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Download Our "Cinematic Beats" Mixtape

Photo by Eva Plevier

Photo by Eva Plevier

Guest DJ: Mike Collins, Director

Ever hear a song and a movie starts playing in your head? Us too. We made a mixtape full of tracks like this for your next project.

Inspired the captivating, place-based films of Mike Collins, we curated ten electronic tracks that evoke vivid imagery in our new Cinematic Beats mixtape. Some songs were meant for the screen.


Music + Picture // San Quentin's Giants

Our good friends at Heist are back again with another stunning portrait of a world that we may never see in person: baseball in prison.

Earlier this year, we were floored by their short documentary about Ronnie, a homeless runner who was training for the San Francisco Marathon (check out our interview with director, Jordan DeBree). Now, we were able to collaborate in giving a voice from an often unseen place.

Through a series of interviews and captivating footage for The New York Times, Heist's team illustrates how baseball unifies people through teamwork in the most unlikely setting. The gritty imagery of San Quentin State Penitentiary is juxtaposed with a dreamy, orchestral soundtrack from the likes of Marmoset artists La Liberte, Matthew Morgan and Kye Kye. This is a human story, and an important one to tell.

Method to the Madness // Gabriel Saurer on turning mistakes into masterpieces


Within every "mistake" there is room for genius. Nathan and Gabriel Saurer of Switzerland-based have thrived off this philosophy. 

We recently collaborated with them on this rad interactive film for Lausanne tourisme — dig it HERE.

Racing out of the gates at a young age, this duo has been making some of the most unique brand films from across the pond. We caught up with Gabriel Saurer as he chats about what drives him to make films and how he turned a potential error into one of the most impactful moments in his ascending film career. Read on...

M: When did you start filming?

GS: My brother Nathan and I started filming when we were at studies, we were both in multimedia apprenticeships and we were learning all sorts of stuff like: graphics, photography, programming, marketing, etc. Then we specialized ourselves in video. We were knocking at doors and proposing our services to people and companies who inspired us like 2nd division soccer clubs or artists — that's how it all began. 2010 must have been our first year, we both finished our studies in 2012 and the company will legally have two years on the 1st of January 2015.

I was really interested in what my big brother was doing and one day I asked him if I could edit one of his videos for practice. That's how we got started working together...Nathan and I started 4 years ago. We registered the company on the 1st of January 2013. Now we are three people working and normally we'll have an intern in January.

M: What's your favorite moment in the filmmaking process?

GS: I would say that the best moment is when we have a good atmosphere on our set and every one gets along, this is really important for us. We want everybody to enjoy the shoot so that they will give 200% of themselves in the project. We also get excited when we realize that we've just got the "prize" shot and we start screaming all over the place and high-fiving everyone.

M: Have there ever been any happy accidents? If so, which ones stand out?

GS: On a video we did for a Swiss fashion designer, we felt like something really big was missing in our edit to really make the project different. We were looking closely into all of the footage in our almost-finished edit; we noticed  a big plane left it's smoke in the shot, so we had to mask it out. We then realized that the smoke looked like some sort of meteor. Then we decided to add meteors everywhere on the footage. Our client just loved it and the project was a huge success for her and her investors. [See the film below]

M: How do you feel music plays a role in filmmaking?

GS: Of course the music and sound is very important to us. We spend much of our time looking for the perfect musical and sound interpretation for each project. Music is usually the most important tool we use to describe or express emotions and moods. If the budget allows it, we try to hire producers to create original tracks to perfectly match the atmosphere we're imagining together. We usually start searching for music with your awesome platform! Marmoset enables us to make a quick and good preselection of the music we're looking for. We then try to integrate some tracks, we like to see suits the film the best. We know we found the right music when we really feel it in our body and can't take the smile off our faces. We really do feel that you just have to link the music to the film, in one way or another. Can be through the edit rhythm, the actors, the luminosities, the energy, the subject or really anything that you can imagine! But if you can't feel at least one link anywhere, well, you just have to change something in the film or in the music.

