Author: Listen

Listen Scores AICP Awards Show Sponsor Reel

We were honored to be asked to score and sound design this year’s AICP Show sponsor reel, created by Quietman. The awards show was held at the prestigious Museum of Modern Art and celebrated the art and craft of the commercial with awards in 22 categories.

Jeremy Yang, our Creative Director composed the piece – “I really wanted the music to take the viewers on a journey through what is this beautiful, textural visual landscape, really moving with the image and creating this ambient, interstellar cinematic world. I’ve always been influenced by film scores and electronic music, and it was great to work on a project that allowed me the time and freedom to tell a story through music. I’m really pleased with how the project turned out, and of course always enjoy collaborating with Darryl Mascarenhas (Creative Director at Quietman).”
The sponsor reel will be on archive at the MoMA, but you can check it out here: http://www.aicpshow.com/show/2015-sponsor-reel/

Delicate Steve @ MOSCOT Music

We were thrilled to have produced an evening with Delicate Steve at MOSCOT’s Orchard Street Gallery & Music Space last month for a very special performance. Having toured with Australian band Tame Impala across massive venues and fresh off a recent headlining tour, it was an honor to have Delicate Steve drop in for an intimate evening of music and good vibes.
If you’re not familiar with their sound, they’re a predominantly instrumental band who’ve been praised by everyone from Pitchfork to The New York Times. And we can continue to heap the praise on Delicate Steve after experiencing their live show for ourselves. If you weren’t able to make it, check out the below video featuring the band’s performance of “Afria Talks to You”.

Don’t forget to RSVP for the next MOSCOT Music event on June 18th, featuring a performance by Penguin Prison http://donyc.com/moscotpenguinprison

 

Getting Music Fans #CloserWithSkype

Over the past few months we’ve been working with Skype and Live Nation to continue to get music fans closer to their favorite artists. We kicked off the New Year with a podcast series that finds our host, Jonny, interviewing some of the best emerging artists out there. Tour antics, crazy fan stories, and life on the road are all on the table as topics of discussion and these bands aren’t holding back!

We began with The Devil Makes Three, letting fans choose which song they’d like to see the band perform in a special acoustic set. Not only that, but fans were able to submit Skype Video Messages to the band, having their questions answered personally. Check out their answers below and listen to the Ones to Watch Podcast while you’re at it – they talk about their past, their present, and what’s to come.

We caught up with KONGOS at Irving Plaza before their New York show and sat down with them to discuss what life is like as a literal band of brothers. They told some great stories and even took some fan questions that were submitted via Skype. You can hear it all in the 2nd Episode of the Ones to Watch podcast. You don’t want to miss it.

We also found out just how powerful a music fan-base can be when we hosted a Twitter Party and Skype Group Chat with Kalin & Myles. The hip-pop group’s fans came to the Twitter Party armed with questions and Skype provided the forum for answers directly from the band. #CloserWithSkype even became a worldwide trending topic! The guys also connected with their fans on an exclusive three-day Skype Group Chat, making the 300 present fans ecstatic every time they got online. Getting to talk to their favorite band in an intimate, closed chat setting proved to be an experience that I doubt any of them will be forgetting anytime soon.

So, what’s next? We’ll be checking in with Kalin & Myles as they’re crossing the states on a nationwide tour and bringing you all the latest from Kodaline and Nico & Vinz. So stay tuned, check out The Ones to Watch Podcast, and #GetCloserWithSkype

Listen Recommends: SXSW 2015

The Music portion of SXSW (aka the main event) is kicking off today and like every music fan, we’re eager to see which emerging artists bubble up in the chaos. And while we’d never claim the ability to predict the future, we’d certainly put our money behind the artists we’ve included in our SXSW 2015 playlist. So whether you’re in the thick of it in Austin, or living vicariously through your Twitter feed, you should have a listen. Enjoy!

Listen Recommends: Our Favorite Albums of 2014

2014 may be the year that Ebola had a rapid rise to fame, but let’s not forget about the music, man! There were some great albums that came out of the year of McConaughey and we want to celebrate them. Below you’ll find our faves of 2014 with a Spotify playlist for easy listening. You’ve never seen a list like this before (ok, you definitely have).

