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“The Vote” 2018 Theme


For the 2018 midterm election, NBC went back to the theme that is since 2004 most closely associated with its election coverage. Composer Michael Karp did some additional versions of the election theme for NBC and MSNBC that were used in addition to the 2016 versions. The longevity of the theme is amazing. NBC did, however, replace it’s longtime Decision moniker with new branding: “The Vote: America’s Future”

Michael Karp - The Vote theme

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“Vote 2018” Theme


The ABC election theme for the 2018 midterms takes advantage of a full orchestra, electronics, and massive percussion section to convey a renewed sense of importance and urgency. Trumpet fanfares, snare drums, and soaring string melodies more in tune with an olympic event, are replaced with a more serious drive and balance the line between urgency and optimism.

DreamArtists Music - Your Voice, Your Vote theme

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“Face the Nation” Current Theme


A few months after Margaret Brennan took over as moderator, Face the Nation was given a makeover that brought it more in line with the look and feel of other CBS News programs. The theme was recorded a month before its debut in the studios of Man Made Music in New York. Each section of an orchestra recorded their parts before it was all mixed together under the guidance of Joel Beckerman and Mickey Alexander.

Man Made Music - Face the Nation theme

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“Nightline” Current Theme


It is not so common these days for news themes to last more than 3 or 4 years, but Nightline was the exception in ABC’s news line-up. Several challenges arose, including how to approach the new sound with such a long-lasting previous identity. As the show took on an updated/current look, composers Matthew Kajcienski and Adam Schoenberg were asked to compose the new theme.

ABC wanted a sound that would not only attract the millennial generation, but would still embrace the loyal audiences while carrying Nightline into its next chapter. The theme combines elements of EM, pop, and processed acoustic instruments. The package includes an extensive library of teasers/rejoins that reflect its hip/fresh sonic re-brand. The theme was composed by Matthew Kajcienski and Adam Schoenberg, both classmates and graduates of The Juilliard School, as well as LA neighbors!

Matthew Kajcienski and Adam Schoenberg - Nightline theme

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“Stay Tuned” Current Theme


Stay Tuned is NBC News’ twice-a-day show on Snapchat, YouTube and Instagram. The theme was composed by The Perch, a new L.A. based boutique studio. Lead composer Matthew Kajcienski explained to us that it took quite a different approach when compared to writing for network or cable news shows. Because it airs on a social media platform, the audience will likely be watching the show on a smartphone, which means reduced audio quality. “From a sonic perspective, we had to keep in mind how certain orchestration, musical range, and instrumental sonorities perform when listening on such devices, ” according to Kajcienski.

Form was also a rather big departure from most other news shows. Stay Tuned is an incredibly condensed newscast, lasting only about two minutes. The theme package consists of four versions of the theme that convey different moods for different stories and an extensive set of short, transitional tracks (“the glue”). “With such a condensed broadcast format, quick transitions, and abrupt advertising breaks (especially), the theme had to be extremely flexible in how it could be edited together, yet with so many musical components, blend together seamlessly as not to feel like the music is chopped up into little pieces,” explains Kajcienski.

The Perch - Stay Tuned theme

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“This Week” Current Theme


 
This is quite a departure from the past. The theme to This Week has always been a particularly harmonic and melodic driven work. This time, ABC execs wanted a track in which the backbone was completely percussive-driven. Though this might sound straight-forward, over 45 individual percussive instruments were used to create the new sound for This Week. The wide pallet a composer usually has to work with when composing a theme – meaning percussion, effects, and melodic/harmonic instruments in combination – was limited. The challenge was giving the theme the same variety, emotion, and diversity with percussion only – then sprinkling in harmonic elements to glue together the track and ID the ABC News mnemonic (which is a stripped down version of the last theme’s button).
 
DreamArtists Music - This Week theme

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“Good Morning America” Current Theme


After just a little more than a year, and with the addition of Michael Strahan to the GMA anchor desk, ABC wanted to give the show a “bigger, bolder” sound to replace the more pop-centered theme of 2015. ABC turned to their friends at DreamArtists Music and composer Matthew Kajcienski to write the show’s main theme and theme package. Differently structured from before, ABC executives came up with a new format for the opening theme music in which it would be broken up into five parts. This was to mirror the intensity of the four main news stories used in the main open from “breaking news” to “light news”, and then exit with a bold, triumphant crescendo into the broadcast. The theme combines large-scale orchestral elements with electronics, a sound that DreamArtists Music is well known for creating in the ABC News division.

