G&E Covers Roger Daltrey on History Channel

Feb 17, 2004 12:00 PM, Editors

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Roger Daltrey has taken on the roles of tour guide, time traveler and history student to host the new program, Extreme History, on The History Channel. G&E's Glenn Schloss and Erik Blicker composed, recorded and delivered a rootsy-techno theme song to Extreme History's producers Matt Ginsberg and David Leepson of New York City's Boom Pictures.

Schloss said that their winning theme song came out of a G&E jam extravaganza, recorded to Pro Tools at G&E's New York City studio. "Erik and I had a great session, just jamming on some grooves," relayed Schloss. "I was programming and creating loops in real time with Blick jamming along on acoustic guitar. We created some great drum loops on the Korg Electribe. We played around with different thematic concepts inspired by these grooves and eventually settled on this nasty little slide guitar melody, which became the official theme.”

G&E's Schloss, Blicker, Brian Quill and Rauri Finan contributed nearly 200 tracks during the course of four to six months while the show was being produced.

"We essentially created an exclusive Extreme History Library for them to choose cuts from," noted Schloss. "When Boom started the project, they were a bit frustrated with most of the library music they had at their disposal—having to audition and preview track after track only to come up short or just not be totally satisfied with the music. So they hired G&E to create a custom music palette for them and their editors. It turned out to be a great partnership."

On a show-by-show basis, the composers at G&E would score to a vibe described by the producers “instead of picture in many cases," noted Blicker. "There were all different dramatic cues: big hits going into an eerie, death-is-around-the-corner, to happy big huge panoramic views of the mountains. All the drama cues you could expect from a show like this." Without seeing a visual, G&E FTP'd several tracks at a time, composed to order by vibe, so that the producers had a selection from which to draw. Schloss and Blicker worked with a few different editors, making changes speedily and efficiently over the Internet.

Like the theme song, the score combines acoustic strums and picks, with electronic grooves and beat box hits. "We wanted the music to feel organic but not dated," said Ginsberg. "We told them, it's cool to run with loops and beats, but we don't want a ‘Playdough’ soundtrack that was entirely squeezed out of a keyboard. So the boys from G&E kept it real and banged on some guitars and their dozens of pieces of percussion. These guys got dirty, which is what the show was all about. We hear from a lot of people who dig the show and rave about the music!"

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