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  • CHOOSE THE LIGHT

    Destiny is fulfilled with The Hit House’s work on the “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” campaign.

    The epic saga continues on December 15, with Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures & Lucasfilm Ltd’s release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Certain projects take on such a grand scale & their stories have played such a part of our collective lives, that when we have the ability to contribute our talents to them, it is a dream come true. The Star Wars franchise is the summit of these, & The Hit House team is honored & awed to contribute to this incredible story-telling universe.

    Directed by Rian Johnson, Star Wars: The Last Jedi stars the late great Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia, Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Daisy Ridley as Rey, John Boyega as Finn, & Adam Driver as Kylo Renn. In this second film of the Star Wars sequel trilogy, Luke Skywalker guides Rey in her newly found powers as she struggles to control their previously unseen strength. While Rey is on her quest of mastery, the Resistance prepares to battle the First Order.

    If you’re trying to find us before December 15, or in the weeks thereafter, look no farther; we’ll be camped out in front of the movie theater waiting for the doors to open, & then in the theater watching Star Wars: The Last Jedi, on repeat.

  • WALK ALL OVER YOU

    Paramount Network’s new “WACO” miniseries trailer by Concept Arts used The Hit House’s reimagining of Nancy Sinatra’s music.

    Starting in 2018 Spike TV is rebranding itself as Paramount Network, & with it comes a mass of exciting new programming. One of the new offerings is a 6-part miniseries titled, WACO. Concept Arts created the Revelations trailer for it & chose The Hit House’s custom reimagining of Nancy Sinatra’s “These Boots Are Made for Walkin'” as the the ideal music. Composer William August Hunt had the privilege of recreating the music of this iconic piece, while Tori Letzler contributed her vocals from 0:37-2:00 in the trailer. As Slashfilm noted, “there’s actually a morbidly clever reasoning behind the use of the song [“These Boots Are Made For Walkin'”] here: during the standoff, the FBI blasted the Nancy Sinatra version of that song on repeat, day and night, in an attempt to drive Koresh out of the compound.”

    Directed by John Erick Dowdle & Dennie Gordon, WACO is based on the shocking true story of David Koresh, who in 1993 led his sect of Branch Davidians in Waco, Texas. After a UPS truck driver found grenades en route to the Branch Davidian compound, he alerted the authorities who in February 1993 executed a raid on the property. For 51 days the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, & Firearms (ATF) was in a stalemate with leader David Koresh & his followers. Ultimately, the incident ended in tragedy after a failed FBI assault led to a fire that killed 76 people.

    The end times arrive on January 24 with WACO, only on the Paramount Network. But if you have a campaign before then, that needs original trailer music, or the perfect reimagining of a classic song… Call us, to make sure someone else isn’t gettin’ all our best.

    Hear the These Boots Are Made for Walkin’ reimagining by William August Hunt, with Tori Letzler’s vocals on SoundCloud:

  • A GODLESS NO MAN’S LAND

    Netflix’s New Limited Series “Godless” features The Hit House’s “Hunt You Down” Trailer Music.

    When Netflix created its first limited series, they turned to Create Advertising to make the trailer. In turn, Create contacted The Hit House to see what music we could deliver, & it turns out we had just the song to fit their needs. Written by Scott Lee Miller & William August Hunt, with impassioned vocals by Ruby Friedman of The Ruby Friedman Orchestra, Hunt You Down is a soulful ballad of darkness to come. For the Godless trailer, it proved to be the perfect fit at 0:29-1:48.

    Created & directed by Scott Frank, Godless is a Western set in the 1800s about a larger than life criminal Frank Griffin (played by Jeff Daniels) & his band of criminals who are seeking revenge against his former accomplice Roy Good (played by Jack O’Connell) who betrayed the gang. Fleeing from the gang, Roy finds sanctuary with the woman governed mining town of La Belle, New Mexico, with the widow Alice Fletcher (played by Michelle Dockery). Almost all the men had previously died in a terrible mining accident, so when the remaining people of La Belle hear that Griffin is on his way to exact his pounds of flesh from Roy, they decide that together they must stand to ward off the evil of the outsider & his band of n’er-do-wells.

