New York, NY (April 29, 2010)–Glenn Schloss and Erik Blicker of NYC’s G&E Music scored the two-hour special, The McVeigh Tapes: Confessions of an American Terrorist, which aired on MSNBC on April 19.
Having worked with writer and producer Toby Oppenheimer to score the HBO documentary feature, The Nine Lives of Marion Barry, last year, G&E welcomed the collaboration and the challenge. “It’s such an extremely dark story that, without music, would drag the viewer further down into that abyss,” explains Blicker. “The music is there to help carry you through the story as it unfolds, set you in an almost equalized space–certainly not uplifting but not entirely ominous either.”
Establishing the appropriate mood was a big challenge, says Oppenheimer. “We needed to set a tone that had an austerity to it without being creepy or sensational, or exploitative of the victims in any way. The music had to be low-key, but it also couldn’t all be dirge-like. It was tough–how do you create music that propels a story with energy without being upbeat or funky? And what kind of drum beat can you use if not rock or hip-hop or funk? But G&E did a great job! They came up with some variations on a kind of tribal percussion that worked really well, and found a variety of different ways to inject the score with energy.”
Oppenheimer set up at G&E Studios and the team worked together to develop a musical palette. “We created a lot of atmospheric tones that felt organic, but also had a momentum and groove,” says Schloss. “And we found interesting voices using reverbs and delays to create this palette that would work across the project. Once we established that, we were able to write and supplement with tracks from our Producer’s Toolbox.”