Because some television promos and commercial spots are movie-sized, G&E Music has begun concocting epic soundtracks for its clients. In two such recent projects, G&E composed and recorded orchestral scores for a promotional campaign for The History Channel program Digging for the Truth (pictured) and for a public service announcement for the USO.
Line producer Michael Scalere assigned the Digging for the Truth promos to G&E. G&E’s Glenn Schloss and Erik Blicker composed the score, and G&E’s Brian Quill did the sound design and mixed all the spots. “We got to employ a lot of cool techniques to make our studio sound like a huge orchestral tracking space,” Blicker says. “Using top-notch classical musicians combined with the [Tascam] GigaSampler, we captured the sound of an 80-piece orchestra.”
Having the sound designer right next door proved helpful to the success of the overall project, according to Blicker. “It was a real eye-opener just how big and grand and cinematic we were able to make this, having control over all the elements—the sound design, score and mix.”
G&E’s Schloss and Blicker provided a powerful score for a recent USO PSA, this time working with sound designer Ian Kach of K Street Digital, in Washington, D.C. “We were looking for something very big and cinematic that, of course, would also not get in the way of the voice-over message,” says Kach. “Right off the bat, they nailed it with this first track. Everybody was very happy with the music; it fit what we were looking for exactly.”