Santa Monica, CA (July 11, 2006)–Hampton-Adair Music is currently providing original music production services for Dog Bites Man, producer Dan Mazur’s new series parodying local TV news for Comedy Central. Composers Steve Hampton and John Adair wrote the series’ main title theme and also create music used in the body of the show.
Dog Bites Man is a unique comedy series as a group of talented improvisational actors pose as members of a news crew from fictional television station in Spokane, WA. The cast ventures out into the field where they stage encounters with real people while purporting to develop news stories-with outrageously funny results.
The show’s main title theme is itself a slightly over-the-top parody of the bombastic music featured on local TV news shows. “It’s very newsy and self important,” explained Hampton-Adair executive producer Brad Hamilton.
In keeping with the show’s mockumentary style and offbeat premise, the music is also far from standard sit-com fare. “There are no transitional cues in this series,” noted Hampton-Adair Music executive producer Brad Hamilton. “Rather, we’re called on to produce environmental cues.”
For one recent episode, the news crew’s work took them to a variety of Miami area nightclubs, and in that instance, Hampton-Adair produced a variety of club music cues to support the environments. For another episode, the company created a drum circle for a scene centering on a drum circle performance.
“Because a lot of the show is improvised, it is hard to predict how much music or what type of music we are going to have to come up with,” Hamilton said.