I am impossibly proud of the work our kickass studio crew did in my recent absence… upon my return I simply had to weigh in on some details, lingering overdub bits, that final burnish. Oh, and a final vocal with Mike that I’m pretty stoked about (tracking this Monday).
Kyle, Matt, Mike, Tony… great job, boys. So much good music, I can’t wait to get this new series on the site.
TLL Scenes From The Studio #10
“To the artist there is never anything ugly in nature.” — Auguste Rodin
Our latest catalog of production music for visuals, Eyeballs + Eardrums, is full of emotive and eclectic homebrewed aural kickstarters. Sonic vibes for the theater in your mind, handcrafted with care right in our laboratories… we’re planning on releasing the first few volumes later this spring.
For more info and licensing, click here.
This was really fun to do- I’m really happy with how the song turned out (this is a shortened edit of it) and I learned a lot of things, shooting-wise, that I’ll do better next time.
Plus, I got to run around in the woods with friends, so, win.
My team of creative peoples is good… and it makes me happy that they’re good people, too.
This is a new movie trailer music thing I’m working on, kinda behind the scenes yet and definitely early days… it’s coming in full later this year to my music licensing company The License Lab but I figured maybe some of my fellow music biz peeps here on tumblr might want an early look and a preview listen.
So check it out and if you want to stay up to date with the launch specifics, click ye olde LIKE button and help a tumblrmate get over that all important threshold of 30 so we can grab a permanent facebook url and ramp up to this spring’s official release. Yay social marketing.
We’ve assembled the favorite musical bits from 2012 as curated by our team of creative cohorts here at The License Lab, and listed a whole bunch of them for you (in no particular order, but with a ton of links so as to enable y’all to click through and find out more):
- Regina Spektor — What We Saw From the Cheap Seats
- Imogen Heap — You Know Where To Find Me
- Beach House — Bloom
- The Tallest Man On Earth — There’s No Leaving Now
- Frank Ocean — channel ORANGE
- The xx — Coexist
- Best Coast — The Only Place
- Hammock — Departure Songs
- Hans Zimmer — The Dark Knight Rises soundtrack
- Stars — The North
- “Miracle” by Ghost Beach
- Meiko — The Bright Side
- Hot Chip — In Our Heads
- Sigur Ros — Valtari
- Daniel and the Lion — Death Head (Side A)
- “Look Out Mama” by Hurray For the Riff Raff
- “Harlem Shake” and “Yaow!” by Baauer
- John Mayer — Born and Raised
- Efterklang — piramida
- Ab-Soul — Control System
- Leonard Cohen — Old Ideas
- Santigold — Master Of My Make-Believe
- The Babies — Our House on the Hill
- Japandroids — Celebration Rock
- Daughter — The Wild Youth EP
- Arrange — New Memory
- “Echo” by Jethro Fox
- Lord Huron — Lonesome Dreams
- Capital Cities — eponymous EP
- TNGHT — eponymous
- Gotye — Making Mirrors
- Air — Le Voyage Dans La Lune
- Diplo — Express Yourself
- Burial — Kindred
- Keane — Strangeland
- The Lumineers — eponymous
- Spiritualized — Sweet Heart Sweet Light
- Carly Rae Jepsen — Kiss
- Shiny Toy Guns — III
- Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros — Here
- John K. Samson — Provincial
- Andrew Bird — Break It Yourself
- Mychael Danna — Life of Pi soundtrack
- Active Child — You Are All I See
- Perfume Genius — Put Your Back N 2 It
- Field Report — eponymous
- AlunaGeorge — You Know You Like It
- Chad Valley — Young Hunger
- Twin Shadow — Five Seconds
- Michael Kiwanuka — Home Again
As you can tell, among the couple of dozen writers and staff at The Lab we like a lot of different things… if you enjoy similar diverse tastes in music, there’s a good chance you’ll like what we’re building with our catalogs of production music specifically built and curated for commercial licensing. We’ve received your emails and requests for non-commercial downloads, and we’re hoping to release some of our albums publicly in 2013, but precisely when, where, and how remains to be seen. Stay up to date with all the latest by following us on tumblr, on twitter, or liking our facebook page. We’ll be sure to make any announcements at those channels as soon as we know more.
Have any favorites of your own that we absolutely must hear? Please send along your recommendations in an email or a tumblr reply or a tweet… we’d love to find out what you dug listening to this year.
So much good new music, what a time to be in the music business. We’re excited for what 2013 may hold. Happy New Year, everybody… and thanks for helping make 2012 a special one.
Scenes From The Studio #8
“Look, Charlie, let’s face it. We all know that Christmas is a big commercial racket.” — Lucy
A holiday greeting from our studios, featuring “On This Snowy Eve” from the UNDERscore Music Library (UND-25 trk20).
Had fun with this track of Matt’s. And I still adore my Steinway.
Halloween 2012 — a playlist curated by The License Lab
We’ve assembled in our dungeon over two hours of tooth-decaying, blood-curdling, fright-filled, horror-inducing songs that run the gamut from terrifying to ticklish, from the innocent sweetness of candy lust to the soul-haunting nightmares of Cthulhu.
Partake, cower and laugh, and feel free to share with your friends, family, and co-workers.
Wishing you a hellacious All Hallows’ Eve, from The License Lab.
[insert evil laugh]
Li’l something we put together with Spotify for ye olde company blog in honor of the wicked holiday.
I think we’re doing some pretty cool stuff lately at The License Lab… follow along on tumblr if ye likey?
Hype shouldn’t be a buzzword. When lovingly crafted, it’s a lifestyle, it’s in the DNA… not some slogan to be exploited, but a culture to be celebrated.
HypeKit is: $hit-hot tracks for sports and lifestyle promos, a constantly updated collection of trend musical genres that are built specifically for hi-energy and dramatic promotional usage in tv, film, video games, and ads… it’s the latest catalog from our content partners The Burst Collective, and it’s available now at The License Lab.
Proud of this set, I am.
Strong concept, happy with the launch, and we’ve got some killer tracks from TheMattSmith in these first four albums.