Music is one of the prime story drivers in video.

Especially for commercials.

With only minutes to get the right message across, the soundtrack has a lot of heavy lifting to do.

And its job is never the same.

Sometimes the music is front and center – driving the creative. 

One perfect lyric could be the tagline for a client’s entire campaign.

Sometimes its job is more subtle — but just as vital.

Like music layered quietly under a voiceover to create the perfect vibe for an entire piece.

Whichever its task, it always drives a narrative. 

It always tells some story. 

And it always evokes emotion.

When you hire professional musicians to create a custom soundtrack, you’re inviting them to help tell your story.

It’s a big responsibility. And it’s an honor to be trusted with the job.

It’s also smart of you. Because musicians are great storytellers.


Why We Want to See Your Face: The Benefits of Doing A Music Search Together

For us to help you, first we need to understand your story. And we need to understand the way you want to tell it.

How do we do that?

We’ve found that hands down, there is one way that works best.

It’s the fastest, most efficient, and most rewarding way to collaborate on a composition with a client.

What is it?

The simple act of listening together, In Real Time (IRT).

It’s not always possible to meet IRL (In Real Life). But we do have the technology to meet face-to-face — no matter what.

And that’s one of our biggest secrets for success. 

Here’s why…


Clear and Honest Communication Wins Every time

It may sound quaint, but there really is no substitute for one-on-one communication.

A little human contact goes a long, long way…

Ever regret having an important conversation via text?

You can’t read tone. You can’t see facial expressions. You waste time going back and forth trying to clarify what you mean. Usually, at least one person ends up frustrated, dissatisfied, and unheard.

That’s what doing a music search without “IRT” is like.

There’s no reason it has to be that way.

We can say that with complete confidence, because —like much of the world — we’ve become recent Zoom pros. We’ve found time and time again that you can collaborate faster “in person” — even online.

That’s because communication flows more easily when you and your music team do a music search together.

You can fine-tune that perfect message… that ultimate tagline… that certain vibe…  until it’s tweaked *just* right.

There’s a flow of creative energy that ebbs and builds when you work In Real Time.


Opus Orange has just released their incredible new single, Breaking Mirrors. Mixed by Tucker Martine (Modest Mouse, Sufjan Stevens, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Neko Case and more) and Masterd by Doug Van Sloun (Focus Mastering), Breaking Mirrors is a true indie-rock anthem. Directed by Bernard Chadwick (Loud Forest), the video puts the usually camera-shy frontman, PB, front and center. In Bernard’s own words, the video is “a poetic montage of what it feels like to try to break free from a certain kind of anxiety.” Watch the video below and make sure to like, comment, and share across all social media platforms.


Katie Hampton: Vocals

James Neil: Drums

Alex Strahle: Electric Guitar

Carlen Walth: Bass

Tucker Martine: Mixing Engineer

Doug Van Sloun: Mastering Engineer

Tanner Teale: Artwork

Can You Really Nail the Right Creative on “Just A Demo?” 

We’ll be blunt: Nope. 

You can’t. 

Not with the “traditional” way most people work anyway. 

First off, it’s never “just a demo.”

Or at least it shouldn’t be.

Unless of course you like to waste time, throw money out the window, and dwell in a frustrating swamp of miscommunication. 

But are there some concrete ways to squeeze the most juice out of the initial discovery session for a new project?

We’re so glad you asked.

Because we’ve fine-tuned super successful strategic hacks that save our clients time, money, and frustration. 

Through careful planning, and a meticulously crafted vision… 

Oh, who are we kidding. 

Through trial and error, a whole lot of wasted time, and a bunch of expensive mistakes― we finally figured out what works.

Since PB needs a break from belting misquoted 80s lyrics in the bathroom and Schultz is waiting on his espresso delivery, we figured we’d take a minute to share a few insights. 

Hopefully this sneak peek into our process helps you the next time you’re ready to collaborate on a custom composition for your next project.

We hope these tips help you in the quest for conceiving the perfect creative. We think they can make music-making more productive, more economical, and less frustrating. 

They certainly did for us and our clients.

How one tweak changed everything

Once we made this one, small change in how we approached a project, everything else kinda fell in line. 

In hindsight, it should have been more obvious. 

But since we constantly see so many others still making the same mis-step, we figured it was time to speak up and share some insight. 

Hack #1: Shift the Communication Model

Maybe you’ve already heard this famous quote: “The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.”

Kinda sums up round after round (after round… after round… after round…) of passing digital files back and forth with a new client.

Being able to translate words and musical descriptions into someone’s actual creative vision is mostly an art. But what if you could turn it into a science?

You can. In fact, that’s exactly what we did.

We created a process so simple, it’s almost silly. 

Look, it’s unavoidable that creating the right custom soundtrack for someone else starts out by playing some twisted musical version of Marco Polo.

But if we only took stabs in the dark, we’d create a lot of unnecessary grief for the whole team. And likely a lot of frustration for our clients.

That’s why we threw “industry norms” out the window and started following our gut instincts.

How? We skip the back and forth demo bullshit and work together with our clients from the start.

Because as you’ve probably experienced yourself, *trying* to interpret what another human means can take a lot of time-consuming trial and error.

Why not start making music in real time, and give instant feedback ―before your hired gun runs miles and miles down the wrong road?

We’ll go a little deeper into our process in our next blog, so keep your eyes peeled for more specific tips on how to start benefiting from this tweak yourself.

Honestly, we’re kinda surprised someone else didn’t think of this before us. It’s a game changer.

Hack #2: Trust Your Composer’s Genius –  It’s What You’re Paying Them For

If you wanted some generic, pre-packaged, boring filler, you wouldn’t have hired a pro in the first place. 

After all, with today’s technology it’s not like you don’t have a hundred other options.

(It goes without saying your go-to team needs to check their egos at the door before they even think about walking into the studio. After all, they’re not creating their own personal opus. Their #1 job is to bring your vision to life. This should be a given.)

But remember, you did reach out to a bona-fide artist for a reason.

Never underestimate their unique ability to help get you where you dream to be. They have a trained ear and particular skill set lost on non-musicians. 

Look for someone who owns that. Humbly.

Hack #3: Don’t Sweat Having the “Perfect” Musical Lexicon.

It’s impossible, so don’t spend too much time stressing over it.

When it comes to describing music, there really isn’t one right or wrong way to do it.

One person’s “brighter guitars” is another person’s “can you make this more pop-y?”

Very few folks share any common definitions when it comes to talking about their musical vision. 

We guarantee your composer has heard the same words you think are vivid, specific, and clear to describe pretty much the opposite of what you actually want.

Here’s the good news: you don’t have to stress over finding the perfect descriptive adjective.

Remember, our unique gift as musicians is that we’re blessed with the ability to hear things differently than other people.  

It’s how we bring your artistic vision to life. We have the power to read through the musical lines and dig out that sonic gold you’ve been trying to mine.

Once we get to know your particular vocabulary, we’ll have a shortcut to getting you the sound you want – faster and more accurately. 

But we never make the fatal mistake that any musical lexicon is universal. To get the right track, we figure out our client’s unique dictionary every time. 

Want More Words of Wisdom from Emoto Music? 

We hope those three tips help you birth creative visions faster, easier, and cheaper. 

Want more insight on how to get the best custom commercial music made? Have a mistaken 80s song lyric you need corrected? Need tips on brewing the perfect espresso?

Make sure you’re on our mailing list. We’re gonna be coming at you with more hard-learned tips, unsolicited advice, and commercial music-making gold. 

If you’ve been watching the new PeopleTV show, then you’ve heard some Emoto magic! PB worked with Warner Chapell Music on the new intro theme for PeopleTV. It’s funky, it’s fun and it’s just *perfect* for the show. Make sure to catch it streaming for free, weeknights at 7:00 PM ET. 

Here’s something cool from 2020 we at Emoto can reflect back fondly on – Emoto Alumn (both intern; then staff composer), Ryan Elder, keeps taking the torch higher and higher. We’ve always known his work on Rick and Morty was award-winningly stellar, and in 2020 the show garnered more accolades with it’s 2nd Emmy win for Outstanding Animated Program. We’re just waiting to see what more the Academy has in store for Ryan in the years to come. Congratulations Ryan!

Columbia Sportswear new “Warm Smarter” campaign was a tight collaboration between Emoto Music, 740 Sound and San Francisco-based, 215 McCANN. Produced in real-time on a Zoom final recording session, these spots feature various curious critters crashing on your favorite campsites.

Clif Bar & Company and Emoto Music have partnered again to create Clif’s new “Sustained Energy” campaign, featuring tennis phenom Venus Williams and USWNT legend, Megan Rapinoe. Written by Stuart Rau and arranged by Paul Bessenbacher, the music puts viewers right in the middle of the action. These spots are sure to get you out of your seat!

Emoto Music teamed up with Merkley + Partners advertising agency to develop “Fortune Teller,” as part of Mercedes-Benz USA’s 2020 ad campaign. Co-written by Alex Kovacs and Paul Bessenbacher, with sound design by 740 Sound, Emoto’s contribution fully captures the mystery of the car buying experience. Check out the spot below!

