We run through the latest and greatest in sync licensing and music supervision over the past fortnight, including the latest industry news, advice, and deals.
Film and TV
The soundtrack to Baby Driver is a music nerd’s dream – and director Edgar Wright’s (Variety)
On the morning of the movie’s release, Wright took time out from celebrating to talk with Varietyabout the kicks of creating a movie so infused with music that the characters actually talk about songs, on top of peeling out from bank heists to them.
How TV’s best music supervisors picked their Emmy submissions (A.V. Club)
Thomas Golubić, a music supervisor for series like Better Call Saul and Halt And Catch Fire who describes his job as “byzantine,” might be up for an Emmy this year. When nominations are announced on July 13, they will include the debut of a category dedicated to the people who help put songs in shows.
Synch Exclusive Part 1: Nora Felder (midem blog)
In this two part Sync Exclusive series, SynchAudio chats to renowned music supervisor Nora Felder (Stranger Things, Ray Donovan, Californication), and SVP of Television Music at Sony Pictures Entertainment Tony Scudellari.
Sofia Coppola unpacks the defining songs from her soundtracks (Huff Post)
Sofia Coppola movies can be measured in flashy soundtrack choices. Since her 1999 debut, The Virgin Suicides, and through the anachronistic anthems of Marie Antoinette and the hip-hop excess of The Bling Ring, Coppola has become known for the evocative songs accentuating her characters’ sun-kissed reveries.
From Baby Driver to Atomic Blonde, streaming has saved the movie soundtrack (Wired)
Both current and older artists realized that moviegoers who heard their song might be more likely to stream the rest of their body of work. And in 2017, that consideration has evolved to help make soundtracks the most vital and vibrant they’ve been in decades.
Meet the music supervisors who gave Fargo and Legion and Breaking Bad their signature sound (The Frame)
Two people who may have Emmy nominations in their future are Maggie Phillips and Thomas Golubic. She’s the music supervisor for Fargo and Legion. He worked on Breaking Bad and is currently on Better Call Saul. Here The Frame chats to them about their work and what this new Emmy category means to the art of music supervision. (Part 2 here).
Netflix’s Castlevania soundtrack is here and it’s creepy as hell (Inverse)
Castlevania debuted on Netflix last Friday, and the animated series now has a creepy, haunting soundtrack to match its gothic narrative.
GLOW music supervisor Bruce Gilbert on wrestling show’s nostalgic sound (Billboard)
Some of the biggest hits on GLOW — Netflix’s new series about professional female wrestlers — aren’t on the mat. Instead, they’re part of the delicious soundtrack to the series set in 1985.
‘DJing for grown ups’ with the music supervisor for I’m Dying Up Here, Luke Cage (Digital Trends)
Along with I’m Dying Up Here, which Jim Carrey executive produced for Showtime, Hilfer has selected the music for some of Hollywood’s biggest, and most musically driven projects, including Black Swan,Creed,Suicide Squad, and Netflix/Marvel’s Luke Cage, to name a few.
Top TV song last week: ‘Killing Machine’ by Tony Crown (tunefind)
Tony Crown’s “Killing Machine” closed out last week’s episode of Fear the Walking Dead and captured the top spot on Tunefind’s weekly Top TV Music chart. This is a pre-release off his debut solo album, Distant from the Universe, which drops Friday, July 7th.
Horizon Zero Dawn wins award for Best Original Score (PlayStationLifeStyle.net)
Guerrilla Games has announced that Horizon Zero Dawn has won a Jerry Goldsmith award for the best original score in a video game. The ceremony aims to recognize composers for their work on audiovisual media. The game’s list of composers include Joris de Man, Jonathan Williams, Niels van der Leest, and The Flight.
The evolution of music in video gaming: From 8-bit to high end audio (Magnetic Magazine)
From looped soundtracks of monophonic melodies to Trent Reznor, there have been a lot of changes in video game soundtracks.
Video game music systems at GDC 2017: what are composers using? (Gamasutra)
Game composer Winifred Phillips runs through key takeaways from the 2017 Game Developers Conference, including what kind of interactive music systems game audio composers are using.
Nick Cave soundtracks a new PETA ad starring Iggy Pop and his dog (NME)
Nick Cave has contributed his track ‘Breathless’ to a new PETA advert, starring Iggy Pop and his dog. The clip follows an animated, shirtless Iggy Pop, who spends the duration of the ad foiling hunters’ traps and fisherman’s nets, all to the soundtrack of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds‘ ‘Breathless’.
Sync Story: Inside Rosie Doonan’s Knorr placement (Music Week)
Wakefield singer Rosie Doonan has been on the circuit for some years now and has toured with Birdy and Peter Gabriel. But now, thanks to a sync deal with Knorr for this year’s popular Flavour For All campaign, her music is reaching a whole new audience.
UK Top Shazamed Ads: June 27 | July 04 (The Drum)
The Drum’s Shazam chart is based on the number of times each ad has been Shazamed over the past week using the music identification app. Here are the charts from the last couple of weeks.
The most Shazamed ads of the week (US): June 19 – June 25 | June 16 – July 2 (Clio)
Every week, Clios.com, in partnership with Shazam, rounds up the most Shazamed ads of the previous week. These are the top spots from June 19th to July 2nd.
Business and Legal
Big Deal hires Kate Sweetsur as SVP A&R Creative and Joe Maggini as VP, Head of Global Sync (Music Week)
Big Deal Music Publishing has hired London-based Kate Sweetsur as senior vice president A&R creative and Californian-based Joe Maggini as vice president/head of global sync.
Tips and Tricks
CMU@TGE 2017: When music gets synchronised – deal making (CMU)
Who negotiates the sync deals for those songwriters and how do the deals work though? Those were the questions posed to Simon Pursehouse from Sentric Music and Ros Earls from 140db, who managers artists, songwriters and producers, in the second part of the sync session during the CMU Insights Royalties Conference.
London Sync Sessions (Barcelona, 14/09/17 – 15/09/17)
In the true Glastonbury spirit of “taking a year off to let the grass grow”, 2017 see’s the London Sync Sessions move to Barcelona. In collaboration with Future Music Forum, they will be bringing the same pulsing debate and top tier networking to the sunny streets of Spain’s Catalonian capital.
Music Week Sync Awards 2017 (London, 19th October 2017)
Music Week’s Sync Awards will return for the 4th year in 2017, once again celebrating the best sync individuals, teams and placements across a broad range of media over the past 12 months.
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