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Source Music at the Oscars

March 12, 2018

Posted in: Music, Film

On March 4, 26.5 million viewers tuned in for the 90th Academy Awards ceremony, where Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water” took home the Best Picture prize. We’ve already delved into many of the Best Score nominees, so we thought we’d take a look at some of the more subtle music uses in this year’s collection of Oscar Nominees. While a film’s score often gets most of the attention, source music can be a vital way to immerse the audience into the film’s world.


Golden Globes Best Score Nominees: A Preview

December 15, 2017

Posted in: Music, Film

The Golden Globes nominations are out! The ceremony itself is just around the corner (January 7, 2018), so we thought we’d take a look at this year’s nominees for best score – potentially a sign of things to come when the Oscar nominations are released on January 23rd.


Stranger Things and the Return of the 80s

October 31, 2017

Posted in: Film, Television

With the premiere of the much awaited second season of Stranger Things, we thought it would be fun to explore a music trend that’s been bubbling under the surface for years now – the return of the moody, synthy sounds of the 1980s.


How Close is Too Close: Licensing and the Law

April 3, 2017

For this week’s blog we thought we’d take a look at an issue that’s equally important to music supervisors AND artist – copyright law. When it comes to music, how close is too close? We’re all familiar with at least a few examples of artists getting into legal trouble after recording a song that closely resembles another. Recently we’ve heard about Led Zeppelin being accused of plagiarism by the band Spirit, Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” being compared with Tom Petty’s “Won’t Back Down,” and probably the most complex instance, Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” cutting it too close to Marvin Gaye’s “Gotta Give It Up.”

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Oscar Music 2017

February 24, 2017

Posted in: Music, Film

It’s that time again! Oscar weekend is upon us, with this year’s show featuring a typically stellar lineup of nominees. But compared to previous years, music is in a more featured role this time around, primarily due to one film – Damien Chazelle’s colorful La La Land (whose music we’ve covered in more detail here). The last musical nominated for an Oscar was Les Miserables back in 2012 – and it seems that the genre was dearly missed by Oscar voters, given the 14 nominations that went to La La Land.

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