Posts tagged #Holidays

Introducing: Holiday Mixtape Vol. 1

Put on the worst sweater you have, spike the eggnog with a little extra whiskey and get into the spirit of the season with our Holiday Jams Mixtape.

We present ten tracks of pure holiday merriment. Whether it's the awkward visit with extended family, that moment you realize your uncle's drunk again, or the fact that you left the tofurkey in the oven too long, there's something for everyone here.


The Great Marmoset Tree Cutting Expedition of 2014

Another year's come to an end and it's an understatement to say that a lot has changed.  Our personal and professional families have grown, we've had the honor of collaborating with so many great people and projects, and we're extremely excited to venture into the great unknown of what lays ahead.

Taking this all in, we ventured out of the city and into the woods together in what's becoming our annual of tree-cutting expedition. There may or may not have been whiskey involved.

Music Licensing Coordinator, David Katz and Digital Team dude, Shane Geiger took the first turn sawing into the gigantic monster of a tree.

Developer + Designer, Ryan Rebo and Artist Relations, Steve Schroeder soon took the helm and endured the arduous task at hand.


When the going got tough, Music Supervisors Kat Olsen and Nicole Wilson persevered. 

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Catching Co-Founders Brian Hall and Ryan Wines in a "natural" moment as they effortlessly tackle the behemoth.

And Brian found new methods of taking a tree down.

All smiles from the gang with the triumph of finding our favorite tree. This could only result in...

...a dance party.

Developer + Designer, Ryan Rebo and Producer, Tim Shrout found a quiet moment as they bring our prized tree out of the woods.

The Marmoset Family [front row, from left to right]: Jessica Cassady, Nicole Wilson, Victoria Semarjian, David Katz, Beth Martin, Tim Shrout, Rob Dennler. [back row, from left to right]: Eric Nordby, Ryan Rebo, Steve Schroeder, Kat Olsen, Jon Haas, Brian Hall, Stirling Myles, Ron Lewis, Brandon Day, Bob Werner, Ryan Wines, Katy Davidson, Shane Geiger. [Katie Seaton, Quinn Connelly, Mark Cleaver not pictured]

Stay safe and warm out there. Whiskey optional.

Huge thanks to Daniel Cole for the photographs and  Sauvie Island Farms for the room to frolic in. A massive hug to everyone we've gotten the chance to collaborate with this year — It's been an incredible one. 

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.