Posts tagged #Federale

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 // Federale

Gather 'round outlaws, ne'er-do-well's and drifters.  This music is for you.  

Federale writes orchestral ballads for the most intense of shoot outs in their own brand of spaghetti-western compositions.  Re-capturing the gritty, yet spacious atmosphere of the dusty old west, this band presents huge sonic soundscapes packed with dueling drums + guitars, trumpets, choirs and even melodic whistling to set a strong tone and vivid imagery.  Set down those copies of "A Fist Full of Dollars" and "Once Upon a Time in the West" and dig these new (and vintage) sounds...

The slow building intro of their song "The Ascent", feels like a scene out of a Sergio Leone film. This honorable and masculine composition is cinematic and climbs in intensity over time reaching a climax of horns and high pitched vocal choirs leading the way in this sombre tale.

"Road to Battle" starts off a with a steady pulse and gallops along in a classic and rebellious spirit.  In just 2:49 minutes, it feels like a journey into the foreboding and open desert country.  Electric guitar and organ are showcased in this instrumental that would make Ennio Morricone proud.

The big drums in "Fine" really shine through this anthemic piece. Both inspiring and upbeat, the epic whistling and brass section creates a powerful arrangement. All in all, this badass composition might just make you pick up smoking and horseback riding, just saying.