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Score Revolution is hiring! Take a look at our open positions below. Think you’d be a good fit? Send your cover letter and resume to careers@scorerevolution.com.
 

Marketing Assistant

Job Description
We’re looking for a motivated individual to join our marketing team! Our primary goal is to expand our customer base by using various digital outlets. You will be assisting the Marketing Manager with the organization, development and implementation of our campaigns. The ideal candidate will exhibit a true passion for both marketing and music business! Pay hourly. This is an entry-level position.

Requirements
BS/BA in marketing, communications or related experience
Expert knowledge of managing social media (including Soundcloud and Youtube)
Knowledge of PPC platforms (Adwords, Facebook, Twitter, etc.)
Understanding of SEO principles and Google Analytics
Extremely detail oriented
Strong writing skills
Desire to work in a small, entrepreneurial environment
Knowledge of film music and/or music licensing a major plus!

Duties
Conduct market research
Monitor online buzz and identify industry trends
Recommend opportunities to build online presence
Expand media channels (especially Soundcloud and Youtube)
Monitor marketing metrics
Optimize PPC campaigns
**Responsibilities will grow with demonstrated success
 
 

Freelance Music Assistant

The best candidate will be a self-starter and will be able to take direction and work quickly and efficiently to complete assigned tasks. This is a great opportunity for anyone looking for experience in the film and media music industry. Candidates should have a strong understanding of various genre of music and be able to clearly and accurately describe the music they are hearing.
Responsibilities will include (but are not limited to):
Actively listening to our catalog of high-end film scores, songs, and composer catalogs
Assigning accurate metadata information (tagging)
Assisting with cataloging of film scores
Assisting Repertoire Manager with various music processing tasks
Light music editing (if qualified)

**Please note: The primary duty for this position will be listening to tracks from our catalog and assigning metadata in our custom tagging database. This is not an administrative position.

Desired Qualifications
BA/BM in Music (Music Composition or Musicology preferred)
Proficiency with Mac computers
Exceptional writing skills
Proficiency in Microsoft Office

Preferred Experience
Experience with FileMaker Pro
Previous music tagging experience
Music editing experience
 

Penny Dreadful

Penny Dreadful

-Penny Dreadful season one soundtrack, featuring music by Abel Korzeniowski, was released August 19th. We can’t stop listening to this beautiful score! Get your copy here.

-The Celebrity Cafe has put out their list of the “10 most memorable film scores.” Did they miss any?

-Howard Shore is to receive the Maestro Award at the Billboard/THR Film and TV Music Conference on November 5th. “Shore has composed scores for more than 80 films, including Philadelphia, Hugo, The Aviator, Ed Wood, The Silence of the Lambs, Big, Naked Lunch and Mrs. Doubtfire. His music for The Lord of the Rings trilogy has won him three Academy Awards. He is also the recipient of three Golden Globes and four Grammys.” Via Billboard.

-Alan Silvestri was awarded 2 Emmys for outstanding score and original main-title theme music for Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey. Congrats! Via Hollywood Reporter

-Check out Buzzfeed’s list of “18 things only composers will understand.” Can you commiserate?

 

Abel Korzeniowski

Abel Korzeniowski

- Our own Seth Kaplan was at the International Film Music Festival in Cordoba, Spain this past week, where Abel Korzeniowski and Rolfe Kent received the prestigious Jerry Goldsmith Award! Watch Abel conduct the track “Charms” from the W.E. soundtrack at one of his concerts during the festival. We have our eye on these beautiful photos [left] by Passionata taken throughout the weekend.

-Gustavo Dudamel, the young, vibrant conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, embarked on his first film scoring project with the film, The Liberator! Read about his experience here. Highlights were performed last night at LA’s Hollywood Bowl!

-Tracksounds honors 10 “hidden gem” film scores from the 2000′s. Check out the list. Did they miss any?

-We’re digging this interview with Jeff Russo and his work on FX’s Fargo.

-Have you checked out our interview with Abby North, acclaimed music exec and daughter-in-law of legendary Alex North?
 

We licensed the track “Bathroom” by David Wittman from the film Empire State in this trailer for Kevin Smith’s upcoming film Tusk.

Shoutout to Pete Hasty at Buddha Jones!
 

We placed the track “Hamilton” from Paranoia by Junkie XL in this UK trailer for A Most Wanted Man.

Shoutout to Will Quiney at Empire Design!
 

Abby North

Abby North

We’re thrilled to speak with Abby North, a renowned music industry professional who currently runs Unchained Melody Publishing LLC, the publisher of the timeless classic “Unchained Melody;” Dylanna Music, a boutique record label, and North Music Group LLC, a music media company. In addition to controlling the legacy of her father-in-law, Alex North, Abby also works as a music supervisor.

