Comic-Con Begins

SiriusXM's Podcast outlining the history of San Diego's Comic-Con in the 60's

The Mission: Create music that engages with modern production while nodding to the 60's nostalgia and superheroes of the past and present

The Story

SiriusXM needed to capture the attention of their listeners with an exciting intro.

SiriusXM needed music for their 6-part podcast series. It was important to create a theme that felt exciting The podcast tells the history of the San Diego Comic-Con from the 60's to present-day. We found the best of both worlds with a theme that captured the nostalgia of comics and synths in the 60s while nodding to the superhero movie themes of modern day. 

Specs: 'Exciting' 'Modern' Batman'

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The Right Direction

Our first step to ensure we got the right sound was to sketch up a few different ideas using synths and sounds from the 60's and 70's combined with a modern cinematic feel.

Comic-Con Begins Demo 1

After sketching out some sound palettes the final theme started to take shape. 

Comic-Con Begins Demo 2

Superhero Sketches

Superhero Time Crunch

After presenting a few options for demos to the writer and producer, we were given a few notes, some compliments, and 36 hours to return an updated version before the pilot was brought to executives in the company. One busy weekend later we had our (almost) final version.

Because we're an online studio, we're able to record multiple instrument parts simultaneously and keep things efficient.

Arrangement

In order to create a parallel between modern and vintage sounds we arranged some bombastic horns, a chugging 60's surf guitar line. 

The horns aim to emulate the classic 'POW!' sound effects from comic-book fame and the guitar creates an almost bluesy feel - a popular direction for TV show themes of that time.

Guitar Line
Horn Stabs (+Guitar)
Orchestra

The Final Mix

The horns punctuate with a bombastic and quirky energy, reminiscent of the original Batman Theme. Combined with modern drum samples, a driving guitar riff, and the use of the borrowed IV chord, the theme feels super, nostalgic, and exciting in a single bound. The combination feels fun but still emulates professionalism. 

Comic-Con Begins Theme
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Industry Review

We still continue to get an influx of praise about the original score. 

- Mat K. (Writer, CCB)

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