original in-house Team Silent behind the first four games had changed members, Yamaoka was a constant figure so synonymous with the series he was even a producer for the third and fourth entries.
How Grand Theft Auto Became Hip-Hop’s Greatest Gateway Drug (Highsnobriety)
For anyone who has spent time as one of GTA’s engagingly amoral protagonists, hopping into a vehicle and careening through its bustling open-world with the radio blaring is a uniquely engrossing experience. But when it comes to one genre, in particular, GTA’s inspired use of music represents so much more.
Gary Barlow Lands Incredible Argos Christmas TV Sync (Music Week)
Featuring a festive-themed magic performance from children in front of their proud parents, Argos said the ad features a sense of “togetherness, love and support” during what has been a challenging year.
A Candid Discussion on the Art and Science of Sound for Your Brand (Brandingmag)
What do you get when you put a scientist, brand marketer, creative strategist, and research expert together? A scintillating webinar on how to create and make the most of good sonic branding. And it didn’t disappoint.
Pepsi Max Brings the Grime This Christmas in Festive Campaign (Campaignlive)
Pepsi Max has enlisted UK grime and rap artists Kamakaze and TrueMendous for its Christmas campaign, encouraging people to try something new this festive season. Created by Truant, “Christmas refreshed” shows Kamakaze and TrueMendous as they declare: “Traditional is so cliché.”
Inside Joe Biden’s Targeted Music Campaign to Rally the Latino Vote (Billboard)
Latino voters in America are not some one-size-fits-all monolith, and Joe Biden’s presidential campaign is going to lengths to acknowledge the community’s diversity through music in its advertising.
Eminem Licenses “Lose Yourself” for Biden-Harris Campaign Ad (Variety)
Just hours after an ad in which Stevie Wonder calls upon residents of his home state to support the Biden ticket, an ad for the campaign featuring Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” — a song he rarely licenses, let alone for a political causes — was released.
Supporting the Music in Advertising and Sync (Music Biz)
This roundtable conversation focused on how music helps establish an important balance of tone during challenging times, and how sync provides much-needed revenue for artists even when they can’t tour. Plus, an exclusive Q&A with 3x GRAMMY-winning singer/songwriter/producer Ryan Tedder.
Introducing the NFL Music Library, a New Destination for Content Creators (Synchblog)
Hosted on a slick new Synchtank-powered site, the NFL Music Library contains a wide range of easy to license works, from iconic classic NFL films to current contemporary masterpieces and show themes. It’s music created to tell stories, and an invaluable new creative resource for content producers.
Artists Who Don’t Repurpose Their Music Are Leaving Money on the Table (Rolling Stone)
As streaming becomes a superstar’s game, a film and television composer explains how the average musician can build a single song into 20 different revenue streams — or more.
Brand X Music Names Alicia Richards Head of Creative Sync (All Access)
Richards will oversee the sync department and orchestrates placements for an in-house library comprised of 8,000-plus tracks, 115 albums, and 55 original songs by seven artists across four genres—pop, rock, indie, and folk.
Money Moves – Round Hill CEO Josh Gruss Talks Doubling Down on Country and Rock, and the Growing Music Royalties Investment Market (Synchblog)
In our new Money Moves series music consultant Alaister Moughan speaks to the movers and shakers of the music finance industry. Our second interviewee is Round Hill CEO Josh Gruss.
Music Supervisor, EMEA – VICE Media Group (London)
As the music supervisor you’ll handle all music licensing and placement needs from sourcing affordable, creative options to ensuring all necessary rights are secured within budget for all VICE platforms.
Systems & Asset Administrator – Warner Music Group (Los Angeles)
This is a fantastic opportunity to join the innovative and highly sought-after IT team at Warner Chappell Production Music.
Sales/Licensing Rep – DL Music (Los Angeles)
LA based DL Music seeks experienced Sales/Licensing Rep for their extensive background instrumental, song, new artist catalogs & original music creative services.
The Publishing Effect – A 101 Of Music Publishing (November 11 & 12, 10:00am, GMT)
Topics covered will include sync licensing, sub-publishing, with confirmed speakers from Kassner Music, Sentric Music, Mute Song, Universal Music Publishing and an exciting ‘In Conversation’ to round off the two days. It’s set to be our best course yet!
Licensing Music For Film & TV Zoom Workshop (November 12, 2:00pm, ET)
Join The Ella Project, the Guild of Music Supervisors, the New Orleans Jazz Museum, OffBeat Media for their latest virtual workshop on Thursday, November 12th at 2:00 p.m.
GMS Panel: Curtains Up: Music in Competition & Performance Shows. (November 12, 3:30pm PT)
Thursday, November 12, 3:30pm PT – GMS Fall Fundraising Panel: Curtains Up! Music Supervision for Competition and Performance Shows.
Sound + Vision Conference (November 16-20)
The inaugural Sound + Vision is a FREE educational sync conference taking place November 16th – 20th, 2020. Each day, there will be educational panels and creative workshops that break down the many layers of sync in multiple media platforms.
Don’t forget to check out recordings of panels presented by the Guild of Music Supervisors and the Production Music Association on their YouTube channels:
For more global events check out our comprehensive list of music industry conferences.
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