When we’re not closing down Sunday brunch’s, mixologizing (made up) variations on the Vieux Carre or baking sourdough bread from hundred-year old starter, you’ll likely find us at any of the local farmer’s markets. Local, in season and keeping small farmers afloat is one of our many passions. So imagine how thrilled we were to have the opportunity to work with Serena Creative on a package of public service announcements for Food Forward – “fighting hunger and preventing food waste by rescuing fresh surplus produce, connecting this abundance with people in need and inspiring others to do the same”.

Check out the :60 spot directed by Ric Serena, music by PB, mixed by Durand Trench, location sound by Stan Gonzales!


Emoto featured artist, Opus Orange closed out 2016 with a cover of “A Long December” by the Counting Crows. Their acoustic interpretation of this single from 1996 provides a somber reflection of the past year while holding out hope as we all move forward into the New Year.

Listen to their cover of “A Long December” below.

Emoto featured artist, Loud Forest, has released a remix of their track “If Words Had Power” in collaboration with The Human Touch.

Check out “If Words Had Power (THE HUMAN TOUCH REWORK)” below.

Emoto Music’s Paul Bessenbacher is partnering with Matt Bowen to compose the soundtrack to a new documentary titled “My Indiana Muse.” This project is another collaboration with director Ric Serena and tells the story of artist Robert Townsend as he makes a deeper connection with the subject of his series of large paintings.

Check out the trailer to the documentary below, featuring PB’s score.

Produced by Serena Creative, Inc.

Directed & Shot by Ric Serena


Emoto Music’s latest commercial, “Ready to Play,” developed in collaboration with BBDO Atlanta was featured in AdWeek. The PSA, created for Baseball for All, features a beautifully re-arranged acoustic recording of John Fogerty’s classic, “Centerfield.” This project featured Emoto’s Paul Bessenbacher serving as Arranger and Paul Schultz as Executive Producer.

Check out the spot below or read the full article on AdWeek here.

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Music from Emoto featured artist, Opus Orange was posted on Outside Magazine’s website in a video by The Muir Project. The short video titled “Light Between the Trees” shares the name of the song by Opus Orange from the Mile… Mile & a Half Motion Picture Soundtrack.

See the video above or check out the full article here.

Friends of Emoto, Serena Creative, partnered with Opus Orange and created a stunningly beautiful, stop-motion animation music video for “Let You Down” from their latest album “Anatomic” released earlier in 2016.

Produced by Serena Creative
Directed and Animated by Ric Serena
Character Design by Vaj Potenza

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Emoto Music’s Opus Orange will be embarking on a three day tour in New York from September 14-16, starting with a Mondo.NYC Artist Showcase at The Hall and followed by shows at a secret venue with Sofar Sounds and wrapping up at The Delancey! Here’s a full itinerary of their shows below:

  • The Hall, Williamsburg, Wednesday 9/14
  • Sofar Sounds, Manhattan, Thursday 9/15
  • NYU Live, Manhattan, Friday 9/16
  • The Delancey, Manhattan, Friday 9/16

For more details or to RSVP, contact for a special spot on the guest list!

Mondo.NYC is an annual business summit, festival and digital platform bringing together music, technology and innovation in the most vibrant city in the world. Mondo launches September 14-18, 2016 in New York City with a business summit hosted at New York University and live music showcases presented at venues in Manhattan and Brooklyn. At Mondo.NYC, music fans, artists, tech pioneers and entertainment professionals converge to celebrate music, technology and the entertainment industry.


Emoto Music featured artists, Opus Orange and Loud Forest, are performing an intimate and experimental ‘quiet show’ on Saturday, 8/27 at the Legge Alley Projects! Rounding out the lineup is friend of Emoto, Elkke (formerly known as Emy Reynolds Band)!

Admission is FREE and guaranteed to be an unique musical experience! RSVP here.

Quiet Show

Emoto Music lent it’s talents to frequent collaborators, The Muir Project, for their latest release NOATAK: Return to the Arctic which is now available on Vimeo in 4K. Scored by Emoto’s Paul Bessenbacher and Matt Bowen, this short film premiered at the 2016 Banff Mountain Film Festival and has screened with the Wild & Scenic Film Festival Tour, Dances With Films and most recently the G2 Green Earth Film Festival!

Directed & Shot by Jason Fitzpatrick, Jen Serena & Ric Serena

Emoto Music’s featured artist, Loud Forest recently enjoyed their first airplay on the World Famous KROQ for their song “True Love/True Love” during Rodney On The Roq, hosted by the legendary KROQ DJ Rodney Bingenheimer! Listen to Loud Forest’s “True Love/True Love” below and check out the full playlist from the July 25 show here!

But that’s not all from our favorite rockers, their self-titled and self-released debut album “Loud Forest” recently charted at number 6 last week on FMQB’s Submodern Album chart! See the full chart from the week of August 3 below.

Loud Forest-FMBQ Submodern Album

Emoto Music featured artist, Opus Orange‘s song “Queit, It’s Naptime” was used in the short video “Year of the Goat (1991) directed by Chad Rea for New Belgium Brewery Company! This is the second video collaboration between Opus Orange and Chad Rea, the other being the official music video for “Anatomic.”

Emoto Music featured artist, Opus Orange, recently recorded an acoustic EP, Lost Canyon Recordings, on an iPhone while in Sequoia National Park! The EP features three tracks from their album Anatomic and is available exclusively on Curensea.

Check out a preview of the album below with the track “Radio Silence.”

Emoto Music’s featured artist, Loud Forest, recorded a 360 music video for their song “Loneliness Is Making Us Wild” at their album release party in May 2016! For the optimal 360 viewing experience, check it out on your smart phone!

Filmed by 360Trooper

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Emoto Music’s featured artist, Opus Orange, has released the lyric video to “Not Ready” off their latest album “Anatomic” and the song has received several great reviews in the past week from The RevueIndie ShuffleMusic Host Network and Obscure Sound!

This is the latest in a series of lyric videos directed and produced by Ric Serena of Serena Creative. You can catch all of the previous lyric videos on the Opus Orange YouTube channel!

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Emoto Music is excited to share a collection of photos of the LIA 2015 edition of “The Book.” We are honored to have our Silver Award for Original Music Underscore for the GE “Ideas” commercial documented along with all the other award-winning work from LIA 2015.

For this project, we teamed up with BBDO NY Creative Director Greg Hahn, SVP Director of Music & Radio Production Rani Vaz, and Executive Producer Diane Hill to create this sentimental spot for General Electric focused on the evolution of ideas.

The arrangement, composed by Steve Hampton, features a full orchestra led by Mark Robertson of Allegro Entertainment.



Emoto Music featured artist Opus Orange, is playing a short, acoustic set with composer Matt Bowen between screenings of The Muir Project‘s newest documentary NOATAK: Return to the Arctic and Paddle for the North on Saturday, June 11, at Adventure 16 in West LA. See details below for this FREE event for all ages.

When: 5:30 PM – Happy Half Hour | 6:00 PM – Presentation

Where: 11161 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064

Opus Orange last partnered with The Muir Project for their widely-acclaimed documentary Mile…Mile & a Half.

Emoto Music is excited to welcome Loud Forest as its newest featured artist! Helmed by Rachel and Bernard Chadwick, Loud Forest is riding high off the recent release of their self-titled debut LP!

Check out this write up from The Revue or just dive straight into some great tunes on Bandcamp or Spotify!

For licensing, contact

Emoto’s Opus Orange will be performing at Eat See Hear, before The Big Lebowski outdoor movie screening, on Saturday, May 28th! These dog-friendly events are a fun way to see an outdoor movie, dine from some of LA’s best food trucks and hear great live music!

WHERE: The Autry in Griffith Park, 4700 Western Heritage Way, LA/CA 90027 – This is a very large, grassy lawn. You’ll want to bring pillows, cushions and blankets.

PARKING: FREE! Across the street at the LA Zoo Parking lot.

WHEN: May 28 – Doors 5:30pm, Music 7:00pm, Movie 8:30pm

EATS: Wings n Waffles, Bollywood Bites, Bool BBQ, Brasil Kiss, Chunk-N-Chip, Crepe De Ville, Farmers Belly, Kimborex, Lobsta Truck, Mandoline Grill, Me So Hungry, Peaches’ Smokehouse, Pizza & Co, Slummin Gourmet, Street Foods Co, Surfer Taco, Tomski Sausage

Check out Opus Orange video for “Calm Down” off their new LP Anatomic below & get your tickets to Opus Orange and The Big Lebowski here! You can also RSVP to the event on Facebook to share it with your friends!

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Emoto featured artist Opus Orange is pleased to share the official music video for “Anatomic” in collaboration with New Belgium Brewing and directed by Chad Rea. And if you haven’t had a chance to pick up a copy of their new album “Anatomic”, visit Bandcamp for the digital, CD or vinyl release!

Emoto composer Tony Morales completed the score for ‘Fastball‘, a new baseball documentary directed by nine-time Emmy Award winner Jonathan Hock and produced by Legendary Pictures.

The film was theatrically released on March 25th & is now playing in select theaters. You can also watch Fastball on-demand via iTunes, Vimeo, Google Play & more!

