Made Up Music: Nothing Beats The Real Thing!

Since the dawn of mankind, people have gathered and made music.  It binds cultures and enriches everyday life.  The music from an era can say more about the times than chapters in a history book.

There has been no place and time more influential on modern music than Great Britain in the 1960’s.  If it weren’t for the British Invasion bands from the early to mid 60s, our musical landscape would be vastly different today.  Not to mention a lot less rockin’!

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With all of that being said, meet Made Up Music!  This British catalog embodies the long musical history of its founders – Ray Russell (David Bowie, Tina Turner, John Barry), Ralph Salmins (Van Morrison, Elvis Costello, Madonna) and Rik Walton (Queen, Eric Clapton, Pete Townsend).  Usually when someone says “I can play anything,” it’s a little suspect.  In this case, they really can play everything and have contributed to some of the most famous songs in rock n’ roll’s long and illustrious history.  Their dedication to preserving studio techniques while utilizing the tools of the trade that captured sounds of the most classic recordings of all-time shine through on their productions.  The proof is in the pudding with their placements in Mad Men, Trophy Wife, Revenge, Vegas, Hell on Wheels, The Lying Game, Magic City and The Secret Circle.

When you sit down and chat with the jolly chaps from Made Up Music, you hear “the real deal” stories from guys who were there.  Here’s one of my favorites: Ray Russell was on tour as Cat Steven’s guitarist in the late 60s.  Late one night, he was awoken to a man looking into his hotel window by the fire escape.  Once his eyes adjusted to the dark of the room, he notices that the tall lanky creeper waving at him was none other than Jimi Hendrix!  Turns out Jimi locked himself out of his room and was already an acquaintance of Ray’s, so they proceeded to talk the night away over a cup of tea.  That, my friends, is the definition of “being there!”

Ray Russell doing what he does best in the 1960s
Ray Russell doing what he does best in the 1960s

Their latest release, MUM178 The British Invasion, harkens back to their not-so-humble-beginnings in the music industry and features the finest players that were actually a part of the British Invasion.

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Here’s a rundown of some of the artists featured:

Clem Cattini has appeared on 43 number one hit singles.  Forty-Three – writing it out might give that number real weight!  He was a member of British Invasion darlings The Tornados (Telstar!) and performed on some classic tunes and albums we all know and love: You Really Got Me by The Kinks, Hurdy Gurdy Man by Donovan, Lou Reed by Lou Reed, With A Little Help From My Friends by Joe Cocker, Rock And Roll Highway by Jimmy Page and To Whom It May Concern by The Bee Gees among many others.  Here’s a piece of Rock n’ Roll trivia: Clem Cattini was Jimmy Page’s first choice to play drums in Led Zeppelin, but he was too busy at the time to join the band.

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Legendary drummer Clem Cattini with The Tornados

Brett Bennett was a member of The Shadows and has built a solid reputation as an arranger, conductor, producer and composer for TV and film music since the mid-1970s.  Some of his composition credits have been for TV favorites like Dallas, Knotts Landing, Pulaski, The Royal Wedding and Dennis Hopper’s film The American Way.  He has collected many awards for his music including three Ivor Novello awards, a Gold Badge Award from the British Academy of Composers & Songwriters Society and an OBE (Officer of the British Empire) for his services to music which was awarded from The Queen at Buckingham Palace in 2004.

MUM174_01 Here She Comes Again 

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Brian Bennett hard at work composing original score

Dave Richmond was a founding member of Manfred Mann in the 1960s.  He continued to be a staple session player after leaving the group in 1963 with credits that include Elton John, Dusty Springfield, Cliff Richard, Serge Gainsbourg and Olivia Newton-John.

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Dave Richmond with Manfred Mann in 1963
Dave Richmond with Manfred Mann in 1963

Mo Foster is a well-known session player who has played with a long list of legends like Phil Collins, Jeff Beck, Van Morrison, Ringo Starr, Cher, Eric Clapton, Sting and Meatloaf among many others.  He started his career with the jazz-fusion group Affinity in the late 60s and has had a long and illustrious career.  Some of his stories and anecdotes have been collected in his books Seventeen Watts? and British Rock Guitar.