DreamArtists Music - Good Morning America theme

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“Decision 2016” Theme


For the 2016 election, composer Michael Karp revised his legendary NBC election theme that has been on the air since 2004. It includes an entirely new thematic section, a new vamp section and other minor updates. In addition to MSNBC and CNBC, NBC also uses it for various election events such as “The Commander-in-Chief Forum”.

Michael Karp - NBC Decision 2016 theme

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“Today” 2016 Election Theme


During the 2016 election, Today continues to use its own election theme. This theme is not used by any other NBC News program. It’s composed by Adam Gubman for Non-Stop Music. The new music builds on the music that Today used since 2010 to introduce their election coverage. More can be heard on Gubman’s Soundcloud channel.

Non-Stop Music - Today Election Theme

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“Good Morning America” 2015 – 2017 Theme


A day before GMA celebrated its 40th anniversary, the top rated morning show started using a new theme by DreamArtists Music. The new music combines elements of contemporary pop and electronic dance rhythms with a symphonic/concert music foundation for which DreamArtists and lead composer Matthew Kajcienski is known.

DreamArtists Music - Good Morning America theme

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“CBS Evening News” Current Theme


This theme was originally composed for CBS’ election coverage. The CBS Evening News started to use it starting in May of 2016. For this election cycle CBS wanted an iconic score, something people would remember 10 to 15 years from now. Man Made Music was charged with that task. Composers Joel Beckerman and Wayne Sharpe came up with this theme centered on three orchestral stabs. It’s a special challenge to write music for an election a year before it takes place, as Beckerman explained to USA Today:

“What we’re doing is creating music for a movie that has not been shot—because we don’t know what the stories are. CBS News doesn’t yet know what will unfold through this whole election cycle. So we’re trying to predict the kinds of emotions that they’re going to need—the different energies, the different instruments, so that we can create almost an entire film score for them that can unfold in real time during the election cycle.”

The various sections of the orchestra give the theme its identity. Strings give it worldliness, lower brass adds trustworthiness and short note percussion gives it forward energy, said Beckerman to AdWeek.

Man Made Music - CBS Campaign 2016 Theme

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“The View” 2014 – 2016 Theme


After the retirement of Barbara Walters, The View had to reinvent itself. This theme was used during a period in which The View went through a lot of host changes. Even from day to day there was a rotation of co-hosts. But the theme seems to have stuck. New York-based audio production company Flavorlab delivered on the new music. It’s festive and full of energy. It was replaced by a theme sung by Mary J. Blige for the show’s 20th season.

Flavorlab - The View theme

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“The View” 2014 Theme


After Barbara Walters had officially retired from The View in 2014 as co-host, changes were made. Control of the show was transferred from ABC Entertainment to ABC News. A new executive producer with roots in cable news was appointed as well as a couple of new co-hosts (including the return of Rosie O’Donnell).

The changes also included a new set, graphics and theme music. The classic theme music by Edd Kalehoff was given a very contemporary arrangement. I don’t know who is responsible for this recording. It, however, only lasted two months. The View now uses a totally new theme.

Unknown - The View theme

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“Nightline” 2014 – 2018 Theme


For the first time in about a decade, Nightline changed its theme. The new music, like the old, is composed by VideoHelper. During this era, Nightline moved to a later time slot. Jimmy Kimmel’s show brought in a younger audience and thus more profits, so Nightline now airs an hour later. However, ratings are still pretty good. The show frequently beats comedy shows on NBC and CBS.

VideoHelper - Nightline theme

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“This Week” 2013 – 2017 Theme


In 2013 ABC’s This Week was given the makeover that it needed. The sunday morning show previously had no graphics or theme music of its own. Instead it was using ABC’s election package that was seemingly hastily converted into a show package when Christiane Amanpour was replaced by George Stephanopolous. Meanwhile, This Week had changed into a slightly hipper show. It now regularly uses pop music, for example, to lead into or out of commercial breaks. It’s a practice that has become a staple of morning shows but not the more serious sunday public affairs programs. DreamArtists Music combined the popular and recognizable election music with some new secondary themes with a re-orchestration to add a bit of an ESPN-vibe to the show. Fun fact: DreamArtists Music’s lead composer Matthew Kajcienski learned to play the electric guitar over a weekend just for this theme. But since he is trained as a concert violinist picking up a guitar was not a huge departure.

DreamArtists Music - This Week theme

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