The End Is Near – New Seasonal Production Music: 10/12/12

It’s hard to believe that 2012 is nearing its end.  Not in any Nostradamus-Mystical-Mayan Calendar kind of way, but more in a “why-are-there-Christmas-displays-in-this-store-already???” kind of way.  Halloween and Thanksgiving are just the proverbial warning shots in the air for kissing the year good-bye and having to invest in a new calendar.  But before you break out the tissues, let’s reflect for a moment on how amazing Halloween and Thanksgiving are.  There is nothing better than soaking in day-long Stephen King movie marathons on TV while eating buckets of snack sized candy bars or engaging in ancient Rome-styled gluttony in front of the football game with a massive plate of turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie.  These behaviors are only socially acceptable in their designated seasons so let’s take advantage, shall we?
 
05A097 Modern Minimalism
 
Fall is a season to motivate and recreate oneself.  School is back in session, the air is just a little cleaner and the shorter days inspire more activity during the coveted sunlit hours.  These glorious tracks dance around your speakers like imagination floating around in your mind.  With epic violin melodies, piano ostinato patterns and building emotive layers, Modern Minimalism is the perfect soundtrack for accomplishing everything on your to-do list!  Even climbing Mt.Everest.  Admit it, it’s on there!
 

 

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ZONE031 Horror (Dramazone)
 
I mean…….just take a look at the album cover.  This CD just screams awesome!  In a blood-curdling way, of course.  All 95 bone chilling tracks read like a love letter to the genre blending vintage horror styles, modern slasher themes and frightening terror stings.  Speaking as a person whose horror DVD collection would create endless nightmares and leave deep emotional scars on toddlers, I approve!
 

 

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AB208 Big Folk
 

 
There’s something undeniably warm and comforting about a finger picked acoustic guitar.  It’s on a par with snuggling up on a blanket with a steaming cup of hot apple cider while watching the sun set on a crisp Autumn day.  Or rolling in big crunchy leaf piles upon a landscape painted red, orange and brown.  Oh Fall, how I adore thee!
 

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TTAA011 Dark Secrets
 
These tracks loom large…..like the dark foreboding of a cellar door left slightly ajar.  Sometimes it’s better not to know where that bump in the night came from……muah-haha!!  From the masterminds behind the Trailer Trash music library comes their newest incarnation: Trailer Addiction!  This volume of fear is bound to scare away all of the neighborhood kids from coming to your door on Halloween.  More candy for you, sweet!
 

 

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Wait…..TerriLynn Who??

As the last two blogs have stated, we have had some great new additions here at 5 Alarm.  On paper it would appear as if we have a new team member to announce.  Her name is TerriLynn Massey and she bears an eerie resemblance to TerriLynn Rosa.
 

 
Imposter I say!!  Who is this TerriLynn Massey and what has she done with the TerriLynn Rosa we all know and love?!  Before you start throwing punches or report a kidnapping ala Single White Female, I think it’s important to state that TerriLynn Massey and TerriLynn Rosa are indeed the same gal fondly referred to as TL around these parts. Not only that, but a hearty congratulations are in order! TerriLynn officially left the single life behind and got married on July 28th to a very lucky JD Massey. Congrats TL and JD, may you two grow up to be like these guys one day!
 

Rolling In The Welcome Wagon: Meet Christy Carew!

We are pleased as punch to introduce our new West Coast Music Director and Composer, Christy Carew!
 

 
Christy originally hails from Vancouver, Canada and started her musical journey at the Royal Conservatory Program at age 8.  She continued her studies at Loyola University and earned her masters degree in composition from New York University.  Not too shabby!

 
Her composition talents can be heard on 39 films to date.  She has arranged music for Sex and the City: The Movie and Elegy starring Ben Kingsley and Penelope Cruz, scores music for commercials and has composed music for several music libraries.  Most recently, Christy wrote a tone poem titled Wovoka’s Dream premiered by the Reno Pops Orchestra.

 
Just as impressive as her extensive professional background is her kind and helpful nature.  No music search or custom music request is too daunting for her, just ask! We are excited to have Christy as a new addition to our team!

