Film and video game scoring projects produced in Tennessee will soon be eligible financial incentives thanks to a new state law that music industry stakeholders have pursued for several years.
Great Article about Scoring in Nashville. The Perspective Forum talks with the people responsible for the incredible rise of scoring work in Nashville. Interviews with Nashville Music Scoring and many of the major composers who record there.
Great article in this month's MIX magazine about Nashville Music Scoring, Ocean Way Studios and all the videogame scoring we now do in Nashville. We get great reviews from some of the top composers and engineers in the field. Nice to get some national (and international) recognition for what is going on in the Nashville orchestral recording scene!
Electronic Arts, one of the largest video gaming companies in the world, has moved the bulk of its video game scoring work to Nashville in recent months.
“I chose Nashville because No. 1, the musicianship is as good as it gets. Nashville is not about just banjos and fiddles,” Schnur said. “Its cellists and violinists and brass are equal to what I find in L.A. and London. It’s a right-to-work state so a musician here can choose to work if he or she likes to. And what a fantastic idea. We haven’t had one musician say no to working on our projects.”
Schnur said he’d like to see more gaming companies bring their scoring work to Nashville. He has a long history with the local music industry, previously working in artist and repertoire at Arista and at other labels. He also has served on the Country Music Association board of directors.
Schnur, who lives in Oak Hill and commutes to Los Angeles, said scoring work could spill over into film as well because many of the composers work in both sectors. He said he hopes an increase in film and video game scoring will help the Nashville music industry, which has been in flux in recent years.
“I’m trying to speak out on behalf of Nashville anywhere I go,” Schnur said. “In London I was at a game composer conference and talked in depth about my feelings about the musicians of Nashville and scoring here.”
The movie The Last Witch Hunter was released this weekend. The movie stars Vin Diesel, Michael Caine and Elijiah Wood and features a score written by composer Steve Jablonsky. The entire orchestral score was recorded in Nashville with Nashville Music Scoring earlier this Summer. Great score by a terrific composer, it was great fun working with Steve!