Through Abby’s expertise, previously unheard works by Alex North have finally hit public ears. Intrada Records recently released the Sounder/Decision for Chemistry CD, two of North’s film scores that were previously unreleased. La-la Land Records has also recently released Rat Patrol: Volume 2, including never-before-heard compositions.

We had the opportunity to speak to her about her thriving career and Alex North’s legacy.

What does it mean to you to represent Alex North’s legacy? What can you tell us about him as a person?

Alex died long before I met my husband, his son Dylan. However, I feel as if I know Alex through his music, through his family, and by living in the home he lived in for the last 21 years of his life.

My kids and I recently watched a video of Alex’s acceptance of his Lifetime Achievement Academy Award, and I was moved by his elegance, sophistication, grace, and charm. Not only was he one of the most important American composers of our time, he was moral and kind.

To say I’m honored to represent Alex’s legacy is an understatement. I am truly in my dream job.
 
What are your favorite scores of his?

I love “Hey Eula” from The Long, Hot, Summer. It’s lusty, hooky, and completely engaging. As an overall score, I’d have to say Cleopatra or Spartacus. The Love Theme From Spartacus is one of the most beautiful compositions I’ve ever heard, and there are so many incredible covers that successfully approach the piece in varied musical styles. Hearing the LSO last November perform John Mauceri’s arrangement of a Cleopatra Suite commissioned years ago by my mother-in-law was overwhelmingly moving – so much so I had tears during both the dress rehearsal and full performance. Alex’s music oozes emotions, and you’d have to be a brick wall not to feel something during live performances of his music.
 
Unchained Melody Publishing LLC controls the publishing of the timeless favorite. How often does this song get placed? Can you point us in the direction of some great covers?

I love the Al Green cover [left]. My mother-in-law’s favorites were the Al Hibbler and LeAnn Rimes masters. When MPL was still our publisher, we co-commissioned Toots Hibbert of Toots and the Maytals to create a reggae master, which is great. And I think George Kahumoku Jr’s Hawaiian master is a top five for me as well. There are just so many covers of Unchained, and so many brilliant ones.

“Unchained Melody” gets placed constantly, all over the world. Very often, ads will parody the iconic Ghost pottery scene. Recent placements were the Phil Spector biopic on HBO, Two and a Half Men, The Voice, and many others.
 
You’re also a music supervisor. Any favorite projects you’ve worked on? What do you to stay on top of the musical trends?

H2Indo was a particular favorite because it’s a documentary about standup paddling, which is one of my favorite sports. The soundtrack stands up well on its own. Wahlburgers is a great show to work on because the producers and editors are exceptional, and together we’ve created a great sonic statement for the show.

I believe it’s impossible to truly be on top of musical trends, but I do my best. I listen to radio and watch television to hear synchs, read the charts and Soundscan numbers, listen to new music on rdio and spotify, and frequently check out reverbnation and soundcloud for independently released music.
 
Do you also compose music?

I do. I’ve been writing music since I was a kid, and I completed the Film Scoring Certificate program at UCLA Extension. I have done a bit of composing in video games, television, and film, but once I had kids it’s been difficult, as I rarely have more than a 4 hour window to work.
 
We’re excited about the recent releases of the Sounder/Decision for Chemistry CD and Rat Patrol: Volume 2. A lot of music has been coming out of the vault… does Alex North have a lot of more unreleased gems?

We do have a few more that I know of. There is Rebel Jesus, which was never even released as a film, to my knowledge. Additionally, we have serious works that have never been recorded, and some songs as well. We are slowly recording new masters.
 
What other visions do you have for Alex North’s legacy?

We are working with Peter Alexander on building the Alex North brand, and soon Alexander Publishing, the premier source for orchestration on the web, will launch The Alex North Film Scoring Series. The first in the series will be Alex’s unused score to Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, the engraving of which is almost completed by David O’Rourke.

We are seeking more exposure to young composers, more live concert performances, and more Alex North releases.

And of course, working with Score Revolution is a piece of the puzzle.
 
You run a publishing company, a record label, and a music media company. Can you describe your day-to-day? How do you juggle everything?

I wake up around 6:00 a.m. and immediately read and reply to emails. I have an 8-year-old daughter and a 4-year-old son, so once they wake up, my husband and I get them fed, dressed, and off to school…except during summer, when all bets are off.

I have a zillion lists floating around my desk with all of my tasks, most of which take way too long to complete. I think of it as triage: I attack the most important ones first.

I tend to keep all windows open on the computer so I don’t forget what needs to get done immediately. And I’m a skillful and experience multitasked.

