Posts Tagged ‘Sync’

Lisnmusic Artist Profile: Joel Garnier

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

We caught up with Lisn artist Joel Garnier – responsible for some fine ambient and atmospheric pieces on the Lisnmusic site. Originally from Strasbourg in France, Joel now lives in Menasha, Wisconsin.

Listen to Joel Garnier’s catalogue available through Lisnmusic

What is your musical background?
I began by playing a banjo that was left behind at our house between age 10 and 15. I also had a nylon string acoustic that was decent. Later I stumbled upon the McNally Strum Stick. He also designed the Martin travel guitar which is similar. It’s funny that I began to take playing music seriously with a toy. After borrowing a very fine classical guitar at college I finally purchased a Guild Jumbo. With that I adapted my older finger picking techniques and learned by myself taking step by step. I simply played to learn and enjoy.

Then I moved back to the home town and discovered early techno. Old friends taught me to use Fasttracker and Soundforge to take a diversion from just playing guitar. Finally I bought a recording computer and set off on that journey. I combined the improvisational guitar work with the electro in a DAW. I helped other artists record. I worked at a youth center teaching recording techniques. Now I like to make ambient music for myself and produce whole records with friends.

Joel Garnier – Lisn Music Sampler by LisnMusic

How would you describe the style(s) of music you make?  Do you focus on any specific instruments or equipment in your work?
I like to learn from experiments on my own and apply what I know when I record others. I have a certain range between noise and beauty. I usually begin with a guitar improvisation or a Reason track. In the end I have done my best to innovate and sound good.

What successes have you had in the music/synchronisation industry so far?
Aside from one DC Comics internet promotion Lisn is my first licensing contract.

Have you been involved in any exciting projects?  Do you have anything new (music or projects) in the pipeline?
All I have in the pipeline are locals and friends trying to make time for the studio. I have other income so I can afford to help people.

What are you goals for the future?
I simply hope that I sell via Lisn. I have changed course to do so. I have many ideas like any artist. I do what I can.

Anything else you would like us to know?
I am also a painter. I have worked an art foundry (dirty, nasty but awesome), worked at glassblowing (awesome!), and a few other skills and arts.

To license music from Joel Garnier’s catalogue for TV, film, advertisements, games, corporate or other media projecst please visit the Joel Garnier page on Lisnmusic. If you are interested in Joel Garnier creating a bespoke composition please contact us.

Lisn to November: New Music Added this Month

Monday, November 28th, 2011

Just squeezing in before the month is out, here’s a selection of the new music added to Lisn in November, including tracks from Rohit Bhusan, Thomsonaudio, JSL, Preybird and Ethereal Motion.

Lisn to November by LisnMusic

To talk to us about licensing music from any of the Lisnmusic songwriters and composers please contact us.

Lisnmusic Publisher Profile: Ethereal Motion

Monday, November 28th, 2011

Ethereal Motion is the personal music project of Scott Ross, an accomplished recording engineer/producer/composer based in Seattle. The sounds and songs of Ethereal Motion blend melodic grooves, real drums, live drum loops, tasteful keyboard layers and real horn sections. Here’s what Scott had to say when we caught up with him for a chat…

Ethereal has a diverse catalogue of music – how would you describe the style(s) of music you release?
I record and produce in a large variety of styles, including rock/hard rock, jazz, new age, pop, dance etc. Most of my songs are instrumental, as I am predominantly a horn player (sax and trumpet).

What is your musical background?
I’ve been playing the saxophone (alto and tenor) for many years now, along with the clarinet. I picked up the trumpet about 10 years ago, as I wanted to be my own horn section!!

How would you describe the style(s) of music you make? Do you focus on any specific instruments or equipment in your work?
Being a horn player, a lot of my music tends to have big horn sections and be more pop/jazz oriented. I own a commercial recording studio in Seattle, WA, so I use the studio as a home base for all my personal recording.

Ethereal Motion – Lisn Music Sampler by LisnMusic

Do you have plans to bring other artists into your publishing company?
When I can’t play the various instruments the way I want, I’ll bring in other people (drummer, bassist, guitarist etc.) to enhance my songs and add a little variety.

What are your biggest achievements in the synchronisation industry so far?
As a recording studio owner, engineer and producer (see Elliott Bay Recording Company), I have recorded over 500 songs for Muzak, and 150 for Pioneer America, which have been played all over the world in restaurants, airports, on hold music etc. My own music has played on various reality shows, indie productions, radio spots etc.

When creating music what is your inspiration? Do you make music with specific ideas and projects in mind?
When I start a new song, I generally don’t have a specific idea in mind! I’ll start with an idea, go somewhere with it, and it generally changes many times before it’s finished. I might start out trying to do a hard rock song, and in the end it will have a complete horn section and be more of a pop jazz song!

Do you have any specific goals for the future?
I will continue to produce music for the rest of my life. It’s my life’s work and my hobby. I enjoy producing and engineering for other artists and I certainly like working on my own music too. I continue to try to get my music out into the world!