MUM174_02 All Or Nothing

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Mo Foster (far left) with Affinity.
Mo Foster (far left) with Affinity.

Graham Preskett is a multi-instrumentalist who has worked with a who’s who of pop/rock stars: Cher, Paul McCartney, Tom Jones, Jon Bon Jovi, Deep Purple, John Williams and Hans Zimmer.  Some of his film credits include Muppet Treasure Island, Tomorrow Never Dies and The Da Vinci Code.

MUM174_10 If You Were Mine

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Graham Preskett rocking an old school Hohner ad

There are many sides to MUM beyond the British Invasion.  Made Up Music continues the tradition of making music with passion and skill while continuing to push the boundaries with each CD.  Here are some more tracks from this iconic catalog:

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The players today: Ralph Salmins (far left), Ray Russell (2nd on the left), Clem Cattini (seated front), Graham Preskett (middle back), Dave Richmond (2nd on the right) and Rik Walton (far right).

MUM174_01 It’s Showtime

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MUM113_03 The Connection

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MUM172_15 Tracking The Victim

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MUM167_06 A Traveling Man

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MUM_171_03 And How She Moves

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MUM168_03 You And Me

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MUM114_01 Don’t Stray

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MUM121_04 Metropolis

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MUM124_02 Devil’s Curve

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MUM143_11 Lacrymosa

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MUM144_01 Roof Top Chase

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MUM141_01 The Small Hours

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MUM153_01 Bhangra Daybreak

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For these and many more great tracks, visit our search engine HERE!

 

NAB 2014: What Happens In Vegas, Goes On Our Blog!

Our yearly pilgrimage to the NAB Show was yet another success!  We love seeing our long-time friends as well as making new ones.  As they say in Vegas: What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.  That’s no fun!  For those of you who were not able to make it, here’s what we were up to:

NAB 2014 - 5 Alarm Music

                There were a lot of new and exciting developments in 5 Alarm-Land to unveil.  Like our ear-addicting new libraries!

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                Counter Music brings you the best in mainstream and underground EDM, Electronica, Dubstep, House, Trap, Electro, dance and club anthems!  With vocal songs and highly innovative instrumentals written by some of the top DJs in the UK, this library has street cred galore to go along with their infectious beats.

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CTR003_01 Daily Struggle

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Check out Counter Music artist Adam Brown’s (aka MC AD-APT) live performance for Wilkinson on BBC Radio 1 on 4/9/14 HERE.

Scott Lawrence (pictured on right) from Counter Music with the 5 Alarm team
Scott Lawrence (pictured on right) from Counter Music with the 5 Alarm team

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                Lesterbeat Records ain’t your Grandpa’s Jazz!  Each track is bursting at the seams with personality and tongue-in-cheek sense of humor.  Lesterbeat Records may not have invented Jazz, but they sure did make it more fun!

LBR002_01 Swan Lake Remix

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LBR001_04 March Of The Turkeys

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                Library Of The Human Soul taps into human emotions with elegance and grace.  These lush orchestral pieces are perfect for painting any emotion onto the screen.  Each volume focuses on one mood with alternate ambient mixes for each track.  Their first release, Happiness, explores the many faces of the emotion.

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                SonicTremor electrifies your trailer with power and dynamic force!  Any track can go “boom,” but it takes a special kind of track to tell an epic tale.  This library also offers many sound design elements that are perfect for adding essential ramps, hits and risers to your trailer.  Buckle up and get ready to take a ride!

STRM001_001 Caverns

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STRM002_036 Beyond Repair

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                Opensound Vintage takes you back to the good ol’ days by bringing you the best archival recordings from bygone eras.  With full orchestral recordings from the golden days of advertising in the 1950’s to the swooning grooving 1960’s to 1970’s soap string ballads and all the way up to pulsing 1980’s pop, this library captures the mood and styles of each time period.  Those were the days!

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                We’re not done yet!  There are two great new additions to the 5 Alarm Music catalog that are coming soon: Superstore and Song Junkies.  Stay tuned!

  It was great to see everyone in Las Vegas as always, we are already looking forward to seeing you again next year!