View the trailer now, below:

Fastball from Gravitas Ventures on Vimeo.

Emoto Music worked alongside Leo Burnett Chicago, to create the new “Recalculating” spot for Marshalls‘ ‘Surprise is Waiting’ campaign, featuring Opus Orange song “Almost There” (w/ Lauren Hillman aka Kotomi).

Check out the finished product below, then see what people are saying & sound off yourself on Twitter: #surpriseiswaiting

Marshalls – “Recalculating”

Purchase “Almost There” on iTunes or Bandcamp

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Emoto Music’s Ryan Elder (Rick and Morty, Princess Rap Battle) has officially been named the composer for Party Over Here – airing Saturday, March 12 (@ 11pm ET/PT) on FOX

The half-hour late-night show will feature upcoming comedians Nicole Byer, Jessica McKenna, and Alison Rich – skewering everything from pop culture to politics, with some segments filmed before a live audience.

The sketch-comedy series is produced by KABLAMO! and is executive produced by Emmy Award-winning/Grammy-nominated comedy trio The Lonely Island (Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone) & actor/comedian Paul Scheer – who also serves as one of the series’ directors.

See more about Party Over Here at (linked above) & on Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram (@PartyOverHere)

Check out some tracks from Emoto’s Composers & Featured Artists that are currently available for licensing!

All inquiries:

Lindsay Froemke


Friday, January 29th  –  8pm  –  Legge Alley Projects / 93 E Union St, Pasadena

Join Emoto Music + Emoto Featured Artist Opus Orange for a night of live music – celebrating the release of their debut album Anatomic!

Performances by Loud Forest, The Rough Johns and, of course, Opus Orange


(view this event on Facebook)


Pre-order Anatomic on limited edition white vinyl, CD, or digital

Licensing inquiries:

Emoto Music’s Opus Orange has just premiered their second track, along with the first official music video, from their soon-to-be-released Anatomic LP!

Watch, listen, and dive into a colorful psychedelic world created by Joshua Dumas – it’s what you do.

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Opus Orange – “It’s What I Do” [Official Music Video]

‘Anatomic’ will officially release on January 29, 2016. Pre-orders and pre-released tracks are now available via Bandcamp & iTunes.

Licensing inquiries:


Emoto featured artist Opus Orange has made their upcoming full-length album Anatomic available for digital, CD, and vinyl pre-order – officially dropping January 29, 2016! In anticipation and celebration of Anatomic’s release, Free Bike Valet premiered “Radio Silence”, the first leaked track from the to-be-released album, just this past Friday.

You can hear “Radio Silence” at Free Bike Valet (linked above), Soundcloud, or Youtube AND you can pre-order the Anatomic album via Bandcamp or iTunes. Trust us, you won’t want to miss this one.


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Emoto composer, Lauren Hillman aka Kotomi has gone virtual in Ryan Hemsworth’s new video for “Surrounded”.  This is a must see as it was shot inside Ubisoft’s motion capture studio!


GE “Ideas” has won a Silver Award for Original Music – Underscore at the 2015 London International Awards!

Emoto is so honored to have been a part of this collaboration and to receive this accolade. Congratulations to Emoto composer Steve Hampton, the entire BBDO team – who were also awarded Network of The Year by LIA this year, & to every person who worked to produce this refreshing spot for General Electric.

View our entry with the complete list of production credits here

View the complete list of LIA 2015 finalists & winners here


Emoto is exceedingly proud of our friend and local LA artist, Michl, who just debuted on with his release of “Kill Our Way To Heaven”., otherwise known as Hype Machine, is a website that collects recently posted songs from a curated list of music blogs and then features those songs on their main page.

You can keep up with Michl by following him on Facebook & Soundcloud. We definitely will be!

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Check out Opus Orange song “Almost There” in the trailer for Miss You Already – in theaters November 6th!

The film was directed by Catherine Hardwicke (Thirteen, Lords of Dogtown, Twilight) & explores the friendship between two life-long girlfriends, Jess (Drew Barrymore) & Milly (Toni Collette), which is put to the test when one starts a family and the other falls ill.


Emoto featured artist Opus Orange has released “Stars Collide”, an original song composed for Adobe MAX 2015. The song is now available to stream & download for free on Soundcloud – click the image or song title above to hear it now!

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Emoto is thrilled to announce that GE “Ideas” has made the shortlist in the 2015 London International Awards for Original Music Underscore! The arrangement, composed by Steve Hampton, features a full orchestra led by Mark Robertson of Allegro Entertainment.

We teamed up with BBDO NY Creative Director Greg Hahn, SVP Director of Music & Radio Production Rani Vaz, and Executive Producer Diane Hill to create this sentimental spot for General Electric focused on the evolution of ideas.

View the complete shortlist here! Winners will be announced November 10th – we’ll keep our fingers crossed until then.

Emoto composer Paul Bessenbacher & composer Matt Bowen have scored “NOATAK: Return to the Arctic”, a new short film brought to you by The Muir Project – the creative team behind Mile… Mile & A Half. The film was dreamt up and directed by Jen Serena & Ric Serena of Serena Creative & Jason Fitzpatrick. NOATAK will premier at Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival in Toronto Canada in the coming weeks. Check out the teaser below and stay tuned for a release date!

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35 years after their first visit to the Noatak River in Alaska’s wild and spectacular Brooks Range, two adventurers in their 70’s reflect on a lifetime of outdoor experiences and what still awaits them.


Emoto and featured artist Opus Orange are headed off to Texas this week for the AICP Next Awards in Austin preceding Opus Orange performances in Austin and Dallas! Join the team for drinks and dancing across the Lone Star State!

10.07: Hole In The Wall, Austin

w/ Dropout Vegas + The Echoes

Doors at 9pm, no cover

10.08: The Prophet Bar, Dallas

w/ Dropout Vegas + Canvas Bride + Beneath The Waves

Doors at 7pm, $10 cover

Emoto featured artist Opus Orange will be performing live in San Diego this Thursday, August 20th!

Don’t miss the final free+outdoor Art of Music concert this summer at The San Diego Museum of Art in Balboa Park. Bring a blanket or chair, grab a bite to eat at Panama 66, or pack your own picnic for this Thursday night concert featuring Opus Orange.

The San Diego Museum of Art, Plaza de Panama
Thursday @ 7:15 pm
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In tribute to the musical performances that were a central component of the 1915 Panama-California Exposition, the Museum marks the centennial of this event with the monthly Art of Music concert series. Exploring the duet of visual and musical arts, this series is presented in conjunction with and in anticipation of the Fall 2015 Art of Music exhibition (taking place September 26 – February 7).


Did you know that Emoto composer Ryan Elder has been working alongside Whitney Avalon, Steve Gossett, and Michael Sullivan in producing the “Princess Rap Battle” comedy short? Each individual music video is already boasting views up to the multi-millions on Youtube – which is not so surprising to the generations of us, who were raised on Disney Princesses and storybook Fairy Tales, left perpetually wondering and weighing which character (protagonist? antagonist?) had really been dealt the worst hand turned ‘Happiest-Ever-After’.

Elder composed the music (but not the lyrics) for Cinderella vs Belle (ft. Sarah Michelle Gellar), Maleficent vs Daenerys (ft. Yvonne Strahovski), & Mrs Claus vs Mary Poppins – in addition to mixing and mastering the music of the entire series so far.

It’s been super fun working with Whitney and the team on those. The positive response to them has been really exciting,” – Elder said of his experience working on the musical comedy short.

You can purchase the music to each “Princess Rap Battle” on iTunes (via Whitney Avalon) and find more of the “Princess Rap Battle” music videos, like the one featured below, on Youtube!

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Emoto composer Ryan Elder wrote a song performed by Jemaine Clement (Flight of The Concords/Rio) in this week’s episode of Rick and Morty! The show premiered it’s second season on Cartoon Network [adult swim] just last week! New episodes air every Sunday night at 11:30pm so stay tuned for more!

Watch the full episode via [adult swim] here (available this week only) or view a clip of the song “Moonmen” below!

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Emoto’s Opus Orange will be performing at Eat See Hear, before the Reservoir Dogs outdoor movie screening, on Saturday, August 29th! These dog-friendly events are a fun way to see an outdoor movie, dine from some of LA’s best food trucks and hear great live music!

WHERE: The Autry in Griffith Park, 4700 Western Heritage Way, LA/CA 90027 – This is a very large, grassy lawn. You’ll want to bring pillows, cushions and blankets.

PARKING: FREE! Across the street at the LA Zoo Parking lot.

WHEN: August 29 – Doors 5:30pm, Music 7:00pm, Movie 8:30pm

EATS: Steel City Sandwich, CJs Wings, White Rabbit, Sista Soul Food, Postcards CAS, Phantom, Kimbobrex, India Jones, Haute Burger, VCHOS, Peaches Smokehouse BBQ, Mandoline Grill, Chanchos Tacos, My Delight Cupcakery, Coolhaus and Brasil Kiss

Check out Opus Orange performing at Eat See Hear last year below & get your tickets to Opus Orange at Reservoir Dogs here! You can also RSVP to the event on Facebook to share it with your friends!