New Season, New Beginnings

Alas, Labor Day marks the end of the Summer.  No more beach excursions or ice cream truck melodies chiming down your street.  You can see it as an end of sorts, or you can see it as a fresh new beginning.  Let’s face it, September offers a lot of great stuff!  You can watch football of all denominations – college, NFL or even go to your local high school and support your local team.  Fall turns down Mother Nature’s thermostat allowing you to shut off the air conditioning.  We all love lower utility bills!  Plus you can bust out all of those amazing scarves from the closet!  And who doesn’t like apple pie?  I think there’s a law out there somewhere that states you can only bake an apple pie in the months of September through December.  Look it up!
 

 
We here at 5 Alarm Music are also changing.  Our beloved team member Maddie Madsen is pursuing her life-long dream to be a full time composer and producer.  Her ten years of service with us have been filled with many laughs and great memories!  We love you Maddie and wish you much success in your new endeavors!
 

 
Like the changing of the seasons, we are excited about all of the new beginnings around here!  Our very own JD Adams is now our Executive Director / Producer.  His extensive licensing background coupled with his musical education and performance chops (little known fact: JD is an amazing singer!) makes him a perfect fit.
 

 
Sarah Scarlata (hey, that’s me!) is now the East Coast Music Director and along with fulfilling various production duties, 5 Alarm Blogstress prowess and Digital Content responsibilities.  No music search is too daunting for this gal!  You should see my CD collection, it’s as diverse as a United Nations assembly.  I also play a mean train beat!
 

 
We are also anticipating the addition of a new West Coast Music Director.  We guarantee that this new team member is going to be the perfect combination of Winning Personality / Musical Genius / Super Hero.  We will make the announcement next week, stay tuned!
 

 

 
From all of us at 5 Alarm – Have a safe and joyous Labor Day!  Let’s celebrate the new season, shall we?

 

 

 

Made Up Music Makes Pandemonium At The 2012 Olympics

The Olympic Games are never short on excitement and the 2012 London games are no different.  The sweet taste of victory coupled with the agony of defeat are present at every event.  I have never had the honor of meeting a member of the USA Olympic team, but it’s heartwarming to see all of that training pay off.  That’s OUR team, and we’re proud of every one of them!

 

 

Speaking of our team, we couldn’t be prouder of composers Ralph Salmins and Paul Clarvis from the Made Up Music library!  They assembled 1,000 drummers (!) for the aptly titled Pandemonium percussion group that performed in the Olympic opening ceremonies.

 

Paul Clarvis (far left), Ralph Salmins (right side by bass drum) and the Pandemonium percussion group

 

Ralph and Paul worked closely with Danny Boyle, the artistic director for the Opening Ceremonies, and Underworld star Rick Smith to create a rousing percussive soundscape for the Industrial Revolution portion of the show.  Were ear plugs invented during the Industrial Revolution?  Speaking as a fellow drummer, I hope Ralph and Paul protected their hearing among all of those thundering drums!  OK, motherly rant over.
 

 
Not only did they showcase their talents in the Opening Ceremonies, but they are also featured on the Olympic Soundtrack recorded at the famed Abby Road Studios in London.  It is currently topping the iTunes charts.  Not bad, guys!!
 
The powerful percussion duo of Ralph and Paul can be heard on Hollywood blockbusters like The Dark Knight, The Bourne Ultimatum, Harry Potter and Lord Of The Rings.  Check out their Master Percussion series, both are available for licensing:
 
Master Percussion Series Volume 1 – MUM144
 
Master Percussion Series Volume 2 – MUM145
 
From all of us here at 5 Alarm Music – a hearty congratulations to Ralph Salmins and Paul Clarvis for keeping the Olympic spirit alive!

 

 

U-S-A! U-S-A!

It’s time to bust out those Sousa Marches, the 4th of July is here! If Mr.Sousa magically rose from the dead, the first thing I would say to him would be this: “High School marching band almost ruined your music for me, but you’re still awesome!” Somehow being in the audience of a 4th of July parade is far better than wearing a thick wool band uniform while wielding heavy band instruments through the scorching July heat…..
 

 
But I digress! Here are some Americana ditties to get you in the mood for sparking up the good ol’ BBQ and lighting those rocket sized fireworks you bought at that roadside tent in Tennessee. Make sure the wick isn’t shorter than your legs can carry you!
 
