“ABC News Live” Current Theme


ABC News Live is a 24/7 streaming news service that launched in 2018. For their theme music, they turned to Matthew Kajcienski. In terms of creative direction, ABC had asked for something forward-thinking, a sound that felt large/important, and did not use traditional instrumentation. Kajcienski explains his approach: “I decided to approach the theme’s foundation more from the angle of sound design, using sustained/shifting colors, large sweeps, and musical hooks that propelled the ear in the foreground. I also created a mnemonic specific to ABC News Live to differentiate the streaming network from its ABC News counterpart.” An interesting thing to note is how large the session file was with over 120 unique electronic sound layers (“instruments”) that were used to make up the theme’s diverse color palette.

Matthew Kajcienski - ABC News Live theme


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