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Auld Lang Syne With 2014 In Mind

2013 was a banner year for 5 Alarm Music, but as Bachman-Turner Overdrive once sang “you ain’t seen nothin’ yet!”  Before unveiling what’s to come, let’s revel in our glory a bit.  It was an honor and privilege to add musical collaboration on Justin Timberlake’s Only When I Walk Away off his newest album The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2.  I wish we could take credit for his sweet dance moves, but alas…..the musical nod will definitely suffice!

 

Ron Burgundy likes our Sax.

We’re also big with Lemurs.

Even The Biebs approves!

Now that all of the New Years’ confetti is swept up and the Christmas decorations are put away for another 11 months,  we’re ready to rock the house even harder in 2014!  Here’s a sign of what’s to come:

We are happy to unveil 166 instrumental CDs from Global Graffiti!  This treasure trove of sound features everything from traditional Mariachi to classic Jazz to Hip Hop to hard rock and more.  Check ‘em out!

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GGM001_03 Jesusita En Chihuahua

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GGM054_06 Rainy Day Calypso

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GGM054_08 I Miss You

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GGM055_10 Bug In My Soup

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GGM114_03 Hi-Watt Scrunge

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GGM152_04 Cuz We Can

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Are you ready for some FOOTBALL?!  Even if you failed PE in high school, you can at least appreciate good tunes right?  Click on the football (that oblong brown shape with white stitching for all of you non-sports people!) to hear tracks perfect for the Superbowl or for your all-around listening enjoyment:

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The Winter Olympics is the best thing to ever happen to freezing weather!  How many times have you watched speed skating and thought, “I can do that!”  Lucky for us, we can sit in front of the fire and picture ourselves edging out Apolo Ohno for the Gold Medal while eating potato chips.  Click on the snowboarding dude to hear the perfect tracks for Olympic moments:

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We are also fast approaching our favorite Hallmark holiday, Valentine’s Day!  Will you be mine?  No?  Okay.  Click on the hearts to hear sounds dedicated to those warm and fuzzy (and sometimes awkward) feelings:

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What’s the next best thing to traveling the world?  Blasting some authentic world music and using one’s imagination.  You can almost taste the salt water…..oh wait.  That’s a fresh tear of nostalgia that I’m tasting…..*sniff, sniff*!  Here are some World tracks that are fresh off the boat:

PNBT1036_01 Anse Maloya

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ZONE532_01 Fire Down Below Shanty

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NLM067_01 Maracana

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JUST081_01 Ling Dao

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PNBT1037_03 Sirba For Grandpa

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MUM171_02 And How She Moves

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OSCD055_01 Devadasi

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We hope you had a wonderful holiday season and look forward to scoring all of your finest TV and Movie moments in 2014!

What We Did On Our Summer Vacation: 5 Alarm Music’s New Happenings

This year 5 Alarm Music didn’t to go to Camp Winnetka for our Summer vacation, but decided to put out great music instead.  Priorities!

2013 has been a monumental year for 5 Alarm Music to say the least!  If we were to put out a CD called 5 Alarm Music’s Greatest Hits of 2013, the track listing would go something like this:

1) Collaboration with Justin Timberlake on his track Only When I Walk Away

2) Four songs placed in the series finale of Breaking Bad

3) Music placements in over 100 television shows in 2013

4) National commercials for AT&T, Pepsi, Kraft, Coke, Walmart, Coors, Volkswagen, Victoria’s Secret, Taco Bell and Travelocity

5) Released 11 new CDs on our 5 Alarm Music, 1 Versatile Underscore and Cinemasounds labels

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6) Music placement in The Big Wedding starring Robert De Niro and Diane Keaton

7) Music placement in 42 starring Chadwick Boseman and Harrison Ford

8) Music placement in The Lone Ranger starring Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer

9) Music placement in the movie trailer for World War Z starring Brad Pitt and Mireille Enos

10) Music placement in the move trailer for The Wolverine starring Hugh Jackman and Will Yun Lee

11) Music placement in the move trailer for Dallas Buyers Club starring Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Garner

What a year…….and it’s not over yet!  Just last month we got placements in 31 TV shows, 6 major motion pictures, 1 movie trailer and 3 national commercials.  We have a feeling there will be more to come before the ball drops in Times Square!  Take a listen:

As heard in BetrayalAB226_005 Looking For Love

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As heard in Super Fun Night05A055a_08 Minihunie Hut

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As heard in TwistedPRCD117_05 Blue Jeans Boogie

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As heard in The BridgeRR293_01 Sergio Caro – The Galvezs & The Contreras

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As heard in Brooklyn Nine-NineFCD211_10 Man On A Mission

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As heard in Back In The Game05A100_07 Doin It Right

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5 Alarm Music wishes you and yours a very happy (and musical) holiday season!

