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!

 

Having to keep this hush-hush during production, we are now thrilled to share our Twilight Zone Super Bowl promo for the upcoming reboot with Jordan Peele, premiering on CBS All Access. With the internet all atwitter immediately after it aired, the video racked up over 1M views in under a day.

Directed by Ric Serena with sound design by Durand Trench, PB’s mysterious score alludes throughout to the iconic Twilight Zone theme, culminating at the end with the original theme as we all know it.

 

NOATAK: Return to the Arctic, from frequent collaborators The Muir Project, was recently featured on National Geographic as part of their Short Film Highlight series. Emoto Music’s Paul Bessenbacher and Matt Bowen scored the short film which made its run on the festival circuit back in 2016 starting with the Banff Mountain Film Festival. Later appearances included the Wild & Scenic Film Festival Tour, Dances With Films, and G2 Green Earth Film Festival.

Check out the video below to watch the short film in its entirety or click the link to read the article:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/video/shorts/now-in-their-70s-two-friends-return-to-the-arctic-for-one-more-adventure/

 

Artist Robert Townsend, subject of the latest documentary from director Ric Serena, was featured in the March 30 issue of LA Weekly. The three-page article highlights the recent success of the documentary on the film festival circuit and details Townsend’s background and career.

“The unveiling of serendipitous events surrounding the project, coupled with the film’s original score (composed by Paul Bessenbacher of Opus Orange and Matt Bowen)… touches on inspiration, connection and the journey of our belongings after we’re gone.”

The documentary, which features an original soundtrack composed by Emoto Music’s Paul Bessenbacher and Matt Bowen, has already won the Audience Award for Best Short Documentary at the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival and will be showing at several other film festivals this year, including:

  • Beverly Hills Film Festival: April 6, 7:15PM
  • NYC Independent Film Festival: Producer’s Club Theater S, May 10, 4:45PM
  • American Documentary Film Festival in Palm Springs
  • Florida Film Festival

Read the full article, starting on page 15, here at LA Weekly or check out the trailer to the documentary below.

 

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Directed & Shot by Ric Serena

This project for MoMA with WAX Studios in NYC is a promo for the upcoming show “ITEMS: Is Fashion Modern” on display from October 1 through January 28. The show examines the present, past—and sometimes the future—of 111 items of clothing and accessories that have had a strong impact on the world in the 20th and 21st centuries—and continue to hold currency today.

The score uses only sounds from the fashion world – coat hangers, leather belts, scissors, cloth tears, velcro rips, sewing machine, high heels, perfume spray. The sounds were sourced from One Thousand Birds and organized into music by our very own Paul Bessenbacher.

 

Emoto’s Paul Bessenbacher partnered with LA drummer John Robinson (Daft Punk, Quincy Jones, Micheal Jackson) on this latest spot for Cox Extreme Internet from Doner Detroit.  Cartwheels, backflips, hoverboards, trampolines and banister slides all in one continuous take.

Emoto’s Paul Bessenbacher worked with director, Dave Meyers and Dolly Singh, founder and CEO of Thesis Couture on their latest NSFW film:  The status quo is no longer acceptable to the women of this generation. We must elevate our expectations, to elevate our experience. We must Break Through and find our thrones.

 

Emoto Music’s featured artist, Opus Orange, released an arrangement of Henry Mancini‘s classic Moon River featuring Kotomi. The song was featured in TuneCore‘s #NewMusicFriday blog. The song is available everywhere including iTunes, Spotify, Bandcamp, SoundCloud and Amazon or you can give it a listen below.

Kotomi: vocals
Aaron Sterling: drums
PB: baritone guitar, electric guitar, bass, Rhodes

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

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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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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 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

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.

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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.

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 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.

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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.