M: What's on the horizon?

GS: We've just finished half of the Lausanne Tourism video. This winter we'll have the second part of it, which will be quite original too! Our next big step is our new offices, we're moving in on the 1st of October. Otherwise, we are working on a personal short, but never seem to find the time to give 100% of ourselves to it.


Learning to Listen // Terry Rayment on how filmmakers misuse music in film

Finding the Perfect Song // An interview with Joe Simon

A Soundtrack for the Extreme // An interview with Wes Coughlin and his approach to adventure filmmaking

Music + Picture // How "From Bean to Brew" shares our intense love of coffee

There are three things that you should know about us - We love music. We love Oregon. We love coffee. And if there's a chance to combine any of these things, whether scoring projects like A Film About Coffee or sharing great films like this one from Division41, we couldn't be any happier.

As coffee and foodie culture has become more widespread, so has the need to know where our food and drink come from. Director, Francois Vaxelaire presents a beautiful journey that starts in the tropical highlands of Peru, showing step by step how the harvesting process leads to your morning cappuccino in New York.

This film is filled with sweeping landscapes, there is a lulling and an organic soundtrack that flows along with the scenic imagery. There is a nice harmony between the lush nature shots and the acoustic, folk-driven composition "And What Remains" by Josh Garrels.

As the film progresses, the score makes a great transition into the electro-pop realm of "Golden Hills" by Fremont. As the beans depart to the urban setting of Washington, DC, the music travels and adapts to the vibe of the scene.

Enjoy the short film below while we run and get our fifth cup of the day.

Take a tour of New York in the new Levi's "Commuter" film

Levi's just released the first of their new "Commuter" summer series of films, and things couldn't have started with more style. We had a lot of fun working with our buddies at Instrument on this one.

This inaugural video rides around NYC with Kyle Garner, owner of Sit and Read Furniture. The scenery is bustling and full of life, showcasing the grit and beauty that is to unique to The Big Apple.

As mentioned previously in an earlier post, Marmoset's Original Music Team took the path of a modern Motown vibe, crafting a chill, vintage sound that resonates cooly fresh, yet at the same time, familiar and timeless.

Using the city as a muse, we paid respect to the urban landscape while adding a flare of soul into our score.

Starting out with warm bass grooves and organ textures, the soundtrack lays a rich bedding underneath the narration throughout the film. Keeping things steady, the music ascends into focus with lively percussion and horn arrangements, bursting out at the seams.

Stay tuned for more explorations in this Levi's exclusive film series.

Announcing our new Photo Slideshow License

Summer is upon us. And with Summer comes weddings, graduations, family reunions and other big life and family events. We get that. And after listening carefully to our loyal friends, filmmakers, and clients, we’ve discovered our available click licensing options aren’t ideal for those seeking music for photo slideshow projects. With that in mind, Marmoset is introducing the “Photo Slideshow License” -- a new license crafted specifically with wedding and family event photography slideshows in mind.

What this means: The key word here is “still image.” If you have a series of still images you’re using in a slideshow medium to tell the story of an individual, a couple or family life event, this is the license for you. While the use of motion picture is not allowed for this license, the Photo Slideshow License allows you to set your slideshow of photos to music from the Marmoset catalog -- as long as the slideshow isn’t tied to a business or a for-profit entity.  So, if you’re creating a photo slideshow to promote a business, or if it will be used by a third party organization or passed on to be used by a business, this is not the right license for you. We do however have licensing options to cover those uses and you can easily find those on our music licensing platform at

You can read more about The Photo Slideshow License on our FAQ, or reach us with any questions at  The introductory price for The Photo Slideshow License is $49.

We’re excited about this little announcement and our hope is this added flexibility will make it easier for you to tell the life stories of people, couples, families, and special life events -- backed by the 10,000+ hand-curated songs from Marmoset.