White Listing: How To Eliminate Ads On Your YouTube Content

Like mosquitoes buzzing around your ears on a humid Summer evening, ads on YouTube can be annoying.  Either they show up before the video starts or they pop up right when your audience is about to get to the good part!  If the ads are really long, some people might give up and move onto someone else’s content.  How can you rid yourself of this advertising nuisance?  If you post a video, own the content and have a music license for the soundtracks, here are the two magic words to your advertising salvation: white listing.  White listing is accomplished by supplying the URL link for your YouTube video to the music company that granted the music license.  If a music license was purchased for the use, companies like 5 Alarm Music can white list your video to prevent pop-up ads from appearing on your work.  Simple, right?

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In order to put this concept into perspective, one must rewind time and reflect on how things used to be.  It’s hard to imagine life before all of the gadgetry and technology we use (and take for granted) all day long.  As I type, I wonder what my working life would be like if all I had in front of me was a typewriter.  No delete button?  Are you kidding?!  Desks across the world would be littered with correction tape and general frustration.  No cell phones?  I don’t miss having to dig for dimes (later quarters) once you actually tracked down a pay phone which always happened to be located on the loudest intersections in town.  Good riddance!

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One of the biggest game-changers in recent history has been the dawn of YouTube.  Way back before 2005, or Before YouTube (B.Y.T.), video sharing meant either being one of the fortunate few whose production got picked up by a huge TV network or gathering around your DVD player/VCR/film strip projector with your friends and family to show off your work.  Want to check out your favorite music video any old time you want to?  Looks like you were out of luck B.Y.T.  Even sitting in front of MTV wouldn’t have done you much good back in ’05 since Reality TV had already taken over.  It was a bleak time indeed!

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Fast forward to 2013: You have spent hours of your life watching anything from Gangnam Style to a poor dog getting teased about bacon and other goodies.  With over 1 billion unique users every month, YouTube is a cultural phenomenon that has changed everything.  According to YouTube’s own statistics, six billion hours of video is viewed in any given month – that’s almost an hour for every human being on earth!  70% of YouTube traffic is from outside of the US.  Now the whole world can get in on the same jokes!

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Anytime a new and insanely popular public interface like YouTube comes along, there are bound to be new issues that come along with it.  Most of the sharing on YouTube features content that is owned by someone other than the person who posted it.  Exposure is key for breaking new artists (Justin Bieber anyone?) but the copyright holder ultimately has the right to remove content due to infringement laws.  How many times have you searched for something wicked awesome only to see the dreaded crooked smile icon?  *Fist shake!

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The happy medium that most copyright owners have arrived at is what is known as YouTube Monetization.  In simple terms: if an outside party features material that they do not own on a YouTube video, the copyright owner can sell advertising on the video.  That’s why there are usually advertisements at the beginning of a YouTube video or pop-ups that appear during the video toward the play bar.  Companies like AdRev or AdShare give copyright owners the option of monetizing videos from outside parties posted on social media interfaces with Google and YouTube being the two biggies.

This is all well and good, but there are a few instances where this business model can get a little sticky.  The biggest snag has been with advertising agencies uploading their commercials to YouTube.  It is possible for competitors to post rival ads on a commercial, essentially an advertising agency’s biggest nightmare!  How can that be?  Remember all of the fine print you clicked OK on when you set up your YouTube page?  Monetization for copyright owners was probably stated in paragraph #1,231.  Even though the agency technically owns the content and legally licensed music for internet use, they do not own the actual copyright for the piece of music which leaves the door open for monetization.

With a changing marketplace and evolving technology, it seems everyone is writing the rules as we go along.  In business as in life, only one thing is for certain: change is the only constant you can count on!  Happy YouTubing, everyone!

