Marmoset's Original Music Team Transforms Sound into Score

Don't believe that sounds collected from everyday office life can be smartly pieced together to create music? 

Our "Found Sound" short film is about to prove naysayers wrong. The piece is the brainchild of our in-house Original Music Composer, Graham Barton and Marmoset's Visual Content Director, Josh Brine. From clicking and clinks to woofs and slams, the short film offers an example of our Sound Design experts at work.

And while the sounds are natural and truly captured from Marmoset headquarters, don't mistake it for sheer luck or coincidence. The "sounds" were carefully mapped out beforehand and scored by our Original Music Team, when strategically planned out, captured, produced, and edited, the finished product is anything but pointless noise. 

The short film proves how even the most obscure of sounds can be strung together to create an entire score — check out the video above and listen for yourself. 

Posted on August 9, 2018 and filed under Filmmaking, Spotlight: Marmoset, Music, Marmoset.

We're Hiring! Music Licensing Creative

Marmoset Now Hiring

Marmoset is seeking a Music Licensing Creative who demonstrates a passion and knowledge for pairing music with picture. Candidates with a passion for researching music while staying updated on industry trends are encouraged to apply. This role entails working closely with our Artists and Repertoire Team, leading music review sessions with our creatives teams, and maintaining artist relations. 

For more information about this position and to apply, please click here.

The closing date for this position is Friday, August 24, 2018. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis as they are received, so the sooner you apply the better. Applications that do not strictly follow the guidelines may not be considered.

Learn about opportunities here at Marmoset, following the link below.

Marmoset is a proud Equal Opportunity employer, celebrating a diverse, inclusive community of people, cultures and stories.

Posted on August 7, 2018 .

Artist Spotlight: Kamandi

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With over 200,000 monthly listeners on Spotify, Kamandi’s music is on the rise. Listeners describe the artist’s work as chill with a perfectly timed energetic pulse — it’s music that sounds right at home in an Adidas commercial to vibing perfectly at a yoga retreat type of atmosphere.

New listeners should start with “Icy Heartthrob” for a taste of Kamandi’s mastery in creating electronic soundscapes. The instrumental song showcases how electronic pop can be punch, edgy, and smooth simultaneously. For dance infused beats, turn to Kamandi’s “Clone Phone,” the song’s multiple ascending arcs and rhythmic synth are energetically charged and engaging. 

Originally from New Zealand, Kamandi remembers music always being present in his childhood, recalling how the songs he’d hear naturally sticking with him in an emotional manner. Kamandi would carry this emotive influence over to his own music once he began performing in bands, then moving onto produce his own work.

“I really just wanted to make music that gave people a strong feeling,” Kamandi says. “It didn’t even really matter what that feeling was.”

As the beats artist became more comfortable making his music, Kamandi discovered how his work was an impactful channel for communicating with his listeners; it became a bridge for connecting with others while also being able to own a channel in outpouring his own thoughts and creative energy. The significance of his work heightened when the artist discovered his music began helping others through particularly difficult and monumentous life struggles.

“Hearing this showed me I have the potential to make a real impact,” says Kamandi. “And that helps me feel like my music has some worth.”

Despite hearing this type of feedback from his listeners, there’s still a difficulty in viewing one’s work from a disconnected standpoint. It’s something Kamandi notes as challenging, yet something he strives in applying within his musical endeavors — to place himself in his listeners' shoes and hear his work outside the context he knows.  

“It’s hard to step outside of myself after hearing a song on repeat, to hear the song from a different perspective — I wish I could do that,” says Kamandi. “But hopefully I’m feeding an appetite that people may not even realize they had. To fill a place in music that’s interesting and maybe hasn’t been filled yet.”

While operating as a solo artist and producer, Kamandi has invited collaboration from the likes of Polo, creating an original spin on electronic instrumental hip hop that was well received by his growing fan base. Later, Kamandi would join forces with a prominent and well-known MC Azizi Gibson — several hits including “Crown Violet” came out of the fruitful collaboration.

With "Red Bull Sound Select Presents: 30 Days in LA,” Kamandi was invited to perform in the United States for the first time; the concert’s bill included a high caliber of artists, including Azizi Gibson and Chance the Rapper.

Intermixing talent brought exciting evolutions to Kamandi’s work, remixes and new approaches being integrated into the artist’s upcoming music, all while retaining his signature style and sound. The collaborations proved that no matter the varying influences, Kamandi could enhance his music without sacrifice to his creative vision.

The beats instrumental artist is currently halfway through releasing his upcoming EP The Four Aves along with recently releasing two singles, “Moorhouse” and “Fitzgerald.” With The Four Aves, Kamandi sets out to paint an audio portrait of a city environment — although he describes the vibe as “cold” and moody, there’s an underlying pulse that propels each song forward. Stay tuned!

Artist Spotlight: The Transcending Music of Sol Rising

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Music that can take you from place to place could be described as transformational, diversely designed. But what makes Sol Rising music feel transcending?

Appreciative of music as a powerful art form, Marmoset set out to tell the story behind this ranging and all encompassing music — what makes it so consistently magnetic to its listeners despite being played in a variety of environments and audiences.

Sol Rising's music can be heard in yoga studios across the globe, while the same music entices movement and dancing among festival-goers. Its uniqueness feels tied to its ability to jump the planes of what a listener needs, a puzzle piece that feels right depending on the expectations of the audience. 