    All 7 episodes of Godless arrive November 22, only on Netflix. Whether with God or without, when your next campaign travels the path of righteousness or plumbs the depths of the abyss, but above all needs the right music, call us & we shall embark on that journey of darkness or light with you.

    Hear the full version of Hunt You Down by composers Scott Lee Miller & William August Hunt, with Ruby Friedman’s vocals on SoundCloud:

    Watch a live performance of Hunt You Down with composers Scott Lee Miller on acoustic guitar, William August Hunt on cello, & Ruby Friedman’s vocals at Mint LA:

  • RAGNAROK YOUR WORLD

    Marvel Studios & Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures chose The Hit House’s trailer music for the “Thor: Ragnarok” campaign.

    In order to build anticipation for the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok movie, Marvel Studios & Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures chose “Incandescence” for a spot 10 days from the film’s official release. Composed by The Hit House’s William August Hunt for our KINETIC RE:ACTION music album, this track includes elements of uptempo action with a healthy helping of adventurous orchestral synth, guitar & strings to elevate the hype.

    Directed by Taika Waititi as a sequel to the 2013 Thor: The Dark World & 2011 Thor movies, this film stars Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Cate Blanchett as Hela, Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk, with Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, Karl Urban, & Anthony Hopkins. In the third film of the series, Thor finds himself captive on the opposite end of the universe, pitted against his former ally & fellow Avenger the Hulk, but without his trusty hammer! In a desperate race for the survival of his Asgardian homeworld, he must battle his way home in time to save Asgard & its citizens from the ruthless & threatening goddess of death, Hela.

    Thor: Ragnarok, the must-see movie of the year arrives on November 3. Already acclaimed as “Spectacular” & the “Boldest Marvel film yet,” get your tickets now on Fandango: fandan.co/2y9whuN Keep in mind, when your universe is in danger, when you must highlight the excitement of your plight, when no one else can rescue you, The Hit House is here to deliver that perfect action track your campaign craves.

    Hear “Incandescence” from The Hit House’s KINETIC RE:ACTION album here on SoundCloud:

  • Fear has been flipped upside down…

    The Hit House’s “FRAMEWORK LAYER 4” Horror Sound Design for Advertising arrives for Halloween.

    How do you build the perfect haunted house? And no, we aren’t just talking about a place with spotty Wi-Fi and no AC. We mean something so scary that no matter how hard you try, a little moisture escapes into your…

    For The Hit House’s 6-time Emmy Nominated sound designer Chad J. Hughes, it began with a clear vision about the dynamics of industry needs. “It’s always a challenge creating something that is useful for trailer editors. In this collection we cover horror in a way never heard before. There is a spectrum of offerings from subtle uncomfortable, to huge bombastic design, and everything in between,” said Hughes.

    Categories of sound design in FRAMEWORK LAYER 4 include “Atmospheres,” “Creatures,” “Horror Hits,” “Pulses,” “Signature Sounds,” and “Whooshes.” On cutting through a busy mix, Hughes said, “During the design process I was mindful of how dynamic trailer mixes are in the horror genre. The choice of frequency content was custom tailored to cut through these types of mixes and deliver something that is crisp, terrifying, and that will make you cringe!” This ethos of making it easy for our clients extends through all The Hit House’s music and sound design offerings. Hughes highlighted his intent of making it seamless for the editors’ needs, “We design with fidelity in mind. The end result is something that can be dropped right into a mix and doesn’t tie the mixers hands with overbearing reverbs printed into the cue. It’s something that is tasteful and clean. It just works.”

