Remembering Chuck Hamshaw

The Megatrax family has been grieving since the sudden unexpected passing of one of our own, Charles “Chuck” Hamshaw. Those of us who were lucky enough to have known Chuck are feeling his absence keenly. SVP of Sales, Phil Macko, shared this with us: “Chuck was an incredible man, and I am blessed to have been his friend. I will celebrate his life whenever I play my Tabla drums, as just before his passing we had made plans to jam together. You were the best of us Chuck, I’ll miss you buddy.” Sean Smith, Division Manager for Film and Television on the West Coast, remembers Chuck as “a kind hearted, […]

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Belinda’s Picks, Volume 2

In today’s episode of Belinda’s Picks, our Senior Music Supervisor Belinda Robles recommends urban tracks from Beat Bites, L.A. Riot and Marquee Music:

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Get to Know Sound Adventures

If you haven’t already checked out our Sound Adventures catalog, you’re missing out. We launched Sound Adventures, from dynamic duo Timo Spekkens and Thomas Zbornik, at the NAB show last year, and the catalog features some of our highest quality and best trailer music. In an interview for the main Megatrax newsletter, Timo Spekkens said about Sound Adventures: “We have set ourselves apart as a boutique library with a focus on ‘Cinematic Music.’ We believe in creating music with extremely high production values by using our wonderful network of composers, engineers, editors and musicians, the incredible players of the Vienna Symphonic and other musicians of international caliber in Vienna and […]

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Megatrax is part of the fun of Grown Ups 2

If you’re planning to see Adam Sandler’s latest love letter to semi-supended adolescence this July, Grown Ups 2, keep your ears open for a couple of in-film tracks from Megatrax! Can’t wait to see where they used Pizzicato Polka (from MX100 The Promo Collection 3) and Jazzio (from MX153 Chill Zone)!

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Music Industry Plagued By Retitling Of Songs

Report reveals prolific problems with royalties in the music licensing landscape for artists and companies via mi2 An infographic report “State of the Music Licensing Industry: 2013″ published by The Music Licensing Directory provides alarming new data that shows an increasingly problematic music licensing landscape for recording artists, labels and publishers. The report provides analysis based upon detailed research into companies that license music from independent artists into film, television, games and advertising. “We have analyzed over 1500 music licensing companies globally, allowing for an accurate assessment of the market place and providing valued insight for artists and the industry.” said Winston Giles, CEO & Founder of The Music Licensing Directory. The […]

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SONGSTUFF by Cary Ginell Ransacking the Public Domain, Part 6- Allan Sherman: Overweight Sensation

One of the most astounding success stories in music during the 1960s belonged to an overweight, underachieving comedy writer with horn-rimmed glasses who couldn’t read music, couldn’t play an instrument, and couldn’t sing on pitch. A half century ago this summer, most of America was laughing themselves silly to a little ditty called “Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh,” a forlorn letter from a homesick camper, sung by Allan Sherman. The song became a sensation, rising to the lofty position of No. 2 on Billboard’s best-selling singles chart. It eventually won a Grammy, and inspired a television situation comedy (“Camp Runamuck”), a board game, and even a Broadway musical. Like many of […]

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In Loving Memory of Chuck Hamshaw

The Megatrax family has been grieving for the last couple of weeks after the sudden unexpected passing of one of our own, Charles “Chuck” Hamshaw. Those of us who were lucky enough to have known Chuck are feeling his absence keenly, and we’re sure that many of you are too. If you’re in the Los Angeles area and would like to come together to celebrate Chuck’s life, please click on the image below for a downloadable PDF of the invitation to his memorial service to be held on June 21st in Santa Clarita. If you would like to do something for Chuck’s family, we are helping collect contributions in lieu […]

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Megatrax’s Gorgeously Remodeled Studios Featured in the New Mix Magazine!

If you haven’t already checked out this month’s Mix Magazine, do it now! Megatrax‘s recently remodeled, state-of-the-art studios are featured in a terrific article by Tom Kenny. Here’s an excerpt with a few pics of the studio and a link to the full article. Enjoy! Megatrax Production Music knows how to get great sounds, tracks that will pop out of the radio, the small screen or the big screen. And after more than 20 years, the company certainly knows about workflow. They have to. At any one time, the amount of music running through the facility, either in production or post-production, can seem mind-blowing. As one of the world’s leading […]

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From the Vaults: Spotlight on Megatrax Composer Chris Hajian

Composer Chris Hajian has contributed a slew of amazing tracks to Megatrax over the years. When we caught up with him last, two documentaries he’d scored were just being released. Since then, he’s added nine (!) titles to his IMDB profile, including the upcoming “Runner, Runner” starring Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake. Chris was candid in our interview last year about his process scoring films, and we thought it was worth a second look… Chris Hajian, an established composer for documentary and narrative films, and a long-standing member of the Megatrax family, has scored two great documentaries slated for release this spring. We chatted with him about the films, his […]

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Iconic Hit Records that Weren’t Supposed to Be

Let’s have a little summertime fun – still about music, but let’s play a little bit in the sandbox of interesting trivia. Just as I personally love hearing stories about focus groups and data research being wrong when it comes to the emotional tug of a great song, I went back in the time machine to find some other examples (pre-Excel spreadsheets) of hit records that weren’t supposed to be hits. The stories of the “b sides” of singles go way back, but in a nutshell, here are some records that were not supposed to see the phonograph needle that much but music history fate had other plans. Of course, […]

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