The Story Of Our Lives: New Releases – 5/31/13

How many times have you heard a song and thought, “This song is a page out of my diary.”  It’s as if the songwriter sneaked into your brain while you were sleeping and borrowed a few storylines for lyrical fodder.  Great songs often act as a mirror to our personal stories and have the same properties as an ear marked photograph to bring us back to a time in our lives.  Along with melodies and harmonies, music’s storytelling powers are infinite!  This week’s new releases celebrate the emotive properties of marrying prose to music.

MR154 Rock & Soul

The soul singers from the 60’s and 70’s added an exclamation point to the proclamations of personal freedom and independence from the era.  Plus the music had a way of taking hold of your soul, the genre is aptly named!  MR154 Rock & Soul captures the finest moods of Rock, Soul and R&B from the early pioneers as well as the modern artists carrying the torch today.  Oh, the sweet sounds of soul!

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PRCD217 Popstep

Dancing at the club is a great way to let all your cares melt away with every passing beat.  There’s something oddly cathartic about cutting a rug, like the groove sucks out any negative emotions and replaces them with an energetic hypnosis.  PRCD217 Popstep is full of booty shaking good times with vocals that will lift you higher!

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MUM168 Classic Crooner Love Songs

Sometimes a formal dress code is in order.  Vocal Jazz has an undeniable way of painting the room with sophistication!  MUM168 Classic Crooner Love Songs keep it classy with 17 songs that borrow from legends of the Golden Era as well as blending modern jazz elements.  Cocktail hour is in full swing!

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MYR005 Boolfight – Ferral

Ferral, the second Montmorency Records release from the Paris based Indie Rock band Boolfight, picks up where they left off from their last release Multiple Devils with more ear catching hooks and hypnotic moody songs.  This CD takes it a step further by expanding their musical landscape into the ambient ethereal realm.  This is the type of album that is best to listen to on headphones with your eyes closed.  Some of the best journeys are those that happen in our own minds with the perfect soundtrack playing along.

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For these releases and many many more, visit our online search engine at search.5alarmmusic.com!

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Noteworthy Placements 5/3/13

It’s safe to say that all of us at 5 Alarm Music are big fans of TV shows and movies of all genres.  It’s always a thrill to get placements in our favorite shows and movies, that’s one thing that will never get old!
 
Here are some of our latest music placements:

 

The Purge (Trailer)

 

 
This uplifting tale of an annual day of completely legal murderous mayhem features a custom arrangement of America The Beautiful from our very own Christy Carew in the trailer (starting at 1:47).  So when you have nightmares scored with her haunting choral masterpiece tonight, you can give her a call and thank her personally!
 

The Iceman

 

 
As the old saying goes, “Fact is stranger than fiction.”  Iceman starring Michael Shannon and Winona Ryder is a chilling story based on the notorious contract killer/family man Richard Kuklinski and illustrates how people can hide in plain sight.  Tracks from 5 Alarm Music, Atlantic 7 and Source In Sync music libraries help paint the picture of suspense and drama.

 

42

 


 
The great American pastime has had some hiccups when it comes to racial equality.  Jackie Robinson made large advances toward equality when he signed on with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1946 becoming the first African American professional baseball player.  42 starring Chadwick Boseman and Harrison Ford is a biography of his courage and bravery.  Listen for a classic period jazz piece from The Cavendish Music Library!
 

Mad Men

 


 
We are already discovering what kind of trouble the iconic Don Draper can get into all over again in season 6, but somehow it’s always scandalous and unexpected.   Tune in this Sunday for more tantalizing storytelling and enjoy hearing tracks from the Cavendish Music Library and Deneb Records.  And don’t forget to pour yourself an Old Fashioned to mark the occasion!

 

The Office

 


 
Somehow The Office is an eerily accurate depiction of the 9-5 universe at large without being a cliche.  It’s best not to drink beverages while watching this show because they are bound to be sprayed out all over your TV from bursts of uncontrollable laughter after a dry Dwight one-liner or witnessing Steve Carell’s brand of physical comedy.  We got a recent placement from our very own 5 Alarm Music library, we are sad to see this show end its hilarious run on May 16th.  Dunder Mifflin 4eva!