05A068_20 Semper Fideles

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AB177_007 Dixie

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CAV045_03 Instrumentalist On Parade

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CTM004_12 Soldier’s Tale

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FCD266_03 When The Saints Go Marching In

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PML1238B_09 Hail Chief 1

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SIS050_47 Stars And Stripes Forever

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ZONE500_26 Standing Tall

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The Magic Behind The Music: Sonic Ozault – 6/29/12

Music is one of the most accessible and wide reaching art forms around. I mean, who doesn’t love listening to music? It molds our culture and our times on both a personal and societal level. There is also an alluring element of mystery about a piece of music. Where did the composer get the inspiration? How was it recorded? What is the instrumentation? You can drive yourself mad if you think too hard about it. These questions are also what keep the doors open at music schools!
 

 
The Sonic Ozault music library has done it again by releasing six powerhouse CDs so far in 2012! There’s a little something for everyone in their latest releases – shredding electric guitar rock, emotive film scores made for the big screen, infectious electronica club anthems and feel good lifestyle themes. Along with their new music are a couple of videos that take you behind the scenes with exciting studio footage! Take a listen:
 
SOZ044-045 Guitar Heroes Vol.4 (Disc 1 and 2)
 
Chris Wright doesn’t mess around. The musicianship displayed on SOZ044-045 Guitar Heroes Vol.4 is in a word….intimidating. With Chris’ mind-bending electric guitar work coupled with muscular grooves and a heavy bottom end, these CDs ROCK! Think of it as a celebration of the fact that ROCK. IS. NOT. DEAD. Check out this YouTube video to see some of the studio magic in action –
 

 
SOZ046-047 Hollywood Hitz Vol.2 (Disc 1 and 2)
 
It’s Summer and movie theaters are now showing off some of the best cinematic moments of the year! SOZ046-047 Hollywood Hitz Vol.2 rises to that challenge by delivering the perfect soundtracks suitable for all of your blockbuster favorites. It will make you laugh, it will make you cry, it will make you want to fly…..that’s all the sweet rhymes I got. Check out some of this footage, yo:
 

 
SOZ048 Dance Party Madness Vol.6
 
Dust off those dancing shoes, it’s Friday night! The club magnetism in SOZ048 Dance Party Madness Vol.6 will infect your groove mood like never before regardless of if you dance like Paula Abdul or Pee Wee Herman. Don’t be shy, give it a try!
 

 

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SOZ049 Lifestyle Vol.4
 
There’s nothing like going outside on a sunny Summer’s day and taking in all of the beauty of nature! SOZ049 Lifestyle Vol.4 invites you to take a deep breath and let all of your worries fade into the great wide open. How sweet it is!
 

 

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The Breakfast Of Champions: New Olympic Production Music – 6/15/12

I don’t know about you, but I love the Olympics. It’s athletes like Michael Phelps and Serena Williams that give the rest of the world the impression that the United States is full of Herculean specimens. U-S-A! U-S-A! That will be my mantra from the comfort of my Barcalounger while feasting on chicken wings and mozzarella sticks. Represent!
 
This week’s new releases spark the pride and yearning for victory that goes along with the Olympic games. T minus 40 days until the opening ceremonies for The Games of the XXX Olympiad in London. May “Old Glory” ride high and central on the Olympic medal podium!
 
CTM004 Cinemasounds Trailer Music 4
 
The trumpet’s blare signals the arrival of the contenders! These tracks are bigger than the credit card bill of those actually in attendance at the Opening Ceremonies. Let the games begin!
 

 

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CAV320-321 Champion Sound Vol. 1 and 2

 
The Olympics are like a big party and the whole world is invited! These soaring rock and pop anthems kick things off right. Time to bust out your best touchdown dance!
 

 

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ZONE516 Athlete

 
It’s been a long road, baby! These emotive and radiant tracks mark the moment when it was all worth it. Dedicated training leads to victory, don’t forget it!
 

 

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STRP037 Champion TV

 
TV moves at the speed of a twelve year old’s attention span. These snappy and exciting cues are great motivators to run back from the kitchen so you won’t miss a moment of action. The popcorn can wait!
 

 

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AMY029 Inspirational Orchestral Triumph

 
Sometimes you can’t help but strike up the symphony to crown your achievements. For all of those moments when you deserve a stadium of admiring fans chanting your name (like finishing the dishes or mowing that last patch of overgrown lawn), these themes of glory are fitting anthems. Go ahead, you are a champion!
 