And finally, I have amazing people working with me, without whom I would be falling flat on my face.

Interview by Carrin Tanaka
 

Check out our latest placement! You’ll hear the tracks “Dexterity” from Resident Evil: Extinction and “Darkest Day” from The Collection, both by Charlie Clouser!

Click here to learn more about the documentary.

 

Big news! Two previously unreleased gems by Alex North (one is never-before-heard) are now available! First is the rare documentary soundtrack for Decision For Chemistry, scored by North in 1953, and second is the never-used score for the critically acclaimed 1972 drama Sounder. Visit the Intrada site to purchase. Read on to learn more:

Sounder_600aAlex North had a deep affinity for the music of the American South, and following his landmark 1951 score for A Streetcar Named Desire he’d been given frequent opportunities to harness this love. One such opportunity came in the form of 1972′s Sounder, based on the beloved young adult novel by William H. Armstrong. It takes its name from a hunting dog belonging to an impoverished family of Southern black sharecroppers, telling the story of young David Lee Morgan and his quest to find the chain gang where his father is serving hard labor after stealing food. North’s empathy for the careworn Morgan family is apparent from the score’s opening bars. The main title begins with a haunting, gospel-tinged melody for flute and strings, backed by a soft guitar line. This is followed by a cheerful passage highlighting harmonica, before the piece concludes with an impassioned viola solo— a microcosm of the film’s hardships, joys and sorrows, all masterfully distilled into ninety seconds. Early in the production, producer Robert Radnitz had hired the prominent blues musician Taj Mahal to portray a minor character and perform on screen. Radnitz ultimately became so enamored of Mahal that he insisted the bluesman be commissioned to provide all-new background music, tossing North’s score into obscurity. Until now.

The 1953 corporate short film Decision for Chemistry runs a little under an hour in length and was produced by Monsanto Chemical for screenings at schools and other assemblies across America. Its stated purpose was to intrigue boys and young men with exciting scenes from the world of cutting-edge chemical engineering, in the hope that they would choose chemistry as a career track (or at least gain a greater appreciation for the work of Monsanto). North’s score is robustly American through and through. In its grandest and most inspirational moments, it swells with broad, sweeping melodies that conjure the vast and limitless potential of the spirit of enterprise. This is counterbalanced by more intimate passages that sketch, with bucolic whimsy, the life of typical small-town lads. It is the lengthy industrial montages, however, where North is really able to cut loose, deploying kinetic jazz rhythms and lots of busy overlapping lines. Appropriately, North uses modernist touches for the more scienceoriented scenes. It all adds up to an energetic portrait of an artist in full command of his creative powers.

Both scores, taken from mono sources, premiere here and capture a slice of quintessential Americana.

[Source: Intrada]
 

The cult comic book of the same name comes to life in acclaimed music video director Paul Hunter’s directorial debut. Hong Kong superstar Chow Yun-fat stars in the title role of a Tibetan monk granted supernatural powers as part of his 60-year mission to protect a powerful, magical scroll. Seann William Scott co-stars as a young thief who may or may not be his prophesied successor.

Best known for his collaborations with director Luc Besson, veteran French composer Éric Serra folds traditional Tibetan and Chinese musical motifs into his trademark blend of industrial electronica and acoustic orchestra, yielding a score that feels resolutely tied to both the ancient and the modern. At times rousing and cacophonous (“Priceless,” “It Is About Peace”), elsewhere haunting and suspenseful (“Flying Tattoos,” “Your Idea of a Joke”) while at other times pure, pulsating techno (“Double Chase,” “Blood Tourist”), Serra’s Bulletproof Monk score is as freewheeling and unpredictable as the film itself, a genre-bending, style-splicing exercise in both defying and subverting expectations.

Listen, download, and license tracks from the film score Untraceable composed by Christopher Young. Our sales team is ready to assist you with any licensing inquiries at sales@scorerevolution.com.

 

-Are you in LA this Sunday? Check out the Echo Society’s Solstice: “A night of musical works with a 12 piece orchestra and electronics,” featuring music by Joe Trapanese, Rob Simonsen, Nathan Johnson, Judson Crane and more!

-Steven Price, Bear McCreary, and Dave Porter take ASCAP’s inaugural Composers’ Choice Award!

ascap-awards
-Mychael Danna recieved an honorary degree from the University of Toronto. Watch his acceptance speech!

-Get highlights from Aaron Zigman, Mark Isham, and John Ottman at BMI’s Coffee Talk during the LA Film Fest!

-Alexandre Desplat is the first musician to head the main jury of the Venice Film Festival! Get the details via Variety.

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