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January 8, 2021 — The history of music in television and movies is interesting. Dating back to the origin of film when theaters had organs — and sometimes even full bands — to play in house during silent films. As time passed, music has played various roles in film and television. While also taking center stage in musicals and other content in order to set the mood in any given scene. With so many forms of media today, music and pictures continue to evolve in their relationship together. With that said, a new album may be setting the scene for the future of that relationship.
January 4, 2021 — TikTok has released a one-hour musical on their platform, and while it is unprecedented for the app, the story does not end there. The limited event was created to support The Actors Fund, and raised one million dollars on its first night. Which is something I would say is a success for the company. If you had a chance to catch the musical then you know it was a fun experience unlike anything we have ever seen. However, the story behind the idea is just as interesting.
January 1, 2021 — 2020 was a rough year for many people, but it also came with a lot to be grateful for. While did not get to go to as many concerts as we wanted, we did have more time to discover new music. On top of finding new ways to enjoy live shows. Some people found themselves with more time to start a hobby, or create that YouTube channel they always wanted to make. Others saw a great year for retrowave music in both videogames and television; some of the artists we work with also put out fantastic music this year. Today seems like a great day to reflect on some of our favorite retrowave tracks that came out this year, and to look forward to the great year 2021 will be.
December 26, 2020 — Ghosts ’n Goblins is an undying classic in the modern gaming world. Largely thanks in part to how well its gameplay has aged over the years. Released back in 1985, this classic IP has gained a cult-following over the years; Its difficulty being the primary force behind the fans. Ghosts ’n Goblins has received 2 sequels in total, with a 2.5D refresh back in 2006 on the PlayStation Portable. Since then, the franchise has been about as dead as the various ghouls and ghosts that you slay as Arthur. That is, until the reboot — Ghosts ’n Goblins Resurrection — was announced, and given a release date for February 25, 2021.
December 24, 2020 — There are so many Christmas songs out there, but there are only a handful of classics that everybody knows. This makes creating a Christmas film soundtrack somewhat of a challenge, because if you put the same old songs in every movie, none of them will be unique. These issues are usually fixed by having artists record a cover of the original song with their own twist. Sometimes, artists will end up recording an entirely new song for a film. Admittedly, there are a lot of bland Christmas movie soundtracks out there. That said, these ten scores set the prime example of what a good Christmas soundtrack can be.
December 20, 2020 — Cyberpunk 2077 is easily this year’s biggest release. The hype was beyond measurable, and the fans were eager to lap up more quality material from CD Project Red. Multiple delays, resulting in more than half a year of waiting, left gamers with a positive outlook for the game’s release. More development time surely meant a better final product right? Unfortunately, Cyberpunk 2077’s quality as a product was a steep departure from the public’s collective expectation. The graphics, story, and general combat were received well enough. However, the buggy nature of the open world — coupled with poor performance — left a sour taste in many fan’s mouths. These issues were magnitudes worse on the last-generation consoles too, especially the PS4. Bad enough that Sony actually pulled the title from its digital store fronts.
December 11, 2020 — YouTube can be a bit of an enigma for Independent artists since things are always changing on the Google-owned platform. There tends to be a lot of confusion over how artists receive royalties, and what use of their intellectual property earns those royalties. A clear understanding of the money you are entitled to will help you advocate for yourself, and make informed decisions when working with publishing and licensing companies.
December 1, 2020 — Movie posters are an iconic part of the pop culture lexicon. So much in fact that the online community feels a yearning desire to walk down theater halls. Taking in posters for upcoming movies, but sadly can’t be due to recent closures. People collect movie posters all over the world, and they have come to be seen as legitimate art pieces. Like everything in pop culture, as soon as it gets popular enough, people start making fakes for fun or otherwise; there is a long history of spoof movie posters, dating back to the golden age of movies as early as the 1910s. Something about the 80s and 90s films in particular made them even easier to parody. And thanks to the internet, some brilliant minds have come up with some genuinely funny movie parody posters for people to enjoy.
November 27, 2020 — What do K-Pop, ‘League of Legends’, and an up-and-coming Swedish Artist have in common? The answer is incredibly intriguing to anyone who would call themselves fans of both video games and music. To understand this unlikely combination, you have to start with one of K-Pop’s most exciting and innovative bands K/DA. With their abstract contribution to the K-Pop landscape, this band has taken video game culture by storm and has created unique collaboration opportunities.
November 13, 2020 — Music piracy is thought of as a 21st-century problem, but it has been going on since at least the 1950s. Back then, popular rockabilly music was banned in the Soviet Union, but that did not stop Russian music lovers from getting ahold of copies. The intrepid pirates would press albums onto used X-rays and sell the bootleg copies underground — the copies were eventually nicknamed ‘bone records’.
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