The Pop Star Powering Windows 10

The Pop Star Powering Windows 10

Eric Hutchinson is about to reach a new level of global exposure, thanks to Microsoft’s decision to use his tune in the campaign for Windows 10. While the Los Angeles-based artist has enjoyed considerable success, releasing five LPs, two of them distributed by Warner Records, and the current release, Pure Fiction, sold through the U.K. based Kobalt Music […]

Jingle King Ready for His Close-Up

Jingle King Ready for His Close-Up

Benji Hughes, who has licensed volumes of songs for commercials, has been described as “the best songwriter you’ve never heard of.” Hughes just announced that he has signed with Durham-base Merge Records after years of shepherding his own material to market  a one-man Brill Building, in December alone he released three albums). He’s worked with T Bone Burnett and […]

The Cristal Baschet

The Cristal Baschet

The Cristal Baschet is an acoustic musical instrument belonging to the friction idiophone class. The vibration of its individual elements produces tones by means of friction. At the heart of the device are metal rods are embedded in a heavy plate. To each metal rod is attached a glass rod. The glass rods are stroked […]

Jobs Musical to L.A.

Jobs Musical to L.A.

A musical about Apple founder Steve Jobs is coming to Los Angeles, courtesy of the Santa Fe Opera. The show, with music by composer Mason Bates, is scheduled to open in 2017, and will focus on Jobs’ entrepreneurial activities as well as his private life. Bates, who is also a successful electronic DJ, will collaborate […]

‘Up Here’ New Musical From Frozen Duo

‘Up Here’ New Musical From Frozen Duo

Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, the musical team behind the mega-hit Frozen, raise the curtain on a new stage production, “Up Here.” The romantic comedy gets its world premiere at the La Jolla Playhouse, where it runs through Sept. 6. Lopez co-wrote the music and lyrics for the “Book of Mormon” and “Avenue Q.” “Up […]

Commons Occurence

Commons  Occurence

British blues-rocker Jamie N Commons is the hot artist of the moment for backing tracks, making his mark with commercials, on TV series and games. Karma, the tune he wrote for EA’s “Battlefield Hardline” game, is getting the most attention, landing on a fresh Hyundai commercial and the new trailer for HBO’s “Show Me a Hero,” and […]

Dictionary of Musical Terms & Handbook of Orchestral Instruments

Dictionary of Musical Terms & Handbook of Orchestral Instruments

A dictionary of foreign musical terms and handbook of orchestral instruments is the full text of Tom Wotten’s 1907 compendium. Not much has changed with regards to the terminology (although there is no digital section).  Incredibly thorough reference guide provided by archive.org. Those who prefer a flip edition can find it here.

Martinez Drives a Lincoln

Martinez Drives a Lincoln

Clint Martinez, former drummer for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Lydia Lunch and the Dickies, among other influential L.A. bands, has expanded his repertoire to include commercials. Martinez composed the score for the memorable Ford Lincoln campaign featuring Matthew McConaughey. Interestingly, Martinez segued to Lincoln commercials via Lincoln films: he composed the score to the 2011 […]

‘Sherlock’ Tunes Up for Prom at Royal Albert Hall

‘Sherlock’ Tunes Up for Prom at Royal Albert Hall

The BBC’s “Sherlock,” starring Benedict Cumberbatch, will be showcased as part of an evening of musical work associated with the ingenious sleuth’s character through the years. On August 16, the Proms salutes a crime-fighting violin virtuoso who wrote a pioneering study of Dutch sacred music, tussled with a contralto from the Warsaw Opera and used Offenbach […]

Price Slams YouTube, Google

Price Slams YouTube, Google

 Composer Michael Price  lashes out at YouTube and Google for cutting into songwriter compensation in U.K. newspaper The Independent. Price won an Emmy for the BBC hit drama “Sherlock” and composed music for films including The Lord of the Rings to Quantum of Solace and The Inbetweeners.  He accused YouTube of having a “gravitational pull” that results in reduced payments across […]

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