Posts tagged #Electro-Pop

Download Our "Cinematic Cityscapes" Mixtape

Guest DJ: Jevan Chowdhury, Filmmaker

Soundtracks for cityscapes

There's a special charm to a city. Maybe it's the dense sonic tapestry of sound from voices and surrounding noises; Or in the constant shift of flickering sights of lights and skylines. To filmmaker, Jevan Chowdhury, it's all about the movement of a city that hold a uniqueness. In his recent Moving London film, he uses music as a fluid dance partner along with the dancers on screen. We collaborated with Jevan in curating our new Cinematic Cityscapes mixtape -- Ten tracks that bottle the excitement of the urban landscape.

Jevan Chowdhury discusses his inspiration behind choosing each song and how they compel him as a filmmaker.

I’m frightened of over-thinking music. Such a valuable experience I’m always anxious of losing it.

Composers, I guess are some kind of gateway, smart enough to silent mankind and conscious enough to pick up what's left.

When I’m looking for music I’m looking for seizure. Individual instruments must pale into the background to leave a feeling, a journey or experience.


1. "Rise (Remix)" By Josh Garrels

If this was composed without a city themed influence then I’d be surprised. The changing of gears, perfectly timed acceleration against a steel sky. Garrels paints a city.


2. "Lights" by Michael Zoah

I don’t absorb lyrics it’s almost like I can’t hear them through the composition. And with Lights you don’t need to. Delivery is everything.


3. "Dreams 2am" by Kye Kye

I’ve wanted to work with Dreams for a while. I’m obsessed with openings. The first sequence is where it happens. Love at first sight. I’m blown away by her voice, the drums, the whole thing is mesmerising.


4. "Action (instrumental)" by The Plain Ensemble

Feel good track for any filmmaker. Just add sun, sea, sand.


5. "Chalet (instrumental)" by The Plain Ensemble

A track I’d like to explore more visually. Such a great movement piece for any filmmaker.


6. "Starving Artist" by Jeffrey Brodsky

When I first heard this I nearly fell off my chair. What a treat for any moving image working with music as a script. There a probably a million visual solutions to Starving Artist but for me it was a remix of my film Moving London. Beautiful experience to edit.


7. "Big Air (instrumental)" by Marmoset

Impact is everything. I love this track. I think I need to make a micro Moving Cities film for just this piece.


8. "Honest Affection (instrumental)" by Kye Kye

If I was allowed on a rocket bound for the moon I’d request this be played on launch.


9. "Magnifico (instrumental)" by Neuport

What upbeat truly means. An essential combination of surprise and pound that will add thousands to a film.


10. "Salsaness" by Radiation City

A picture of relaxation. If you’re in an office and can’t switch the world off, put this on.


Finding The Right Headspace: An Interview with Ben Allen of More Like Georgia

Field Notes Interview #45: Ben Allen, Marmoset Artist

Ben Allen is driven — you can hear it in his music. With a prolific catalog of tracks under his belt, Allen's project More Like Georgia presents some of the most infectious electro-pop around.

His anthemic song "Endless Horizon" was used in Camp4 Collective's Curiosity film for The North Face. Earlier this week, We interviewed director, Tim Kemple about the collaboration; so today we bring you the musicians' perspective by chatting with Ben for a glimpse into the life of a working artist.

Most recently, his track Rebirth helped push filmmaker, Nicholas Leopold's reel to fascinating heights. 

M: When did you start writing music?

BA: I started playing music around fourteen or fifteen by just jamming with high school buddies in one of my friends’ parents’ garage. At that point, it was always a collaborative writing process. It wasn’t until I broke away on my own that I really started writing music. After high school I got really interested in recording and production and ended up working for a small recording studio in Roseburg, Oregon. That was really a paradigm shift for me. Being able to layer sounds, and not be reliant on other musicians really opened up my mind to new possibilities as a songwriter.

M: What does a day in the life look for you as a working musician?

BA: It kind of depends for me. I have two modes that I sort of work in; the “creative” mode and a “get-stuff-done” mode. If I’ve got some sort of deadline or some project I’m trying to wrap up, I usually just get right at it and knock things off my list to finish a song. But, if I am trying to be creative on a new project, I find it’s really important to be in the right headspace. I’ve got to seek out inspiration so I can stay fresh. That might mean going for a walk, or watching an old movie. It varies from day to day.

