Dallas, TX (November 4, 2009)–CNN’s new Amanpour, a live global interview program with chief international correspondent Christiane Amanpour, features a custom theme from Stephen Arnold Music.
Stephen Arnold Music provided a set of five themes; written to reach an international audience, the music’s foundation draws off of a signature four-note sonic logo, unfolding via an arrangement of live orchestral strings, horns, and percussion, combined with electronic elements.
“Christiane Amanpour is among the most recognizable talents in the CNN family worldwide,” says Stephen Arnold, president of Stephen Arnold Music. “It was important to develop a strong signature that fits her personality. The Amanpour theme is distinctive and authoritative and also has a feminine quality to it. A sense of elegance, importance and intellectual appeal were also essential qualities to weave into the music.”
The composition that Arnold and his team wrote and arranged was recorded by members of the Dallas and Ft. Worth Symphony Orchestra, bringing together violins, violas, cellos, French horns and more for a sound that only live players and instruments can bring. The result is a theme mixing majesty, tension and drama, all riding a rhythmic pulse.
In addition to Amanpour, Stephen Arnold Music was also selected to write a fresh theme for the popular CNN program, Inside the Middle East. Part of a relaunch that also called for a new graphic look, Stephen Arnold Music created a theme that fused electronic and Arabic feels.
Stephen Arnold Music recorded strings, santoor and percussion instruments with ancient Middle Eastern roots, plus the latest in modern synths, to make a cross-cultural statement. “A good hook is a good hook,” Stephen Arnold says of the company’s ability to write across an international range.
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