Music and film have always had a close bond. The music filling the background of a movie often plays a huge role in setting the mood, and can make or break the film. At the SXSW 2014 Music Conference, we’re lucky enough to have at least four speakers whose jobs involve overseeing the soundtracks of movies and television shows.
SXSW 2014 Session: Breaking Band: Artists as Composers
Lysandra is the Head of Film & TV Licensing at Third Side Music, an indie music publisher with clients including Ninja Tune and Warp Records. She has been involved in creating music for The Great Gatsby, The Walking Dead, True Blood, and more.
SXSW 2014 Session: Music Supervisor Pitch Session 3
Joel C High has served as a music supervisor or producer on more than 100 films, and a wide variety at that. He was the executive who oversaw the music of films like Crash, Rob Zombie’s The Devil’s Rejects, and Monster’s Ball. Mr. High is currently a lead executive at Creative Control.
SXSW 2014 Session: From Songs to Scores: Can Songwriters Score Films?
Hailing from Paris, Texas - 300 miles (480 km) north east of Austin - Blake was inspired to become a composer after seeing Star Wars at the age of eight. Since then, Neely has worked with Hans Zimmer, Metallica, and several symphony orchestras, and composed music for films including Pirates of the Caribbean, the latest version of King Kong, as well as multiple television projects.
SXSW 2014 Session: Event Cinema: Taking Rock 'n Roll to the Big Screen
This last speaker lives more on the business side of the music and film industries. Grant Calton has split his years between Australia and Europe, founding a series of music and media companies along the way. These days, when not running Omniverse Vision - an alternative film distributor - he dabbles in guitar, saxophone, and cooking.
Keep up with the list of Music Conference Sessions here.
Lysandra Woods photo by Maggie Boyd
Joel High photo by Jennifer Noble
Blake Neely photo courtesy of the speaker
Grant Carlton photo courtesy of the speaker