Over the last couple of months we have been busy building a new studio with more space for recording the ever increasing number of live musicians we seem to have accumulated/assimilated over the years! The work is now complete and we we are looking forward to recording some great new music over the coming weeks and months. We have a room dedicated to bespoke composition with a large TV screen for writing to picture, an extended live room, a control room for mixing and monitoring, and a state-of-the-art mastering suite for adding the finishing touches. Yes there’s lots of new shiny kit but the focus is definitely on keeping the great atmosphere of our live sessions and keeping our library music fresh and relevant for the 21st century. For more updates on new music you can join us/follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
Happy New Year to all our clients, present and future. In 2016 we were very busy on the bespoke composition side of things, and also working behind the scenes updating the website. We plan to have a number of new CD’s online over the next few months so watch this space! Follow us on Twitter and Like us on Facebook for more immediate updates.
We teamed up with Imagination to do the “Bond” music for a film promoting the Ford Ka for the Paris Car Show 2008. Footage is from Quantum of Solace which we have just used to test our new Youtube Channel. All this Bond excitement about the new movie Spectre prompted a revisit to the Moogang archives! It still sounds good although the drums would be very different had we had a little more time on it. But the rest of the track works well and was great fun to do. Images copyright Eon Productions and Imagination LTD.
Film and television composers generally have different ways of working when it comes to working with images. I think, personally, that it is essential to work with images while composing because the music and film have to work seamlessly for the audience. This is also the way Ludovico Einaudi composes his scores. Here is a short film where he discusses how he approaches composing with images.
There’s been a lot of talk recently of how people are rejecting MP3’s in favour of vinyl and CD’s when buying music. There are probably all kinds of reasons for this including nostalgia for the record buying experience as a social event on a Saturday morning or whatever. Possibly it is to do with a desire for the physical product complete with artwork and sleeve notes that people can display on a shelf so their friends know what kind of music they like and it sparks a conversation and an exchange of musical tastes. Whereas these are certainly factors I believe that many people (especially those who have only known MP3’s) are realising that the quality of MP3’s is not really doing justice to the music they are buying. Compressed audio, as in an MP3, does produce a reduced dynamic range and frequency response which may be fine for your ipod but it is not the best source for your “all singing and dancing” music system in your living room or car.
Adding to the problem on all formats is that studio engineers are under pressure to maximise the loudness of tracks at the mastering stage in the recording studio. This has become progressively worse as labels believe that the louder the track is perceived to be the more it will stand out, and may be a factor in whether or not people buy it. So there is a bit of a sonic arms race going on which is adding to the reduced quality of the finished product. The recent “Turn Me Up” (http://www.turnmeup.org/ ) campaign was focussed on retaining the dynamic range and quality of recordings by not processing them to death and thereby giving the end user more control over their music listening experience.
In all the years we have been producing music for clients at Moogang Media Music we have never had anyone say they would prefer to have an MP3 than a wav file. This is purely because the quality of a wav file is so much better –especially on large PA systems at events where compressed audio will start to really struggle. But we also like to keep the music as real to the recording as possible by not over processing and excessively using loudness “maximisers” at the mastering stage. So our tracks may be a little quieter than other companies but it allows you, the end user, more control and a better quality product to enhance your project.
Have you ever thought how much easier it would be to get someone else to edit the music tracks you need for your project so you can get on with the job of finishing by the deadline? That’s where we come in. At Moogang Media Music we want you to use our tracks and, try as we might, not all of our cuts are going to automatically be right for your project. You obviously want it to be of a particular duration but perhaps you want it without percussion at a certain point, or you might like the builds or ending to be changed slightly. We can’t change the fundamentals of the track such as the basic melody line but there is a lot we can do to help enhance your project as much as possible. We have all the different tracks on our website available at the touch of a button which we can be edited in a matter of minutes, thereby saving you valuable time to get on with other things. So why not get in touch and see what we can do to make your life easier?