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Universal launches new soundtracks business out of Abbey Road Studios

By | Published on Friday 10 June 2016

Universal Music

Universal Music UK is launching a new soundtracks business that brings together its creative and commercial division Globe with the major’s Abbey Road Studios complex.

“Why?” you ask. You want to know why? Really? Well, to “work with producers, directors, music supervisors and composers to source and create music for a wide variety of projects”, says the major. “[The new unit] will contribute at the earliest stages of a soundtrack, in terms of funding as well as content and composition”, apparently.

“But what does Globe President Marc Robinson have to say?” You’re really hard work, you know? Well, he reckons: “Globe Soundtrack & Score” – oh, yes, sorry, the new division is called Globe Soundtrack & Score – “Globe Soundtrack & Score is about being part of the creative process from the beginning, helping to shape and fund budgets and then being the team that takes the music through to recording, release, marketing and distribution”.

So, now you know. “It’s at that point” – oh, hang on, Marc’s not finished – “It’s at that point the strengths of Globe as part of the Universal Music infrastructure kick in – it’s like a label services company for filmmakers”. Ah, a label services company for filmmakers. Why didn’t you say that at the outset? It’s a label services company for filmmakers.

“Globe Soundtrack & Score will be a central resource for all aspects of music in film production”. Ha, you thought Marc had finished, didn’t you? Oh no. “If you’re producing a film, or a TV show, you believe in the importance of music, want to work with some of the best specialists in the industry and utilise some of the finest facilities in the world, that’s what Globe Soundtrack & Score exists for”. Ah, so that’s what it exists for.

“At the moment we see a lot of musical visions being compromised because of budget, and that’s not in anyone’s interest”, Marc says, amazingly still delivering this quote. “There is a passion for scores and for soundtracks and people are listening to them on streaming services at an increasing rate”.

And? “We have re-thought the model and are finding original and exciting ways to engage with film-makers and film music fans alike”. Lovely. “We couldn’t have wished for a more inspirational project than ‘On Chesil Beach’ to get things started”.

Oh yeah, the film adaptation of the Ian McEwan novel ‘On Chesil Beach’ is the first project for the new division. I really should have mentioned that already. Anything else Marc? No. Good.