Anything else you would like us to know?
I’ve been producing and engineering for over 25 years now. I’ve recorded over 400 records for various artists around the world. 8 records have been certified gold so far. I’ve worked with a wide variety of artists throughout the years and will continue to do what I do for as long as possible.

To license music from the Ethereal Motion catalogue for TV, film, advertisement, game, corporate or other media projects please visit the Ethereal Motion page on Lisnmusic. If you are interested in Scott Ross from Ethereal Motion creating a bespoke composition please contact us.

If you’re an artist, record label or music publisher interested in licensing your music for media projects please get in touch to see how Lisnmusic can help you.

Lisnmusic Provide Sound Design & Music for ‘MTV at the Movies’ Advert: A Production Diary

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

Recently a client approached us at Lisnmusic to supply music and sound design for a forthcoming animated advert. The advert was for ‘MTV at the Movies’, a weekday show on MTV reviewing the latest releases, running interviews and lots of other film related bits and pieces. The advert will run in 60 countries worldwide.

Below is a short diary to give an insight to how we approached the project and what is involved with this type of work – it runs through how the brief was interpreted, the stages of production for the audio and how things changed throughout the process.

The project kicks off with us being supplied with a rough animatic from the animators.

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The animatic is a low-resolution version of what the animators are creating. Not much character animation at this stage but all the key timings are there for us to sync up the sound design and identify key moments in the music. We identified four key moments in the animation section of the advert.

For this first draft we decided to only concentrate on the SFX elements. We made a list of all SFX required, then recorded everything where possible and the remaining sounds were sourced from our library. We then moved on to syncing it all, up after which we went to work on getting good continuity across all the sounds. This fix draft is sent over to the client as a WIP (work in progress) to make sure things are heading in the correct direction.

Once the second animatic comes in we also have the feedback from the client and are ready to crack on.

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You can see from the screenshot that the resolution of the video is now much higher and smoother. At this stage we started working on the composition. This particular project required cinematic orchestral at the start and then something more contemporary for the video montage at the end. As mentioned earlier we identified four key moments that should be highlighted in the composition. We created a composition based around this concept, but quickly realised that four changes in such quick succession made the piece far to frantic. Instead, we decided to work towards having a single large event in the composition in the middle (the romance section) and highlighting the other key moments with minimal sound design, so for example car crash, ogre noise, and lightning.

The WIP is then sent across to the client for approval and feedback.


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From this screenshot you can see that the project is now running at 55 channels. The colour coding on the groups defines each section of the production, animation, action, fantasy, romance, horror and montage (which is the last 15 seconds where the voice over occurs).


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Above is the final render of the animation, this is the version that we receive on delivery day and once our WIP has been approved. The remaining work consists of minor re-syncing of sound design to tighten everything up, final mix down of the composition, mastering to -10db and export of the various versions that the client requires. In this case we were required to deliver full mix @ 30sec, full mix @ 15sec, no music mix and no sfx mix in aiff format.

And the final video – seeing all the hard work come to fruition!

MTV at the Movies from Lisn Music on Vimeo.

In total the project took approximately 5 days, spread over a seven day period while we waited for feedback from others involved in the process.

If you’re interested in talking to Lisnmusic about creating bespoke music for your project, please contact us.

Five Tips to Maximize Your Appeal with Music Supervisors

Friday, June 10th, 2011

There’s so much competition to make your submissions to music supervisors (and others who may want to use your music) stand out that getting the basics right is crucial. In this article we present five ‘must do’s’ to ensure that you increase your chances of success.

1. Ensure the Audio Quality is High
This might seem obvious, but is easily the most important. Always provide the best impression of your music by sending final masters rather than early demos or works in progress. The Music Supervisor will often be looking for songs that they can quickly and easily license without the need for further work or delays. If they are on short deadlines this becomes even more important.

2. Have 100% Ownership
Make sure you own, or can account for 100% of the copyright contained in the work. As soon as supervisors have to deal with split masters or are trying to chase down a 5% share of a songwriting copyright (maybe an old band member has left who has percentage) they will walk away from the deal.

3. Provide Clear Contact Information
Make sure your full contacts are on both the case and the CD that you send. Also make sure your track listing is available on the case – if it’s only on the disc it can be hard to read when in a CD player. If you’re sending a submission by email make everything clear in the email and also within the information encoded into the tracks. This is easy to do with iTunes.

4. Register CDs with Gracenote
Gracenote Five Tips to Maximize Your Appeal with Music SupervisorsBefore sending your tracks off on CD make sure to register them with Gracenote – this is the database that iTunes uses to find track title when a CD is inserted. Register and make sure it all works before you send it off. It can take several days for the details to make it into the Gracenote database so be sure to plan in advance.

5. Have Stems and Instrumentals Easily Available
Sometimes your track can be perfectly suited to a project in all ways, but the lyrical content may give it an unwanted sentiment that doesn’t fit the production, or it may need to be used under dialogue. For these reasons supervisors will often want to know if there is an instrumental available and may want both versions to test out in the production. On occasions they will also ask for the stems as they may need to use a stripped down or slightly altered version. While there is no need to send all of these with your initial submission it can be worth mentioning their availability in a covering letter or email.