 

The Following

 

 

Kevin Bacon is an FBI agent on the hunt for the elusive serial killer Joe Carroll who has formed an underground cult of fanatical killers.  This show opens the cellar door and draws you in with the same curiosity that killed the cat.  Our most recent placement features achingly beautiful Classical Music from the AVC Music Library.
 

The Good Wife

 

 
Alicia Florrick, played by Julianna Margulies, proves that you can bounce back from a colossal public scandal and regain your mojo if you put your mind to it.  The title of this show is deceptive and features deeply intelligent commentary on politics and law.  Our latest placement from the Source In Sync music library can keep up with the conversation!
 
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Get Me To The NAB! New Releases And Happenings – 4/2/13

Spring is a fresh and fragrant time of year when our clocks spring forward an hour, flowers are in full bloom and we pack our bags for Vegas, Baby.  Yes, The NAB Convention (National Association of Broadcasters) is upon us and we’re gearing up!
 

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Per usual, our booth (# SL9027) offers many reasons to divert your foot traffic in our direction.  Here are the top 5 reasons to stop by and say hello:
 
5)  We are friendly and helpful people!  How many times have you been at a convention, gone up to a booth and are met with awkward silence from the people running it??  It makes no sense, but it always happens.  Our booth is an oasis of conversation, helpful information and all-around good vibes!
 

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4)  The Swag Wheel.  Yep, you heard that right.  Picture The Price Is Right crossed with a roulette wheel with the biggest difference being that every square is a winner.  Best odds in Vegas!  Merely handing out swag is So. Last. Year.

 

3)  We Harness New And Exciting Technology.   The dawn of quicker user-friendly technology has made licensing music a breeze.  Our search engine aggregator Soundminer is now compatible with the iPad and iPhone!  Now you can find a soundtrack for your ride on the subway straight from your iPhone.  Hablas Espanol?  We are also introducing our search engine with Spanish metadata.  Our music is also available on Source Audio and Pro Tunes which have additional added features to make navigating our libraries easier than ever before!

 
2)  We are proud to unveil our collaboration with Stock Footage.com They capture Mother Nature, architecture and the modern human experience in stunningly beautiful 4K ultra HD video quality from all around the world.  We will be showcasing their breathtaking footage set to our vast emotional soundscapes.  In honor of our upcoming voyage to Nevada, here is their homage to that state with our music setting the stage:
 

 
And without further ado!  Drum roll please….

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……..the number one reason to visit our booth……..
 

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1)  OUR MUSIC!!  Yes, our music.  Our catalog is always evolving and growing with every passing week.  With over 200,000 tracks available online, how can you go wrong?
 
Speaking of music!  Here are some of our latest and greatest new releases:
 

SQ057 Grinding Gears

 
This bad to the bone collection of raw blues, garage rock and Southern styled bad-assery hits you to the core!  SQ057 Grinding Gears features compositions from Nashville guitar-slinger Kenny Greenberg whose credits include Kenny Chesney, Toby Keith, Brooks & Dunn, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Bob Seger and Etta James among many others.  Kenny is also the recipient of the 2012 Academy of Country Music’s highly coveted Guitarist Of The Year Award.  So buckle up buttercup, you’re in for a wild ride!
 

 

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PNBT1032 Blaxploitation

 
The 1970’s was a cool era for bell bottoms, crime dramas, political liberation and all-around funkiness!  PNBT1032 Blaxploitation embraces the funky feelings of the period with no apologies.  These sounds of the city remind us that the jive-talkers and pusher men don’t stand a chance against the unwritten laws of the street.
 

 

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TA003 Spaghetti Western

 
Navigate the wild west Italian style!  Our favorite fun pranksters at FlipperMusic have a new library aptly named That’s Amore.  Picture this: New York, New York.  You’re 8 years old at a family gathering filled with people who look like they belong in The Godfather but are laughing, I mean bellowing, and eating all kinds of tasty Italian foods.  Escarole, lasagna, marinated mushrooms, salami, chianti and a nice sfogliatelle or cannoli for desert are the center of the festivities.  Oh no, the dreaded Aunt Regina cheek pinching commences to the tune of, “You’re getting so much older but you’re still my little tesoro, ah?”  Being Italian is kind of awesome, and That’s Amore taps into the culture with their usual charm.  TA003 Spaghetti Western celebrates the playful side of the film genre with lone flutes, epic trumpets, chimes, and panoramic rides into the sunset.  Giddy up!
 

