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Stop! Before you turn off/down that television commercial, pause a moment – to listen to the music.
We all flick through television channels to avoid the ads but in doing so we are missing some of the great musical compositions of today.
This was one of the first revelations to come out of the 2008 APRA Screen Music Awards held at the City Recital Hall. The quality of the music from the finalists in the ‘Best Music for an Advertisement’ was outstanding and taken out by Elliott Wheeler for Herringbone ‘Hands’
HG Nelson was in fine form with his witty and punchy MCing cleverly avoiding that all too common ‘award dragging’ syndrome.
Aided by the excellent acoustics in the Recital Hall an extraordinary Ensemble conducted by Cezary Skubiszewski showcased the nominated works in the various award categories. Cezary, who took the gong for ‘Best Music for a Documentary’ had the audience in raptures. Many continued to praise his tremendous arrangements and playing at the post awards dinner held at the impressive Ivy Dinning Room.
What APRA, the AGSC and the Screen Music Awards underline is that the majority of screened works depend on the soundtrack to deliver their atmosphere, mood and message. – a fact sometimes overlooked by the general public.
Congratulations to APRA and the AGSC not only for an excellent Awards night but for their contribution in bringing Australian music to Australian and worldwide screens.
At the Awards we chatted with Phil Akouri ( one very happy APRA employee) and we were impressed by his passion for his work and screen music. Phil consented to giving us a few of his words.
“In 2003 I began working for APRA facilitating label copy submissions from our mid to large classical music clients which, in doing so improved my working knowledge of & respect for classical & screen composers.During the five years I have been working with APRA, made very easy by the always helpful, genuinely friendly & music loving staff here, my appreciation for the importance of music used in film & TV has increased dramatically. For example, in the initial ringtone boom a couple of years ago, a theme song – The Love theme from Godfather, the Star Wars theme, the Good the Bad the Ugly theme to name but a few – were downloaded almost as frequently as the chart-topping pop songs at the time. These popular themes still experience strong ‘one-off’ download sales through our digital clients, indicative of their value to the original movie, to the industry in general but also reflects the importance of a good theme song. In addition to this, DVD sales of TV programs which often contain commissioned pieces (DVD sales attract royalties in most cases) have increased substantially adding to the viability of screen composition”. Phil Akouri
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