    Additionally, this new horror sound design album’s offerings include even more bespoke elements. “We have introduced several Foley and Design categories that allow the editor to maximize impact and detail in ways never heard before,” said Hughes. These are divided into groups for “Body and Combat,” “Human and Animal,” “Mechanical/Structural,” and “Weapon.” An additional consideration for this album was layering. Hughes said, “Have you ever listened to a cue and thought ‘I’d love this if that one little sound wasn’t in there…’? We found some cues would be useful if broken into two parts. So we gave editors the option of selecting which part of the design they prefer, or choosing the fully layered mixed version of the cue. Adding a level of control never offered before.”

    With FRAMEWORK LAYER 4, we hacked and carved away at terror to give you the organs and tissue to create the monster for yourself. Our in-house unlicensed sound surgeon, “Dr. Hughes,” meticulously created this exhaustive and expansive blood bag of sonic guts to play with from the practical, to the ambient to the comple…WAIT WHAT WAS THAT!??!?!

    You may want to lay down some plastic sheeting before listening.

  • MUTANTS NEED NO EDUCATION

    Pink Floyd cover song features in “The New Mutants” official trailer.

    20th Century Fox & Marvel Entertainment’s The New Mutants trailer revealed a whole new style to the X-Men genre, that of horror. To go along with the theme of a younger generation & the persecution they face under the guise of an “education” at a hospital, the choice of music became Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2).” The Hit House is proud to be part of bringing to life this spine-chilling cover & while we probably won’t be letting our young kids see the movie anytime soon, we were happy to let them sing for their college funds.

    Directed by Josh Boone, The New Mutants focuses on 5 young mutants who are just learning to deal with their newly found powers, while at the same time living through the hellish persecution their kind experiences in a secret facility. The 11th installment in the X-Men film series, this film stars Anya Taylor-Joy, Maisie Williams, Charlie Heaton, Henry Zaga, Blu Hunt, & Alice Braga.

    The New Mutants movie arrives on April 13, 2018, & with it everyone else’s demons come home to roost. Until then, when you need custom or original music for your next project, The Hit House will be happy to help you add another brick to the wall, or if the project requires, tear it down.

  • RETURN TO THE NIGHTMARE

    “The Evil Within 2” arrived on Friday the 13th & with it The Hit House’s cover of Duran Duran’s “Ordinary World.”

    The highly anticipated day of October 13, finally arrived & with it legions of fans of The Evil Within franchise by Bethesda Softworks, were finally able to play The Evil Within 2 on Playstation 4, Xbox One, or PC. By popular request, The Hit House’s cover song arrangement & performance by Scott Lee Miller & William August Hunt of Duran Duran’s “Ordinary World” was also made available on Spotify, iTunes, GooglePlay, & Amazon Music.

    Originally heard in the Official E3 Announcement trailer (below), The Hit House’s cover song, in addition to arrangement & performance, included vocals by Matt Goodwin, Scott Lee Miller & one of The Hit House’s youngest team members. Against the backdrop of the creative genius of developer Shinji Mikami & his team from Tango Gameworks, the Duran Duran cover Ordinary World fit the mold perfectly as shepherded by creative team at Petrol Advertising. The Evil Within 2 game is at its heart a story of redemption. Blending psychological thrills into a third-person survival horror video game, the player finds him or herself in the role of Detective Sebastian Castellanos, who must enter a nightmarish world, fueled by the remnants of a once perfect town, to save his daughter Lily. Every corner, twist & turn reveals more horrific hell spawn & evil creatures dead set on ending Sebastian. The only question that remains is, will the player win by skulking in the shadows & attacking, attempting to sprint through the maze of horrors, or enter the arena with guns blazing, but only limited ammunition?

    If you have not yet ordered The Evil Within 2, do so immediately. And when you’re looking for a brief respite from the carnage, be sure to check out the game’s soundtrack with The Hit House’s cover of “Ordinary World.”

