Music in Media

Trailer Music Talk / Superheroes, Coming Soon and Never Going Away

by Emily Weber

The depiction of comic book superheroes in cartoons, TV shows, films and video games dates back to I don’t even know when, but I can assure you that the trend is not fading anytime soon. Hollywood’s production schedule of films based on characters from Marvel and DC Comics will continue on a path towards infinity and beyond until they run out of characters, at which point they will continue with sequels and remakes. [cough-bat-man-cough].
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Paper Crane Collective / Pitching Music for Film & TV (Tips from a Gatekeeper)

I’ve had the bits and pieces of this post rattling around in my brain for quite some time now, so when Tsuru alerted the Paper Crane Collective that he may not be able to post today due to an alleged “road trip” for a so-called “fashion show,” I figured now might be the right time to unleash it (in all seriousness though, he and Tsurubride are both rockstars, I’m happy to help).  It was posted on PCC on Friday, and now I’m bringing it to TA.

When I’m not blogging, I spend most of my time in a cubicle where I work in TV music at a studio.  I also music supervise the occasional project on the side when people want me.  A good part of my job is keeping track of the flood of music submissions that come to my boss and I from all over – independent artists, major labels, indie labels, publishers, agents, managers, pitching agencies and the occasional publicist.  Having been in this role for a solid two and half years now, I’ve spoken to a lot of folks on the phone who don’t know that it’s unprofessional to send a handwritten letter with a chicken scratch title written on the CD in sharpie, or have no idea what yousendit is.  Based on my experiences there are a few things I believe every artist should be aware of in order to come off educated, to protect their own music, and give their tunes the best shot of getting licensed.
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TV / Music in Media / I Am Kloot in One Tree Hill

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Ever left a movie wondering what that great song was? Each week Music In Media will spotlight tunes and explore collaborations between music and the Arts.


I’ll be honest, I don’t watch One Tree Hill.  At no point in its seven season (now eight) run have I ever really had a desire. No offense to the fans, but with a revolving cast of beautiful people constantly in intense, dramatic situations, the show kind of seems like a soap opera for teens. The only reason I turned to it today was while skimming the music used in shows that aired this week. As I’ve said before, The CW usually features some hip names, and One Tree Hill—music supervised first by Madonna Wade-Reed and then for the most part, Lindsay Wolfington—was no exception. A few artists caught my eye so I gave it a shot.

Having now seen a full episode of the show I don’t think I was wrong in my snap assessment. From what I can gather, an episode or two ago, a couple (Clay and Quinn) were shot by a jealous ex of Clay’s. The last episode found them tooling around purgatory both able to see each other and their friends as they anxiously hover over their bodies in the hospital, but unseen by anyone else. Clay convinces Quinn to return to the living for the sake of her pregnant sister, and makes Clay promise that he won’t die on her. Episode three of the season, The Space in Between picks up with Quinn (Shantel VanSanten) conscious and Clay (Robert Buckley) on the verge of death while his “ghost” self hangs around the hospital watching everything go down. He meets a fellow “in-betweener” who is in a coma due to a car accident, and together they look over Clay’s lifeless body shortly after he receives another negative prognosis.

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TA Mixtape / Sleep Tight: You’re Naked and Late for Class!

I can't go to sleep after watching this. So effing scary.

After weeks of hype and buildup, “Inception” is finally in theatres. Many people I know rushed to see it this weekend, including myself. And the verdict?  Ultimately, mixed. Too much hype?  Too slow?  Too thick?  Except for the last moment, which I won’t reveal here, but I found bothersome – I thought the film was a marvel. Stylistically cool, amazing editing, action that kept you at the edge of your seat, and frequently baffling writing.  They just kept raising the stakes until I myself felt like I was experiencing everything with the characters. Most of all though, I was impressed by the richness of the world Nolan creates. What would the plane of your subconscious look like?  Who would be in there?  What would they do? He thoroughly and creatively capitalizes on dream experiences we’ve all had to answer those questions and set the rules – having a dream within a dream, waking up from the sensation of falling, etc.

Right before I went into the film, I found myself struggling with the last few songs on this nightmare mixtape.  It was a hard one, especially since a week before even starting it the perfect nightmare song fell into my lap via Strangers in Stereo.  It was “Cola” by Beaty Heart and it fit all my criteria: dreamy, strange and builds into a terrifying climax.  But then I couldn’t find anything to match it.  First off, I had a hard time finding songs about nightmares that sounded the way I wanted.  Tonally I didn’t want to go too electro, or veer into noise rock, or into ambient shoegaze – though I was tempted.  I sought the artists that represented the cross section of all three.  If you know any seriously let me know, because I had an impossible time.

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