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Check out “Begin” the 4-track EP released TODAY (07.24.15) by Cyril Hahn of PMR Records!  –  Cyril Hahn “Begin”: SpotifyiTunes

Emoto’s featured artist Kotomi (aka Lauren Hillman) collaborated with Hahn for the last track on his EP release, titled “Grace”.

“I started following [Los Angeles singer] Kotomi on Soundcloud, and a few hours later she messaged me and said she liked my stuff, and said we can work together. I emailed her some instrumentals, and she picked that one. Then she went for a drive around California, around the coast, all day, recording in her car on her voice recorder. That’s pretty cool. I wish I could write music like that. She pretty much wrote it in a day and sent it back,” – Hahn said of his partnership with Kotomi in a recent interview with SPIN.

In addition to collaborating with other artists, our songstress Kotomi has been releasing a new song on the first Tuesday of every month this year! Keep up with her by following her on Facebook or Soundcloud.



Emoto featured artist Kotomi (aka Lauren Hillman) has just premiered “Shiny”!

Week before last, her single “Swimming” was featured on Spotify’s ‘New Music Tuesday’ playlist – which changes weekly and features Spotify’s 50 new music favorites!

Kotomi has been releasing a new song on the first Tuesday of every month this year! You can keep up with her by following her on Facebook or Soundcloud.

Check out Emoto featured artist Kotomi (aka Lauren Hillman) on this week’s ‘New Music Tuesday‘ Spotify Playlist, which boasts over 715,000 followers! Her single ‘Swimming‘ is featured as track #22, amongst artists ZZ Ward, War Paint, Drake, and more.

Kotomi is releasing a new song on the first Tuesday of every month this year! The next one premiers this upcoming Tuesday, July 7th, so stay tuned!

                                                                 [Note: This playlist is updated weekly]

Equilibrium Cover Sheet

Sheet music to the solo piano album, Equilibrium, recently released by Emoto featured artist Opus Orange is now available for FREE download! Learn your favorite songs – all you need is a printer and a piano.

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Emoto featured artist Kotomi (aka Lauren Hillman) has just released “Bright Side”. The new single premiered this morning at San Francisco based music+food blog Turntable Kitchen.

Kotomi will be releasing a new song on the first Tuesday of every month this year! Listen to what she has released so far on Soundcloud and keep up with her on Facebook for news about her next release!

Emoto composer Paul Bessenbacher has scored the music for “Czappa” a short documentary directed by Ric Serena of Serena Creative and The Muir Project. The seven-minute film features Bill Czappa, a television repairman by profession and object-sculpture artist by passion, who’s repair shop doubles as a gallery displaying over 70 works of his “California Assemblage” styled artwork. Opus Orange “Bloom” is also featured in the short, fresh from their latest release Equilibrium.

“Czappa” has been selected to premier at Dances With Films Festival on June 2nd.

Emoto composer Ryan Elder has scored a crossover bit, featuring Cartoon Network’s Rick and Morty, which aired May 17th in the Season 26 finale of The Simpsons.

In this episode of The Simpsons, Rick and Morty literally drop-in on the beloved Simpson family in another one of their outlandish adventures throughout space and alternate universes. Check it out below!

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The Simpsons, created by Matt Groening, James L. Brooks, and Sam Simon and written by Michael Price, first aired in 1989 and has been a television favorite for decades now. Rick and Morty is a relatively new animated series, created by Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon, which will celebrate it’s Season 2 premier on Cartoon Network’s [adult swim] Sunday, July 26th.

If you can’t wait until July for more Rick and Morty, catch up with Season 1 online at [adult swim]. The Simpsons will be back with Season 27 in late September of this year.


You probably already know that Emoto’s Opus Orange released Equilibrium last week but did you know that they will also be releasing sheet music for the entire album? Soon you will be able to play it all yourself, no transcribing necessary!

Sheet music for “Bloom” is available below! Stay tuned for the rest of the sheet music – Coming Soon!


1 Day. 35 Venues. 150 Performances. All Free!


Emoto featured artist Opus Orange will be performing on the Levitt Pavilion Stage at Make Music Pasadena 2015, Saturday June 6th!

Make Music Pasadena is a free, all-day, all-ages music celebration and a non-profit event generously funded by sponsors and donations. The musical lineup totals more than 150 bands spanning 35 venues and features an eclectic mix of diverse music, including seasoned award-winning performers and emerging homegrown talent, coming together for one day to celebrate the spirit of music and community.

Opus Orange goes on at 3pm! Check out the Levitt Pavilion Stage line-up below and follow Opus Orange and Make Music Pasadena on Facebook for information and updates!

Levitt Pavilion Stage presented by Lincoln Property Company  @  85 E. Holly Street, Pasadena CA 91103

Alexandria Maillot | 12:00pm – 12:40 pm

Raspin Stuwart | 1:00pm – 1:40pm

Boroughs | 2:00pm – 2:40pm

Opus Orange | 3:00pm 3:40pm

Mudbug Brass Band | 4:00pm – 4:40pm

The Moth & The Flame | 5:00pm – 5:40pm

Making Movies | 6:00pm – 6:45pm

Nick Waterhouse | 7:05pm – 8:00pm


Emoto featured artist Opus Orange will be releasing Equilibrium, a solo piano album recorded on a 1913 Knabe upright piano tomorrow, Tuesday May 12th. Equilibrium encompasses Spring: the lingering of Winter, the Vernal Equinox, the new life of flowers. It is reflection rather than expression. Texture and tone rather than melody and chords. It is an audible picture of the need to slow down and take time to observe nature changing.

[05.12.15] UPDATE:

Opus Orange Equilibrium (via Emoto Music)





For licensing inquiries, please contact Lindsay Froemke at

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Indie music taste-makers Gorilla vs Bear have just premiered the latest single “Swimming” from Emoto composer Lauren Hillman (aka Kotomi)!

Kotomi will be releasing a new song on the first Tuesday of every month this year!  Keep up with her on Facebook and stay tuned!

Emoto Music is thrilled to announce that we have been selected as finalists under two categories at the 2015 AMP Awards for Music and Sound! The winners will be announced at the AMP Awards celebration in NYC on May 5th.

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Finalist for Best Original Score

Emoto teamed up with BBDO NY Creative Director Greg Hahn, SVP Director of Music & Radio Production Rani Vaz, and Executive Producer Diane Hill to create a sentimental spot for GE focused on the evolution of ideas. The GE “Ideas” arrangement, composed by Steve Hampton, features a full orchestra led by Mark Robertson of Allegro Entertainment and is a 2015 AMP finalist for Best Original Score.

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 Finalist for Most Effective Sonic Branding

Emoto worked alongside The Escape Pod agency’s Executive Producer Ken Kwiatt, Producer Mary Ann Holecek, Executive Creative Director Vinny Warren, and Creative Directors Kurt Lenard and Matt Wilcox to bring Toys R Us a new theme composed by Paul Bessenbacher of Emoto featured artist Opus Orange which is a 2015 AMP finalist for Most Effective Sonic Branding.


Emoto Music is excited to announce that GE “Ideas” has made the AICP Awards Shortlist for original music! The arrangement, composed by Steve Hampton, features a full orchestra led by Mark Robertson of Allegro Entertainment.

Emoto teamed up with BBDO NY Creative Director Greg Hahn, SVP Director of Music & Radio Production Rani Vaz, and Executive Producer Diane Hill to create this sentimental spot for GE focused on the evolution of ideas.

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Emoto featured artist Kotomi (aka Lauren Hillman) has just released “Please (Say You Never Will)”.  The new single premiered this morning at online UK music and culture magazine The 405.

Kotomi will be releasing a new song on the first Tuesday of every month this year!  Keep up with her on Facebook and stay tuned!

Check out some of our newest songs from Emoto composers and artists now available for licensing! Click the down arrow to download!

All inquiries: Lindsay Froemke –



Emoto featured artist Opus Orange has released a solo piano track exclusively on Soundcloud.

The composition titled “Bloom” was recorded on a 1913 Knabe upright, then slowed down to half speed.

Follow Opus Orange on Facebook to be sure you hear all of their new music first!


Emoto composer Tony Morales has co-composed Bloodline, a Netflix original series, with composer Edward Rogers.

The series is created and executive produced by Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman & Glenn Kessler (of FX series Damages).  The dramatic thriller follows a close-knit family of four adult siblings whose secrets and scars are revealed when their black sheep brother returns home.

The first season earned strong reviews, with several outlets dubbing it the best Netflix original to date.  Bloodline was officially renewed for a second season to debut in 2016, just 10 days after hitting Netflix.

Emoto would like to introduce you to a new way of producing music via cyber session.

A cyber session is a live and interactive recording session sending client video and music from Emoto’s studio in Santa Monica to an agency’s office anywhere in the world – all you need is a computer with Google Chrome and a solid internet connection.

Cyber sessions are great for any music presentation where immediate feedback could save time and get your creatives exactly what they want as the composer reacts to creative direction on the fly.

Schedule a quick demo of a cyber session now – click here.

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Online UK music and culture magazine The 405 has just premiered the second single from Emoto composer Lauren Hillman (aka Kotomi) titled “Sober For The Weekend”.