  • THE ONLY WAY OUT… IS IN

    “The Evil Within 2” TV spots are anything but ordinary with The Hit House’s cover song arrangement, performance, & sound design.

    Not only did Bethesda Softworks choose to use The Hit House’s cover song arrangement & performance for the official E3 Announcement Trailer, but also now for 2 TV spots! Petrol Advertising & our in-house Music Supervisor, Jesse Goodwin, worked with composers Scott Lee Miller, William August Hunt, & sound designer Chad J. Hughes to create the perfect cover of Duran Duran’s “Ordinary World.”

    Realized from the genius of Shinji Mikami, The Evil Within 2 is the latest evolution of survival horror. This Friday you begin playing as Detective Sebastian Castellanos having lost everything. But when a chance arises to save your daughter Lily, you descend once more into the nether world of STEM, filled with nightmares & the evil beginnings of a former utopia. Prepare to survive horrific threats emerging from every place as you choose whether or not to skulk in the shadows & hide to survive or take the battle to the foe with weapons & traps. With one chance at redemption, your only way out is in…

    The Evil Within 2 arrives worldwide this Friday the 13th on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, & PC. Be sure to pre-order here & verify the launch details: https://beth.games/2fQ0jf1 or else Lily will be lost. And remember, we at The Hit House will always work to make your next trailer or TV spot anything but ordinary.

  • RE:ACTION RISE IN 2049

    The Hit House’s track “Payload” drops in the “Blade Runner 2049” campaign.

    Warner Bros. Pictures’ upcoming Blade Runner 2049 arrives soon, but the campaign is already here. Music to bring rise to the darkness & the drama of the future was needed, so they checked with our library & found composer William August Hunt’s “Payload” from our “RE:ACTION RISE” album.

    Directed by Denis Villeneuve, Blade Runner 2049 tells the tale of LAPD Officer K (played by Ryan Gosling), who unearths a dark secret that could plunge the remnants of humanity into utter chaos. In search for answers, his quest for saving those that remain leads him to Rick Deckard (played by Harrison Ford), a former blade runner who mysteriously vanished thirty years ago. The question remains, how will they save the last of the humans, or not? Also featuring performances by Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, Robin Wright, Mackenzie Davis, Carla Juri, Lennie James, Dave Bautista, & Jared Leto, Blade Runner 2049 is sure to be an early Fall blockbuster.

    When you’re currently stretched to the limit & need music for the future, look to The Hit House. We’ve got what you need & if not, we’ll create it for you. Til then, watch Blade Runner 2049 in theaters everywhere on October 6.

    Hear William August Hunt’s “Payload” here on SoundCloud:

  • Music for Web-Slinging Action

    Marvel Studios’ “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” after banking $861 Million in Worldwide Box-Office Sales, ushers in Digital & Blu-Ray with The Hit House’s music.

    Creative Director Scott Lee Miller composed “Thermodynamic” as part of The Hit House’s KINETIC RE:ACTION album. Marvel Studios chose this track as a fitting piece to crank up the action in the second half of this trailer.

    Directed by Jon Watts, Spider-Man: Homecoming centers on a young Peter Parker (Tom Holland), who is thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, but now returns home to live with his Aunt May. Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) mentors him, but Parker, as Spider-Man, continues to delve into sticky situations with hardened criminals even though Stark admonishes him. At the same time, Parker also tries to return to his normal daily routine of competing in his schools academic decathlon team, but finds himself distracted by messy situations of proving himself as more than just a friendly neighborhood superhero or average high school student. Peter must soon put his powers to the test when the evil Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges to threaten everything that he holds dear.

    See Spider-Man: Homecoming in theaters today, but also order a copy for home on Digital September 26 & Blu-ray October 17. Remember, when it comes to action trailer music, The Hit House is sure to have you covered.

    Hear composer Scott Lee Miller’s full “Thermodynamic” track from our KINETIC RE:ACTION album: