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5 Alarm Music Releases 5.1-Channel CinemaSounds Library

24 surround sound tracks for movie trailers, TV promos and games (October 07, 2004)

Surround sound is everywhere, from motion pictures through digital television to high-impact soundtracks for games. But there is one missing element - a ready source of 5.1-channel music tracks for movie trailers, television promos and game audio. Now, 5 Alarm Music, a leading supplier of innovative music libraries, has responded with CinemaSounds, a collection of 24 cuts produced specifically for use in high-energy trailers, TV promos and games. For added versatility, the material is available in stereo on audio Compact Discs, as well as discrete 5.1 channel elements on DVD-Rs.

"There has been a lack of well-produced surround music for these markets," concedes Cassie Lord, 5 Alarm Music's general manager. "All of the tracks on CinemaSounds were composed with 5.1 in mind. We have used the talents of two innovative composers - Linda Martinez and Gabriel Shadid - working with a brilliant surround engineer, Greg Townley, to prepare a collection of high-impact cuts that will find application on a wide range of 5.1-channel movie trailers, TV promos and game soundtracks." Each composer contributed 12 compositions to CinemaSounds, which was recorded and mixed by Townley at Firehouse Recording Studios, Pasadena, one of the nation's leading 5.1-channel music production facilities.

Linda Martinez began her musical training at the age of four under the auspices of the Yamaha Music Education System. As a 12-year-old child prodigy, she performed her original music nationwide, including concerts at the Kennedy Center and The United Nations. In addition to her early classical piano and composition training, she also studied jazz; she won the Music Center Jazz Spotlight Award and, in 1993, received the Los Angeles Jazz Society Shellie Manne Award for New Talent. Martinez has performed with many jazz artists, including Wynton Marsalis, Phil Woods, Ernie Watts and Bobby Shew. She currently scores for Beyonce's live productions.

"Linda has composed exciting music for many, many film and TV scores," Cassie Lord says, "including 'The XY Factor' and 'Egypt: Beyond the Pyramids' for The History Channel, plus Columbia-Tristar's 'The Princess and the Marine.' She also composed additional music on 'The Annihilation of Fish,' Showtime's 'Odyssey Five' and the Emmy Award-winning miniseries 'Taken,' produced by Steven Spielberg." In July 2003 Martinez won the National Turner Classic Movies Young Film Composers' Competition, which allowed her to work closely with the legendary film composer Elmer Bernstein. Her current films include "Catching Kringle," "Exit Smiling" and "Boy Next Door."

Gabriel Shadid began his music career as a music editor, but soon incorporated his musical talents into the world of post production. While mixing "America's Most Wanted" his dramatic music writing style seemed to fit right in with the show's needs, he recalls. "I would mix the show during the day and compose for the show at night. Mixing shows such as 'AMW' and being on the user-end of music let me learn what kind of musical elements worked. I also learned the art of sound design and incorporated that into my music." Shadid has also composed themes for shows, commercials and a variety of other projects.

"The use of atonal sound design and sound effects has given Gabe's music a unique sound well-suited for dramatic underscore," Cassie Lord acknowledges. "He has already composed several libraries, including a successful, dramatic sound design CD for 5 Alarm Music; his contribution to CinemaSounds is exactly what trailer and promo departments will be looking for."

Greg Townley has been an award-winning scoring mixer in Los Angeles for 22 years, and involved in music sound design for over a decade. "My primary focus is orchestral recording," the engineer says. Landmark projects include "Blackhawk Down," "Almost Famous," "Sideways" plus "Jeepers Creepers 1" and "Jeepers Creepers 2." He has also mixed sound for such TV shows as "Taken," "Carrie," "Papa's Angels" and "The Little Richard Story," and provided music sound design for "Jeepers Creepers 1," "Jeepers Creepers 2," "American Dreams" and "The Pretender." He received a 2003 Golden Reel Award for his work on "American Dreams," and has been nominated for several Emmy Awards. In addition, Townley has worked on music sessions with Alicia Keys, Chris Isaacs, Macy Grey, Liz Phair, Bono, Kelly Clarkson, Lil' Kim and Ashanti.

About 5 Alarm Music
5 Alarm Music, now in its second year as the country's newest leading source of fresh music, offers a unique, Concierge Service to music supervisors, production companies and promo departments. Under the able direction of Cassie Lord, 5 Alarm works closely with Rescue Records to locate just the right combination of artist and song for this important process. Cassie Lord and her Director of Business Development, Maddie Madsen, collectively have worked in the industry for over three decades. "We know composers, libraries and artists; that knowledge helps producers find their way through all the available musical choices," Cassie concludes. The company now offers an arsenal of six libraries: 5 ALARM MUSIC, SOURCE IN SYNC, TONE ROW, CUE SOURCE, BLAZED OUT MUSIC and 5 ALARM CLASSICAL.

5 Alarm Music, 35 West Dayon Street, Pasadena, CA 91105

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