The journey begins in Los Angeles, California, where Sol Rising creates and produces his music. Here, we follow his journey, opening on his purpose and mission through the work he creates. It's hard to find a place where you wouldn't be able to listen to Sol Rising — play to discover more. 

After watching, head over to our Instagram page and tag a friend for a chance to see Sol Rising at Wanderlust Festival. Hurry, contest ends soon!

Want to watch more artist profile filmmaking? Check out our posts here:

Posted on August 3, 2018 and filed under Artist Profile Series, Music, Marmoset, Spotlight: Artists.

Last Call for Filmmakers at StudioFest

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Every filmmakers' dream is to secure enough funding and grounding to adapt their short film into a feature. After all, the longer format is more or less the standard for mainstream movies, so if an artist can create content on this kind of scale, it's proof they can hold their own.

In a way, it's a calling card not only for a filmmaker's creative prowess but it's a tangible qualification in the film industry — it's indicative of endurance and resourcefulness. 

In case you missed it, we've teamed up with StudioFest this year, sponsoring their one of a kind festival that's setting out to reward winning filmmakers + screenwriters financial contribution and support in adapting a short film idea into a feature length movie. And in case you missed it, here's more about our sponsorship of the fest. 

In anticipation of the festival's last call for entries this week (late deadline: August 3rd, 2018 — $65), we reached out to co-founder of StudioFest, Jess Jacklin, to learn more about what makes the fest a pioneer within the traditional festival circuit. 

  Co-founder of StudioFest, Jess Jacklin

Co-founder of StudioFest, Jess Jacklin

Marmoset: Could you tell us a little bit about your background in filmmaking and your experience with the festival circuits? Was there a defining moment where you realized how much of a need there was for something like StudioFest?

Jacklin: I started out producing for a big agency in New York and during that time I spent four years working on and off making a documentary film about my grandfather and the Chesapeake Bay I grew up on.

When I got onto the festival circuit with the film, I realized pretty quickly that a lot filmmakers were searching for a way to turn their shorts into a feature. One great aspect of festivals is networking and I did get a sense for this pretty quickly.

So many festivals seem to be about ticket sales and are for movie-goers. They might not always be offering the most to filmmakers themselves looking for financing. My partner Charles Beale and I came up with the idea that we should really find a way to help emerging talent to make the leap from short to feature.

There are real barriers to go from a short to feature. The costs, even for a micro-budget project, are difficult for someone starting out. It was clear that there was a lot of talent but not a ton of resources.  StudioFest is the first of its kind, a new take on the traditional model, and we hope it’s going to meet a real need for the filmmakers of today.

Marmoset: What's your vision for the future of StudioFest?

Jacklin: To start, we want make a film a year with the winning writing/directing duo. Right now we think it would be really cool to take the festival on the road. Perhaps the West Coast next year and maybe even a Europe fest someday soon. 

Marmoset: What's something you're most excited about for StudioFest?

Jacklin: I’m excited to see our judges, finalists, and sponsors together over a bonfire talking about movies. We are so thrilled with the caliber of talent we have on board for this year. I am probably most excited for the moment when the dust has settled and we have our winners locked in prepping the film. 

Marmoset: What would be some advice you'd pass along to someone submitting their short film or screenplay to the fest? 

Jacklin: We are looking for sensibility. Show us what you are capable of as a writer or director. We also want to see an understanding of micro-budget filmmaking.

If you wrote a film that requires extensive CGI or a period piece, it might be harder to imagine. That said, we are looking for your talent. How do you write dialogue? How do you use a camera to tell a story? How well do you work with actors? Do you use little resources well and are you inventive? We really want filmmakers who are down to get in the mud with us, roll up their sleeves and have a lot of fun in the process. 

The last deadline to submit an application to StudioFest is August 3rd. Learn more and apply here

Posted on August 1, 2018 and filed under Filmmaking, Education, Community, Marmoset.

July's New Music Mixtape

Summer isn't over yet, we've got the hits to keep this party going. In July, we welcomed several new musicians to our roster, including Karla Bonoff — her six songs placing on the Billboard Top 100 Singles between 1978 and 1984; her song "All My Life," performed by Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville won a Grammy in 1991. 

Also new to the Marmoset family is emerging bilingual singer, Tatiana Hazel. With her roots beginning in YouTube performances, the young artist still handles all of her own production. Our roster includes both Spanish and English version of her songs, get a taste by following the link at the end of this post to July's New Music Mixtape.

Other new artists include Los Angeles' underground music scene queen Ill Camille. Rising in the ranks as the MC to watch, we've been playing her newly added hip-hop music nonstop at Marmoset headquarters.

You'll also catch new artists Dai Burger and The Dollar Bill Murrays on this mix, two artists very unique from another, including their music's genres. Dai Burger channels the era of early 2000s hip-hop and rap, her feeling like a flirtation with nostalgia. The Dollar Bill Murrays bring some indie rock into the mix, their synthy guitars and enticing choruses will get listeners up and moving through the album's duration.

While the following are not new to our roster, these artists bring new releases to the table this month:

Are We Dead Yet? by Goon Party

Shine a Light by Moorea Masa & the Mood

Darker the Night by Hillstomp

The Bergamot by The Bergamot

Skulls Example by Dear Nora

Passages by Podington Bear

Fables by Slow Corpse

Want to listen to more mixtapes? Check it out below.

Posted on July 30, 2018 and filed under Marmoset, Mixtapes, Music.