Composer Marty Davich Scores With ILIO

Jul 18, 2003 12:00 PM, Editors


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As an Emmy-winning television composer for two of NBC’s hit series, ER and Third Watch, Marty Davich has enjoyed a successful career writing music for television. Davich has composed scores for TV dramas since the early 1990s and has worked on every episode of those two series since they began.

Davich began his career as an on-air piano player for long-running soap opera Days of Our Lives. He was soon given the opportunity to serve as the music supervisor for the daytime drama series, a position that he held for nearly 10 years. Davich made the leap to prime-time television, composing for such high-profile programs such as Beverly Hills 90210, Trinity and Presidio Med. He received an Emmy award for his theme to Trinity, as well as Emmy nominations for his score to the miniseries Jackie, Joan and Ethel: The Women of Camelot.

Among the products Davich sometimes employs to create his original compositions are sample libraries from ILIO Entertainments. “I remember calling ILIO and discussing the projects I was currently working on,” said Davich. “They were very helpful and recommended a few titles based on those programs, and that was the beginning of a solid professional relationship that is still ongoing. For the most part, I use ILIO’s percussive libraries because they give me access to so many different sounds simultaneously, especially with the Giga Studio. The extensive menus that their libraries have also put a lot of information at my fingertips. This helps me to not be confined to the same loops over and over. I’m able to mix and match and add in many different sounds so that my compositions are always fresh.

“What I like to do is combine sounds from several different mediums when creating a score. That way, it’s just not one little loop taken from one sound library,” Davich continued. “I’ll take a really electronic sound and then add a sound from an African library and also a shaker. Right there I’ve put together a new and unique piece of work. Basically, these products are just components of my overall work.”

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