 

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FCD294 Hollywood Trailers 3

 
It’s almost time for our favorite family friendly blockbusters to hit the theaters!  My favorite part?  The exuberant and playful film scores.  The soundtracks alone take you on an adventure!  FCD294 Hollywood Trailers 3 acts as a magic carpet ride through a magical land of fairy tales.
 

 

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ZONE523 Architecture And Design

 
The ingenuity and inventiveness of architects and designers is all around us.  Just look up!  ZONE523 Architecture and Design captures the elegance and excitement of modern structures with a languid flare.  Breathe it in……ahhhh.
 

 

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We look forward to meeting you at booth # SL9027!  And remember to wear comfortable shoes, you can thank me later.

Reelect Doug Wood For ASCAP Board Of Directors: Preserving Composers’ Rights

Composer and producer Doug Wood has been a champion in preserving the integrity and the value of music throughout his career. His service on the ASCAP Board Of Directors for the past 14 years has been a fruitful mission in utilizing technology to improve payments to members and ensure fairness in policies.
 
Doug Wood
 
Doug has earned the respect of composers, songwriters, publishers and fellow board members for his dedication and integrity as well as for his understanding of ASCAP and grasp of the issues facing the music community today.
 
The next two years will be critical as music rights in the digital domain continue to come under assault and ASCAP evaluates new technologies and platforms in the aim of improving performance tracking and monitoring. It is absolutely essential that Doug’s voice continue to be heard during these volatile times.
 
Join us and the PMA (Production Music Association) in supporting Doug’s bid for reelection.  He’s ready to continue the fight for the rights of all members and preserve the value of their music.
 
For more information, please visit Doug’s website at www.DougWoodforASCAP.com.

 

Music And Movies = The Fonz And His Leather Jacket: 5 Alarm Music In The 85th Annual Academy Awards

When you live in Los Angeles, you always know The Oscars are upon us when Hollywood Boulevard loses a lane at a time until it is ultimately closed off.  Isn’t it ironic in a town that logistically requires every resident to own a car will also close off roadways as often as Taylor Swift writes a song about an ex-boyfriend?  This place is nuts, I swear.
 
Any film buff will tell you that movies and music go together like peas and carrots.  I’ll go as far as to say it’s more akin to The Fonz and his black leather jacket – one cannot exist without the other!  We are proud to announce our musical contribution to films nominated in the 85th Annual Academy Awards:

 

Zero Dark Thirty

 

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This theatrical powerhouse directed by Kathryn Bigelow struck a chord in illustrating our political landscape much like her last Best Picture winning effort The Hurt Locker did.  With nominations for Best Picture, Best Actress in a Leading Role (Jessica Chastain), Best Original Screenplay – Writing, Film Editing and Sound Editing, she is solidifying her reputation as one of the most influential directors of all time.  Justement Ethnic’s traditional Pakistani track Joyously Raise The Shout of Haider can be heard in the film.
 
JE066_044 Joyously Raise The Shout of Haider, “oh ali”
 

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Wreck-It Ralph

 

 

 

You gotta hand it to Disney, they sure know how to make a delightfully fun animated film!  Wreck-It Ralph keeps with the Disney tradition in telling this lovable villain-turned-hero tale with their signature colorful flair.  It’s no surprise that their latest effort is nominated for Best Animated Feature.  Boosey & Hawkes Classical Music Library’s version of Tchaikovsky’s Russian Dance from The Nutcracker Suite was used in the trailer.  A true holiday classic!

 
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Frankenweenie

 

 

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Goth-King mastermind Tim Burton is at it again with a playfully dark animated tale of a boy who brings his dead dog Sparky back to life Frankenstein-style.  It’s Aliiiiiiive!!  Who knew a story of experimenting on a dead dog could be so heartwarming?  This Best Animated Feature Film nominee features the JW Media Music Library’s vintage horror track Dark Traffic in its trailer.
 
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Congratulations to all of the nominees!  We know first hand the thrill and ultimately the hard work it takes to make your creative vision come alive.  Thank you for making the world a much more entertaining place!