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    Podcast does deep dive on news music

    The podcast Every Little Thing from Gimlet Media did an episode on news music this week. I can really recommend it. The show’s premise is that it takes a trip down the rabbit hole to look closer at things that may seem mundane or simple but are actually extraordinary. Aside from lots of interesting facts about news music, host Flora Lichtman gets into the history of news music and discusses some of the potential downsides (how it helps ‘sell’ the news).

    For the episode they interviewed me. In fact, I’m featured pretty prominently. Thanks to Flora and the great team at Gimlet for doing that! You’ll also hear from DreamArtists Music‘s Matthew Kajcienski and David Lowe, the genius behind the BBC News theme.

    Listen to the episode on Gimlet’s site, on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts.


    ABC’s This Week debuts new theme

    Earlier this month This Week debuted new theme music, once again composed by DreamArtists Music. The new theme has been added to this website.

    It is quite a departure from the past. The theme to This Week has always been a particularly harmonic and melodic driven work. This time, according to Matthew Kajcienski of DreamArtists Music, ABC execs wanted a track in which the backbone was completely percussive-driven.

    Alongside the new music, the opening graphics were completely revamped. As NewscastStudio notes, the new look has some visual connections to ABC’s political drama, Designated Survivor.

    You can listen to the new theme here.


    GMA debuts theme with a bigger, bolder sound

    Good Morning America debuted a new theme a few weeks ago that has a bigger and bolder sound. With the addition of Michael Strahan as co-anchor, ABC was looking to replace the more pop-centered theme that debuted in late 2015.

    The new theme is again composed by DreamArtists Music. The theme combines large-scale orchestral elements with electronics, a sound that DreamArtists Music is well known for creating in the ABC News division

    You can listen to the new theme right here.


    Michael Karp revises legendary NBC election theme

    160115-decision-2016-mn-1000_3c14d6e5b6bf914eb9540e0bf6278236-nbcnews-fp-1200-800For the 2016 election composer Michael Karp revised his legendary election theme for NBC News. The original had been in use since 2004. Karp added a new thematic section, a new vamp section and other minor revisions. It was heard on NBC for the “Commander-In-Chief Forum” in September and is used on MSNBC throughout the day as the primary election theme. It has now been posted to Network News Music.

    (Sidenote: you can browse all the election themes on this website when you follow this link.)

    Two other themes have also been added to the website. You can now listen to the CBS News Nightwatch theme that was used in the last few years of the show’s existence. And the classic CBS News Special Report theme from the early 90s is now also on the site. Both are composed by Edd Kalehoff.