New York, NY (June 11, 2009)–G&E Music recently completed the score for The Nine Lives of Marion Barry, an HBO documentary on the life of the former Washington, DC mayor.
Composers Glenn Schloss and Erik Blicker (G&E) worked closely with the filmmakers, Dana Flor and Toby Oppenheimer, on the score, which evolves from Meters-style funk to ’80s hip-hop to modern electronica. “Music is a major component of this film,” says Oppenheimer, “And, G&E created the emotional core of the soundtrack. Musically, G&E created the overall mood of the film. They were so giving and worked tirelessly until we found that emotional center–the sounds that felt right and evoked those certain feelings we were looking for. And, they really hit that ’60s and ’70s funky soul sound, which was key.”
“In addition to looking for composers who could cover the gamut of different musical genres and eras, the filmmakers were also looking for a core film sound that was minimalistic and ambient, yet organic and kind of twisted,” says Blicker, who has recently been working on an experimental ambient record project with Schloss.
G&E kicked off the writing process with some live funk sessions, developing thematic elements that would course through the film score. “We took those themes and morphed them into all kinds of ambient musical beds and did some heavy electronic exploration along the way,” says Schloss.
G&E’s work on Nine Lives inspired the composers to complete their ambient music record, which they are releasing under the name Ambient Gelly. “We’d created so many interesting and different-sounding instruments by electronically manipulating and bending organic sounds,” says Blicker. “We ended up composing so much music using these unique instruments–some of which we developed for Nine Lives and others that went on to form this record.”
Sound mixing for the documentary was completed at FlavorLab, a division of G&E Music.
The feature-length HBO documentary will premier during closing night at the 2009 Silverdocs festival in Washington, DC on June 20 and debut on HBO August 10.