On this, the 51st edition of the SAS Composer Newsletter, I am proud to announce that this newsletter has been acquired by a tech billionaire in a hostile takeover. I'm not sure what changes they plan to implement but it probably involves cryptocurrency or memes or something. One thing I can confirm, though, is that I've been replaced by an AI in order to increase efficiency. After feeding it 50 of my newsletters, it is now passing the Turing Test with flying colors and will also be taking over the majority of my personal relationships as well as raising my daughter.


Until further notice, however, you can still expect News, Recent Work, Trends/Refs and As to Qs. 




This month we unveiled a project we've been working on for the better part of a year: The Needledrop Collection, an expansion of the SAS catalog comprised of commercially released albums from up-and-coming and established independent artists and bands.


We've teamed up with some incredible talent on this, and are so excited to not only share their music with our clients, but to explore interesting collaborations with our SAS roster. Since these songs are not created for ads and are often not as easily customizable, we believe there will be exciting opportunities for things like trailerizations and remixes - so be on the lookout!



Recent Work

This trailer for the latest Peanuts movie coming to Apple TV+ this month, "Snoopy Presents: To Mom (and Dad), With Love," features an upbeat, playful track with a distinctive melody by Roland Bingaman off of SAS Trailer Mixtape Vol. 22. 


This spot for Sephora features a chic, danceable track by SAS artist Shoffy AKA Alex Shofler. 






Giorgio Moroder - Doo-Bee-Doo-Bee-Doo

Giorgio Moroder - Doo-Bee-Doo-Bee-Doo - This classic, quirky piece by the legendary Giorgio Moroder was originally made famous on the Benny Hill show and features energetic, latin-inspired percussion, a vintage organ and guitar, and signature goofy vocalizations. Though it certainly has a bit of an "elevator music" vibe, the loose performances and vintage tones make it feel a bit more playful and somehow more sophisticated as it hints at a more avant-garde approach.



Submit ideas inspired by this ref HERE with playlist name "#51 Shaggy"

Oliver Malcom - The Jungle

Oliver Malcom - The Jungle - This unique and energetic track was recently used in an Apple spot and features a wide of array of ear-catching production techniques that make the track feel fresh and exciting throughout. The distorted melody that plays during the chorus is distinctive and infectious,  and the dynamic contrast between quiet and loud moments, spacious and dry sounds, and intense and lackadaisical vocal delivery leads to many surprising moments and unexpected shifts that give editors plenty to work with. 


Submit ideas inspired by this ref HERE with playlist name "#51 Twist Tree"

Drake - Champagne Poetry

Drake - Champagne Poetry - This track from Drake features a very simple, sparse arrangement, largely just vocal samples and 808s until the halfway mark where the track shifts and brings in some piano and bass. The soulful, harmonized vocals are the star player here (beyond, of course, Drake's performance itself), even as fuzzy synths are added towards the end to widen the soundscape. 


Submit ideas inspired by this ref HERE with playlist name "#51 Premojis"

Nike - Dream Crazier

Nike - Dream Crazier - This inspirational spot from Nike features a moving neoclassical score with a striking but steady build from gentle, pulsing synths to driving, anthemic strings. This bespoke piece by Eleven Studios is bold and dramatic, with a driving energy and intensity that pushes the spot forward and elevates the footage.



Submit ideas inspired by this ref HERE with playlist name "#51 Serena"





How can I join the Needledrop Collection?


The Needledrop Collection was launched specifically to service artists and bands who are not actively producing music for media and are instead producing albums and singles as recording artists within the music industry. This distinction can sometimes be a bit tough to nail down, but generally speaking these artists are pursuing touring opportunities, building their brand and audiences on social media, and seeking deals with record labels and distributors. They are not often creating bespoke or commissioned work, submitting to catalogs, or pursuing long-form film or TV scoring opportunities. 


That being said, if you have a project you feel fits that description with a body of work which would otherwise not be available for our traditional catalog, you can always submit some samples of the work along with any other relevant information to our team for review. Just keep in mind that while we know you are a perfect fit for our roster of composers (you're receiving this newsletter after all!) the Needledrop Collection has a very different set of criteria and we'll be evaluating each project individually.  



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Happy Scoring Everybody!



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