M: What was your inspiration for "Endless Horizon?"

BA: I just started stacking sounds and making loops of things, and it just sort of came out naturally. I try not to force things, but rather go into it with a totally open mind and just let the music guide me where it wants to go.


M: How do you feel your song complimented Curiosity?

BA: A lot of my music has a sort of anthemic, energetic feel which seemed to work well where it was used in this particular spot. I always love seeing how someone else interprets music that I have created. It’s almost like the film becomes the lyrics to the song.

M: What are you excited about for the future?

BA: I’ve got lots of irons in the fire at the moment. I’m pretty excited about Hotbloods; a collaboration with Braden, from de L'une, another Marmoset artist. That should be releasing soon. I’ve also got an 80’s inspired pop project in the works called Wyld. I always like to pursue new projects to keep my mind engaged and growing.


Introducing: Magic Sword

Photo courtesy of Tony Andrews

Photo courtesy of Tony Andrews

Newcomers as a group and to the Marmoset family, Electro-pop duo Magic Sword are not just a band, but an immersive experience. Started at a 10-day retreat after a vow of silence, both members adorned their cloaks and have remained anonymous ever since. 

Hailing from Boise, ID, this group has been known to roll up in a flat-bed truck to random locations and perform their unique brand of epic electronic to a surprised audience. Everything is built up to gigantic proportions, from their light show to their enormous sound.

They just released their new debut album Volume One and will be performing in Portland at Doug Fir tomorrow night (1/16). Come one, come all and experience the majesty that is Magic Sword.  

Check out tracks like "Discover" at their Marmoset Artist Profile.


Guest DJ: Matthew Brue, Filmmaker

When it comes to making a concise statement in your film, the best soundtrack might be a steady one. This week, we present our new Optimistic Electro-Pop mixtape.

Inspired by our interview with Matthew Brue, we present 11 powerful electronic tracks that get right to the point. Each track is filled with hope and ambition, perfect for honing in on message you want to make in your project.

Guest DJ: Rebecca Hynes, Director

Last Tuesday, we caught up with director/filmmaker, Rebecca Hynes about her search for finding the right story to tell. She landed on a compelling portrait of a small town rodeo in her documentary "Rodeo Dog." Check out the teaser HERE.

Inspired by the soundtrack to her recent film, Hynes created her mixtape "Cloud Beats," filled with tracks that give a chill and engaging vibe, helping you find your story within the fog.

The cinematic "Intimidated By Silence" by Cars & Trains combines organic textures with electro-pop beats. This ethereal track lays a perfect foundation for those moments of travel and reflection.

Bliss out to this dreamy track by Tape Recorder called "Master of None." This stoic and upbeat instrumental brings out all the washy drum machines that you could ever want, along with soothing synthesizer textures. Peaceful and serene, this song is an ode to imagination.

The inspiring and anthemic "See the Sun" by Safe // Sorry is filled to the brim with big drums, sweeping piano, electric guitar and synthesizer. Empowering with an intimate vibe, this ambient track is a call to action to start on that adventure you've always wanted to go on.


Filmmaker Interview: Rebecca Hynes on hunting for the right story

Filmmaker Interview: Gabriel Saurer on turning mistakes into masterpieces

Guest DJ: Gabriel Saurer, Filmmaker

Featured Artist // Dig the 8-bit electro jams from Color Theory

New to the Marmoset family, Brian Hazard (aka Color Theory) is already turning heads with his classically-trained synth-pop. Combining the calssical sensibilities of Brahms and electronic soundscapes of Depeche Mode, Hazard creates sonic textures that will hypnotize you. Sit back and enjoy the chill vibes.

"The Best Revenge" feels like it comes straight off the Drive soundtrack. It cruises along with a precise, steady drum machine, lifting the mood to an empowered and optimistic mood. While lush, pulsating synthesizers tell an inspiring story of making the most of the moment.

The quirky instrumental "Game Over" sends you straight back to the 80s with it's charming and playful synthesizer melodies. Much like the title, this piece is reminiscent to those 8-bit video games that we used to love, sending you on an epic conquest into the unknown. Confident and energetic.

Want to hear more? Check out Color Theory's entire Songography at his Marmoset Artist Profile.



Mixtape Monday // Beats + Blips

Travel around the world with Budo's electro-pop

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