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Check out PromaxBDA Brief’s feature about Imaginary Forces’ reimagining of HBO’s Feature Presentation open, featuring music from us at Man Made Music:

The premium cable network turned to Man Made Music to adapt the original score, which was re-recorded with a full orchestra.

“Everyone knows the iconic HBO theme, and it was such a pleasure to have the opportunity to transform it once again, this time with the IF team,” said Man Made Music’s Joel Beckerman. “We knew that we had to help bring IF’s stunning visual reimagining to life, while also creating something that would stand on its own musically. This led us to augment the orchestra with many layers of organic and synthetic texture to help sonically bring the theme into the future, while keeping one foot grounded in HBO’s legacy.”

Read more at PromaxBDA Brief

Check out KC Ifeanyi’s feature at Fast Company, featuring insight and advice from Joel Beckerman, and a playlist from us at Man Made Music:

It’s not about the Christmas music, per se, it’s about the Christmas experience. Does it help enhance that experience or does it distract from that experience? Think about music and sound as part of the entirety of a holiday experience and not just as a layer or an add-on or something that you need to have.

Read more at Fast Company

Check out Len Stein’s interview with Joel Beckerman over at Branding Magazine:

Over time, sonic design has spread throughout the media and now stands at the forefront of aural marketing memes as “sonic interaction design.” Here we explore the role of sonic design in branding with one of the field’s leaders, Joel Beckerman of Man Made Music, whose iconic brand sounds span across telecoms, film, and even network television.

Read more at Branding Magazine

Check out the latest interview with Joel Beckerman on Coaster 101:

Joel Beckerman and his Man Made Music company are responsible for some of the most recognizable brand themes and sonic identities for big names in the entertainment world including ESPN, HBO, Hulu, just to name a few.

Now, he and his team have ventured into a new frontier: using sound to give life to the Cartoon Network area at the new IMG Worlds of Adventure theme park in Dubai. Opened in August of this year, IMG Worlds of Adventure is the largest indoor theme park in the world at 1.5 million square feet. It features three roller coasters and five different themed zones, including the Cartoon Network area, which comprises 200,000 square feet of space alone.

Read more at Coaster 101

Candy canes, yule logs, gingerbread – what’s not to love? Well, maybe having to hear the same music on repeat for a month. We’ve got you covered with sweet tunes to match your sweet tooth. So grab your mug of cocoa and curl up by the fire with our 2016 Holiday Playlist. No sugar added.

Halloween is creeping around the corner so Man Made Music has assembled two Spotify playlists to get you in the spirit. Get spooked with these playlists of hair-raising, spine-chilling music — from Hollywood’s iconic horror themes to classical music’s atonal masterpieces. Enjoy and have a hauntingly delightful Halloween!

Halloween in Hollywood
Iconic horror themes from some of Hollywood’s greatest composers like Herrmann, Carpenter and Williams

Alarmingly Atonal
Featuring atonal compositions from Schoenberg, Stravinsky, Bartók and more

Read Jack Hitt on sonic branding and Joel Beckerman:

Fajitas, Beckerman writes, were merely a decent-selling dish that went supernova as a middle-class entree after Chili’s focused its presentation on the loud sizzle of the dish emerging from the kitchen, a sound that figured into all its key advertising. Spend enough time pondering the nuances of sonic branding, and you come to appreciate the pure genius of the letter z in the word Prozac.

Read more at The California Sunday Magazine

Check out Diane Clehane’s interview with Joel Beckerman:

Believe it or not, Joel’s work is just as far reaching and impressive beyond soundtracks. Every brand, he said, needs “sonic sound” not recycled pop tunes to convey the right energy and image to their customers. While the “perfect” pop song “it works” in some cases, but Joel cautioned, “The days of selling people stuff [with heavy techniques] … people can smell that a mile away.” Innovation always rules the day.

Read more at FishbowlNY

Check out brandchannel’s interview with Man Made Music SVP, Chief Strategist, Kevin Perlmutter:

brandchannel: Sonic identity has been around for a while, why should marketers pay more attention to it now?

KP: Today, sonic identity is more important than ever. As brands are moving well beyond advertising and becoming more experience-focused, new tools are required to successfully connect with audiences in digital touchpoints, in spaces and at live events. The strategic use of sound can be seamlessly woven through brand touchpoints to provide more familiar and more desirable brand experiences. There’s a lot of research around this—the right music improves brand experiences and metrics, where the wrong music can have the opposite effect.

Read more, including our Sonic Identity Glossary, at brandchannel

Check out Mark Joyella on our work for CBS Evening News:

The CBS Evening News debuted a refreshed open and tease bumpers–and a brand new music package. “We hope that when you hear this music, you will know this is The CBS Evening News,” anchor Scott Pelley said in a package devoted to the new sound. “This year we decided it was time for a new beginning.”

Read more at TVNewser