Brian Tarquin Launches, Relocates Jungle Room Studios

Jan 1, 2012 9:00 AM, By Matt Gallagher


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Brian Tarquin in his Jungle Room space

Brian Tarquin in his Jungle Room space

Emmy Award–winning guitarist, composer and producer Brian Tarquin parlayed more than 20 years of experience in producing original music for libraries such as FirstCom, Megatrax, Sonoton, One Music, Killer Tracks and 5th Floor Music (ABC-TV) into creating, his new online production music library offering downloadable tracks to media professionals for licensing. The TVFilmTrax catalog encompasses a variety of contemporary genres, plus Tarquin’s Classic Rock series of cover tunes (including Led Zeppelin, ZZ Top and Eric Clapton) and Guitar Masters series featuring the likes of Jeff Beck, Allan Holdsworth, Steve Morse, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai and more.

Tarquin designed the service for music supervisors, editors, producers and directors who often need new production music immediately. It uses the Soundminer audio search engine to facilitate quick, efficient searches that accommodate a broad range of terms, such as BPM, genre, style, instrument, sound type, key and composer.

Tarquin's Trident Trimix console and outboard equipment rack [at left].

Tarquin's Trident Trimix console and outboard equipment rack [at left].

“What’s wonderful about broadcasters is that they’re constantly looking for new music because they always have new productions,” Tarquin says. “I thought the whole scenario of an iTunes for the TV/film industry would work out quite well.”

In addition to launching TVFilmTrax, Tarquin also spent 2011 relocating his Jungle Room Studios from Nyack, N.Y., to a 200-year-old farmhouse about 100 miles northwest of New York City. “I grew up in this house,” Tarquin says. “My parents sold it a decade ago and we just bought it back from the person they sold it to.” Tarquin has owned and operated Jungle Room Studios as his private facility for more than 20 years—first in Los Angeles, followed by Nyack and now in The Catskills—where he has produced music for a long list of major television shows (All My Children, Bones, CSI Miami, CSI New York and NUMB3RS, to name just a few), most recently Extra and TMZ. He also produces his albums as well as for artists such as guitarists Zakk Wylde, Billy Sheehan and Jeff Beck.

Mix recently caught up with Tarquin to ask him about his latest endeavors.

When did you launch TVFilmTrax?
I launched it in the last quarter of this year [2011]. We’ve been putting together all of the data and everything. It requires a lot of publishing information and metadata, so I have to get all that together before I can launch it because it has to be registered with ASCAP, BMI and SESAC.

You’ve gone from being an independent composer to owning a company through which you can sell and distribute all of your products.
Right. And through all those years, I made a lot of contacts, I know a lot of the music supervisors, so it helps. And it helps to have worked for a lot of these music libraries, too, because you understand it and you know how it works, and to know the [performance rights] societies and how it works, and obviously the people who run the music supervision and music editing.

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