Kotomi will be releasing a new single on the first Tuesday of every month this year.  Keep up with Kotomi on Facebook to hear it all first!


Emoto Music is proud to have teamed up with Saatchi & Saatchi NY, Goodwill® Industries and the Ad Council to compose original music on a series of new PSAs.  We collaborated with creative director, Michael Sullivan, agency producer Radu Olievschi and music producer Eric Korte via cyber-session – a live, interactive recording session projecting video and music from Emoto’s Santa Monica studio to Saatchi’s NY office.

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Check out the “Artificial Heart” music video released just this morning by Emoto featured artist Opus Orange from their new EP Outside In.

The music video, directed by Ric Serena at Serena Creative, features a collection of 8mm footage that was shot between 1963 and 1968 during one family’s summer road trips, including visits to Cape Canaveral, Niagara Falls and the 1964 World’s Fair in Queens, NY.

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Chevy has licensed Emoto featured artist Opus Orange‘s song “So It Goes” for their new “Cruze” spot produced by Tricia Hoover at Commonwealth.  Check out the finished product below!

Check out some of our newest songs from Emoto composers and artists now available for licensing!  Click the down arrow to download!

All inquiries: Lindsay Froemke –


Indie music taste-makers Gorilla vs Bear premiered a new single “The Last Time” from Emoto composer Lauren Hillman (aka Kotomi) yesterday morning.

This is the first release in a series of fresh new singles that she will release on the first Tuesday of every month this year!  Keep up with Kotomi on Facebook to make sure you don’t miss a beat!

Opus Orange’s newset music release will be available Tuesday, January 27th!


Emoto featured artist Opus Orange’s latest release “Outside In” was recorded entirely outside in the California wilderness above 10,000’ elevation. Using only solar power off the grid, they have reinvented their songs with washtubs and old BBQ grates for percussion, a washtub bass with a broom handle, and a variety of instruments found around camp including banjo, ukulele, melodica, and kalimba. Birds sing, insects buzz, and the wind whistles throughout these six songs – nature as an improvising musician.

(01.27.14) UPDATE:

Opus Orange Outside In




WATCH Emoto Music featured artist Opus Orange‘s live performance of Out Of The Shadows, created for NPR Music‘s Tiny Desk Contest. One mic, one camera, one take – filmed/recorded by Andy Alseri.

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Let’s get OO to perform live at Bob Boilen‘s Tiny Desk! Share and spread the OO love.

Just released this Tuesday morning!  Watch Opus Orange play “Out Of The Shadows” live in beautiful Colorado. Directed by Jason Fitzpatrick of The Muir Project.

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Stay tuned for our January 27, 2015 release of Outside In (songs recorded outdoors).

Emoto Music has teamed up again with The Escape Pod agency’s Executive Producer Ken Kwiatt, Producer Mary Ann Holecek, Executive Creative Director Vinny Warren, and Creative Directors Kurt Lenard and Matt Wilcox to bring Toys R Us a holiday inspired mix of the theme song composed by Emoto artist Opus Orange earlier this year.  Check out the completed spot below!

Don’t miss Emoto Music’s featured artist, Opus Orange, live at El Cid in Los Angeles on Friday (12/19) for their last show of 2014!


•4212 W. Sunset Blvd.


•Doors open at 9PM, show begins at 10PM

10PM: Pher

11PM: Opus Orange


•Tickets: $10 at the door

RSVP to the event on Facebook for updates and more information!

Arrive early and enjoy dinner before the show at El Cid’s flamenco dinner theater featuring Manuel Gutierrez from 6:30pm – 9pm!

Emoto Music composer Tony Morales has scored a five-minute Rocky and Bullwinkle short titled “Another Fine Moose You’ve Gotten Me Into,” or “The Man In The Iron Moose!”

The short, written by Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant and directed by Gary Trousdale, has been included on the recently released 3-D DVD/Blu-ray of Mr. Peabody & Sherman.  Watch an exclusive first-look clip of the Rocky and Bullwinkle short below!  You can purchase Mr. Peabody & Sherman online and at most major retailers.

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Emoto featured artist Opus Orange has scored another license with their song “Time of Year”!  Check out the CBS holiday spot, celebrating Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer’s 50th anniversary, below!  Happy holidays!

Emoto Music’s featured artist Opus Orange will be performing this Friday (11/21) at The Empty Bottle in Chicago!


•1035 N Western Ave, Chicago


Tickets $8

•Doors open at 9PM, Opus Orange goes on at 10PM

Check out the event on Facebook for updates and more information

Emoto composer and Opus Orange member Lauren Hillman aka Kotomi collaborated with Juno Award winner Ryan Hemsworth on a track for his sophomore album Alone For The First Time which will be released November 4th.  The first song from the album can be heard now on Soundcloud and has already yielded over 800k plays.

Check out the promo video for his tour, which features their track ‘Surrounded’, below.

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Learn more about Hemsworth, his tour, and Alone For The First Time at Last Gang Entertainment.


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RSVP with subject line “ATABOY + Emoto Music NYC Happy Hour” for admission to this event

(This is a small venue with limited space.  Admission without invitation will be determined by availability.)

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The G2 Film Festival in Venice, CA will open with a sold-out screening of Mile… Mile & A Half this Friday, October 17th at 1503 Abbot Kinney Blvd featuring an after screening performance by Emoto featured artist Opus Orange.

Mile… Mile & A Half  follows a team of artists as they set out to hike the John Muir Trail, recording their experience.  The film was directed by Ric Serena and Jason M. Fitzpatrick and was scored by Opus Orange members Paul Bessenbacher and Bernard Chadwick.

The event is sponsored by Samy’s Camera, South End Venice, and Angel City Brewing.  Screening begins at 6:30PM, cocktail party and filmmaker meet and greet begin at 8:00PM.

Keep up to date with Opus Orange via Facebook to hear about events and get tickets first.


Emoto composer Tony Morales is scoring the recently premiered CBS series Scorpion along with fellow composer Brian Tyler.

Scorpion is based on the true story of eccentric genius, Walter O’Brien, and his team of brilliant misfits who are the last line of defense against complex technological threats of the modern age.

The show airs at 9PM PST/EST every Monday on CBS through April 20th of 2015 and has already been picked up for a second season to begin later on in the year.



Opus Orange will be performing live at The Echo in Los Angeles next Wednesday, October 8th

•18 and over

Ticket price $8.00

(first 20 people to email will get on the limited $5.00 VIP list)

•1822 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90026

•Show starts at 9:00PM, doors open at 8:30PM

9PM: Opus Orange

10PM: Forebear

11PM: Wartime Recitals

12AM: Archer Black

RSVP to the Facebook event for updates & more information

Opus Orange song “Range of Light” has been licensed by Nature Valley for use in their latest campaign.

Emoto worked alongside Casanova Pendrill’s Director of Broadcast Production Manuel Carvajal, Chief Executive Creative Director Elias Weinstock, Senior Producer Nelly Medina, Creative Director Fernando Poblete, Art Director Daniel Vicente, and Copywriters Fernando Poblete, Claudio Vera, and Josué Mendoza to bring Nature Valley the series of heart warming new spots featuring blind adventurer Erik Weihenmayer.

“Range of Light” was originally written for and released on the Mile… Mile & a Half soundtrack last year.  Check out one of the spots below:


Emoto featured artist Opus Orange is excited to announce that they have been selected to perform at CMJ Music Marathon in New York City this coming October.

For 34 years the CMJ Music Marathon has been a vital platform for the discovery of new music.  Over one week in New York, artists from far and wide will take over upwards of 80 venues for exclusive shows and conferences to perform for a wide-span audience of over 125,000 music fans and industry professionals.

Opus Orange will be performing October 23rd at Passenger Bar & is currently scheduled to begin playing at 9:20PM.

Follow Opus Orange on Facebook for updates and more information regarding the event.

Emoto Music worked alongside The Escape Pod agency’s Executive Producer Ken Kwiatt, Producer Mary Ann Holecek, Executive Creative Director Vinny Warren, and Creative Directors Kurt Lenard and Matt Wilcox to bring Toys R Us a series of spots featuring a new theme song composed by Emoto artist Opus Orange.

Check out a few of the completed spots below:


Toys R Us “Crayola”


Toys R Us “TMNT”


Toys R Us “Y-Glider”




Opus Orange will be opening for headliner Black Taxi at Bootleg Theatre in Los Angeles this Saturday, September 13th

• Show starts at 9:00 PM, doors open at 8:00 PM

•21 & over

Ticket price: $10.00

•Bootleg Theatre, 2220 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90057

Set times subject to change.




Harmontown, composed by Emoto’s Ryan Elder, has been picked up for national distribution after premiering last March at the Austin Film Festival SXSW.  The documentary follows writer/producer/performer Dan Harmon as he tours America hosting an improv comedy show along with co-host Jeff Davis, podcaster Erin McGrathy, and Dungeon Master of an ongoing game of Dungeons & Dragons Spencer Crittenden.  The tour originated as a weekly live show and podcast out of Meltdown Comics in Hollywood.  The documentary is due to be distributed in early October.  Check out the Harmontown website for more information and the latest updates.