Kelis – Food
Jenny Lewis – Voyager
Robyn & Royksopp – Do It Again
Phox – Phox
Courtney Barnett – The Double EP
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – Oddments
St. Vincent – St. Vincent
Sales – EP
Karen O – Crush Songs
Mac DeMarco – Salad Days
Sylvan Esso – Sylvan Esso
FKA Twigs – LP1
Sia – 1000 Forms of Fear
Future Islands – Singles
Parquet Courts – Sunbathing Animal
Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels 2
Alvvays – Alvvays
EMA – The Future’s Void
D’Angelo and The Vanguard – Black Messiah
Caribou – Our Love
Kindness – Otherness

Listen’s Year in Review

2014 was a great year for many – weed smokers, Outkast fans, and Taylor Swift among them. It was also a great year for Listen. And so, we’d like to take a moment to reflect on what we’ve been able to achieve in the past 12 months. We helped the emerging artist program, Ones to Watch with Skype, become even stronger with some great bands and the launch of The Skype Six.  Some of this year’s best emerging talent had the opportunity to connect with fans like never before through Skype.

We provided Skype with original compositions for several videos that demonstrate their ever-expanding product features and user journeys. This year Skype was everywhere- from classrooms, to movie premiers, to thousands of feet underwater– and we provided the soundtrack to many of those stories. We also created product sounds for Skype’s new video message app, Qik!

We ventured down south for the mayhem of Bonnaroo. Nearly 100,000 people attended the festival this year and we were there to help Skype give each of them the chance to get closer to their favorite artists on the lineup.

We brought the Skype experience to Sasquatch! We created the Skype Music Room, a magical dome in which visitors became the DJs and got to remix themselves and others. Not only that, but we brought in some of the festival’s talent to delight fans with surprise performances.

We composed music for luxury car brand, Audi’s, #paidmydues campaign. As part of the campaign, a curated group of 15 creators, musicians, filmmakers, artists, and performers were brought together to tell their stories of struggle and accomplishment and share that with the world. Listen stepped in and created original music to help bring their stories to life.

With the satisfaction of a great year nearly behind us, we can’t wait for what’s to come. We’ve got some big projects to share in the coming months and we couldn’t be more excited. Cheers to 2015!

Listen Composes Music for Skype Translator Video

Skype has once again raised the bar of communication with Skype Translator. Watch this barrier breaking technology at work in a video with original music composed by Listen. To read more about Skype Translator, head over to the Skype blog.

The Skype Six

A couple of weeks ago we helped Skype launch their new Ones to Watch initiative, The Skype Six. This fall, Skype is going on the road to catch up with six touring bands on the rise. We’ll be finding their biggest fans and bring you the stories of how they’re connecting with their idols over Skype. From backstage stories, to creature comforts, they’re sharing it all as we catch up with them in local diners, laundry mats, green rooms, and everywhere in between. So get familiar with the Skype Six bands as they go live on stage and show you life off stage. Stay tuned for more on onestowatch.com/skype

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Listen Recommends: CMJ 2014

Every October the CMJ Music Marathon descends on New York City in a wave of excitement over the chance to see the best up and coming bands. For five days the Music Marathon will invade the city with 1,300+ artists performing in 80+ venues to 125,000+ fans. That’s a lot of music, but to help you navigate this massive event we’ve chosen 15 artists that we think you shouldn’t miss. Check out our list below and listen to our picks and more on our CMJ 2014 Spotify playlist. Have fun and take some advice from a music marathoner of years past: “just because the drinks are free doesn’t mean you should have 12 of them”.

  • Nick Hakim 10/16 @ The Westway
  • San Fermin 10/22 @ Webster Hall
  • Doe Paoro 10/22 @ Rough Trade
  • Courtney Barnett 10/22 @ Webster Hall
  • Verite 10/22 @ Brooklyn Bowl & 10/23 @ Santos Party House
  • Saint Pepsi 10/22 @ Mercury Lounge & 10/22 @ Output
  • Moses Sumney 10/22 & 10/23 @ Rough Trade
  • RAC 10/23 @ Terminal 5
  • Made In Heights 10/23 @ Santos Party House
  • Safia 10/24 @ The Knitting Factory
  • Salt Cathedral 10/25 @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
  • Benjamin Clementine TBA
  • Quincy Vidal TBA
  • Pro Era TBA
  • Kindness TBA

Listen Provides Soundtrack for Mission 31 Video

Earlier this year Fabien Cousteau, grandson of John Cousteau, took 31 days to live in the world’s only underwater laboratory with his team of leading ocean explorers. Skype let students around the world be a part of Cousteau’s mission as they were able to connect with him on a Skype video call. Check out the below video about the project, which we had the pleasure of composing.