Posts tagged #Dark

3 Examples of How Music Can Direct the Emotion of a Scene

Last week, our Co-Founder, Brian Hall spoke at CreativeMornings on his life and relationship with composing music for film. One of his main points was how music plays a powerful role in film. Not only can it support the general mood of a scene, it can also carry a heavy presence in telling a story and how we perceive the emotions of each character.

Getting into the holiday spirit, we're using footage from our tree-cutting excursion with three different soundtracks that each tell a unique story.

1. Marching into battle

Federale's "Tribe" channels the gritty, daring, and mischievous qualities of a spaghetti western. This track gives you the impression that our characters are marching to the final fight. The bombastic soprano and general irony of the music against this scenery also somehow makes our heroes feel quirky/clumsy/awkward. 

2. Retreating from battle

The ethereal remix of "Rise" by Josh Garrels gives a mysterious outlook as the group ventures into unknown territory. There's an epic and dark quality to this music, giving you the sense something very important is happening.

3. A Triumphant Return

"Brother in the Morning Light" by Golden Youth is a rallying call to action. Watch how this radiant group returns from a long and arduous journey with their spirits intact, rejuvenated in this victorious homecoming. 

Now it's time for your story. What do you get from these 3 different films? Share your opinion with us on Twitter (@marmosetmusic) and even make your own version and share it with us at We'll choose our favorite and feature it on our blog next Wednesday.

Music + Picture // Shwood Eyewear


What happens when nature meets metal? Portland-based eyewear company Shwood has the answer to that question in the latest promo for their Fifty/Fifty Titanium Collection — and it is a pair of some pretty sweet sunglasses.

Featuring a series of gorgeously edited, superimposed camera shots, Shwood lets their glasses speak for themselves, showing off the titanium frames and hardwood temples of the collection over time lapse shots of wide open night skies or busy, bustling city traffic.

Federale’s “The Blood Flows Like Wine” accompanies the stark black and white shots, made almost entirely of a deep, dangerous electric guitar line, booming drums and shaky organ. The result is something kind of like a dark, sultry spaghetti Western, an epic mix of Portland business and music.


- Kaitie Todd

Featured Artist // Amerin


This California-based duo creates electro-pop soundscapes that lay a perfect bedding for those reflective moments within your project.  This music moves in slow moving waves glimmering with the morning sun. Joel Vanz and Bethany Joy, whom make up Amerin, balance the duality of dark and light within each of their compositions.

Here are three ways this band can add depth to your film.

Their music is optimistic without being over the top. Things are kept positive in this chill jam "All You Need." With drum machines and synthesizers keeping a steady pulse, the song flows with a natural human quality with ethereal vocal textures. 

Their music has space to help any scene breathe with ease. The instrumental version of "I'll See You" is minimal and creates a nice groove that is catchy yet non-intrusive. This composition showcases a sense of mystery, yet gives the sense of discovery, those "ah-ha" moments we yearn for.

Their music can add that extra "cool" factor to a project you're working on.  Their slick and precise song "Hesh" struts along with powerful beats and melodies. Filled with vivid imagery of city skylines at night yet this piece evokes imagination giving room to roam and create a world of your own.

The Art of the Remix


Sometimes the best way to appreciate a song is to simply reinterpret it.  By remixing a song, it gives new life and new perspective to a song that you may already know and love.  Whether by modernizing a once acoustic song with synthetic instruments, or redefining a main melody and replacing the structure all together, there is a great homage in recreating a song.  

In the spirit of such creativity, here are a few examples of songs that we enjoy all over again in their new form and light.

Let's first start with the angelic and powerful song "Broke" by Kye Kye.  In it's original state, this composition steadily pushes forward with cinematic synthesizers and epic drum machines - inspiring and intimate at the same time.

Now the remix... When reinterpreted, there is a more ethereal and gritty tone to the piece. While keeping an imaginative tone, the song moves at a more frenetic pace, which more starts and stops a long the way.

Continuing along, here's the original version of "Zombies" by Radiation City. In their unique and classic style, they keep it playful and vintage in their confident indie-pop jams.

As for the remix, there is a completely different vibe, but that compliments and pushes the song to another level.  This soulful rendition brings a bright and slick approach to the once calm and collected piece. There are a lot of changes with this remix in that there are new vocal cameos and it's taken the form of a precise hip-hop song that still keeps the cool exterior that Radiation City is so well known for.

Things get interesting with this one.  "Rise" by Josh Garrels is a beautiful medley of lush acoustic folk textures with soulful vocals that deliver an emotional and revelatory experience. Harmonious and expansive.

This is where it take a huge turn.  In the remix, it opens with dark and burdened synthetic textures.  Garrels voice is manipulated and cut into pieces, yet still keep his rich vocal presence.  Angelic and ethereal, this feels like a completely different song, yet that's a good thing.

Lastly, Cars & Trains song "And All of Us, As Well" gives us another perspective of how a song can be elevated to different dynamics. In a clever combination of folk and electronic music, this ambient song moves at a consistent pace with acoustic guitar and synthesizer.

The remix brings in a more cinematic and uplifting quality.  Ramping up the composition to a higher energy pace, strings are introduced bringing a powerful and emotional element. This reinterpretation presents dark dance music that makes you reflect while busting a move.