Emoto teamed up with BBDO NY Creative Director Greg Hahn, SVP Director of Music & Radio Production Rani Vaz, and Executive Producer Diane Hill as well as a full orchestra led by Mark Robertson to create this sentimental spot composed by Steve Hampton for GE focused on the evolution of ideas.

Check out Opus Orange performing their single “Balance” Live at the Eat See Hear screening of Super Troopers in Santa Monica last month (7.26.2014)!

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From the 2014 release

Video shot by: Ric Serena, Jason Fitzpatrick, Jeff Christensen

Buy “Balance EP” now:


PB, Emoto partner/composer and lead singer of Opus Orange, will be taking stage with The Emy Reynolds Band tomorrow, August 9th 2014, for the third annual Lissie and Friends Concert at The Libbey Bowl in Ojai, California.  Also performing will be Todd Hannigan, Sleeping Chief, special guest Dasha, and Lissie herself.  The event benefits Changing Tides Orphanage in Haiti.

First gates open at 6pm.  For more information about the event and where to purchase tickets click here!

Emoto’s featured band Opus Orange will be performing a free show for Echo Park Rising’s annual neighborhood multi-stage concert series at Neighborhood Salon on Saturday August 16th.  Neighborhood Salon is located at 1838 Echo Park Ave in Los Angeles.  RSVP to the event via Facebook for updates: Click Me To RSVP

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Opus Orange will be playing an Eat | See | Hear event on July 26th, warming up the crowd for an outdoor screening of Super Troopers at Santa Monica High School.

Doors open at 5:30PM and food trucks will include: Steel City Sandwich, Vizzi Truck, Burnt to a Crisp Texas BBQ, Umami Burger, Ta Bom, Coolhaus, and Brasil Kiss.

For more information about the event and where to purchase tickets check out: Eat See Hear online

We’re especially proud of our recent work with Conill Advertising in Miami on T-Mobile.

Agency producer Allan Rivera, along with creative team Ruben Salavert, Frank Traynor, Mariana Weinzimer and Jonathan Morffi, brought us a fun pair of spots produced for this year’s World Cup.  Check them out below:

T-Mobile “Colors”


T-Mobile “Pep Talk”

Many of you have attended one of our shows or screenings with Emoto artist, Opus Orange, but did you know Google has licensed “Almost There” (featuring Lauren Hillman) for an 8 week campaign promoting Google Hangout?

Did you also know PB of Opus Orange or any of the other exclusive Emoto artists or composers can work directly with you in your office, editorial suite or cubicle on your own private cyber-session using Google Hangout – he already has.


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Opus Orange will be performing in Davis June 21st at Davis Music Festival and in Sacramento June 22nd at Witch Room

The Santa Monica based band is taking a quick weekend trip to Davis in late June to perform for Davis Music Festival 2014!  The following day, they will split the stage with The Memories and Sonny & The Sunsets at Witch Room in Sacramento.

Check out more information about the shows and how to get tickets by clicking either photo or linked venue name above.

We can’t wait to see you all there!



Emoto musician/composer Kotomi aka Lauren Hillman is due to release ‘Over Our Heads’ EP, June 10th.

The 6 track EP features a pop/electronic musical base in addition to some 80’s and soul flavors.  It will be available via most online retailers as well as by ‘pay-what-you-choose’ format from her page.  Check out the track list below:

1. Beneath The Surface

2. Over Our Heads

3. Vocode You

4. Young Love

5. With You

6. Simple & Sweet



Emoto’s Ryan Elder will be composing the music for Season 2 of Rick and Morty on Cartoon Network, rumored to air in late 2014.

Rick and Morty is an animated series created by Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon.   The show features lead-character Rick, who is a mentally-unbalanced alcoholic yet scientifically-gifted old man that has recently reconnected with his family.  Rick spends most of his time taking his young grandson, Morty, on dangerous and outlandish adventures throughout space and alternate universes.

You can now watch the whole first season of Rick and Morty online at [adult swim].


Emoto’s own Ryan Elder has completed composition on Harmontown the documentary.

TV Writer/Producer/Performer Dan Harmon creates rise from potential ashes with documentary Harmontown.  A follow up of the LA-based live-show and Feral Audio podcast.  Join Harmon and friends as they take to touring the country committing no-holds-barred comedy.

Learn more and grab tickets here.



Opus Orange song “In The Dark” and Tony Morales score “The Break Up” are both featured on the Lakeshore Records ‘In Your Eyes’ Soundtrack to be physically released June 8th and released digitally June 10th.  The label will also release another album for the movie featuring Tony Morales’ original score.  Check out the full details at by clicking the link here.


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It’s the last day to vote Opus Orange for this week’s Alt Nation Alt-18

Help Opus Orange make the playlist by Facebook or Twitter or by emailing your vote TODAY


SiriusXM radio station AltNation (channel 36) has been rotating “Balance” by Opus Orange around the clock as part of it’s “New Music Radar”.
We need your request to get on to the Alt-18 playlist!

Please include in your Twitter request:





You can also email your vote to: and

Or simply send a request to AltNation via Facebook

Thank you for your love and support!

Emoto completes a trio of Chase spots for Eric Korte and Doug Pippin of Saatchi NY, exploring the culinary alter egos of Chef Nobu Matsuhisa, Chef Sue Zemanick, and duo Chef Jamie Del Campo and Chef Ramiro Arvizu.

We really enjoyed examining the musical style of these three geographies almost as much as the chefs must have enjoyed sampling the food using their Chase Sapphire Cards.

Take a look at the finished products below:


Chase – Austin, Texas 


Chase – Miami, Florida


Chase – Maine



Opus Orange will be playing FREE show tomorrow night at TR!P in their home town of Santa Monica! Please don’t miss the opportunity to see them rock out with special guests: Wartime Recitals, Fine Minds, and Okapi Sun. Come early, have some drinks, stay late, enjoy a great evening full of great music! Click here for all the info.


Opus Orange will be performing tonight with Hollow and Akimbo at the Magic Bag in Ferndale, MI. Doors are at 6:30pm and the show starts at 7:30pm. If you are around and free, please stop by! For all the details, click here.

Hey Everyone! Check out this trailer for the Joss Whedon film In Your Eyes. The trailer features the track “Almost There” by our very own Opus Orange. In Your Eyes premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival last week and is now available for download! Congrats to everyone involved in this project! Also available for rent on for only $5!



Congrats to John Adair for composing the music to the Telly Award winning piece, Edward Pazdur: Reflections. The film was directed by Chris Deford of Buzzsaw Films.  To read the full article, click HERE.


If you are in New York tonight, go check out Opus Orange rock out at the Wax Magazine Website (re)Launch Party. They will be featuring screen art by Linked by Air and a very special sound installation by One Thousand Birds. There will be drink specials provided by The Wooly and live music.


Click here for an exclusive sneak preview of In Your Eyes

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Opus Orange has been getting some nice reviews. Check out the review for the songs featured in the upcoming movie In Your Eyes. They also received a nice compliment in the Argonaut online. Way to go!


If you are in the New York area, come out to Pianos  Tuesday, April 22nd and enjoy some cocktails, entertainment, and live music featuring Opus Orange


Check out to this beautiful excerpt from Tony Morales, film composer, for In Your Eyes THE MOVIE, a film written by Joss Whedon. The film also features three songs by Opus Orange


Opus Orange is gearing up to perform as an official showcase band at SXSW tonight!

If you are in the area, please come, join the fun, and show your support!

Check out their latest YouTube videos

Balance EP available on iTunes and Bandcamp


“The Bag Man” score soundtrack is officially out today on iTunes and amazon.

Congratulations to composers Tony Morales and Edward Rogers!

The soundtrack was recorded here at Emoto and featured some of our music crew: Gabe Moffat, Kent Verderico, Steve Hampton, John Adair and Joseph Pusateri.


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Opus Orange isn’t Emoto’s only star this week at SXSW. We’ve got Emoto composer, Ryan Elder premiering his score for a documentary called Harmontown. 

Check out the trailer and show your support, way to go Ryan!

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New week, new video for our song “Fortress” Please enjoy!

The Balance EP is available for purchase via iTunes or Bandcamp – thanks for your support!

– Opus Orange


Opus Orange, pictured during a shoot for their “The Next World” video, play a free Westside show
on Saturday; from left, keyboardist Lauren Hillman, founder Paul Bessenbacher, bassist Carlen Walth, guitarist Bernard Chadwick, drummer James Neil and percussionist Piper Denney

Read the full article at The Argonaut Online now!

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Please enjoy a brand new music video for our song “The Next World”!

The Balance EP is available for purchase via iTunes or Bandcamp – thanks for your support!

– Opus Orange

Emoto Composer and Partner, PB composed the score for the short film, ‘Eugene’.

The documentary won best mini-doc at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival

which makes it eligible for consideration for next year’s Oscars.

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Directed by: Ric Serena

Director of Photography: Tyler Allison

Producer: Kia Kiso

Opus Orange released a brand new music video for their song “Artificial Heart”

The song is from their brand new Balance EP and can be purchased on iTunes and Bandcamp.