 

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MML153 Olympic Spirit

 
The race has been won, tears of victory shed. The National Anthem is playing in your honor…. “Stop staring out the window and get back to work!” Oh well, it was sweet while it lasted. These tracks are the perfect soundtrack to all of your slo-mo daydreams of glory.
 

 

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FCD279 Olympic Sport

 
These catchy riffs and bright hooks light up the motivation to take it all! This CD goes out to all of the underdogs who persevered and trudged ahead of the pack to upset the favorite with only hundredths of a second to spare. Is it July 27th yet?
 

 

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MUM156 The Games
 
Passing the torch is a very symbolic gesture. The tradition of excellence is long standing and universal. May the best team win!
 

 

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What Do Hipsters And Air Conditioning Have In Common? New Sunny Tunes – 5/18/12

Ahhhhh…..Spring is in the air. The sun stays around for happy hour and your air conditioner is called back to active duty. Although Memorial Day weekend is still a week away, it’s time to pull out that dusty barbeque out of the storage shed! I thought it only fitting to show off the new releases from the Abaco, Amygdala and Liftmusic libraries which kick off good party vibes. Soak it in!
 
AB211 I ♥ Hipsters
 
What would Summer be without the fun-to-people-watch Hipster kids? They are everywhere in LA – Dodger Stadium, The Hollywood Bowl, Elysian Park and of course the ultimate Hipster Paradise known as The Satellite (aka Spaceland for seasoned LA concert goers). Just look for bearded men and waif-y ladies donning skinny jeans, shades with colorful frames and can of PBR in their hand. I can say this for the breed of Silverlake/Echo Park/Brooklyn residents – they sure do love their Indie Rock. And I too love Indie Rock. Therefore, I ♥ Hipsters. Wait……I think I got that wrong on the SAT too.
 

 

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AMY020 Classic Rock, Southern Twang
 
Keeping with the “Get Rid Of Cable” commercials humor, here’s another nod: When I think of Summer, I think of road trips. When I think of road trips, I think of the open American highway. When I think of the open American highway, I think of rootsy American music. And when I think of rootsy American music, I think of biker bars. Does Summer remind me of Biker Bars? No, but beer sure does. Somehow, all roads lead back to beer. Sit back, crack one open and enjoy the sounds from AMY022 Classic Rock, Southern Twang. And unlike Budweiser now owned by a company in Belgium, enjoy the music that is will always be a true American export!
 

 

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LIFT067 Good Times
 
Good Times. Is there anything better? I’ll go ahead and answer no on your behalf. From all the way across The Pond comes LIFT067 Good Times, a shag-a-delic volume that Austin Powers can boogie down to. Yeah Baby!
 

 
*here’s a live performance of LIFT067_002 Ooh Ja. Ooh, behave!
 

 
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Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed: New Remixed Production Music – 4/27/12

“They just don’t make ’em like they used to!” If I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard an elder say that, I wouldn’t need that Social Security check that my generation probably won’t get anyway. Despite the old tired saying, there is some truth in it. There was a time when music had to actually be performed and not programmed. And if you made a mistake on tape, you had to record it again thus leaving no room for amateurs. Those were the days! This week’s new releases from the Cavendish, Poke and Deneb Records music libraries blend the sounds of yesterday with a fresh new twist. Think of it in the same vein as Dre and Snoop jamming with a hologram of Tupac, minus the whole rapping thing. Respect!
 
CAV317-319 Archive Remixed
 
The Archive Remixed series is a marriage of old Funk and Soul with the modern synthesizer. Unlike Kim Kardashian’s marriage, this one is built to last! These tracks are seething with confidence and all around bad-ass-ery. You may need to pull out your shades to even listen to it, you’ve been warned!
 

 

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POKE011 Vintage & Electro Swing
 
POKE011 Vintage & Electro Swing takes good-time swing straight from Grandma’s gramophone and pumps it through an 808. Prohibition has never been more fun!
 

 

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DNB726 Acid Lounge Experience
 
Get ready to bust out those old bell bottoms and dig up old episodes of The Dating Game! DNB726 Acid Lounge takes you to exciting locales where cocktails have umbrellas and colorful fruits stacked on toothpicks. Goofiness is bound to ensue!
 

 

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