Lisnmusic make sure that all of the above tips, and more, are undertaken as standard when we represent your songs to Music Supervisors. If you are interested in working with Lisnmusic please contact us by email or via our website. And why not try out the above suggestions when sending us your music for consideration!

ScholarMan and Soganic Music place track in Josh Hill Video for DC Shoes

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

Lisnmusic label Soganic Music and their artist ScholarMan have had recent success with their track ‘Love Drug’ being used by DC Shoes in a new video about motocross athlete Joss Hill. As part of DC’s ‘Refuse to Lose’ Moto Campaign, the video chronicles Josh’s journey to get back in shape, and back on a bike, after he broke his femur last summer training for X Games.

Listen to more of ScholarMan’s music, available to license directly and hassle-free from the Lisnmusic website.

Lisn provides music and sound design for Yum Yum London animation project

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

Lisnmusic has just completed a project for Yum Yum London and we’re delighted with the results. Yum Yum produced an animation for their multi-award client Young – a Manchester based creative agency who help brands to evolve. Yum Yum themselves are winners of several awards and have previously created work for clients including Vodafone, MTV, Wired Magazine, 3D world magazine, Digital Arts, BT and Box Television.

The brief for the project was to create a piece with a handmade approach, fairly minimal instrumentation and which maintained a childlike feel. The music and sound design had to bridge the gap between lo-fi and the clean 3D world created by Yum Yum.

The piece was composed by an exclusive Lisnmusic artist and includes acoustic guitar, xylophone and flute all of which were real instruments played and recorded through vintage mics to keep the sound lo-fi. A session flute player was hired to play the score written for that part.

If you’re working on a project that requires sound design and would like to talk to Lisn about how we can bring your creation to life with music, please contact us or check out the music we have available to license directly from our website.

Lisnmusic artist Westy in Top 50 of Soundtraxs Competition

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

Following the post earlier this week that Thomsonaudio had successfully reached the top 50 of the Soundtraxs competition, our artist Westy got in touch to let us know he also had a track in the top 50 of the same competition! We’re delighted to know we’re working with such a talented group of people (well we always knew it!).

View Westy’s stunning entry below and listen to more of his catalogue at

Westy – Highway

Soundtraxs is the brainchild of British independent production company NyAC and will see entrants compete online for their music to feature on the soundtrack of the hotly-anticipated new film Relative Desire by BAFTA award-winning director Michael Baig Clifford, starring Imogen Poots (Fright Night, 28 Weeks Later, V for Vendetta) and Harry Treadaway (Fish Tank, Control, Brothers of the Head).

If you are an artist who would like to have your music featured on our website and made available for license, please contact Lisnmusic.

Artist Profile: Rohit Bhusan

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

In this artist profile we talk to Rohit Bhusan, a composer Mumbai with a Lisnmusic artist account. Rohit has been a producer and sound engineer for almost six years. Following extensive training on the sitar, Rohit combines contemporary and new age grooves with a backdrop of lush ambient sounds, topped with rich Eastern melodies. Working within a range of styles, he often composes tracks that are meditative and dreamy. Rohit’s cinematic cues will add excitement and zip to almost any TV, film or travel documentary.

Listen to Rohit Bhusan’s catalogue on the Lisnmusic website.

What is your musical background?
For as far as I can remember I have always been fascinated and inspired by music. I used to play drums for my school band. Then I started playing guitar and played with number of bands in India for a few years. Then about 5 years ago I started getting immersed in the Indian Classical Music world and went on to start my training in Sitar. The depth and subtlety of this ancient form of music has been and continues to be a big inspiration. 

How would you describe the style(s) of music you make? Do you focus on any specific instruments in your work?
I like to project a feeling of peace and tranquility in my music. This invariably leads me to use ambient sounds and deep tones as the bed for my melodic and rhythmic modes of expression. Besides the sitar I love using woodwinds (especially bamboo flute) as they possess the tranquil quality that I seek.

Rohit Bhusan by LisnMusic

What successes have you had in the music/synchronisation industry so far?
I have done a number of TVC’s and promos here in Mumbai. Till a while back I was actively working in the industry here but i have cut down on it to work more on evolving my sound. I did a number of channel spots for Disney India.

Have you been involved in any exciting projects?
The most interesting commercial job i did was for a car commercial here in India about a year ago.

What are you goals for the future?
My focus would be on my sitar and on developing my sound, which I feel has come a long way. I have received a lot of positive feedback about my music and I hope to have my works released and available for people at large. If it instills a feeling of peace and tranquility then I’d have achieved what I’d set out for.

Lisn Sync: and Max Factor

Friday, February 25th, 2011

Here’s a few more examples of work by Lisnmusic artists – this time commercials for online business directory and cosmetic company Max Factor for their Lipfinity product.

View more of the Lisnmusic showreel or drop us a line to discuss your project.