Watch this incredibly beautiful 3 minute short film by Kolby Kirk, featuring our music from Mile… Mile & A Half. Congrats Kolby!


The wait is finally over! Hurry and buy your copy of Opus Orange’s brand new EP, Balance

Purchase on iTunes

Purchase on Bandcamp

In addition to the release of the album, they have also released a music video featuring the title track “Balance”

Watch the video now!

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Opus Orange has officially announced that they will be part of the line-up for SXSW 2014!

Austin, here we come!!


The Muir Project‘s documentary ‘Mile…Mile & A Half is now available internationally on iTunes! Check the list below to see if it’s available on iTunes in your country and plese spread the word to your international friends! SHARING IS CARING <3

iTunes Anguilla, iTunes Antigua and Barbuda, iTunes Argentina, iTunes Australia, iTunes Austria, iTunes Bahamas, iTunes Belgium, iTunes Belize, iTunes Bermuda, iTunes Bolivia, iTunes Canada, iTunes Cayman Islands, iTunes Chile, iTunes Costa Rica, iTunes Dominican Republic, iTunes Ecuador, iTunes El Salvador, iTunes France, iTunes Germany, iTunes Grenada, iTunes Guatemala, iTunes Honduras, iTunes Ireland, iTunes Italy, iTunes Japan, iTunes Luxembourg, iTunes Mexico, iTunes Nicaragua, iTunes Norway, iTunes Panama, iTunes Paraguay, iTunes Peru, iTunes St. Kitts and Nevis, iTunes Switzerland, iTunes Trinidad and Topago, iTunes United Kingdom, iTunes United States, iTunes Venezuela, iTunes Virgin Islands, British

Mile…Mile & A Half follows a team of artists as they set out to hike the John Muir Trail, recording their experience. The film is directed by Ric Serena and Jason M. Fitzpatrick with an original score by Emoto’s Paul Bessenbacher and Bernard Chadwick of ‘Opus Orange‘.


Emoto’s friends, Emy Reynolds Band, will be performing this Saturday, January 18th at Room 5 Music at 9pm, with Jesse Thomas following at 10pm! Come out and support great music! <3 Where: Room 5 Music (143 North La Brea Avenue) When: 9:00pm -TIX-


‘Eugene’ has now made it into 10 film festivals, including the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival 2014, the American Online Film Awards and Thin Line 2014!

Eugene is a short documentary directed by Jason Stanfield and Jordan Olshansky with music by Emoto’s Paul Bessenbacher and Sound Design by Dean Hovey of


Emoto’s friend, Katie Hampton, will be playing at Witzend in Venice next Friday, January 17th @ 10pm! Start out your new year with some yummy drinks and great music!

Where: Witzend (1717 Lincoln Blvd.)
When: Friday, January 17th @ 10:00pm

Opus Orange & Emy Reynolds’ arrangement of Cat Stevens ‘If You Want To Sing Out, Sing Out’ has been released!

A little Emoto gift for you…

Happy Holidays!

Enjoy this unique rendition of Silent Night, performed by the ‘Bowen Beer Bottle Band’ (whose members happen to include many well-known Emoto peeps!)

Happy Holidays! xo


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Rick & Morty, composed by Emoto’s Ryan Elder, premiered yesterday and is already becoming a fast hit on Cartoon Network’s ‘Adult Swim’, with reviews calling it “A disturbingly funny addition to Adult Swim.” Check out what critics at ‘San Francisco Chronicle’, ‘The New York Times’ and ‘Variety‘ are saying about the series!

Rick & Morty was created by Justin Roiland (House of Cosby’s) and Dan Harmon (Community on NBC). Check out a clip of the show above!

Check out ‘Balance’; the title track off of Opus Orange‘s upcoming EP, to be released early next year!!


Emoto is excited to announce the upcoming premiere of  the documentary ‘BridgeWalkers‘ produced and released by One River Productions, with music by Emoto’s John Adair! Check out the trailer above!

Premise: “As our relationship to Earth travels down a dangerous path, it has become clear that we cannot sustain the stress of our modern ways. On a quest to restore balance, Tribal Leaders from around the world gather in Greenland to witness the coming of a 20,000-year-old prophecy. Surrounded by melting ice caps, Spiritual Leaders from the four corners of the Earth share the wisdom, prophecies and ceremonies of their ancestors. In an unprecedented gathering, they remember the wounds of the past and embrace the spirit that has endured. Together they reveal a message that can give hope to the next seven generations. Walk with them and discover ancient knowledge long forgotten. Listen to the wisdom of their ancestors. Feel their connection to Mother Earth. Stand with these extraordinary “BridgeWalkers” around the Sacred Fire as they bridge the mind to the heart, the heart to the land, and the land to the one human family!”

-Upcoming Showings-
Red Nation Film Festival
Los Angeles, CA – USA
November 10, 2013
Vancouver Indigenous Media Arts Festival
Vancouver, Canada
SFU Cinema, 149 West Hastings


KFC Australia licenses Opus Orange’s “Almost There” for their latest commercial! Check it out!


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Santa Monica, CA 90405



Recording: $150/hour (includes Asst. Engineer)
w/ 4 hour minimum
Filming: $550/hour
w/ 4 hour minimum
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Eugene came in 3rd place during the fifth annual ‘Advertising Community Shorts Night’ at the Midwest Independent Film Festival on Tuesday!

The selection jury included Y&R’s Brian Smego, Havas Worldwide’s Matt Faris, McGarryBowen’s Lisa Burke, Leo Burnett’s Juan Woodbury and BBDO’s Melissa Barany. Read more about the event HERE!

“Every day Eugene panhandled near his campsite in The Presidio with his cat Trouble, his good cheer masking a painful and damning secret about his past.” Eugene was directed by Jason Stanfield and Jordan Olshansky with music by Emoto’s Paul Bessenbacher and sound design by Dean Hovey of Watch the trailer here!

The documentary ‘Mile..Mile & A Half’ is now on sale through iTunes and some of your other VOD platforms! DVD’s and Blu-rays of the film are also on sale!

‘Mile…Mile & a Half’ is not your typical hiking and nature documentary. It is about the journey of a group of professional artists who hiked the John Muir Trail in 2011. They hiked 219 miles in 25 days. Along the way they were joined by musicians, painters, teachers and other adventure-seekers. They set out to capture the trail, but ended up documenting how the wilderness captured them.

The film is scored by Emoto’s Opus Orange and the soundtrack is now available!


To score a free DVD of the film along with the soundtrack, -LIKE- this post on Facebook!
*Winner will be chosen at random!

Emoto’s Ryan Elder has been working on the theme and score for upcoming Rick and Morty created by Justin Roiland (House of Cosby’s) and Dan Harmon (Community on NBC)! Check out a preview of the show above!

Rick and Morty will appear on Cartoon Network’s [adult swim] on Dec. 1st at 11:30pm!

Check out this trailer for Eugene, a short documentary directed by Jason Stanfield and Jordan Olshansky with music by Emoto’s Paul Bessenbacher and Sound Design by Dean Hovey of

Eugene will premiere on Tuesday, September 10th at the LA Shorts Fest!
Tickets for the event can be purchased -HERE-


Come check out Emoto’s friend Katie Hampton as she takes up residency this September at The Voodoo Lounge
at Hollywoods, House of Blues (lower level)!

She’ll be performing every Sunday night for the month of September!
Doors open at 7pm! (which is also the hour the 2-for-1 drink specials begin!)
So get there early!
Oh, and did I mention it’s FREE? 🙂

See you there!!

Emoto had a great afternoon working with some of the most respected musicians in the business for two Chase Sapphire spots entitled “Miami” and “Austin”!

Amongst some of the musicians that day was Grammy Award winning guitarist Albert Lee; known for his work with many artists which include Eric Clapton and Emmy Lou Harris. You can listen to the Chase spot Albert performed on below!

Other musicians that day included one of the most respected and recorded percussionist’s in the world, Luis Conte; known for his work with artists such as Phil Collins and Elton John, and peruvian drummer Alex Acuna; percussionist on Blondie’s number one hit “The Tide is High”. You can listen to the Chase spot Luis and Alex performed on below!

Stay tuned for the launch of an upcoming Opus Orange EP of songs recorded entirely outside, which will feature ’21 Years Down.’

Did you catch When I Look In Your Eyes by Opus Orange feat. Chelsea Williams on the latest ‘Tide Pods‘ commercial??

Be sure to check out these remixes of When I Look In Your Eyes by Kotomi and El_Der!

For more Chelsea Wiliams visit

Thank you to Kyle LaBrache and Elliott Lester for allowing Emoto to be a part of creating this inspiring piece!

Emy Reynolds Band

Emoto’s friend Emy Reynolds will be playing at the Bootleg Theatre on July 12th! Come join us!

When: Friday, July 12
Time: Doors: 7:30pm, Show: 9:00pm
Where: Bootleg Theatre — 2220 Beverly Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90057
Tickets: Purchase -HERE-


Congrats to Emoto artist and friend Katie Hampton for being our July Artist of the Month! Come join us this Friday, June 21st at Molly Malone’s for Katie’s show!


