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Launch of Production Music Catalog: Abbey Road Masters

April 19, 2019 | By
Launch of Production Music Catalog: <em>Abbey Road Masters</em>

Universal Production Music and sister company Killer Tracks, two of the leading production music brands, have partnered with Abbey Road Studios to launch a new production music catalog: “Abbey Road Masters.” Abbey Road Masters will create and curate original music, all of which will be recorded, mixed and mastered at the Abbey Road Studios.... »

Killer Tracks Partners with Wax Ltd. – Launch of New Production Music Label Audio Wax

February 15, 2019 | By
Killer Tracks Partners with Wax Ltd. – Launch of New Production Music Label Audio Wax

Killer Tracks, a Universal Publishing Production Music company, has partnered with independent record label Wax Ltd. To launch the new production music label Audio Wax. Multi-platinum-selling producers/songwriters and Wax Ltd. Founders Wally Gagel and Xandy Barry will be leading the Audio Wax label. Audio Wax’s label is being launched with four albums, and will... »

Contenders: Re-recording Mixers, Mike Prestwood Smith, Michael Keller, Mary Poppins Returns

January 4, 2019 | By
Contenders: Re-recording Mixers, Mike Prestwood Smith, Michael Keller, <em>Mary Poppins Returns</em>

For Mary Poppins Returns, one of the biggest challenges was making the spoken word smoothly transition into the musical sequences. Once the sound and music editing teams prepared all the dialogue and production tracks, singing pre-records, ADR, hard effects, ambiances, foley and music tracks, the various audio elements had to be combined in a... »

Contender: Composer Terence Blanchard, BlacKkKlansman

December 11, 2018 | By
Contender: Composer Terence Blanchard, <em>BlacKkKlansman</em>

“The overall thing about Spike’s films is an undertone of we are all the same. We are all human beings. We are all Americans. I’m always trying to write themes that speak to that idea. That is one of the reasons we use orchestra as much as we can,” shared composer Terrance Blanchard who... »

Contender: Brian Tyler, Composer Crazy Rich Asians

December 7, 2018 | By
Contender: Brian Tyler, <em>Composer Crazy Rich Asians</em>

Composer Brian Tyler’s first impression of Crazy Rich Asians was that of a modern romantic comedy set in contemporary Singapore. However, after seeing the footage shot by director Jon Chu, he realized the story felt and looked much bigger. “The film was more of an old school Hollywood romance with social underpinnings and themes... »

Netflix’s Documentary on the Backbone of The Music Industry – Hired Gun

May 7, 2018 | By
Netflix’s Documentary on the Backbone of The Music Industry – Hired Gun

    Kenny Aronoff. Nita Strauss. Rudy Sarzo. Liberty DeVitto. Derek St. Holmes. You’ve heard their music and have seen them perform, but more than likely you’ve heard their names. In Fran Strine’s feature-length documentary, Hired Gun, now on Netflix, studio and touring musicians in pop and rock music are given the rare chance... »

Oscar Nominated Best Song: Diane Warren and Common Stand Up For Something

February 22, 2018 | By
Oscar Nominated Best Song: Diane Warren and Common Stand Up For Something

  Written for the movie Marshall, the genesis of the Diane Warren and Common collaboration, Stand Up for Something, began with two lines that “just popped” into Warren’s head: “It all means nothing, if you don’t stand up for something.” “It’s so simple, but it’s profound, because it’s really the truth,” stated Warren. “If... »

Composer Carter Burwell Illuminates His Process on Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

February 21, 2018 | By
Composer Carter Burwell Illuminates His Process on Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

From the Coen Bros. to Charlie Kaufman and now Martin McDonagh, Carter Burwell is known for his unique sensibility and flawless scores. In the spirit of his generosity of self this busy Awards Season, Below the Line presents an uncut Q & A session with the master Composer and lets the love flow. Below... »

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