When: Friday, June 21st
Time: 8pm
Where: Molly Malone’s (575 S Fairfax Ave Los Angeles, CA 90036)

Entry is $10, and is 21+


Congrats to Emoto’s friend Nick Jaina for the nice review from Indie Rock Cafe!

Nick is the artist of the week!

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The Muir Project’s ‘Mile…Mile & A Half’ screening on June 1st at 5pm is now sold out!
However, the Dances With Films festival has decided to host a second screening!
Come hear Opus Orange on the big screen! Emoto will be there, we hope you will too!

When? June 1st
What time? 5:20pm
Where? Chinese 6 Theatres

To buy tickets to the second screening at 5:20pm, click HERE!


On Friday, May 24th, the Santa Monica based indie band Opus Orange, will be bringing down the house at Hotel Cafe in Hollywood! Come join us for the party as we celebrate the official record release of the motion picture soundtrack for The Muir Project’s “Mile…Mile & A Half”, featuring songs such as Out of the Shadows and Diving Bell. They will also be playing their hit singles like Almost There. Opus Orange will take the stage at 10pm on Friday at Hotel Cafe and tickets will be $10 at the door!

Where: Hotel Cafe
N. Cahunega Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA. 90028
When: Opus Orange hits the stage @ 10pm!
Tix: Purchased at the Door ($10.00)

To join the event via Facebook: -CLICK HERE-

To watch the trailer for Mile…Mile & a Half: -CLICK HERE-

We hope to see you there! <3


Opus Orange’s full soundtrack for the Muir Project’s “Mile…Mile & a Half” is now on iTunes!
Buy it. Love it. Share it! Click here to check it out on iTunes!

Emoto worked with director team Josh and Xander of Radical Media on their directors cut for Jeep “Whole Again”. Hope you enjoy!

Samsung New Zealand has licensed Opus Orange’s track “Crystal Clear” for their latest spot!

Check out this beautiful homage to The Muir Project’s ‘Mile, Mile & A Half’ with film scoring by Emoto/Opus Orange’s Paul Bessenbacher and Bernard Chadwick!

Yes! You heard it here! “Chevy One Button” has officially licensed “So It Goes” by Opus Orange through Emoto!

Opus Orange has pre-released another new track titled “Out Of The Shadows” which is off of the soundtrack for the Muir Project’s “Mile…Mile & A Half”. The full soundtrack is to be released on May 14, 2013! Enjoy!

This month, Emoto had the opportunity to work with the wonderful Deborah Pardes on her journey to “Cool The World”!

Emoto Music is a founding sponsor of Cool the World, a project of Artists for Literacy. This project is giving voice to kids all over the world who stand to lose the most if global warming continues. In order to launch the world-wide initiative, Cool the World first needed to record its flagship song. Artists for Literacy’s founder, Deborah Pardes, approached Emoto Music for their professional support. An amazing collaboration was launched between 20 kids and the producers, engineers, and musicians of Emoto Music. To learn more about the project, and see how you can help please visit

Emoto is helping to Cool the World. Can you?

Listen to Opus Orange’s pre-release of “Diving Bell”; a new song that will be                                                                                     featured on the soundtrack for  The Muir Project‘s “Mile… Mile And A Half”!

Mile… Mile & A Half will premiere on June 1st in Los Angeles!

More details and additional screening dates coming soon!

Also! If you haven’t seen it yet, below is the trailer for The Muir Project!


Deborah Pardes of Artists for Literacy, with the help of Emoto’s own Paul Bessenbacher brought these happy little souls together to take part in the recording of an inspirational and quite moving piece of music.

“Cool the World” was written by Deborah Pardes in hopes of educating and inspiring people to take a stand and get involved in the effort to stop global warming in its tracks.

Here, we’ve included some moments captured during this very special session held at Emoto.

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Hey, all! Guess what!? (what?)

The new Opus Orange single “So It Goes” just dropped
and let us be the first to say it is kickin’!

Purchase this single –Here!

walk through my daydreams, with you by my side we’re making up things only we see..

To be released April 2nd — stay tuned! <3

Remember that game that you spent hours playing but eventually gave up because you just weren’t that great at it? …It’s back! Relive all those hours of fun and check out how Emoto re-invented the famous ‘Tetris’ theme for Chevy ‘Traverse’!


Tequila Mockingbird is hosting their annual back alley SXSW Bash!
Come rock out to incredible music with some sausage wraps and free beer!

Featuring Opus Orange 6:45-7:30

along with,
Elijah Ford & The Bloom 3:00-3:45
Trails and Ways 4:15-5:00
He’s My Brother She’s My Sister 5:30-6:15
Shivery Shakes 8:00-9:00

Be there on Friday 3/15/13
at 306 West 16th Street, Austin, TX
Between 3:00pm and 9:00pm


Opus Orange is playing at Tequila Mockingbird’s annual back alley SXSW bash at 6:30
Come see them perform along with some other incredible bands!

Elijah Ford
Shivery Shakes
He’s My Brother She’s My Sister
Trails And Ways

WHEN? 3/15/13
WHERE? 306 West 16th Street, Austin, TX
*Between Lavaca and Guadalupe*


Come see Opus Orange rock the house and get your groove on!
They are playing at O’Briens on Main St. in Santa Monica, CA at 9PM!

We know you saw the 30 second spot that aired during the Super Bowl!

Here’s the extended spot, twice as long and twice as awesome!

Arranged by Emoto Music’s own Paul Bessenbacher and John Adair, the Meat Loaf hit I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That) performed by M&M’s Red for BBDO New York.

Watch Red as he battles it out with his one true love Naya Rivera from FOX’s Glee!


You heard it on the Super Bowl. It was ONE spot that didn’t show off before the big game… Paul Bessenbacher and John Adair of Emoto Music (Santa Monica) arranged the Meat Loaf hit I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That) performed by M&M’s Red for BBDO New York. Cheer for Red as he struggles with the glories and the pitfalls of love in this :30 spot DEBUTED in the first quarter of Super Bowl XLVII (2013).

See EMOTO’s showreel -HERE-

Emoto just finished working with Kyle LaBrache and Elliott Lester on ‘The Movement Project!’
Check out the inspiring trailer!

Check out this behind-the-scenes look at one of the artists who collaborated on The Muir Project’s Mile… Mile & A Half.

Edited by Jason Fitzpatrick and music by Opus Orange, Kolby tells his story on how he joined the journey and what the experience meant to him.

To watch the trailer for Mile… Mile & A Half -CLICK HERE-

To watch a behind-the-scenes look on the scoring for Mile… Mile & A Half -CLICK HERE-

Hope to see you tomorrow for Opus Orange’s first show of the new year!

You can pre-order your tickets -HERE- or get them at the door!

The Ford Escape “Escape My Life” webseries that Emoto composed music for was voted one of the Top 10 Best Webseries’ of 2012 by Paste Magazine! Read more about it -HERE-

It’s that time of year! — and Opus Orange has just the song to get you in the holiday spirit!<3

Check out the last installment of the very funny Ford Escape webisode series that Emoto produced music for!

Doors open at 7pm — space is limited! We hope to see you there! <3


Check out this beautiful video Ric Serena of The Muir Project created on the scoring of the film ‘Mile… Mile & A Half’ featuring Emoto’s Paul Bessenbacher and his band Opus Orange!

Check out the latest installment of the Ford Escape webisode with our mischievous duo, Barry and Skyler!
“Cheerio, dahling!” 🙂

Opus Orange is one of the featured artists today on Twitmusic!

Please support Opus Orange by signing in with your Twitter account and Loving/Commenting on the (3) versions of “When I Look In Your Eyes” -HERE-

Thank You! <3

The third installment of the Ford Escape webseries is up! Check it out!

Check out these FUN remixes of Opus Orange’s When I Look In Your Eyes, by Kotomi and El_der! <3

The latest Opus Orange track “When I Look In Your Eyes” was released today! Take a listen <3

Get this version (and two remixes!): WWW.ITUNES.COM

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Emoto pal’s, Chelsea Williams, will be having a couple live shows this weekend for the release of her latest EP Chelsea Williams. She’ll be at 3rd Street Promenade both this Saturday and Sunday afternoon, and at Boulevard Music Saturday evening <3 More details below: October 26th & 27th
3rd St. Promenade
1351 Third Street Promenade
Santa Monica
Performing: 10am-12pm & 2pm-4pm

October 27th
Boulevard Music @ 8pm
4316 Sepulveda Blvd.
Culver City
Tix: $15.00

For more Chelsea, check out her website:

Check out the second Episode of the Ford Escape Webseries, that Emoto produced music for!

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Emoto is excited to attend a private screening this weekend of the anticipated documentary “Mile, Mile And A Half.” With a score written by Emoto’s Paul Bessenbacher and bandmate Bernard Chadwick, the documentary follows a team of artists as they set out to hike the John Muir Trail and record their experiences.
Check out the trailer below!

Check out the first episode of the Ford Escape webisode series starring comedian Natasha Leggero, that Emoto produced music for!

Dianna Agron, from Fox’s TV show Glee, tweeted about Opus Orange yesterday 🙂

And for YOUR listening and sharing pleasure… <3